I’m Barb and I’m a fabric hoarder. 

One of the 3 shelves holding fabric. This one is being organised, a loty of fabric waiting to go home.

Time to for spring cleaning, thin out all the unused junk & clutter from the last year.! It is so hard to get rid of perfectly good things. Things that I like but never used, p say that if you haven’t used  a thing in a year, throw it out. You don’t need it. My answer to the  is “Pasha” .Have they never heard of collectors?

Ouch, it’s painful to part with things that you like, but do take up space. There is one thing, I simply cannot bear to part with, you guessed it, my  fabric. 

It all started innocently enough, my first trip to a quilt shop. I walked around dazed by what I saw. The colors, design and beauty overwhelmed me. I wanted it all, I had no idea how to make a quilt, but acquiring it was enough for now. If you’ve never experienced this, be assured that quilting fabric is quite different than any fabric you have seen in a regular fabric store. I’m not attempting to throw rocks at standard fabric stores they have pretty fabric too, often at a very reasonable price I’m simply telling you why I have formed such an attachment to my fabric..

For example what fabric available in a standard fabric shop is designed by specific designers known for their exquisite designs? Designers with a following? Quilter’s  eagerly awaiting their latest line to debut. This is couture fabric. The patterns are sharper, crisper, the colors richer and the designs are so beautiful that they are more art than fabric. They are  different as night is from day.

 This fabric was art. I bought lots of fabric, I fell in love with everything.  I couldn’t possibly  use it all, but it was so beautiful.

I began to accumulate fabric, so much, that it began to fill  every nook & cranny. I filled plastic rectangular storage boxes. Each one over filled, with lids placed and stacked.

We covered the walls of the sewing room with shelves of  neatly folded stacked fabric, arranged  by color and type; baby fabrics, batiks, floral, solids ec ..it was a thing of beauty, soon the fabric and shelves begin to expand. The shelves overflowed to the hallway beyond. More shelves with

neatly folded and stacked fabric on them. I think I have s  problem , do you suppose there are support groups for people like me? 

“Hello my name is Barbara, and I’m a fabricaholic”.

 

 

 

 

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Barbara Harms Fiber Art & MoreBarbara Harms Fiber Art

About Myself & My Approach I come from a family filled with many artists.s always played a role in my life, in one form or another. By my teens, I had narrowed my focus to painting.I decided I was going to become a serious painter. I joined the Las Vegas Artist's Guild, at 15, the youngest member at that time. I was totally out of my league, a kid among so many serious adult artists. But to be there, exposed to art in that way was quite an experience. I was enraptured, soaking up. I tried to go unnoticed, just a fly on the wall, mute, a big ole smile plastered on my face. soaking it all up. I tryed to go unnoticed; a mute teenager, eyes wide opened and a huge smile plastered across my face. I’m pretty I was noticed, a mute kid with an enraptured look on my face. I've continued to paint throughout my life. On occasion I've sold my work, but I had more important priorities, one being raising my wonderful children. My circumstances have changed, the kids grown, I had more time and Art was like theorpy for me. I was introduced to the world of quilting & fell in love. I did miss the creative freedom painting afforded. Then I discovered mixed media fiber art, I was home. MY APPROACH TO ART It's the creative process that holds the greatest attraction for me. Starting with a tiny seed of an idea; vague and blurred around the edges, I follow where that leads. My approach is an instinctual one. Generally, I do little pre-planning. themselves, my appproacj response js an instinctual one. This approach can lead to quite a few changes in the direction the quilt takes. The outcome can come as a surprise. I love that element of surprise! Sometimes everything just comes together & I think this is one of my better ones. I can’t wait to show someone. I feel like a six year old, running home from school, a drawing in hand, excited to show Mom. At those times. I'm smiling like the Cheshire cat. I’ve had work published in several magazines., which is gratifingvl. But the most gratifying thing is having clients be really happy with their purchased quilt. Word press Etsy shop-sales Https://barbaraharms.com Contact: inquiry Personal Links kool