Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Recent Acquisitions

Last week a few of my artist friends got together for our bi-monthly meeting. One of us will be away from home for several months. She spent some time cleaning out her studio in the process of getting ready for her extended absence and brought goodies to share with the rest of us. I came home with a shopping bag of fabric scraps and a small bag of beads (and a few things to pass on to DD). Saturday I spent time pressing and sorting the scraps to see exactly what I'd brought home. It was also an effective way to avoid beginning work on a new project.
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I grabbed a lot of her brighter scraps. There are a few bigger chunks that didn't make it into the picture, and leftovers from some strip pieced blocks she'd made. It will be fun to use those as a starting point for a preemie quilt.

Also on the ironing board is the little plant DH brought home for me from church on Mother's Day. I was amazed to be able to pop it directly out of the plastic container it was grown in and into the painted terra cotta pot I had on hand. I didn't even have to add any more dirt!

I also went shopping last week. My local quilt shop was having an anniversary sale. Can't pass up one of those! Unfortunately, this was one of those times when nothing called to me very strongly. Don't get me wrong; I could happily have a yard of every fabric she has in the store. It's just that sometimes I walk in and one or more prints grab me by the eyeballs and won't let go. Other times, like last week, there's no one fabric that I had to have. I picked up a few pieces to replenish certain colors I have depleted in my stash lately, and then I found these folk art prints by Susan Winget for Benartex.

I have no idea what I'm going to do with these or whether they will even end up together in one project (although I can see them used together) but I have them just in case!

One other purchase I've made recently is this "experimental pack" from the Flights of Fancy Boutique. They carry unusual buttons and trims that are fun for people who like to make crazy quilts, dolls, etc. I'd seen these packets in the past but held off buying one. I sort of regret that now as I was not able to get the color I really wanted, but these blues and purples will still be a pleasure to work with. In this pack I have two silk carrier rods, silk roving, a sheet of silk tissue, an assortment of specialty threads and a coil of colored wire. I'm hoping that a time will come in the Take It Further challenges where I'll be able to put at least some of this to use. If not, I'll just have to create an opportunity!


3 comments:

Pat Winter said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving the nice comment. Your new stash looks wonderful and very inviting. The little flowering plant is so cheerful too!

Clare said...

Lovely new additions to the stash.

andsewitis Holly said...

I've told myself that I can't buy anymore fabric (except for backing, borders etc) until I've used 3/4 of what I have. Seeing your recent aquisitions sure makes me want to go shopping! I'm going to hold off, though, and see how much I can use up this summer.