Monday, December 28, 2009

Temptations Galore!

I am a fabric junkie. After taking Bonnie Hunter's class in August, there's admittedly a degree of guilt about it too. Try as best I can to avoid huge stash acquisitions, it's not easy with shops in the area promoting big discounts.

One of my favorite quilt shops started their annual sale yesterday with loads of fabric discounted, kill the bolt specials and hourly drawings. Of course, I went a bit overboard - bought fabric that I have NO idea what I'll end up using it for. But, how can any quilter ignore 50 percent off fabric?

Now, today I found out the quilt shop closest to my office is having an inventory reduction sale - all their fabric is reduced 20 to 60 percent! What's keeping me from sneaking out for a few minutes at lunch time?

I am trying to justify all this - I did a big clean up/pick up in the sewing room yesterday so I have a better handle on what is available in my stash. A trip to Target may be in order for a flat plastic storage container. My novelty fabrics and pink fabrics are feeling neglected since all the other fabrics have nice homes. Always said the fabric had to "speak" to me!

Out of all the quilts I gave as Christmas gifts, I was the most anxious about the one I made for my daughter to give to her grandmother. Yesterday, I received an e-mail from the grandmother thanking me for the gift and was very complimentary about my quilting. You could have knocked me over with a feather! This is from the woman who will toss hand-made gifts into the trash.

My mom's quilt was a hit as well. She wants me to put a hanging sleeve on the back so they can display it on the wall.

Haven't heard from Tattoo Boy's girlfriend regarding her pink and black quilt, but I haven't seen her for a few days.

On to new projects in 2010- a baby quilt due in February and a wedding quilt for November. Beyond that - no concrete plans in the sewing room, but I'm sure given my recent fabric acquisitions there won't be a shortage of cloth or ideas.



Cheryl Willis said...

There is a season for everything, this is your season to buy on sale. I go through cycles, I buy, I sew, I quilt, I give away, it is all good. I did start a self-emposed No-Buy a couple of years ago. My stash has doubled, everyone feels sorry that I don't shop so they gift material to me.
I do allow myself to get scraps from our local thrift store, that settles the urge to fondle and my purchases are usually low bucks. I am at about $5. a month. I think if I had a store doing 50% off I could be dangerous! Hope you are finding just the right pieces to add to your collection. cw

Jen said...

As long as you enjoy your purchases that's all that matters! Now go pit it somewhere that you can see frequently and smile!