Inspiration Stacks

Fabric Inspiration Stack

This year, I decided I need to make more of an effort to step outside the use of complete fabric collections in my projects. It’s so easy for me to just make something with a set of fabric from a certain designer’s line. The fabrics generally look so great together, it’s easy to envision the finished product and fall in love.

Fabric Inspiration Stack

But when I see a quilt on Flickr or someone’s blog that I love, nine times out of ten, it is something made from fabric they hand selected from their stash. So, over the last couple weeks, I’ve been creating fabric piles.

Fabric Inspiration Stack

Some of these might become quilts, some might not become anything. If only I had 48 hours in a day. But I had a lot of fun pulling fabrics…weighing options…and getting creative.

Fabric Inspiration Stack

I hope to post more stacks as the year goes on, to inspire not only myself but hopefully you as well.

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50 Comments

  1. Reply

    Jeni

    February 3, 2012

    YUM! These are delicious! Sometimes it’s nice to make piles for no particular reason 🙂

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    Kelly O.

    February 3, 2012

    love that last stack! never woulda thunk it but I love it!

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    Sara

    February 3, 2012

    love that last stack! pulling fabric combos is one of my favorite parts of quiltmaking.

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    Jenny

    February 3, 2012

    I love this. I don’t ever have the money to buy a collection and so I just pull fabrics from my random stash too.

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    Maureen Cracknell Handmade

    February 3, 2012

    Oh, 48 hrs in a day would be SO nice, wouldn’t it!? I love each of your stacks and I’m always doing the exact same thing. It’s so fun!

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    Rachel at Stitched in Color

    February 3, 2012

    Oooh, I really like that last stack!

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    Candice

    February 3, 2012

    Ouuuuu, I love love love the last stack!!! 🙂 So dreamy 🙂

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    Ali

    February 3, 2012

    They are all great!

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    Jess

    February 3, 2012

    Gorgeous fabrics! I love how you put them together. This is something I would like to get better at. Thanks for sharing your lovely inspiration stacks.

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    Kelsey

    February 3, 2012

    You’ve done a great job! I love that last stack 🙂 This is definitely something I need to work on too (I just need to get more of a stash)!

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    Tiffanie

    February 3, 2012

    I love the Green/Gray/Blue bundle, though they are all beautiful. I love the idea of inspiration bundles. I do that sometimes but it is nice to just grab the collection and get quilting!!

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    Margaret

    February 3, 2012

    You did great. I never pick a group of fabrics from the same line for my quilts. Usually because my lqs doesn’t have all of the line. Usually just two or three. I love to mix totally odd fabrics together. People tell me they turn out great and I like them. That is what counts.

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    Katie

    February 3, 2012

    I can’t decide which one I like best, they are all so happy!

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    Jessica Pierre'auguste

    February 3, 2012

    The last stack is my favorite, I love the oranges, reds, and browns together. Great idea!

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    ktmade

    February 3, 2012

    I love all of those little piles. Picking fabrics to go together feels so intimidating to me, so I also generally rely on fat quarter packs and the like. Thanks for inspiring me to step outside the box a bit!

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    QuiddityRox

    February 3, 2012

    I’ve made piles, then forgot why!!! I have also stolen fabric from piles to add to a new pile, thus diminishing the original pile so that I must fabric shop to replace the poor depleted pile. And the beat goes on! I have learned to place the opened magazine pages in the midst of the piles so I can remember what I had in mind.

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    nicke

    February 3, 2012

    oh my! i love these stacks. once my stash gets a bit bigger i plan to take time to make stacks just like this every day!

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    Lindsay

    February 3, 2012

    I really like the first and third ones. Well done. I too have a one line only commitment I need to break free from.

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    Teje

    February 3, 2012

    Hi Faith! Your fabrics are so beautiful and your bundles invites to sew! I think it’s interesting to make a match with different collections and prints! Thank you for inspiration! x Teje

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    sternwerfer

    February 3, 2012

    That’s a wonderful idea and I want to carry it to Germany! I’ll show some fabric packs this weekend. Thank you for showing yours!

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    Helen in Switzerland

    February 3, 2012

    You are so right – and I think it’s time for me to follow suite. Over the last couple of years I’ve got totally seduced by lovely fat quarters from certain fabric lines and have made several quilts sticking just to the same ranges – but like you I’m feeling the need to branch out! You’ve given me the push I needed – thank you!!

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    Rachel Washburn

    February 3, 2012

    I’m glad you decided to post your inspiration stacks. As a beginner quilter the hardest thing for me to do is get creative with my color and pattern choices. I always go on the safe side, but I’m really trying to branch out and do something new!

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    Jessica

    February 3, 2012

    I absolutely love the third stack. And I agree branching out is such fun and can really add depth to a quilt!

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    Paula

    February 3, 2012

    love the last stack!!! it’s sooo me 😛 cannot wait to see what you make with them. xx

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    Gwen @ Gwenny Penny

    February 3, 2012

    Every time I try to pick through my stash to come up with a great combination of fabrics, I chicken out and end up sticking with one fabric collection. I’m not sure what I’m so afraid of. Thanks for the inspiration… it’s one of my goals to try to venture out on my own this year, too.

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    Alisa

    February 3, 2012

    I usually pull from my stash. And then sometimes shop for a few more pieces (as my stash isn’t huge, just big!) I like your last pull!

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    Lisa

    February 3, 2012

    Love the bottom stack in particular!

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    Katy

    February 3, 2012

    Ooh, love the look of those stacks!

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    liveacolorfullife

    February 3, 2012

    Very fun stacks. I love combining fabric from different lines.

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    Cyndi

    February 3, 2012

    Do you carry the white with red lettering (bottom stack) in your etsy shop?

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    Ale

    February 3, 2012

    Beautiful stacks Faith! I think its a great exercise in color theory. The more you practice the better you get. And with your stash, I’m sure we’ll be seeing lots and lots of great ones this year!

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    jill

    February 3, 2012

    oh, I love the last stack the best, I think!

    I love making fabric stacks, even if they never get used. I also sometimes love the inspiration I get when my kids drag my fabric off the shelf and it gets randomly piled on the floor, or we quickly throw it back up on the shelves in no particular order. I see things I never would have thought of otherwise.

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    Kadybug

    February 4, 2012

    So sweet! Thank you for the inspiration!

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    Anna

    February 4, 2012

    I can relate to keeping a quilt within a collection. I had already planned for this weekend to reorganize my fabic by color. Thanks for the inspiring photos!

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    Emily (creative chicks)

    February 4, 2012

    I’m not much of a fabrics collection kinda girl so I love seeing you branch out! Good luck! Your fabrics stacks look lovely…

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    Paige

    February 4, 2012

    This is a goal I made for myself for this year. Start mixing and matching. Start pulling my own bundles. Be more confident in fabric selection!

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    bee

    February 5, 2012

    that 3rd stack is gorgeous.

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    charlotte

    February 6, 2012

    I find that I get really into it whenever I start pulling from my stash to make a quilt. It always makes me wonder why I don’t do it that way more often. Then maybe I could keep my stash under control a bit better. Ha!

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    Regina

    February 6, 2012

    My daughter says she is getting married this year, A wedding quilt would be nice.

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    Polly B

    February 6, 2012

    I would use it to make a prayer quilt to lift the spirits of someone that is ill. This is a gift provided through the church. These fabric choices are very UPlifting! Thanks for the opportunity!

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    Polly B

    February 6, 2012

    I am on Jackie’s blog.

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    Polly B

    February 6, 2012

    I am signed up for Jackie’s newsletter! Thanks

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    Maria

    February 6, 2012

    Pretty stacks! I especially love the last one, with the browns, reds, blues and golden yellows. Not a combination I would think of, but really lovely when you see it!

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    Angie

    February 7, 2012

    I just found your Blog! And it’s wonderful! I love all the new fabrics. I’m not a new quilter, but I’m ready to try some of the new prints and patterns. Pretty colors!

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    Julie

    February 7, 2012

    i am a new quilter i use fabrics from one designer only, i am gonna take on that challenge too. mixing it up.

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      Rose Marie

      February 7, 2012

      I love all the stacks. However I think I like the first one the best.

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    Jeifner

    February 7, 2012

    I enjoy the dark blue, green, pink and grey pile. It’s a fresh combination of colors that you see often, but not together. Mixin’ it up is pretty fun!

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    Susan

    February 7, 2012

    Fabulous collection.

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    Franziska

    February 10, 2012

    thank you for sharing your inspiration stacks. I made one a couple of weeks ago, too, for a project and pulled fabrics out of my stash around two fabrics I chose first. It’s kind of the same idea. I love seeing your stacks as it gives me new ideas for my stash. Maybe also for fabrics I don’t like so much anymore. I have an idea for a stack I chose where I mixed like and not-like fabrics. I’d like to see more inspiration stacks you choose and the projects you work on with them.

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    Judith

    February 11, 2012

    Just love your fabric selections. I have been doing the same thing over the past year. It is such fun to put various colors and patterns together and to realize that the result is WOW!!

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