StashShots: Shopaholics R Me – Part 2

So, I’m no stranger to colour, that’s for sure. I have been promising myself that I will dutifully upload pix of my purchases from Creativ Festival 2013 in Mississauga. I started doing this so I don’t buy the same fabric twice, or so I can check to see what I’ve bought previously that might work with that new bolt of something wonderful that I’ve just found in the store, or just to jog my memory when I’m looking for fabric for a new project. It’s not fool proof, but it works so far. My blog is also my electronic stash 😉

I have a weakness for batik. The first batch I picked up in the FQ bin at Sew Sisters, and the second set below were half metres from Hamel’s. They are my favourite sources for affordable batik.


The fat quarters below are from Sew Sisters – I’m slowly building a bin of fat quarters with patterned fabric that reads as a solid colour for a particular project. These have been squirreled away in that bin.
These were some yummy jewel toned prints from log cabin yardage (I think)… or was it fabric spot?

That’s it for now. Soon I will upload some shots of Rowan solids and oak shots that I snapped up!


StashShots: Kona Club April 2013

I was a little reluctant to sign up for Sew Sisters Kona Club, but I was thrilled with my first package of goodies! 4 delicious FQs of spring colours – gorgeous! All those yummy citrus shades have me thinking of a summer tote.

20130519-090823.jpg I can’t wait for my May bundle, which is due to arrive in the mail next week.

Phoenix Quilt continues – Part 5

20130505-233152.jpg Managed to complete the back of the quilt today. I wanted to incorporate the stars (above) which I had originally sewn for the quilt front into the quilt back. Lots of scraps, lots of colour, and I even threw on a new print… a strip from a fat quarter of Space Invaders themed fabric, which I had picked up at Creativ Festival. I know, I know… I said I would not buy any more fabric for this quilt, but who can resist something as nostalgic as space invaders?

Here’s the back, not as yet squared up. I’m pretty happy with the bright colour, especially as I had a chance to use all those 2.5 inch strips of that yummy orange hawaiian print – I had originally cut that for the borders on the front, and changed my mind at the last moment.

20130505-233343.jpg The quilt sandwich is now pinned together, and I’ve started machine quilting. Hope I have some time this week to work on it.

Ticklish Baby Quilt – Part 2

Say Cheese… The shot above is some great colour from my stash. I love a good stashshot, it makes me happy.

Shop ’til You Drop… I bought a Ticklish by Me and My Sister for Moda charm pack from Sew Sisters a while back, and of course, stashed it away… somewhere. The fabric line is bright, sunny and Spring-like, and has lots of great color and pattern. Very sweet and perfect for a baby quilt. But I only bought one charm pack. So when I came up with a great little sketch, I realized I would need some solids, but I was 4 charm squares short! Sew Sisters had sold out the stock by the time I checked. What’s a girl to do? I bought some Kona Snow, 2 shades of Kona Grey and Black solids, and decided to compare my stash to the charm squares. Surely I could find a substitute? After digging through the 4 corners of my apartment, I came up with the finalists (see pictures above and below).

Camera, Lights, Action!… After some auditioning, I chose the green and white fat quarter -7872 Luna by Gail Fountain and Maywood Studio. The scrolling pattern mimics some of the scrollwork in the Ticklish line, and this green fits the Spring theme I was going for. Everything’s been cut, and is ready for sewing… in the near future.

Sneak Preview… Wanna see the sketch? The one on the right is the original design. When I had sewn most of the charm square blocks already, I almost gave up in despair once I realized I would be a few charm squares short. Mr. Engineer peered quietly over my shoulder for a little while, and when i wasn’t looking, he redesigned the quilt (that’s his sketch on the left). With this redesign, whatever oddball fabric I eventually found in my stash would go in the middle. I have to admit, it’s a great idea!