Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Doing My Part to Help the Economy

Or at least, that's what I told my husband I was doing this past weekend. I'm not sure he believes me. That's ok, I'm not sure I believe me. I actually went on a quilt shop hop. These things are dangerous! Especially when 6 of the 9 shops I had never been to before! So, I have lots of pictures of goodies purchased and a couple of pictures of projects I have been working on.

I went on the hop with my MIL and her mother (is that Grandmother-in-law? I think that's what I'll use) who is visiting for the next couple of weeks. My GMIL is a quilter (though my MIL is not) and uses these trips as her annual buying spree. No, I did NOT try to keep up with her -- but well, I kept on finding cute stuff. Our first stop was a lovely shop that is, luckily, too far from my house to make going there regularly an option. Most of their fabrics were reproductions so not too much there to tempt me (thankfully) but I did find these lovelies from the new Moda Peas and Carrots line (I think these may play nicely with my Dick and Jane fabrics for dd's quilt) and some aurifil thread on sale (despite the bright thread on sale, no, there weren't many, if any, brights in the shop -- might be why it was on sale).

Our next shop was also a Bernina dealer. Drool, drool, drool over the lovely machines. A dream or two about being able to one day afford one, and some fun little charm packs. They had just gotten in the charm packs for the new Christmas lines from Moda. These two little Sandy Gervais packs had to come home with me. I have an idea for them, but think I need to go back and buy a couple more. And since right next door is a sushi restaurant -- may even be able to convince dh to come with.
Day one (oh, did I mention this was a four day shopping spree?) ended with our third stop to a lovely shop, which again, if you love antique reproduction fabric -- this is the place for you! I'm not that big into civil war repros -- but my, this shop could convince me to do some work with it! I DID manage to find these lovlies in the clearance area. I originally bought them thinking I would use the blues for a summer dress for dd. She has the most incredible blue eyes -- and well, despite the fact that she's not really a pastels kind of kid -- I thought it might work. I've since found something that will work better (keep reading) but I will find some good use for these. Maybe a nice baby quilt for someone who is having a little boy.

Day two I was on my own with dd in tow. Note -- while my *almost* two year old is adorable and pretty well behaved for her age, serious fabric and quilt shopping is not recommended without someone there to act as child wrangler. Normally this is dh -- but, well, he had to work Friday night so, dd (I really need to come up with a name for her other than dd for this blog) and I were on our own. Luckily we were headed to the shop that is one of "my" LQSs. They know us there -- they've known dd since I was pregnant with her. This helps. So does the box of toys they keep in the book area. And oh, familiarity does NOT breed contempt. They had just gotten in their order of the Heather Bailey Freshcut fabrics! Of course, I had to buy more of the yummies! (THIS is what tells me I'm an addict!) They were also doing demos of foundation by the yard along with the add a quarter rule. Yes, the demo won me over. It's just like paper piecing -- but you don't have to tear anything out. And since they are pre-printed foundations, the prep work is minimal. I've always wanted to try a New York Beauty block -- so now I will (actually I already have -- keep reading). The other shop we headed to on Day Two was new to me and had some fun stuff, but dd had lost all patience with me. I will go back and buy something later -- when I don't have to chase a small girl.

Day three I had dd along again, but I also had MIL and GMIL with -- MIL (also known as Nana) was happy to act as small girl wrangler so I did get to do some shopping! One of the shops we went to on day three is located in a converted barn. Yes, it is far out in the country, but luckily very close to where I live. I only bought this McKenna Ryan pattern (I've been wanting to try one of hers for ages) but I will be going back. They have a nice selection of fabrics (a nice mix of traditional with a few punches of modern) and it's nice to have a local supply of notions and thread.

The second stop on day three was a shop I *thought* I had been to before -- really small town, how many quilt shops can there be? Turns out I was wrong. The shop I had thought it was had closed and this new one had opened. This is good. The former shop was not one of my favorites and, frankly, was one I hadn't gone to often since I seldom found anything there I wanted. The new shop has some really cute fabrics and a few patterns I liked. I don't know if it will be a regular stop for me, but it is one to keep in mind as it is so close. I found the pinks and greens which I decided suit dd much better for the dress I want to make, and the red and white fabric (you can JUST see it peeking out in the back there) was just because I liked it.

Day four it was MIL and GMIL and me without small girl. Dh kept her with him at home so we could go to the last two stops. The first stop of the day was a shop I had never been to -- and oh my, I am still giddy over my purchase! (this is two days later, so you know it's good) Again, quite a few traditional quilting fabrics though she had a really nice selection of novelty prints (I was very tempted by the red skulls on black and a fun halloween print) and I got to see the new Folklorique line from Fig Tree, oh my. Not my usual colors, but lovely. Much better seen in person. Now, for my fantastic find. I splurged at this store. I bought yardage. I rarely buy yardage -- a single yard yes. But unless I KNOW I need it, I rarely will buy a lot of something. There are exceptions. This lovely Amy Butler fabric (Ginger Bliss from when she was with FreeSpirit) was hanging out in the clearance section. It had been reduced to $6.50 a yard and had a further 75% off sticker. Um -- that means this fabric was $1.63 a yard (US). Ummm --- pre-cut fat quarters were on sale during this hop for $1.75 each. Can we say I'll take the rest of the bolt?!? The same for the coordinating stripe! So, 4+ yards of the floral, 2+ yards of the stripe, and less than $12.00 US. Shopping karma -- must love it! Oh, and I may have also bought some fat quarters...just maybe mind you.

After this wonderful find, we were ready to end the shop hop with just one more stop. The last one was a stop I hadn't been looking forward to. It is a shop I have been to several times before and, well, this is another one I was unimpressed by. I rarely found things I wanted, the owner just seemed to not want folks in her store for some reason -- am I the only one who has been to a store like this and just felt like not going back? Again though -- I was in for a VERY pleasant surprise. The shop must have changed ownership because -- WOW! This was the only shop on the hop who carried Kaffee Fassett fabric. Oh, and the lovely Amy Butler Lotus line, and oh, oh, oh, so many others. This from a shop where previously I had had to look hard to find things I wanted to purchase. And they had pre-cut 1/2 yards on sale buy one get one free! Oh. My. I just had to pick up the Kaffe 1/2 yard and an Amy Butler stripe. And get a couple of other things cut as well. (yes -- more Heather Bailey, I have mentioned I'm in love with this fabric right?) They had all three (Kaffee, AB and HB) displayed together and it is amazing how well the three lines play together -- it's giving me ideas which could be dangerous!

And just so you don't think it has been all purchases and no sewing -- well, I have a few finishes and a new project underway! The first finish is dd's pants to go with her cutie patootie Fresh Cut top. The pants turned out really well -- and again, I couldn't get them off the child! Yahoo! (please ignore the stains on the couch and the hole in the slipcover -- really. please? I do have a replacement cover, I just need to spend the time and put the new one on.)

I also finished my MILs mother's day gift. This pattern from this little bag was from the Quilts and More Fall/Winter '06 issue. My MIL bought the fabric, but I made the purse. And while I was at it, I just had to make one for myself. I did modify the pattern a little bit. The original called for the straps to be 13" long finished. Um, I don't know about you, but I need a bag I can put over my arm. My MIL requested that hers be even longer. Easy enough to accommodate, and they turned out wonderfully (even if the photos don't show it -- it was late when I finished them and I just took the photo rather than wait for the morning). I even had the button forms to do the covered fabric buttons tucked away in my stash. I think they were from a project I did over 5 years ago -- so yahoo for me! Busting some of the notions stash!

And finally, I got to work on Mom's mother's day gift. While she was here, she reminded me that she would STILL really like the pillows I promised to make her for her "new" living room couch. Of course, this was something like three years ago -- but, hey, who's counting? I had the fabrics she had picked out in a box -- you know, one of those PIGs I've mentioned I have tons of? But, well, originally the fabrics were supposed to go into some Ricky Timms Convergence tops that I would turn into pillows. Problem here -- I've made one or two of these. They're fun. They turn out well. I don't want to make another one any time soon. So, what to do? Well -- take the fabrics, and my new foundation-by-the-yard -- and here you go. A few NY Beauty blocks for Mom (who is a NY beauty herself) and they will make a fantastic pillow. I'll make a few others -- probably something more modern but that will go with the NYB. I'll post the progress on these as it happens.
So that's it from my corner of the world -- if you are still reading this, you probably deserve a medal (or at least a chance to enter the shop hop prize drawing). Sorry I don't have anything to offer right now -- but stay tuned, there may be something soon. I'm off to work on those NYBs and try and get another finish going!

25 comments:

Nadine said...

Wooohooo ! These are such nice treats ! I guess you're going to make wonderful quilting with them !

Nice blog ! I didn't know it yet, and I've put you on my "favourites list"", so that I can visit you often. (Thanks for your kind words on mine !)

Hugs & smiles !
NADINE

ps : I think you're on the 365 days journal quilt Yahoo Group, right ???

Patti said...

You had a ball - we can really tell. The excitement you feel just jumps off the page. Lovely fabrics!!!

Valérie said...

now that's a great title -- i'll try to remember that one when i'm back home from shopping ! sounds like you had fun ! i love them all & the little girl heather bailey outfit looks so pretty ! now you have a lot of work ahead, right ? ;)

Elaine Adair said...

You are such a dedicated citizen to help the local and not-so-local economy! Good Job.

BTW - thanks for an entertaining visit!

Samantha said...

we share so much fabric taste! I am drooling so badly at the idea of $1.63 amy butler that I may need to step away from my keyboard for safety reasons...

Fiona said...

I love the colours you chose - you are so lucky to be able to shop-hop, here in the UK quilting shops are few and far between.

anne bebbington said...

Lovely, lovely, lovely fabrics - I could covet everyone :o) Enjoy them!

Screen Door said...

What fun!!!I love your purchases.The color wheel is turning...what colors...

YankeeQuilter said...

Halfway thorugh I went to the kitchen and refilled my coffee so I could enjoy the virtual shopping trip!! What a great haul! The pants for your dd came out great. I used the NY Beauty foundation piecing for a small quilt for my nephew. It did shrink up a bit when the quilt was washed (just a warning!) I don't mind it but if I had known I think I would have washed the foundation fabric first. Live and learn.

The Calico Cat said...

WOW....

(I just gave some of those pinks and greens away as a birthday gift.)

Linda said...

What a wonderful shop hop, I'm green with envy. All your fabric purchases are scrumptous and your daughter's pants are just too cute.

KCQuilter said...

Wowzie wow wow! What a ball you had---and all in the name of helping the economy! I love all your purchases--seriously! I think it is neat that your shops hold sales during the shop hop. The ones around here do not :(

gwen said...

Thank you so much for sharing such a great shop hop. The fabric you bought looks wonderful and your post was so interesting I had to read everything over again! Can´t wait to see more projects of yours. Take care.

Diana said...

What a great shop hop! Foundation by the yard is a new one for me--are the lines printed on fabric? How does that work? The New York Beauties are beautiful!

Diana said...

Well, duh! I followed your link and found the foundation by the yard. What a cool idea!

Tanya said...

Sounds like a great day! I wish I could have tagged along behind you all!

Greenmare said...

WOW!
I really think that says it all!
What fun for you!

Tonya R said...

that sounds like so much fun. I know what you mean about some store owners/personnel. I had a local shop where everyone seemed unhappy, the prices were high, and the owner hated to put anything on sale even though the bolt had been there 7 years. Compare that to the shop I found in FL where they were friendly, lots of fun and made a point of knowing your name.

Carole said...

Wow, you've been busy! Love the goodies you bought! And you still found time to sew? Lovely work. Thanks for sharing!

Mrs. Goodneedle said...

Great post! I'm tired after all that shopping!! You've been busy, all that shopping and sewing too. The bags are lovely, your daughter's pants are adorable and the NY Beauty blocks are fantastic. Keep up the great work, I love to see what you're up to!

Lisa said...

Wow - just found your blog. You really got some nice new stuff!

Tracey @ozcountryquiltingmum said...

OOh, I read every word! We have very similar taste in fabrics, I would have bought all that home as well. The new choice for DD's dress looks fabulous but the cheap yardage! Wow, I was almost fainting myself over here, do i need to remind you that we pay over $22 a metre here!!! Well done, a 4 day shop fest with MIL thrown in! tracey
ps NYB has always looked too hard to me!

Darlene said...

You were obviously having a ton of fun - yes I read the whole thing and enjoyed every word. What an incredible shopping trip. I love, love, love everything you purchased. Your DD's pants and top are darling!

Jenni @ Fairybread said...

What a shopping spree that was! I bow to your persistence and ability! You bought some lovely fabric - what was the name of the Civil War fabric shop? Do they have a web address?

The Wooden Spool said...

ohhhh, you've been sooo busy!!! I have some of the Sandy Klop/American Jane prints, too! I LOVE HER PRINTS!
Happy sewing!