Thursday, January 5, 2012

Le Tour de Fabric

What a huge day for fabric love....
A lovely bundle arrived from Quilt Fabric Delights.  I was a bit excited about their sale page and the fact that they still had a small piece of the Patty Young "Andalucia" print that I needed, so I put in a little order on the weekend.  (And yes - they stock my patterns, too!)

 Then there was a bit of a gathering of friends at Lara's house.  Annie, Jodie and Rachel came into town for the day and we went ON TOUR.... after the exploration of Lara's sewing room....
 ..and awestuck gazing at the VERY TIDY cupboards full of fabric stash.  (How DOES she manage it....??)
And there was a fair bit of posing against the famous wall....
 
We then went to Rathdowne Fabric & Remnants and then to GJ's.  I forgot to take the camera out in Rathdowne, but managed to snap a bit of Annie in action at GJ's.
 ...and pretty-much lost everyone amongst the rows and rows of luscious fabric....
 ...and rows of toys all over the floor.  (No idea who's wee girl that is....wearing a cat-print dress...)
 I'm not sure if it was noticable, but I loitered around the pre-cut fabric shelf a few times.  It looked a bit sweet-shoppish to me, and I was feeling a bit like a child..... but I resisted.  I have to finish my quilts-in-progress before embarking upon any new adventures in the world of patchwork.

 That small child in the cat dress took up position at the counter and talked "cats" with anyone who had a cat.  Luckily (for her), Jodie, Annie and Suzanne (behind the counter) all have cats.  As does the woman who was waiting patiently in the queue behind us.
 My purchases were quite restrained, and mostly geared towards turning my quilt blocks into quilts.  (I even managed to sew on the border of this one late this afternoon).
I also found enough spotty cotton fabric to make the back of the quilt.  (The idea was to make a cot quilt, but it's now a single bed size.)
 
The only completely-without-purpose purchasing I did were these pieces, below - a mixture from both stores.  They were too cute and too well-priced to pass up ($5.95-$8 per metre) and they'll go into the stash.

The only thing that I could have used but I DIDN'T buy, was the EXACT Patty Young fabric that I was looking for on the weekend.  Along with the QFD piece that arrived today,  I've organised Lisa to send me some from Sydney.  And here's a bolt of the stuff, in my local fabric store.....

Our shopping day ended with a short trip to my studio for lunch and a chat.   (I forgot to take out the camera again).  The kids all played beautifully together (Rachel's kids are ANGELS, I tell ya - ANGELS!)

Thanks, lovely ladies, for a grand day out.  I'm counting the days until we're sitting around the table together at Sewjourn again.

15 comments:

Tanya said...

Sounds perfectly delightful! All too much fun. On our holiday front- no squid have been caught, but 7 flathead have and that seems to be enough to have 'hooked' the kids into wanting to return before the crack of dawn tomorrow! And, we spent quite some time de-lousing the girl with the 'long, thick, salt air tangled, not washed for a week because of an ear infection' hair...hardly an enviable holiday activity!

Annie said...

Will be able to think of you at work now, you lucky thing. LOVED your space and had a great day with y'all - ps kids weren't surprised at the hour of arrival home . . . 6pm! All packed now and ready to head in the am.

Liam's Mummy said...

Of course they had it in GJs! Is that where you got your original stuff from?

I like the quilt you bordered, are the blocks from the Modern Blocks book?

It looks like you ladies had a great day out together!

Sally said...

Perfect day! And my my Lara's sewing space is organised. No wonder she gets so much done!!!

thornberry said...

It certainly was lots of fun, and I'm still giggling at the posing against the wall (just a pity that Stella wasn't making her way into the photos). The red border on that quilt is looking good! When's our next fabric shopping trip? Still seven stores to go! And thanks for a lovely lunch and chat at the studio.
ps - Rachel's kids ARE amazing - as is your little one!

Katy Cameron said...

Sounds like a fun day, but oh for the irony of that fabric being so close! I've had the same thing happen to me too lol

willywagtail said...

Very glad you found the Andalucia. It's been worrying me considerably. I am surprised the wee one is not checking out the fabric and is spending time with the toys. Shops sure spoil our little ones these days and make Mums lives so much easier too. Cherrie

A Peppermint Penguin said...

I'm so envious I might pass out!

Amanda said...

I can't tell you the number of times the exact fabric I need has turned up after me scrounging from a couple of sources lol. That is one serious fabric shop. I have quite a few of those fabrics from Sarah... love Patty Youngs stuff.

Jodie said...

I used to freak out when i saw myself on blogs- and feared I looked like my mum. Now I thik I am starting to look like my Nan..
Oh well ! It was a great day and i have been fondling my wools this morning. Thanks.

Karen said...

So sorry I missed it, looks like a lovely day. And yes Lara's rooms neat, it inspired me to lean up my own space last week after seeing hers!
Can't wait for the next one, will start saving my pennies now.

Jan said...

What a great day out. I've been shopping with those girls and they are always SO focussed. That pic of Annie gazing at the fabric is a classic! Love the wee girl's pigtails. And I am wondering if Lara would come to my house and organise my sewing room...

esther said...

I love the organisation of the stash cupboard. Wish mine looked like that (and not the tumble plastic tubs it is!).

Katherine said...

Can't tell you just how excited I am to see your diving into the quilting pool!

Looks like you had a fun day out with the girls... come to think of it, I think I heard your combined laughter from here.... ;o)

Fer said...

What a treat! I'm so glad you found more of that fabric too. :-)