Oh what a week! My stash has gone up and then down and then up again and it's been SO MUCH FUN!
Monday: I started off the week with a trip to Goodwill. I can't even remember how or why I ended up there. I swear there was a reason... maybe not. It's always just sort of a blur. I'll be driving in the car headed to the bank or the grocery store and the next thing you know, I'm in a Goodwill with a cart full of awesome. As usual, I digress.. I picked up these vintage goodies.
The prints came from two different Goodwill stores actually, but their coloring matches to a T - must be a 70s color palette thing - or they've both yellowed equally over the years. Ewwww! Luckily, they are both cotton and they've got some soaking in their near future. The cheater is on a roll and has a few yards on it. I love the colors and the styling. I really want to make this a light summer picnic quilt and machine quilt in all the cheater-ditches. Then I found the sweet little vintage Raggedy Ann and Andy and I think I have to incorporate them somehow. They just go too well together - and what in the heck else am I going to do with vintage Raggedy Ann and Andy hugging poodles, sheep, donkeys and a sheep dog?
Tuesday: My first package containing Sugar Snap by Melissa Averinos of Yummy Goods showed up on my doorstep. I ordered the complete collection from three different sources. This first package was from Rock City Quilts. They shipped super quickly and were friendly through email.
Wednesday: Modern Domestic Designer Fabric Sale. I was there participating by selling extra fabric from my Kung Fu Bambini clothing line. And I kept giving fabric away. I was selling it for $3 a yard - and pretty much throwing in an extra yard for every 2 or 3 someone bought. One lovely quilter bought six yards of fabric from me for a quilt back and I ended up talking her into taking home six yards of another fabric. My fabrics multiply like bunnies. I started off the sale doing so good - I wasn't going to buy a thing. And then I watched so many gals buying up yumminess from Garnish Apparel and Church & State that I had to give in! I bought this super fun Cameo print from Garnish that I think needs to be a top with a little black ribbon belt - and pearls of course.
Then I bought this yummy mint green fabric and lace from Church & State. The fabric is a knit and feels like butter. It is actually 100% silk with a linen weave or something super fancy like that. All I know is that I have the cutest dress in my head with a little lace peeking out of a raw edge hem and a lace-rose corsage thingy. Can you tell that I have way-not-enough experience to be working with such beautiful and precious fabrics? I'm hoping I can pull it off and not make the girls cringe when they see what I've done with their gorgeous fabrics!
On my way out I had to pick up a vintage Alexander Henry fabric with these giant red and gold tulips on it and some mustardy gold little tiny roses and a few yards of some beautiful trims from Michelle at Eclectikid. Dang it, no pictures of these! Well, when the girls get sundresses out of it, I'll show you then, deal? Deal.
Thursday: Next stop, garage sale! I found an ad on Craigslist for a "Fabric Garage Sale" - the details said that it was a quilt shop from the coast that had closed down. I did some research (all hail the power of google!) and found that the shop had closed in 2007 - this led me to believe I might find some sweet goodies there! Okay - we all know I was looking for Flea Market Fancy. ha! I didn't find FMF, but I did find some Amy Butler Charm for $2 a yard!
There were seven different Charm prints there, but I already had most of them and somehow I actually kept myself from just buying everything she had. Instead the littlest Craft picked out a batik with leaves on it for a back to school dress (I know, I can't believe I bought a batik either! - and I actually really like it. Never say never people!) I picked out some white stars on a creamsickle-y orange background for a Lemon Squares quilt by Faith at Fresh Lemons Mondrn Quilts . This is supposed to be my fourth quilt on my quilts-to-do-list - and I brought home eight yards of Charm that I was low on.
Thursday night: Mama hits the mother load! Thursday night gets its very own post about the festivities, but I'll go ahead and tell you the fabric part of it now. Miss Terri over at Sew-Fantastic gifted me a 2.5" charm pack of Flea Market Fancy and a FQ of yellow barbells. So now I have all of the centers to my wonky log cabin quilt. I now owe Terri my first born son. I have a sneaking suspicion she'd be happier with some Amy Butler Gypsy Caravan instead.
I was completely inspired to do a Flea Market Fancy complete collection quilt by Megan of Lucy & Norman. Her quilt is gorgeous and as soon as I saw it I knew I had to get my hands on all of the prints to put together a wonky log cabin. This quilt is next on my quilting-to-do-list!
See what I mean??? Mother load, people! Still on the hunt for more fabrics to do the strips on my quilt. Hint Hint Hint. :) I have some swaps I'm hoping work out. Thank goodness for the kindness of other sewers!
Friday: Boo-Yah! First off, in the mailbox was an FMF Pink Posies FQ from a delightful flickr swap. And right under her package was my copy of Small Stash Sewing! Hooray! Where am I going to start with that??? I think with a belt - or maybe with Unicorn and Moon. Oh man, I can't decide! And then just about an hour later, Hello Sugar Snap! ALL of this yumminess came today! Full yard cuts of every other print I needed (and a couple or three extra yards of one or two prints!). I ordered these from Creative Merchandise. They had the largest selection of Sugar Snap fabrics in one place and they were also speedy and kind.
I am still missing Kimono in Cocoa if anyone wants to hook a sister up! I'm planning a quilt and Thanksgiving dresses for the girls. I was inspired by The Adventures of Wondermommy. I'll probably use a similar, but slightly different pattern, but I love her combination of Wallpaper in Cocoa on top and Lace in Cocoa on bottom. To me the brown and orange colors are hearthy-warm-perfection for Thanksgiving, but it is all SO vibrant!
Dear Lord, luckily I will be out of town for the Fabric Depot sale tomorrow. Whew! Now, someone hide this post from my husband :)