She wrote that she thinks of buying fabric as the first step in creating a quilt and believes we should buy fabrics we love because we'll be more inclined to use them. She continued,
If each of us can draw from a pool of fabric that speaks personally to our senses, invites us to play, and makes us feel good about what we’re making, then we’ll have more courage to open up and take risks. We'll be practically itching to pull it out and DO something with it!...I've been thinking about Audrey's post since I first read it yesterday. Like paint to a painter, fabric is the medium we quilters use to make beautiful creations, no matter the style of quilts we make.
Simply put, I think that making a conscious effort to build a unique stash is essential to having confidence in what we make and being happy with the results!
I don't believe I have to love every single piece of fabric I buy or own. I don't like blue or yellow very much but omitting them from my palette limits options. That's not to say that I buy fabrics I really can't stand to look at or touch. I have to at least be able to make eye contact with my fabric choices! But I also think that some less-favored or less appealing fabrics, especially when it comes to color, push me to be more creative. Sometimes a fabric that have been languishing in the cupboard for a while seems suddenly to be perfect for that new idea for a quilt.
I'm a scrap quilter and my fabrics come from various sources. Some I purchase new, some come from barely-used shirts and skirts from thrift stores, and some are given to me by other quilters . I don't love everything on my shelves (and I'll probably never use everything on my shelves, only because I don't have enough time left on earth to sew all of it!) but most of it stays. The fabrics that I pass on most often go because of texture or quality.
How about you? What are your thoughts on fabric choices and the creative process? Do you buy only what you really love? Do the fabrics on your shelves drive your creativity or are you creatively inspired and then choose fabric?