Before I started this project, I found it really distressing to find a lot of fabrics in my fabric closet from I had never even cut one square. Fabric of the Year (FOTY) is a concept my friend thought up, which made me think I could remedy that problem. I made it my own and ran with it. The idea is to cut a small piece of each fabric you buy (or pull out of your stash) for a project right away. By using some of your new fabrics immediately, you know right away what you like and what you don’t like and whether you have enough of what you like. The practice gives you the opportunity to buy additional yardage before the fabric goes out of print.
This practice has been really successful for me and I am pleased with the quilts that have come out of this project.
In the 2008 piece, I just used a simple rectangle. It turned out that I really liked working with that rectangle shape. I started thinking about gradating the colors, but didn’t obsess about it in FOTY 2008. These quilts turn out to be great exercises in color.
FOTY 2009 uses a modified block from Bill Kerr and Weeks Ringle called Zanzibar. I tried more with gradation using the outside fabric of the block.
FOTY 2010 was leaps and bounds ahead of the previous two. I am still very proud of it. I love it as well. FOTY 2010 was in an exhibition of scrap quilts held at the San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles.
FOTY 2010 made me bold, so with FOTY 2011, I went with triangles in two sizes. I used the Fons & Porter Pyramid ruler, which is a great ruler.
I decided to go back to squares and rectangles so FOTY 2012 is simpler, but still uses squares and rectangles. The gradation/ colorwash effect turned out very well– better than I expected and better than in previous years. I am progressing.
FOTY 2013 use 3″ squares.
FOTY 2014 uses 3″x5″ rectangles.
Stay tuned for future versions.