Monday, May 17, 2010

Couldn't resist!

Some retail therapy happened last week.  I could not wait to spend my LQS gift certificate the girls gave me for Mother's Day. I spent a lot of time looking at tools and accessories, since those usually can't part me from my money due to the prices!  I came home with some fabric too, of course. 
The navy and cream with navy prints are already spoken for.  The other was a "light" that I liked so it came home with me.  I got a yo-yo maker and a 60 degree Marti Mitchell ruler, both for other projects. I'm happy to support my LQS but that ruler was kind of spendy ($17.49) so it was a good thing I had a gift certificate!  But it was a productive shopping trip, even though the Frolic fabric I was looking for wasn't available at the shop.  They have a fabric card plan and the salesgirl announced I have $1.98 before I reach the $200 mark that allows a 20% extra discount on anything.   I should have thrown a fat quarter on the pile!
The above situation kept me from sewing on Erica's blocks one evening so instead I spent time cutting for the Strawberry Fields Quiltalong from Lori's blog, Humble Quilts.  I love all the antique quilts she shows.  But I digress..I decided to make mine patriotic so pulled out lots of scraps. 

Alas, sometime after I took this photo I realized I had miscopied the directions for the square-in-square pieces and cut the small background triangles twice diagonally instead of once so I have to recut, dagnabit!  Fortunately I had not cut ALL of the pieces before I played with a layout and realized what I had done.  But I am short on backgrounds so will have to scrounge some more.  I really wanted those blue/white shirtings in it!
While remedying the thread situation at my local fabric store, as usual I cruised by the remnant bin.  The shop sells fabrics of all types and carries lots of the popular designer's quilt fabrics, though never a full line, it seems (except for Amy Butler).  They discount their remnants 30-35% so I got these pieces for quite a bargain.  The green is a Moda fabric and was the largest piece at just over half a yard; $3.23 was what I paid.  Once again I seem to be drawn to graphic prints.  Love the chicken wire one.  It will make a great border or binding I think.  Last night just before dinner I put the last stitch in the final block for Erica's quilt.  Tonight we can lay them all out with the setting triangles, ready to sew into rows. Progress, progress! 


Quilt Hollow said...

I know just how much fun it can be to have a gift certificate to spend....things we normally wouldn't want to spend the $$ on seems a heck of a lot easier; like your new ruler.
You've got some pretties!!

Quilting in My Pyjamas said...

Wow Annie that's quite a haul!

I always find getting gift certificates for fabric and sewing supplies a thrilling experience.

Who am I kidding...I just like buying fabric and sewing matter how they get paid for !

Julie in the Barn said...

Good stuff you got there! I've got that 60degree triangle ruler on my someday list. Those dang gadgets are so pricey. I want to make Lori's newest quilt too but haven't even picked out my fabrics yet. I think I'm going to go with pink and brown. That means I'll need to get some more fabrics. As if I need an excuse.LOL.

Nanette Merrill and daughters said...

Oh you did a good job shopping. Looks like a 60 degree ruler. I love mine.

Tracey @ozcountryquiltingmum said...

I just bought some of that back chicken wire...from Hancocks online. io love it and now of course don't want to cut it! Tracey