Friday, March 11, 2011

I've been a bad, bad girl...

That song was running through my head as I drove home from work today.  I don't usually splurge this much.  Maybe $20 dollars here, $30 there. 
But today ~ I was a bad, bad girl.

I walked into work and immediately decided I was going to feed my hungry little stash.  This was the main course:

I can thank Riley Blake for ruining my "diet." 

To help me not feel so much buyers remorse, let's just say that I HAD to do it for blogging purposes!?!  There's a lesson here in all of this.  (Hmmm, that doesn't make me feel that any better.  Probably 'cause that's a lie.  But, let me share with you anyways why I bought what I bought.)

First up ~ these happy, cheery polka dots. 
They're just happy.  And they're cheery. 
So you really can't go wrong with having these in your stash.
(I know many of you can relate to this way of thinking.)

= 1 yard cut.
(The thinking on this is that 1 yard will be enough for
a small border or binding on most size quilts 
OR the back of a baby blanket.)

Second ~ could there be any cuter stripes? 

I really don't think so.  And stripes are good. 
3/4 yard will bind any quilt that I'll probably end up doing (even on the bias).  So that's what I got.

Here are some cute coordinates:

But, knowing me, these fabrics will be dispersed into any number of different projects.  Using them all together in the same quilt is a little too predictable (I like to mix it up).   But, they will be great to have in my stash.  I don't have a lot of pinks or teals and the dots and swirls are basic enough that they won't get outdated quickly.  The red paisley on the left is a little bit of a leap for me (but I decided I needed something with a little "punch").

= 1/4 yd. cuts of all of those since they'll probably be incorporated little by little into scrap quilts.  Don't need much.

[Fabrics shown above are from the fabric line Sweet Nothings by Zoe Pearn Designs for Riley Blake.]

The following fabrics are from
called Sugar & Spice:

Polka dots and tone on tone flowers are good basics.  Don't know exactly what I'm using them for so 1/4 yd. cuts are good.  Again, I need more pinks in my stash and I am collecting fabrics for a red and aqua quilt.  I use red a lot.  I can never have enough reds.

More 3/4 yd. cuts of stripes for possible future bindings:

And, last but not least ~ my biggest splurge. 
The most expensive, but the one I'm most excited about. 
4 1/2 yds of this big, red and white polka dot.  Such a great basic.  This would be a great outer border or backing.  4 1/2 yds. should be enough to back a full size bed quilt.

Mmm.  Yumm. 
That will probably have to be the back for this red and aqua quilt that has yet to be started (oh, it's gonna be hard to use it up though!)  Backs should be happy though, don't 'cha think?  This dot definitely screams happy.

So.  I try to justify this expense.

Maybe it's because my husband's been gone for a week...

Or maybe it's because I'm missing out on a fun and relaxing weekend in St. George with my quilting group.  I mean come on.  Let's be honest.  You know I would've had to spend a nice chunk of change at all of those quilt shops along the way gas and food.  I'm really better off for just buying what I bought.

Or, maybe, just maybe I'm a fabric-a-holic and I need some help.  Yeah.  I think that's what it is.
We can't all be perfect all of the time...  Can we???


Just a little FYI ~ For those of you keeping tabs on the cotton price increase, here in Utah, fabric is running on average about $10 per yard.  The fabric I bought today was $9.60 per yard. 


Annelies said...

Good to see HOW you spend your $$$ and for what amounts. The local quilt shop has their new fabrics priced at $13.50 yd.. Needless to say I am not able to fill my cart at those prices. Good to see you can buy smaller amounts and still feel they are useful. I think I will do the same.

amber said...

love the fabric

Betty Lou said...

I think you did very well-----thought out each puchase and justified everything and when all is said and done your can say "I JUST NEEDED IT."

Impera_Magna said...

What LOVELY fabrics! BTW... you didn't spend $$$... you INVESTED in the fabric!


Barb said...

Those fabrics would make me ruin my fabric diet...for sure!!

Polka Dot Classic said...

That's too funny because today I was naughty too :)
I spent my lunch hour shopping for some fabric too and finally at 4:30 decided to hit to the pay button. LOL and to tell you the truth I felt guilty but I'm feeling much better now.
Have a Happy sewing day

A Serenade for Solitude said...

Cute picks for your stash! I've been feeling the urge to sew...if only I can find all my stuff!


Needled Mom said...

Fabulous splurge!!!! I can't believe the cost of our fabrics these days.

Terry said...

That's so not like you.....can't wait to see how you put that adorable polka dot fabric to good use. You are always so inspirational!!

Karen said...

Its over $20 a metre in Australia!!!!Ridiculous. You got some gorgeous fabrics there.

John'aLee said...

Oh what scrumptious fabric!

Roos said...

What a lovely fabrics you bought and be honest, you saved $0,40 per yard.
Isn't that a good excuse?

Brita said...

Good job! Now your poor piddly stash is feeling plumper already. I'm afraid I blew it, too. But I went to a quilt show, and I found stuff I fell in love with online, and... well, you know. We stopped at a shop in Knoxville on the way home, and they had fabrics starting at $10.25, $11.95, $12.50, $18.95, and the most expensive one I saw was $20!!!! A yard! One yard. I literally felt faint. I'm so glad I have a great stash, and thank goodness for online shopping.

L Johnson said...

Beautiful fabrics! I have a limit what I will spend per yard but blew that last week buying backing fabric because I had to get just the right color;)

Cynthia said...

Loved this post! Riley Blake is fabulous! So I have seen your blog a couple times, but today I realized you must be somewhere near my home town because you know the family my little sis babysat for forever (Janel & Dave C.) I live in MN right now, so I just have to are lucky to be a quilter who lives in Utah! Fabric stores within driving distance of me are crappy compared to UT and I would gladly pay $10 per yard for selection I can actually see in person!--I'm Missing Utah fabric shopping right now!!! Have fun with your new stuff :)

Angie said...

If you 'cheat' on a food diet with healthy food, is it really cheating?

This is for SURE healthy fabric!!!