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! 

5 comments:

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 supplies...no 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