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 twicediagonally 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!