Saturday, July 26, 2014

Fabric, fabric, more fabric, and even more fabric.

I haven't been very productive this week as it's been too hot to sew.  However, I have more than made up for the lack of sewing in fabric purchases.  I got a tad bit carried away, was my birthday, and I deserved a treat, or two, or three....that's my story, and I'm sticking to it.

First up is my first purchase from Connecting Threads.  A friend said there is no Canadian duty to pay.  And you if order $50 US or more online, shipping is only $7.99.

Of course, there had to be some orange.  I thought I'd try titanium needles as recommended by Scrapmaster -- I wanted to see what she loves about them.  I was disappointed with the brown fabric on the bottom.  It looked black online, but I was so very mistaken.  Oh well, lesson learned from ordering online.  The thread is $2.79 for 1,200 metres.  I've tried piecing with it this week, and I like it.  If it works as well with free-motion quilting, it may be my new thread choice.

If you look in the background, you'll see a quilt top on the design wall.  Stay tuned for the reveal.

Then I was playing around on Joann's website.  Why?  I don't know.  They don't ship to Canada so I didn't have a reason to be looking. But it was meant to be.  They were having a 50% sale on notions.  So a quick Facebook message to cousin A in Detroit to inquire if they were coming home to visit this summer.  As luck would have it, they were.  And so I quickly placed an order to be shipped to Detroit, and my gracious cousin brought my goodies when she came this week.

Basting spray is a minimum $16.99 for a small can here.  It was regular $12.99 at Joann's, so it was only $6.49 a can.  So four cans later.  And a new rotary cutter.

Happy Birthday to me!!

And then I remembered that my LQS gives 15% discount if you shop on your birthday.  So off to the store I go.

These lovely Kona half metres will be paired with some Kona pieces from my stash.  That's Papaya, Purple (although it does look blue), Kiwi, Cyan, Citrus, and Pewter.  I just keep adding to the list of things to make.  Think it's time to update my WIP list.

And my first purchase of Art Gallery fabric. is so very soft.  A quilt along I discovered at Fat Quarter Shop.  I wanted to try some new blocks.

And it continued to be a great birthday with a gift certificate from my boss.  LQS, here I come again!!

These will turn into Night Sky by Jaybird Quilts.  And to show QJ I'm learning my Kona names:  Leprechaun, Kiwi, Peapod, Sprout, Kumquat, Orange, Flame, Lipstick, Lilac, Crocus, Tulip, Surf, Water, Peacock, Pomegranate, Candy Pink, Carnation, Canary, Lemon, Sunny, and Papaya.  Sadly, they did not have Wisteria, Riviera, Bright Pink, or Black.  But one of the friendly clerks (who sadly knows me by name...okay, they all know me by name) is checking with their other locations to find the colours for me.  Thanks!!

No. More. Shopping.

Linking up with Molli Sparkles for Sunday Stash.


  1. Beautiful fabrics :) I said that too for your no more shopping comment and wait til you see my post for tomorrow.....I think I may be forbidden to buy fabric until next year lol.

    I can't wait to see Night Sky. I actually picked up the pattern last week :)

  2. Happy birthday week to you... looks like you made the most of it. Lovin' those Art Gallery pics and your Kona stash took a huge leap! You should link up with your ole pal Molli on this one, Anja!

  3. beautiful colours!!! What a great birthday.
    Oh, I am quite sure that Joannes does ship to Canada now. Not sure how much it costs though.

  4. Happy Birthday! Fabric is a great way to celebrate birthdays.

  5. Wow that's a lot of stash for one week, but if you can't spoil yourself on your birthday when can you?

  6. Wow, looks like you've been having fun!

  7. Looks like you had a great birthday! Wow!

  8. Art Gallery oval elements are one of my fave blenders, and I think they'll be yours soon too! Happy birthday, and of course you deserved all this fabric!!

  9. Completely in love with everything about this post! Score in the basting spray!

  10. That stack of Konas is awesome!!!!!!

  11. Awesome post Anja! Love your photos! Good idea to get an assortment pack of needles to experiment with. Is that 50# thread you bought? Can't wait to get a better look at that WIP in the background.

  12. Best birthday gifts ever!! I love Art Gallery too-and great colors of Kona.


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