Saturday, August 18, 2007

Lead me not into temptation...

for I can find the way all by myself thank you very much! Or in other words -- I've been bad, really really bad about buying fabric and am about to go on another crash fabric diet! But oh, did I have fun along the way!

I mentioned in my last post that I went to a fabric shop that had a sale on their clearance fabric. I figured I would just look around and see what I could find. I had good intentions, but, did I mention that the sale was $3.00 a yard fabric??? Eeeek! Add to that a trip to another quilt shop since I was so close, and you have more spent than I originally planned and more projects to add on to the need to get done pile.Since I don't want to suffer from my lapse into temptation alone, I thought I would share my finds with all of you. I figure this way I can share the fun!

First up on our hit parade is this lovely burnt orange color rose print fabric. I'm thinking another skirt. I have a great long sleeved wrap t-shirt in chocolate brown that would look lovely paired with this fabric. The only question is whether to add the gores to the bottom or just do a straight a-line skirt? Hmmmn...decisions, decisions. Either way I think it's going to be fun!

I also bought some of the same print in pink. Not enough for a skirt -- but I think this one is going to be a bag of some sort. I've been wanting to do some more bags and other semi-quick finish projects lately and this may just be the ticket. Not sure of the pattern yet -- need to think about it. But some sort of bag is in order.

And to go with it, I found this fun sagey green leopard print fabric. I did get more of this than the pink -- so it will go into the bag I'm plotting and something else as well. Not sure what else, but the color just got to me. And the combo with the pink works really well for me for some reason -- then again, since I've been doing variations on green and pink and white combos for over two years now there could be a reason for that. I think I may be getting into a rut with that combo!

I also picked up this go-along for some panels and charm square packs I bought last winter. What I'm eventually going to do with all of them I'm not sure -- probably a quick and easy type throw quilt to use to decorate. Not that I've been the queen of decorating my house for the seasons lately (um -- I'm lucky if I remember what season it is usually) but hey, I can dream that I will have that kind of life at some point right? RIGHT -- or at least, that's my story and I'm sticking to it!

I also picked up this cute little pattern to make for my daughter. I thought it would be perfect for some of that cute puppy fabric I found with Mom. I figured I would add a nice hot pink ruffle (THAT I already have in my stash) and they would be great little pj bottoms with a t-shirt. The pattern seems super simple and it's by the same woman who did the pattern for the jackets I've made for my daughter and god daughter. Should be one of those fun and quick finishes I've been needing! (famous last words here -- every time I think this the project takes way longer than I think it should!)
At the second quilt shop I hit, I actually was buying some basics. Some thread, some good quality white muslin, and then I found these. Now, some of you are probably looking at this going -- um, Moda Chocolate. So what? Well -- about the same time May Britt was making her lovely little charm square bag (see her post from July 1st) I bought the same pattern. I have a charm square pack of the Chocolate line I bought last fall, but I didn't buy any yardage of the line. And, frankly, while the fabrics are lovely -- they don't really play well with most of the fabrics in my stash. In fact, I think I saw them running and hiding from my stash at one point and complaining about the noise. (have I mentioned lately that I like bright and intense color??) So, I was happy to find some go-alongs so I can make the bag with the charms I already had. See -- I HAD to buy more fabric so I could use up stash. Really. Um -- yeah, I'm not really buying this one either, but I had to give it a shot. Of course I didn't have the pattern with me and bought too much of the fabric for the lining and binding -- but that's ok. I think I'll make a couple of these up and give one away as a gift for Christmas.
So there you go -- my latest fall from grace and newest vow to finish some projects before I'm allowed to buy anything new. *sigh* I really need to get sewing. I've been cleaning and organizing the house and I haven't gotten any sewing done in over a week now. Oh yeah, and I'm still catching up on my blog reading. If you haven't heard from me or I haven't been commenting much -- please, have pity on me, y'all have so much that's interesting to say I'm a bit overwhelmed!!! But, the lack of sewing means I'm going through withdrawals. Maybe that's why I've been buying -- must. sew. need. to. play. Need to USE pretties I buy!

17 comments:

Lazy Gal Tonya said...

sorry you've been cleaning instead of sewing with all of your fun new projects. go have some fun now!

May Britt said...

I agree the Moda Chocolate does not match together with my other fabrics, therefore I bought sooooo much that I can make a quilt of it . You're going to love making the little bag. It was fun and easy and I intend to make more for christmas gifts now. And perhaps reduce my stash.

Fiona said...

Always good to add a little something to pep up the stash!

Screen Door said...

I have been wishing over that pattern!!! Lucky!!!Sorry about the quilt shop closing but what treasures you found!!

Linda said...

You did have fun, but then I'm a great believer that you must need that fabric, just in case, that's my story and I'm sticking to it.

Bren said...

You will have lots of sewing to do!! We need to see a picture of all your fabric and how you store it! It has to look incredible!!!

Andrea said...

Aww - forget the cleaning and go and play with your fabrics ! You'll only spend more money if you don't - lol !

Holly said...

At $3 a yard I would have bought fabric, too, whether I needed it or not. Fun purchases :)

Sue in western WA said...

Andrea's right: go sew something to keep yourself from buying more fabric!!! (but at $3.00 a yard you could hardly go wrong!)

Nan said...

I know exactly what you mean about fabric temptation - I need to wean myself from buying fabric so much! It's just such fun, though, isn't it? Especially at $3/yard - woohoo!!
I can't wait to see what you create from all your wonderful finds!

The Calico Cat said...

How fun... love the britches & bloomers pattern...

Dawn said...

I think we all have had a hard time finding time to sew this summer! Just popping in to catch up and say hi!

Suzanne Earley said...

$3.00/yard -- I think you were REQUIRED to buy fabric at that price, weren't you? LOL

Is the skirt pattern really, truly easy -- for someone that can sew straight lines but hasn't done a lot of garment sewing?

The Wooden Spool said...

Wow, that is a terrific little dress idea! Love it! It's gonna get on my list now, too! :) Love all your fabric combos!!!

Libby said...

Ya know it kind of makes me feel better to know that I'm not the only one who's been "bad" about shopping lately - so fyi you are not the only one either :-)

Beemoosie said...

Is there EVER enough fabric??

Rebel said...

Oh man, I'm right there with you, no resistance to fabric. I've looked longingly at the red-envelop fabrics in the shop... and now I want to go hunt down that pink floral. Too pretty!