Thursday, January 19, 2012

Strip Therapy

I'm so behind the curve on this one. For forever I have walked into fabric shops and drooled over those gorgeous coils of fabric called Pops. They are usually made up of hand-dyed fabric and called Bali Pops. Doesn't matter, they're beautiful. I pick them up, love on them, and put them back. There are roughly 40 2 1/2" strips in a Pop and at $30 a pop (ha ha) I've never been able to bring myself to buy one. Who knows why, since I don't seem to have a problem with other fabric I love that now runs somewhere around $9 - 11 per yard! I just start thinking how should I use all those strips? Do I cut them into triangles? Squares? Shorter strips? How many strips do I need? What size quilt should I make? The questions keep piling up and I freeze.

A few months ago, I was strolling through Wal-Mart (That's what people do right? Pushing a cart, humming to oneself . . .  la, la, te, da) and I wandered down the defunct fabric aisle (That's another whole story.) and low and behold piled on a bottom shelf where Pops. These were not Bali Pops, matter of fact I'm not sure what they were/are. Ugly comes to mind. Who actually made these fabrics and thought someone would buy them? And that's exactly it, no one would buy them, so they cut them in strips so you couldn't see the whole ugly pattern, put them together and, viola! someone will buy them. This time that someone was me. The colors were not what I would normally buy, but the whole darn Pop was only $5! All those questions still hounded me, but at $5, I didn't care. I could become one of the cool sewists - yes, that's the current term. I'm not a sewer, I'm a sewist! Maybe I'm a quilting sewist; I get confused with the new stuff. Anyway, now I could afford to figure out how to play with the Pops. Note that this happened a few months ago. It has taken me a long time to be brave enough to open up the coils, hey, I had to buy more than one. They were only 5 bucks! Hubby bravely followed me into fabric shops and encouraged me to buy a book on using the darn things. Encouraging me to buy a book is as hard as it is to get me to buy fabric buy the yard; not very.

Over the past holidays, I decided that since I'm a sewist, I should, you know, sew! The Pops and the book were there so I've bravely attacked them. I had to find something that would look good with these colors though. I recently set up a tropical fish tank, so seeing a quilt that turned strips into fish was very appealing. Not sure where I'm going to go with this, but all those bright colors are becoming fabric fish!

Use your imagination at this point!

I need to get back to those fish, but I promise I'll keep you posted. Us quilting sewists find lots of things that SA(y) Quilts!

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