So I bought some new fabric… just a little bit…. just enough to keep me busy for the rest of the year…. really, I did not go overboard…. No, it is not that much…just look at the photo’s of other people’s stashes … my stash is “miniscule” compared to their collections, actually! Really!!!
Do you believe me already?
(Giggle) Let’s face it: I bought lots and lots and lots. Well, can you blame me? I went on vacation to the U.S.A. and brought an empty suitcase along. You catch my drift right? I think I can give myself a Master’s Degree in fabric shopping now, frame it, hang it up in the studio and admire it. 😉
I did “go shopping with a plan”: buy orange, buy purple (lacking in my “small” stash) and lots of coordinated fabrics for baby boy and baby girl quilts I am planning to make for sale this summer. I kept to my plan, and found some extra gorgeousness along the way.
First three are from Jo-Ann’s fabric store, last two came from the Quiltshop in Dunedin, Florida.
Two more Thomas Knauer fabrics, Savanna Bop line, bought online.
Isn’t funny that some stores/lines have very similar collections. Left Jo-Ann’s, right Quilt shop: “Park Slope, Erin Morris for…” (don’t know, can’t read the selvage)
I have heard people talk about the difference in quality in cotton fabrics. I must admit that there really is a difference between the designer fabrics and the fabrics that have come from non-quilting-stores. The quilters cottons seems to be softer (like flannel) and sometimes even more silky. The difference in feel is quite striking when you also look at the fabrics that I bought at the local biannual fabric market last week.
Is this the reason why some quilters talk about “interesting textures” in their quilts… They don’t want to scream and shout about working with fabrics that come from another source? 😉 Oh, don’t get me wrong, I completely understand if you only want to work with designer fabrics, but for me that is just not on option. The quilt stores here do not have a large collection modern fabrics and ordering online is very expensive due to shipping costs and then the customs tax added to that…. So, I’ll just mix it up!
Here are some more Jo-Ann’s fabrics:
I just love the gray “concrete” / “cement” fabric. i think I found it at Jo-Ann’s, not sure!
Some online finds: COMMA of course! I also bought a charm pack I am a little afraid to cut into.
The pink flowers are from Art Gallery Fabrics.
Sophistication in grey!
And then there was the fabric market last week…. all yard cuts! Had a hard time finding “boy” fabrics though, everything was pink or girl themed! I did my best!
If you are interested in the names on the selvages, please let me know. Not everything can be named, but some sure can.
I have a question for you… while on vacation I did not only buy fabrics. I also bought this gorgeous top from Peck & Peck that is even more gorgeous on me! I fell in love with the fabric from afar in the store! I just had to have it. It reminded me of paintings done by Futuristic artist Giacomo Balla from the 1910’s in Italy. They represent swallows in flight.
So, do you know if there is a designer out there who has something like this in 100% cotton? I would LOVE to use it in a quilt!
Now, where do I stash this new stash? Uh….
I am linking up with “Finding Fifth for “Sunday Stash“.