We recently filmed an episode of Quilty about building a fabric stash. Yes, there are actually some guidelines — or “do’s” and “don’t” when you’re doing this and yes, rules are meant to be broken, so go ahead and buy more fabric and damn the consequences.
Still, who wants a whole bunch of fabric that you never, ever use, right? Right. Not this quilter. I’d rather use what I have and buy more of what I love. It is in this spirit that I realized I do something called “The Dress Test” when I buy fabric. This is how The Dress Test goes in my head:
Me: Ooh. I like that fabric.
Myself: Yes, it is delicious.
Me: If this print were magically a dress at my favorite department store, would I want to try it on and wear it all the time and feel pretty and happy?
Myself: Yes. I would like to be twirling in this fabric as soon as possible.
Me: I’ll take it.
If the answer to my question is “No, if this fabric were a dress, I would either pass by it on the rack or I would buy it and never wear it because it actually is not that great,” then I don’t buy the fabric.
The reasoning is simple: if I like a fabric enough that I’d put it on my body, I’m pretty much guaranteed to put it into a quilt. And why should I ever, ever buy anything that *doesn’t* pass The Dress Test? There’s so much fabric out there, I feel like I should be in love with every single one.
Below is a very, very sneak peek at my latest quilt. I’m calling it “My Little Black Dress” or maybe “42 Dresses” or maybe “Twirling Skirts.” All of these prints (featured in the lovely and visually rockin’ Cracker Jack block) most definitely passed The Dress Test. In fact, I wish they WERE dresses! And for all those fashionistas out there, the red and black has significance for the setting… All of these dresses would look great with black Louboutin heels, no? Et voila.
Viva la fashion!