Well, loyal stashbusters, you have spoken. In all fairness, I think I need to count all this fabric because even though I didn’t technically “buy” it, the stash is getting enhanced. I will not add the fabric I’m ordering for kits because that’s not going into my stash. It will serve its own purpose. I’m also not adding fabric that has been donated for charity quilts because I don’t consider that to be fabric that is for my own use.
With that in mind, I’ve blown it. There’s no way I’ll meet my goals for this year — not even if I sew day and night for the next three months. Can’t do it. This is a lot of fabric. There are a few 6 yard pieces and more than a few 5 yard pieces. But dang it . . how often do I get to go to my favorite quilt shop?
Vince and I met Betty and Steve, the owners of Village Mercantile, for dinner Tuesday night. Thanks Betty & Steve! They suggested Western Ribeye, which was a place we’d never eaten. The steaks were maybe the best we’ve ever had . . ever! If the steaks I cook tasted anything like those, we’d have steak every night. Don’t tell me eating that much red meat isn’t good for these old human bodies . . we’re not really going to have steak every night.
Our first stop before hitting the interstate on Wednesday morning was Village Mercantile. Oh, I knew I missed that shop but until I actually walked in there, after having not been in almost 2 years, I don’t think I truly knew how much I missed it. Samples!! So many samples. Fabric!! So much fabric. There is a ton of fabric in that shop and there’s hardly a single piece in there that I wouldn’t love to have. When I see things made, I want one . . even things I know I’ll never make. I refrained from getting several patterns I really wanted but I’ll probably keep thinking about them for a long time.
So, what’s in the bags?
The little bag is what Nancy gave me for helping her with the longarm. I had no intention of her giving me anything so it was a pleasant surprise. Nancy knows I love green so it’s three big pieces of greens. Thanks Nancy!
Betty and I trade off quilting for fabric and this is what I came away with from her shop.
This is some of the fabric from the Shade Cascade line from Blank. I have a pattern that needs some shading and these are the perfect fabrics for that quilt.
These are the fabrics that go with the shaded fabrics. The dark pink is for the borders. The center fabric is a really delicate white with a tiny pink pindot. The lighter pink is for the backing. I can’t wait to get started on this quilt.
If you click on this picture, you should be able to see the pattern better. It’s a cute, simple apron pattern.
These are two 5 yard pieces for backgrounds.
This is a backing for a quilt I’m making for my niece’s baby . . as soon as I find the kit that’s hiding somewhere in my sewing room.
There’s more . . I’ll get to that later. I had fun, fun, fun!