When my grandmother passed away, she left me all of her fabric. She actually started giving it to me several years ago, boxes of it, every time I came for a visit. And each time I left with a box my grandfather would say “surely you could take a little more?”
And now that I have her stash, and my stash (minimal though that is), I really have more fabric than I know what to do with. And I didn’t even take all of it. Maybe half….she had a lot!
I can’t lay a baby quilt on the floor of my sewing room anymore. Too many boxes. And I try not to think about the boxes and bags piled in the basement. But since they block the way to the washing machine, I know I am going to have to deal with them. Soon.
Thus begins project number two – to find uses for my grandmother’s fabric. For someone who likes to sew, it sounds easy. I have no problem with the cottons – quilts, here I come! But the others…..the others I picked out because I liked them for one reason or another, but I am not exactly sure what my grandmother was thinking when she bought them – except that it was a long time ago and styles were different then. Here is a sampling:
This is a beautiful thick wool. But what does one make with beautiful thick wool in these particular colours?
These flowers are so sunny and cute. But poly-cotton. Hmmm….
This one reminds me a bit of stained glass. But it is thick and stiff…
Ok, I really love this one. I love the wildness of it. I love the bright colours. And it’s shiny. 100% polyester. I love that my grandmother was the kind of woman who bought fabrics in wild patterns and bright colours. I really want to know what she was planning to make out of this! I probably would have worn this as a teenager but my style is a little more subdued now (which is probably a good thing as I can imagine the impression I would make if I wore something made out of this fabric to work….I would definitely get some comments from my students). I can’t help thinking it would make a great lining for….well…something.
I love this one too. But it’s a strange fabric. Nylon maybe?
Yeehaw! Who doesn’t like hot pink bandana fabric?! This one had a big chunk cut out of it, I wonder what she used it for?
And this is not even the tip of the iceberg. So it looks like I will be spending the next year cooking my great-grandmother’s food and sewing with my grandmother’s fabric. Nostalgic, yes, but I guess that’s just the kind of girl I am.
I expect I will be working on this project for the next few years…or more. I don’t have to use every last scrap, mind you, just have to get it down to a size that will fit in the sewing room. If I made it through 5 or 6 of the boxes, that might just do it! (Like I said, this is going to take awhile…) If you have any suggestions for things to make with these fabrics, let me know!