Stash Building and surprise freebie

 

Two weeks I go a placed an order via Etsy for 1/2yrds of my 6 favourite prints from Anna Maria Horner’s Loulouthi collection, and received the package yesterday!

When I opened it, I found that I not only got the fabrics I had ordered but 2 freebies… One was an extra piece of fabric and this:

The Spring/Summer 2011 issue of Quilt Sampler. This is a 6-monthly magazine! and I have found a UK supplier which stocks this… The Contented Cat offers it with American Patchwork & Quilting magazine for £4.95 or on its own for £5.25.  I have been glancing through it for most of the day and there are some really fab ideas for quilts, including a smaller version of a Dear Jane quilt. I am not a big fan of monster-sized quilts or applique, so a Baltimore quilt is not on my to-do-in-the-future list!

Also, next time I go to the folks’ for Sunday dinner, I will be taking some of my ‘infamous’ stash to show Mum. I think I have spent approx £300+ since April on fabrics! Yikes! Mum said that as I had been some tough times with work (suspension & disciplinary action just short of dismissal!), I should treat myself. So that’s what I have been doing.

The Festival of Quilts at the NEC in Birmingham starts later this week, and I have my ticket for the show on my computer desk ready for Saturday. Yet another excuse for spending my hard earned ££££, but I have a list of necessities to get, like wadding/batting for 2 twin-bed sized quilts and backings for said quilts. I can guarantee that I will be coming more than that, such fat quarters, more quilty books. I can’t wait, as it’s been about 6 years since my first visit to the FoQ.

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Innocent Crush

Following on from yesterday’s post… I went and checked out British Patchwork & Quilting’s new blog. If you scroll down and read through the blog list on the right hand side you will notice my little blog mentioned. I’m not letting this go to my head! Ok, may be I am a little, but what the heck!

On Friday I collected a parcel from the local Royal Mail delivery office. I had been expecting a parcel from USA via Etsy, but I hadn’t received it, so you can imagine the thoughts when I got a card shoved throught the letter box saying that £15 had to paid in customs charges…. Got to the RM delivery office and paid the money, and got the parcel. When I got back home and opened it, it was a fat quarter bundle of the complete Innocent Crush line by Anna Marie Horner.

Small selection of blue/aqua Innocent Crush

Since getting the IC fat quarter bundle, I have had ideas buzzing round my brain like bees round a flower and been searching for inspiration on Flickr on how to use the IC fabrics. So I have been auditioning solids, using the Kona Solids colour card I got the other week, making a list of the colours I will need to get.

Stash building

Most (but not all) of my stash are fabrics that I have bought, either fat quarters/eighths, half-metre/half-yards etc. Some are fabrics that I was given by one of my mum’s acquitances, who  made her own clothes. Recently I have been digging around in the laundry bin in which I keep the larger ‘bundles’ and found that I have a lot of blue, green & purple fabrics, so I went on a little spending spree online.

The postman delivered this bundle of gorgeousness this morning, ordered from Crafts 4 All Seasons. These are part of the Paradise Collection from Art Gallery fabrics. Sorry for the dark photo – I had forgotten to switch the flash on, lol.

L – R:  Sparkles in Teal & Orchid ; Squared Fashion in Pink & Blue ; Eternal Sashes in Pink & Green

I have ordered yet more fabrics from America via Etsy and hope to get the parcels soon. Hot pinks, oranges and plain colours that coorindate with the Soul Blossoms fabrics were order of the day.

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Tilda - Fruit Garden by lizzie allen
Tilda – Fruit Garden, a photo by lizzie allen on Flickr.

Look what I got in the post today… the other half of my order from Cotton Patch, the Fruit Garden fq bundle of Tilda fabrics. One fabric is a substitute as the other fabric is currently unavailable from the suppliers, but I don’t really care!!!  I just love the Tilda line!

Now I have to think of a suitable pattern to use to show off these lovely fabrics…

New additions to my stash

Part of my latest fabric orders arrived yesterday (got sent to my parents’ address), courtsey of The Fabric Loft:

1. Cafe Mocha in red (the floral), Honey Vine in Chocolate and Kona Solid in Rich Red

2. Some lovely scraps!!

From the Cotton Patch, Tilda fabrics (the Summer Blues fat quarter bundle):

And from the lovely Jo Bearpaw, as a swap with me for some of my perle threads: