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Sunday Stash, Large-Scale Prints

I added a few new pieces of fabric to my stash recently for the first time in months. How could I resist when there was a shop quilt with over 10,000 bolts across the street from our retreat center, complete with a sale section, and coupons.

(my sewing friends confirmed that those prints above are definitely me!)

I like to make bags. I know, there’s a surprise! I’ve been making bigger bags these days, so I started to buy larger cuts of large-scale prints. I love the artsy, hand-drawn look of Alexander Henry fabrics.

It’s a whole new way of fabric shopping.

We stopped at a craft shop that had some great fabrics on sale ($3.00 a yard! 62 cents for 1/4-yard cuts!) I think some of these will make great sketchbook covers and shopping totes, especially if I decide to do a craft fair or two.

Now I need to save as many pennies as possible to stock up on the upcoming Field Study collection.

Hope you’re enjoying your weekend. Thanks for stopping by!

Fabric Talk – Keeping Up

Anyone get any new fabrics lately?

I have been stocking up on the fabulous Innocent Crush collections.

I love that you can get different colors of the same print in different fabrics, from the cotton to the voile to the home dec collections.

I love buying scrap bags because you get a little taste of a nice variety!

I jumped at a chance to get an early-release Sherbet Pips jelly roll from Randi’s shop. These are THE sweetest prints ever! I haven’t decided what to make with these fun fabrics, so I might wait until charm squares (packs of 5-inch squares) or layer cakes (packs of 10-inch squares) are available and to make a quilt.

Speaking of sweet prints, I did a little trade with Dana over the Christmas holiday. She sent me some Heather Ross charm squares and I shared with her a couple of my treasured Bohemian prints. Not sure yet what to make with these squares, but they scream to be fussy cut so you can appreciate the sketches.

Next up, I thought it would be fun to buy a couple Flea Market Fancy scraps, since I never bought any of that infamous collection. They are so cheerful to look at. I would love to make a wallet or a notebook cover with this small collection.

Here are some new collections I have on my shopping list:

Greenfield Hill fabrics by Denyse Schmidt. I love this collection because it’s dark and it’s light, it’s more geometric than I’ve seen lately, it’s less wallpaper looking that what I’ve seen lately, and it feels modern and original.

Central Park fabrics by Kate Spain. I have seen so many of the images that inspired her, and I love the fresh colors she used in that collection.

Bonjour fabrics by Diane Kappa. I love that Bright Buds print in Chocolate. Each colorway has a nice variety of color.

Bryant Park by Khristian Howell has some cool prints coming out in February. I especially love that Chelsea Blooms print, with the transparent graphic flowers. I also love her Byrant Glass designs. I’ve been to the real Bryant Park a few times, so I love imagining her sitting there sketching and dreaming.

There are always so many new fabrics to keep up with and catch up on, aren’t there? Plus, there are all those beloved fabrics in my stash to continue to love and use. What’s on your shopping list?

Another Monday, Another Week

Thanks for all the travel bag love! I really appreciate you all stopping by and taking the time to leave such nice comments.

Cinderella program

We had a nice weekend visiting my parents in Milwaukee, from a successful shopping spree for a few mix and match outfits for my mom to seeing the Cinderella ballet. I wanted to take a picture of the ballerinas’ costumes, but photography wasn’t allowed in the theater. Trust me, they lit up the  stage, making it beautiful.

fall scene in backyardI didn’t feel like raking when we got back home. Instead, I took a couple pictures of the fall colors still left. We saw some colorful leaves glowing in our backyard and along the road sides, but the peak has past, and now we’re starting to see more bare trees. Boo hoo!

fallen leavesFor the week ahead, other than a few boring meetings at work (which are a good time to practice my drawing or just doodle), and my usual exercise routine on Monday and Wednesday nights, I am already looking forward to next Saturday – Halloween! We have to pick up candy for the trick-or-treaters, and carve our pumpkins. I might even wear a costume this year! I am hoping to have time to work on a fall table runner and another wonky star block, in red this time to go along with the green one I made recently. Hope you all have a happy week!