This is why I should never go fabric shopping alone.
|DANGER DANGER WILL ROBINSON!
So I'm down in Pennsylvania visiting Glenn and it's been a blast. When we went to visit his parents surrounding a trip to the Catskills, we exchanged Christmas gifts. One of the things I received was $40 to spend on quilting things, and an absolutely adorable plush sheep pattern, a Zhu Zhu Pet, and a Writer's Block (sticky notes--I'm a sucker for puns!).
Well, believe it or not but I've been very well behaved as far as the quilting money was concerned. I haven't spent it, haven't touched it, haven't even thought about it. Okay, maybe a little. A lot. Fine. I've had a hard time being good and not blowing it all at once.
So I was browsing Craigslist this morning, looking to see if anyone (haha) was selling a nice sewing machine--idly of course, I need another machine right now like I need a hole in the head. But then I stumbled across an ad for a quilt store I'd thought was already out of business with a tagline I couldn't resist.
|Anyone who knows me should be saying "ut oh" right about now.
Yeah. Big trouble.
Country Quiltworks must have been marvellous when it was fully operational; it breaks my heart to know that I missed out on coming down and seeing the store in all its glory before the recession finally broke its back. The fabrics and liveliness of the folks still working there was really touching, and I spent a lovely hour chatting with the owner's daughter as she cut my fabrics for me. I basically ran around the store in a bliss-filled euphoria before I came to my senses and started grabbing bolts like a madwoman. I actually lost count after a while.
I'll update the post with pictures once Glenn gets home and unlocks the laptop for me, but rest assured I will not be buying fabrics for a very very very long time. Well okay, that's about the most blatant lie I've ever told, but give me some credit--I only filled one shopping bag with fabric.
EDIT: Picture time!
|I couldn't put them in one stack. :(
|The solids. I'll have some extras of the greens from the FQ bundle I
bought from Fabric.com, the entire collection was worth it.
|Some really pretty patterns, and look! My first batik!
|Now I remember why I grouped the patterned ones this way--
here's the cool patterned fabrics. And my second batik!
|The full collection. I'm going to be busy for a while.
I hope you enjoyed my splurge, and I hope this post encourages you to go to your local quiltshop and pick up a yard or two--no one is doing well in the economy at the moment, least of all the niche shops, and I would hate to see another shop go under.