Friday, May 13, 2011

Birthday Fabric Bonanza

Due to some gracious gifting by some dear friends and family, I was left with a bit of spending money that I could do with as I please.  I ask you, when does that ever happen?

So I dug down deep into the "pining away" part of my brain and allowed myself to indulge in some fabric shopping.  Like the kind of abstract "stash-building" that so many people seem to participate in on a regular basis, but I never do.

It's not a strict policy per se, but generally I am not a person who buys fabric with no project in mind.  In fact, most of my stash consists of leftover bits from  previous projects and fabric that people have given to me because they don't think they're going to use it.  Not that I'm complaining about that, mind you, but a large portion of my stash is made up of stuff that I probably wouldn't buy on my own and therefore isn't necessarily my cup of tea.

Anyway, so my only rule for this shopping spree (of sorts) was to buy fabrics that I really LOVE.  Some I have designs for, a few may go to make things for my future shop, and some are just there because I love them and want to pet them.

So ok, here she blows.

I finally put my hands on a nice fat quarter collection of Heather Bailey's Pop Garden fabrics.  I've been IN LOVE with them since I first laid eyes on them and every time I go out to buy fabric for a project I peek around to see if I can find a few of my favorite prints at my LQS.  Sadly, they only have ever seemed to carry a small assortment and never the ones that I have in my mind.  Ah well.  Bygones.

I worked with Lilly Bella Fabrics on Etsy to put together this custom fat quarter bundle, and I couldn't be more pleased to finally have some in my hot little hands:

Peonies in Red:
Rose Bouquet in Cream:

Paisley in Ice:

Paisley in Ivory:


Swirly Buds in Ice:

I also got some of that Joel Dewberry fabric I was eyeing (from Aviary 2) for our master bedroom redo.  I realized though, upon seeing it in person, that it's not going to work for the vision I have for the space.  The orange in it is a bit more red than I was hoping for . . . oh well.  It'll definitely be used for something else . . . maybe a pillow for the couch?
Sparrows in Aqua:

I also let myself round out my bundle with a few pieces from Heather Bailey's Nicey Jane line.  This first one might actually end up in the bedroom come to think of it . . . it's a much better orange.
Pocketbook Tangerine:

Hop Dot Sky:
I also did some damage at Fabricworm.  They have such a ridiculously good selection of Japanese fabric, it's hard not to spend some time wandering over there from time to time.  This time I got . . .

Cosmo Cricket's Tailor Made Tiny Forms in Yellow:
Cosmo Cricket Tailor Made Tiny Forms Stripe in Turquoise

Cosmo Cricket Tailor Made Tiny Forms Stripes in Coral 

David Textiles Kiss The Cook Recipe in Blue

Alexander Henry June Bug, June Song Natural in Brite

Alexander Henry June Bug, June Bug Natural

Monaluna Organic Monaco Starburst Orange:

Alexander Henry Bird Seed in Aqua:

And the icing on the proverbial fabric cake?  This little bundle of Heather Ross Far Far Away I joy that I scored on eBay:
Heather Ross Far Far Away I mini stash

It's my first bit of Heather Ross fabric and yes, if you're wondering, I now have the fever.

This little guy is my favorite:
Heather Ross Far Far Away I - Frog Prince fabric detail

Anyone else fabric splurging lately?

7 Comments:

Two Shades of Pink May 13, 2011 at 3:33 PM  

OH, oh, oh I literally just scrolled up and down over and over oohing and ahhing. And every designer you picked are ones I love! What a fabulous way to splurge. I am a little envious, I think. I can not wait to see what you do with them!

Skooks May 13, 2011 at 4:07 PM  

I know!! If I don't cut into them soon I'm going to start getting all "I love them so much I can never cut into them" and then we'll have problems. LOL.

Duff May 13, 2011 at 6:34 PM  

Absolutely. The quilt shop (sort of) close to my house has fat quarters 5/$10. And you can choose any fabric they have in the store and ask for a fat quarter. You know i NEEDED 15 Kaffe fat quarters! Did I mention yet the lakehouse 16- fat quarter bundle? NO? How about he Henry glass masquerade birds in red? A couple yards please..and while you're at it, 3 yards of the Princess Mirah batik and oh! this red rooster stuff matches a quilt I'll finish someday so throw in 2 yards of that, too! that was this week. I'm totally serious. it was scary. and the week's not over yet.

Ronni May 13, 2011 at 8:14 PM  

Ok, that little frog makes me SO happy.

jillyヅ May 13, 2011 at 10:24 PM  

I went to get some 100% cotton batting at my LQS(thanks to Mothers Day $$) and walked away with fabric I seriously don't know why I bought, other than I loved them. I picked up a very pretty Michael Miller "Sakura Blossoms" that looked brand new(as in the bolt was full). I had never seen it, but the lady stated it came in Nov 2010 and I appear to be the first to purchase some. Pretty pink cherry blossoms on a medium gray background. More Springtime in Paris. Not sure the current love for pink of late. Always been a blue, purple, yellow and orange person. Funny part. I completely forgot the batting!!!!

I made sure it all fit into my sewing cabinet;-)

blessings, jilly

aubrey May 14, 2011 at 8:10 AM  

Every single pick is gorgeous! You have fantastic taste in fabric :) Makes me want to go fancy fabric shopping, but I have loads to work through first. Have fun with it!

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