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Sunday Stash

This post has taken me a ridiculously long time to write – I spent half my day fighting with lighting and colour of the photos, as you’ll see below. Most of these fabrics came from Sew Sisters via a gift card from the very lovely Michelle at Factotum of Arts. Michelle had a giveaway for her top commentors and I was one of them! She gave me a gift card to a Canadian shop so that I wouldn’t have to worry about the shipping costs – how sweet was that?

Sew Sisters was one of the first sites to have Carolyn Friedlander’s Doe fabric in stock… but somehow I managed to avoid buying it from there and instead spent the card mostly on discounted fabrics. (You get a lot more that way…)

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On the left is natural light in the morning, from the north east and then on the right is natural light in the afternoon, from the south west. Neither of which is remotely close to the real thing.

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I started trying different settings in my camera, to see if I could sort something out. The left is was “vivid colours” – that bit of carpet left in the photo is actually beige, so you can imagine how much effect there was on the fabric colours. And yet it’s still not as egg-yolk yellow as the actual fabric should look. On the right was a “snowy scene” setting on my camera and it’s the closest I managed to come up with.

I don’t even know how the same piece of fabric could come out so wildly different! Anyway, it’s a Living Elements fabric from Art Gallery Fabrics, and if you go here to their website you can find their picture, “Old Yellow,” which is certainly a better representation.

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When I’m buying fabric without a specific purpose in mind (buying a certain line because I like it or buying for a particular project), I tend to look for fabrics that will fill gaps in my stash – colours I don’t have a lot of or print types that I don’t tend to buy. Considering the size of my fabric collection, I have a surprisingly small amount of orange fabrics, so that’s how this print from My Sunshine by Zoe Pearn wound up in the purchase.

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This orange wasn’t from Sew Sisters, I forget where I bought it, but it’s adding to the orange collection too. This one is from Petal and Plume by Bari J. Really great print.

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But back to the Sew Sisters fabrics, here’s a bit of Pepe in Paris from Riley Blake Designs. I picked it up in two different colourways. I was drawn first to the blue one, below, but I liked this low volume version of it too. The one downfall I would say is that the print is quite large, so I think it’d be hard to really showcase the print in a quilt. It’ll work just fine in small pieces, but it’d be harder to show off the whole row of houses.

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Anyway, I really love it in blue. I should have photographed the selvedge – it’s so cute on this line! The colour marks (why can’t I think what those things are called?) are of a little man in a beret. So cute.

I also picked up a bit of sale priced Carolyn Friedlander, from her older lines Botanics and Architextures. This blue didn’t come out so well in the photograph. It’s a tough one to capture:

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Just like the yellow print, I tried photographing this one in a few different locations and levels of sunlight. It just didn’t take well to photographs. I probably already had some of this (I haven’t put it away yet, so I haven’t even checked!) but Botanics is such a great line and it’s so usable in pretty much everything. So you know. Why not? Despite my enormous collection of blue fabrics, I don’t have a ton of dark blues. Actually dark anything – dark orange, darker yellows, dark purples, etc. This one is probably a bit of a medium blue, but it’s still darker than my usual sky blues and aquas.

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These stripes are some of the best low volume fabrics out there. Love love them.

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And of course a bit of text fabric from Architextures.

I think I’d also got some Aurifil thread, but I can’t remember where I put it, so I didn’t photograph that!

Anyway, it was a pretty good fabric shop. I don’t really love Sew Sisters that much – their fabric focus just doesn’t line up that closely with mine (which is fine, I’m sure there are hundreds of quilters who’d turn their noses up at my favourite fabrics) and their website is also unwieldy at best. I think I’ve been spoiled by sites like Fabric Spark and Mad About Patchwork and Hawthorne Threads that let you search in several different ways – colour, designer, fabric line, etc. Anyway, they do have enough bits and bobs I like that I’ve bought from them a handful of times – most recently during a 20% off yardage sale (which might not be over yet, depending when I get this entry posted), when I ordered a few metres of some Kona cottons and a little bit of Cherie fabric – and I’m certain I’ll be back again in the future (especially with the Canadian dollar so low – I don’t see myself buying from American sites, anyway!).

Anyway, I’d shown an orange print above, which didn’t come from Sew Sisters, and when I bought it, I also picked up a few dark blues. (I forgot where I got it from! They were all in the same plastic bag though.)

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This is one of Art Gallery Fabrics new Prisma Elements fabrics. It’s got a metallic silver print over the blue. Very pretty! I like that the metallic is pretty minimal – I find it makes for slightly stiffer and less comfortable feeling fabrics when it’s applied too heavily.

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This is Metro Living Diamonds in Navy. I’ve had a few different Metro Living prints over the years and they’re always great. And good solid colours – navy, orange, red, etc.

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And finally we’ve got Deco Geo in Navy from Michael Miller. Another good navy, though there’s a lot of white in that print.

So that’s kind of an enormous collection of fabric being added to my shelves instead of taken away… I almost hate to add up the yardage and see what it comes to!

Linking up with the always fabulous Molli Sparkles for Sunday Stash. (Link and blog button on the right.)

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Sunday Stash

When I was thinking about writing today’s entry, I was just going to show you my newest influx of fabric…

Sunday Stash

I’m always buying something. No matter how often I say I’m going on a fabric fast or whatever, I always wind up stumbling over a 30% off sale or I just need a red stripe for a binding or in this case, I’m just super uncertain what to send for a Fat Quarter swap and so I wind up buying a pile of stuff to potentially give away. My swap partner didn’t give a lot of direction as to what she was hoping to receive and though she commented on several pictures, she didn’t really comment so much on MINE, so I compiled a great big list of stuff she mentioned liking and then thought, ‘oh god, I don’t own any of that!’ Some of it I knew I could get from Mad About Patchwork, so I started loading up a great big cart of potential fabrics.

Starting on the left is Folkloric Blooms in Fuchsia (Robert Kaufman), Architextures Scribble Notes in Navy (Robert Kaufman), Architextures Landscape in Grass (Robert Kaufman), and Architextures Blueprint in Grass (Robert Kaufman). Then from the top right, a Pepper print (don’t know it’s name, by Robert Kaufman), Waterfront Park’s Domino Dot in Clementine by Violet Craft, Just My Type’s Letterpress in Red by Patty Young, Waterfront Park’s Domino Dot in Jewel by Violet Craft, and Just My Type’s Grosgrain in Red by Patty Young.

Interestingly, I didn’t wind up using any of these new fabrics that I’d bought with the swap in mind. Nope, I wound up pulling things that have been in my stash for a little while:

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I don’t really recall the names of the fabrics or the lines they come from and it’s already in the mail, so I can’t even go look it up. The bird print on the bottom is by Aneela Hoey and the red is a Cosmo Cricket print. The other two, I don’t really know. I wound up choosing three fabrics that my partner had specifically mentioned liking in a couple of different posts and the fourth one, the Cosmo Cricket print just felt like a fun choice. Of course, looking at the photo now, I really don’t think that red print is a very good choice because the point of it all was to swap blender fabrics and I think there is too much contrast in that print for it to be strictly a blender print. Anyway, as long as my partner likes it, I guess that’s all that really matters.

As for the rest of it… it’s always my goal to have my stash get smaller (through use) rather than bigger, but maybe I’ll succeed a little better another day… (That won’t be for a few weeks at least, though. I’ve got two packages coming from within Canada and one from without. Ahem. And I may have a cartload of stuff at Super Buzzy that I’m trying to talk myself into hitting the “Remove” button for because I. Do. Not. Need. More. Fabric.)

Anyway, few days ago though I got talking with Paula from The Sassy Quilter about some of Moda’s business practises. I mean, she brought it up in one of her posts, that they only print a fabric line once and then when the fabric is gone, it’s gone. I think it’s a kind of crappy thing to do, a bit of a bully’s move. You have to buy it now, even if you’re not 100% you want it, because if you don’t, it might be gone and you’ll never have a chance at it again. It’s just like Disney and their films in the supposed vault: it’s a way to pressure people into buying Just In Case. I understand the thought behind it, it’s supposed to make the fabric seem more special, more precious, and therefore make it more likely that you’ll buy it early and in greater quantity. Moda seems to be doing well, so I think it’s working for them. On the other hand, it’s really damned annoying.

I didn’t start buying fabric online until a couple years ago – I didn’t have a credit card until about 4-5 years ago (because I had a paranoia that if I had one, I’d just spend a ton of money on dumb crap and then wind up one of those people with $10,000 credit card debt and nothing much to show for it, which I should say hasn’t happened, thank god), so most of my nice fabric was bought within the last couple of years. But there are a lot of really lovely fabric lines that I either didn’t know existed (because I lived a long ways off from good fabric stores, and still do) or that were already hard to find by that point. I think of fabric like Tula Pink’s Neptune line, which I didn’t like very much to begin with and so ignored until it was too late to get the “good” prints. At some point you’re just left hoping you’ll stumble unexpectedly over something amazing in a random store somewhere.

So a few weeks back I was in Lethbridge and went to a couple quilt stores there. I posted photos back then of the stuff that I’d bought, including this bundle, which was labelled as a 12 FQ pack of Amy Butler prints:

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I had laughed a bit at the time because that lime and white print in the middle is actually a Heather Bailey print, but what I didn’t noticed when I pulled it apart at the time was that that pink and blue print on the bottom row is actually a long out of print Tula Pink fabric from her Hushabye line:

Hushabye Bunny Damask

I was never a really big fan of the Hushabye line, mostly because it was too Children’s Fabric to me, so that’s not one of those Out of Print lines that I pine for (I might still buy the Circus Dot in Sage if I could ever find it, I find that print oddly attractive, but ONLY in that colour-way), but it’s kind of hilarious to me that tucked away with those Amy Butler prints was this one OOP HTF fabric that some people probably do pine after and wouldn’t ever get their hands on because Moda’s got it Locked In The Vault. (If someone has that Circus Dot in Sage and wants to do a trade, this FQ for that one, I could get behind that. Just saying.)

I wonder if some day they’ll make the (probably sound) business decision to Unlock their Vault and reprint either selected lines or select prints from some of their old lines, just to make another stack of money to swim around in like Donald Duck, before locking it all back up again. Anything you wish they’d reprint?

Linking up with Finding Fifth’s Sunday Stash, this week hosted at Blossom Heart Quilts:
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