I was going to call this post 'Eternal Happiness from the Eternal Maker' and whilst that part is true (more about that in a minute) today has also been a sad day.
In 2010 and 2009 my annual trip to Bournemouth with my Niece and Mum coincided with the Bournemouth Air Show. Last years trip was a wash out with really bad weather which stopped most of the flying on 3 of the 4 show days. This years Air Show started last Thursday and I was glad I wasn't in Bournemouth, as much of the area we visit was under 4ft of water, after flash flooding. They had to cancel that day of the air show. Today after the Red Arrows did their display one of the Reds had an issue and crashed near a river close to Bournemouth Airport. Unfortunately the pilot did not survive the crash. The Reds are a great symbol of all that is good about being British. My niece absolutely loves watching them and sitting on a beach on a sunny day with clear blue skies, watching them twist and turn above the sea and do their signature red heart never fails to bring a lump to my throat. So it didn't feel right to just go on about all my fabric loveliness today.
RIP. Flight Lieutenant Jon Egging.
The fabric I ordered on Thursday. Yes, Thursday, from Eternal Maker, arrived today. It was beyond lovely to have this little bundle of prettiness in my hands.
The fabric in front is a nylon material I think might make a good lining for wash bags. I have some more greens to add to my string greens quilt and some other fabric destined to be made into bags for Christmas/Birthday gifts. Seeing how nicely everything was folded inspired me to go through my stash and re-home it all in a chest of drawers.
As you can see I made quite a lot of mess in the process of sorting! At least now three of the drawers are full of fabric goodness. The first drawer is filled with fat quarter sized cuts. Some have been cut into and some were larger/odd sized cuts.
I always thought I didn't have that much fabric compared to some. But I think this is a more than respectable stash! Most of which is now stored by colour. At the far end though I have my It's a Hoot by Momo stash - destined for a quilt for my mum and what's left of my Mendocino stash.
In the next drawer I've organised all my larger cuts of material (1/2 yard and above), solids and other substrates like voile, cord and flannel.
The next drawer houses my interfacing, odd cuts of wadding, vintage clothes that I intend cutting up for projects and a bag of scrap wadding for stuffing pin cushions etc.
This leaves me with two small drawers and one large one to fill. Well once they've been emptied of their current contents. In fact I will have another major sorting job to do because this chest was full of other stuff that now needs a new home. But at least my fabric is all together. I can see what I have and won't have to move a tonne of plastic crates to find an elusive fat quarter. Eventually I'll relocate this chest into the dining room which doubles as my sewing room. I don't entertain that many people very often so it seems to make sense to relocate it there.
Hope you're having a good weekend!