Monday, October 1, 2007

It's a Sickness I Tell 'Ya...

Really, it is. So here I am all "Finish What You Have" and "Use What You Have" because, well, I've kind of been on a buying spree over the last several month and I need to use some of what I do have. I'm running out of room in my small house and the ideas are all crowding each other out -- I need to get some things done so I can free up the mental clutter! And what do I do? Oh come on, guess.

If you guessed that I bought more fabric -- um, you would be correct. I was TRYING to be responsible. Really I was. But, I went to my guild meeting. Normally, this would not be that much of a temptation. I mean, how much trouble can you get into at guild? Well, when they are having a "garage sale" to raise funds for our charity project -- quite a bit it turns out. It seems a donor gave the guild a huge stash to use for charity quilts (we make small ones for children in hospitals and for children who are removed from abusive homes). Now, not all of the stash is "child" appropriate -- and for the patterns we use, we do need to purchase some fabrics as "go alongs." So, sell some of the fabrics to guild members with the funds going to purchase supplies for the donation quilts. It's a good cause. I figured I'd buy a yard or two of fabric -- and that would be it. Yeah. Right. Um, I'm not going to give an exact number of the yardage that came home with me -- but at $2.00 a yard and most pieces being 4 yards or more -- um, let's just say a lot.

But really, how could I resist these beauties? Laura Ashley. Vintage Laura Ashley 100% cotton. The dates on the selvages are 1978, 1983, and 1985. (ok -- quick question here, when does something become vintage? I know antique is more than 50 years -- but these are 25+) One of them even had an original price tag on it -- the remnant from 1983 was $10.00 a yard. My love of a bargain just could NOT be denied now could it????


And then there were these lovely neutrals. Just plain ordinary whites and a couple of tans. Although, one of them will NOT be going into any quilts. Of the fabrics I bought it was the only one that was labeled as a "blend" fabric. It's the one on the bottom of the pile there. I did a quick burn test and well, it's an interesting blend. The wool I THOUGHT was there -- yep. And polyester. Hmmn...but, it's a great neutral color and I'm thinking a nice fall skirt would be a good thing. Maybe even the base of a bag or something (since, well, it's a 3 yard piece).

And this doesn't even cover the fabrics I bought at Tammy's on Saturday. I taught my first ever quilt class (the subject for another post entirely) and after spending 3 hours in a quilt shop, like I could walk out with NOTHING? Yeah, my will is not THAT strong. Hmph. I'll share photos later.

And as for the fabric from my guild meeting -- it was a charitable donation. Right? Right? Anyone???

21 comments:

Mrs. Goodneedle said...

I'm not so sure you better try taking that off your taxes, but it does qualify as a charitable donation as far as I'm concerned. You're not sick-- you get a free pass on this one!

joyce said...

I can't believe you had so much restraint! I would have come home with a lot more at that price.

Karyn said...

The fabrics are so pretty!! I don't blame you one little bit! Having said that, my own little shopping spree must come to an abrupt halt until I've used up some of my newly-purchased stash.

Felicia said...

No way you could have resisted those lovelies.

Cheryl A said...

I want hear more about the first quilt class. I've digressed from my class sample...

Bren said...

You need to just give up!!! You are fighting a losing battle. You were born to buy fabric!!! LOL

Teresa said...

Poor girl. But hey... if you find any good advice, pass it along! I need help as much as you.

Clare said...

Laura Ashley! Noone in their right mind would turn those down. Green with envy :-)

QuiltingFitzy said...

Those fabrics are yummy, particularly the blue stripes!

Yeah, it's a sickness. I don't ever wanna get well.

Lisa D. said...

How could you resist those beautiful bargains, Angela? I know I could not. You are perfectly justified, IMHO!

Rose Marie said...

Wow, who could not resist that blue/white fabric. I would have had heart flutters for sure over those regardless of price and you got yours for a steal!

Shelina said...

Those are beautiful blue fabrics, and I can see why you would want them at $2 a yard, it would be a shame not to get them. The thing about a diet, though, is that when you fall off, you must immediately jump back on. That means you can't buy any more fabric starting today and going forward!
Yeah, I'm on the no buy too, and I might have slipped once or twice this year too.

Carole said...

Oh.... I like those blues! Yep, like you needed an excuse to buy fabric! ;o) lol Keep well!

Tracey @ozcountryquiltingmum said...

Yes, charity is my thought every tome i walk out an op shop laden!!
But seriously, great buys, i love Vintage Laura Ashley, and at those yardages who could resist.
hey, on your thoughts, we are vintage!!! Tracey

anne bebbington said...

Those Laura Ashley fabrics are beautiful and I actually vividly remember them from them being on sale in the shops - does that make me vintage too???

Fiona said...

I've told you before ... it's an investment! (My mum has some of that blue flowered fabric in pink).

Yvonne said...

LOL....I'm hoping I stay on the wagon a little longer than you did. I got a little button happy last month also and I promised myself nothing till the new year. Your fabrics are very lovely by the way.

Nan said...

You are a good girl to buy all that wonderful fabric - after all, it was for charity!! You have to give to your favorite charity once in awhile, right? Right!! I would say those fabric purchases do not count in your buying "spree".
Beautiful fabrics, by the way!

Tanya said...

Hi! Lovely fabrics. I'd be alongside you buying anything at that price! By the way, how do you do a burn test and what are you looking for when you do it?

Sue in western WA said...

Those Laura Ashley fabrics are SO pretty! You cannot be blamed for buying them, I don't care what anyone says!!! How could you not, at those prices?! And as a charitable contribution too!

Toni said...

I just love that Laura Asley Fabric. I couldnt resist that..Have fun...Toni