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Lime

[Edited to say: Is anybody else annoyed with Flickr for changing yet again? Where did all my pictures go? Note to self: it now overrides to an embed code automatically (or it is right now…) and I need to change it to HTML and the size I want every frigging time, instead of it remembering what I asked for the last time I got an html code from them.]

So last week in my Sunday Stash post I alluded to the fact that I had a package of fabrics coming from Hawthorne Threads, which contained I couldn’t remember what… well, I actually had two packages coming from them. The first one was illicitly bought (illicit because I was supposed to be fabric fasting), but the second was a gift from the ever lovely Michelle at Factotum of Arts – she sent thank you giftcards to her top commentators when she reached 500 followers. Even though they were ordered and sent about a week apart, they both arrived on the same day last week, and so I’ve gotten the two bundles of fabric all mixed up. In any case, I decided to spread out the sharing of these fabrics, so hopefully if I’ve got something new to photograph and look at all month, maybe I won’t keep wanting to buy more…

So this week it’s all about the greens. I was clearly feeling in a very lime sort of mood when I bought these. I had a bath yesterday that smelled like a pina colada (something from Lush) and my sister thought maybe I’ve turned into a secret drinker, downing cocktails in the bathroom on Saturday evenings, but maybe I’m just in the mood for something tropical. Because it’s snowing. Again. Or maybe I should say Still.

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From the left, we have Squared Elements in Lime and Nature Elements in Lime Sherbet both from Art Gallery Fabrics and Cherries in Key Lime from The Henley Studio’s Retro Bake line for Andover.

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Okay. I’m going to have to stop saying that I hate florals. Maybe I’m just picky about florals? Maybe I just like occasional roses? Whatever the case, from the left we have Vintage Rose in Lime and Featherleaf in Green from Heather Bailey’s Lottie Da and Delhi Blooms in Lime from Amy Butler’s Soul Blossoms.

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In slightly quieter greens, I picked up Finery in Cream from Heather Bailey’s Freshcut line, Confetti Dots in Grass from Dear Stella (I think I should have gotten lime, this is a bit of a dreary green in comparison to the others), and Boho Stitches in Sand from Pat Bravo’s Rhapsodia, which is nearly not green at all.

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And then finally, one very dark emerald green, Foliage in Fern from Carolyn Friedlander’s Botanics line. This one feels quite different from anything else I picked up in these two bundles of fabrics, but it was bought with a specific purpose in mind: to be binding on a quilt I’d eventually like to make, using the Botanics charm pack (and the charm pack of Kona cottons matching the Botanics line). I don’t know what size that quilt will wind up, but I’m thinking I should have bought 3/4 of a yard (instead of the half I did get) just in case. Ah well… I do have some other cuts from that line, so I could just piece it, if I wind up needing to do that.

Linking up with Molli Sparkles for Sunday Stash:
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Later this week I promise to be back with, you know… posts about things I’ve sewn, rather than fabrics I’ve bought.

Oh! Oh, also! I should say who won my giveaway from last week’s Sunday Stash! The winner was lucky #13: Cristina from Pretty Little Quilts.

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Sunday Stash: Totalling the Diet Train

If there’s anything I’ve learned from 15 years of failed attempts at dieting, it’s that I’m not really very good at dieting. Chocolate, fabric; it’s all the same. I did great in January, I crashed and burned in February, and now in March I’ve… well, crashed and burned again? I don’t know. Certainly the fabric diet train has been totalled by this second crash, if it wasn’t already written off in the first.

Well, this week I’m hosting Molli Sparkles‘s Sunday Stash link-up and giveaway – arriving a day early here because it’s already tomorrow in Australia 😉 – so I guess it’s good that I’ve got a lot of things to show you…

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The Mad About Patchwork Stuff:

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I was looking for the pattern on the left and came away with it and the pattern on the right (which, omg, SO MANY PIECES… it turns out the answer to the Enigma – how to make this quilt without y-seams – is all the Half-Square Triangles EVER… seriously, making this quilt will use up your yearly quota of HST).

And somehow all this stuff hopped into the envelope as well:

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The top two are Anna Maria Horner prints from Field Study and as with so many AMH prints, whenever I look at them I wonder WTF I was thinking because I don’t have one sweet clue what to do with them to make them turn into something good. But then someone else will use them and they’ll be brilliant! and amazing! and I’ll have to have them! And so now I do, but right now… I kind of hate them. I suspect I’ve actually bought the bottom print before, one of the prints from Sarah Watson’s Indian Summer line… I really need to clean up my sewing room and get my fabric back in order by colour so that I can actually see what I have.

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There was also a bit of Joel Dewberry love going on because I also bought two different Tile prints from his Notting Hill line as well as the Frames print. Love the colours in these ones. I always say I hate pink, but I LOVE that pink print ridiculously.

The Hawthorne Threads Stuff:

This is still en route and I’ve deleted the email with the invoice so …. it’s a mystery. But I bet it’s good.

The Fabricland Stuff:
I shit-talk Fabricland a lot because mostly it has a lot of not terribly great fabric, but I went there looking for hardware to construct a bag and discovered that they have a new collection of fabrics they’ve got labelled “Anna’s Fabrics” and if you read the selvedges or even the bolt ends under the Anna sticker, they are actually designer fabrics from companies like Andover and Robert Kaufman. I don’t actually love any of the fabrics I picked up from that line, but I was so weirded out that I somehow walked away with .5 metres of each of these:

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Ric Rac Rabbits by Marissa and Creative Thursday for Andover fabrics

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Fiesta by Jennifer Sampou for Robert Kaufman.

They also had a section for fat quarters:

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I picked up a handful of different things, aiming mostly for ones that had the printed side of the selvedge. No info on the blue strawberries or roses. The blue and white is from Paris & Company by My Mind’s Eye for Riley Blake. The grey with dots is something Christmas related also for Riley Blake (the selvedge is too hard to read). No info on the elephants, I just thought they were sort of fun and weird. The next two are both Rocket Launch Club prints by Sarah Jane and the last one is Ombre Dots from Riley Blake.

And finally… The Craftsy Stuff:
It’s just that Craftsy is having a Tula Pink workshop and and and… I barely like most of the prints in this line, but it’s Tula Pink! I love Tula Pink!

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And it involves a lot of 2.5″ strips of fabric, which made me wonder if the mystery is going to be something like her pixelated Anchor quilt! Or maybe it’ll be something like the butterfly quilt! I do know that, no matter what, my quilt will have a lot of horse’s asses in it:

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A 2.5 inch strip is apparently NOT the thing to do with that print. Besides horses’ behinds, there are also hoppy bunnies, which feel like a weird addition, as they’re too sweet and simple and graphic compared to the more realistic style of the rest of the animals and the… busy-ness of many of the other prints. It’s like some kind of Easter novelty fabric that accidentally slipped into the mix. It’s pretty cute, though. Wouldn’t it make a great skirt for a little girl?

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Love that geometric print too. I’ll have to dig through those jelly roll bundles and see what I think of the other fabrics, because I didn’t really like Acacia much either until I saw it in person and then suddenly all those bits I thought were weird seemed to come together.

Anyway… that’s it for this edition of Kristel Has No Self Control. Except that there is a giveaway to go along with the link up! Link up any time this week and you’ll be entered to win…

A fat eighth of the only sparkly fabric I own, something or other from Kokka:

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Two charm packs of Parson Gray’s World Tour line (they only have 12 charms each! why so stingy, FreeSpirit?!), because we all know how Molli feels about David Butler:

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And one charm pack of Amy Butler’s Belle line:

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Now, show us what you got!

1. Link up a blog post welcoming any new sewing supplies to your stash.

2. If it is fabric from your existing stash that you’ve showcased before, please use new photos with as much natural light as possible, and provide as many manufacturing details about the fabric.

3. Try to leave a comment on at least two other links. We want this to be a safe space for sewing supply collectors, after all!

4. Grab the button from Molli Sparkles, and proudly proclaim you endorse Sunday Stashing!

Sigh. I wish WordPress would let this be hosted on site, rather than sending you away to link up! In any case, I’ll let Mr Random pick a winner – you can be from anywhere – after the link up closes at the end of the week. Best of luck and can’t wait to see what’s new in your stash!


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Brown Paper Packages, Tied Up With Strings…

Sorry for putting that song in your head. The instant I opened the box this came in, that song sprung to mind and I haven’t been able to shake it since:

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I shopped at Warp and Weft for the first time ever a week or so ago. As quilt stores go, I found the website a touch sluggish, but their product a cut above. By which I mean they have a few of the standard big name lines that are out right now, but they also sell a number of very unusual but really wonderful lines that I’ve never really seen anywhere else. They have an embroidery section with some really lovely Sajou products that you don’t tend to stumble over in your average shop either. I really like finding a shop that veers off a little from the standard path because it really opens up other options you might never otherwise find. And a lot of what you’ll see inside the brown paper package are things that are unusual choices for me, colours and combinations that I tend not to gravitate towards, but which really appealed to me somehow.

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Purples, blues, and browns, all stacked so neatly into place. And one rogue bit of linen that just stumbled (ahem) into my shopping cart.

Sajou linen in Sepia

It’s a much stiffer linen than I’m used to working with. It’s true I’ve mostly used Essex linen lately, which is a cotton/linen blend, but even the real linens I’ve used haven’t been as stiff as this. I’m not sure if it’s starched up with sizing or if that’s its natural feel, but I think it’s going to be really lovely to embroider on regardless. And LOVE that colour.

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And then three kind of random half metres of fabric I picked up. The Anna Maria Horner one is such a strange print and I waver back and forth between liking it and hating it, so finally I bought it so I can stare at it for a while and decide what I really think. (Right now I’m falling in the “My god, it’s really kind of ugly” camp, but I’m still attracted to it, somehow, so who knows.) The other two really were quite random – they seemed to be very unusual fabrics and they’re colours I don’t often buy. They’re designed by Dan Bennett for his Ruby collection. The purple print is just so fascinating and sort of strange – you’ll look at it and think something looks like a peacock, but it’s just random fringe attached to random waves, there are bits that remind me of owl eyes, and other things that feel like underwater life-forms. I don’t know, there’s something very dream-like and fantastic (in the fantasy sense, not the ‘hey that’s awesome’ sense) about it. The lime one just attracted me by it’s colour and those little orangey-red specks.

A quilt kit for the Hexagon pattern up top

The largest part of my purchase was a quilt kit, using the Rosalie quilt Sewing Card by Valori Wells. The bottom row of fabrics are quarter yards (or metres, probably, I didn’t measure them) including Anna Maria Horner’s Sundials and Feathered prints, Plankton from Dan Bennett’s Ruby line, and the remaining three (the purple, brown, and teal floral) are from the Bromley collection by Victoria & Albert Museum for Rowan Fabric. The middle row of fabrics are half yards, including several of Dan Bennett’s Ruby fabrics – Tattoo (purple), Helix (lime), Coral (the off-white with multi-coloured bits), and Feathers (jade, far right) – and a couple more Anna Maria Horner prints – Cell Structure (light purple background) and Mind’s Eye (pink on navy). The background fabric is that kind of taupe brown on the left and the backing fabric is Divinity in Brown from the Bromely collection.

These aren’t really a combination I would normally gravitate toward, brown, blue, and purple with splashes of lime and pink, but I was drawn to it. I don’t generally buy quilt kits – I’ve never made a single one I’ve bought (and I’ve got three that I can think of off the top of my head!) so I’ve started staying away from them. But yeah, this one caught my eye. I’m excited to try out it. Here’s hoping this crazy mix will come together into something interesting!

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The last thing in the box was this Fat Quarter, also from the Bromley collection, which was a gift included with purchases made in September. (Was it their 1 year anniversary maybe? I don’t recall.) Anyway, it’s not something I’d have normally picked out, but maybe I’ll include a little of it when I finally make that hexagon quilt – it’d fit right in!

Linking up with Sunday Stash from Finding Fifth, hosted this week by Emily at Sew E.T.:
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