June 22, 2009 4 comments

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I'm totally excited! lol

I'm (finally) getting around to making the Pay It Forward gifts, and am doing them in the order that BSP pulled the names, so I started making Quilterbear's gift yesterday.



It's a little more time intensive than I expected (not having made one before); but ZOMG!! it's sooooooooo pretty! I'm so pleased! Every time BSP came into the sewing room, it was all "That's so beautiful!" And though BSP thinks everything I make is beautiful, this time, it really is!

Anyway, I'm totally excited because a: I've never made one before, b: I'm doing it without a pattern and thus far, it's turning out well, and c: it's so pretty! Violet, yellow green...

Also, I'm pleased to say, I'm finally caught up on ALL of my birthday blocks (although I'm NOT so pleased with the Depression Blocks I made - I'm going to send them so she doesn't think I've COMPLETELY forgotten about her, but I'm going to have to make another set and re-send them. The points are off. Any hints from my readers? I don't paper piece...) The other ones are pretty though.

I'm also almost caught up on my round robins (sheesh, those are a lot of work, I don't think I'll ever do one again.)

So, I'm being a good girl, catching up on my responsibilities and having fun with them. :)

I hope to have pictures to post soon. Now that I'm almost caught up, I should be able to quilt a UFO so we'll have at least that soon.

Hope you're all doing well, and in the meantime, be good and have fun!
June 8, 2009 0 comments

Adding to the Stash

I am back to working on things right now, but sadly, can't show you any of them, because I am finally getting to work on my long overdue Pay it Forward gifts, some birthday blocks for the birthday block club I'm part of, a round robin I'm working on and a sweet surprise I wanted to make for someone who reads this blog. So, I can't show any of those things until the recipients have received them!

I am being a strict discplinarian with myself and I am not allowed to make anything until I'm done at least half of those projects. *le sigh* However, last week, I took two hours off and went to the annual sale at the Canadian Textile Museum and I added some things to my stash.

My favourite, by far, was this lovely piece - two metres of heavyweight silk, it feels like water on your skin:

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It may not look like much in the picture, but even as I stood in line to pay, women were coming up to me and stroking the fabric (to which I wanted to say "Keep your sticky mitts off!") but refrained from doing so. *hee*

That put me in a "gray fabric" mood, so I also got a stack of other gray silks:

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Another favourite purchase - this little stack of red/white/gray - i've been wanting to do a quilt in those colours for a long time now:

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I don't know what I'll do with this, but I loved the lustrous sheen of it:

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And I adored, like, ADORED this wonderful bright, relentlessly happy heavy linen:

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(Even BSP thought it was beautiful, and BSP doesn't like bright colours!)

I have to tell you though, that the pace of this sale is so frenetic that it's not actually enjoyable. It's my third year going, and in the prior two years, I went on the second day, when most of the "great" stuff was gone (I'm sure); but everyone was much more relaxed.

This year, I went and stood in line for the very beginning of the sale, and though the line was friendly and happy, once we got in, those ladies were evil. EVIL!!! Pushing, shoving, elbowing, one little old lady hit me with her tiny, ineffectual fist because I reached over her for something, they even grabbed things out of your very hands - I ended up buying a lot of stuff simply because I was afraid to put it down,

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This was an especially "What the HECK?"

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Although I did, in my near-panic, manage to grab some things I'll use:

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(I was especially impressed, given the speed and frenzy with which I had to move that in the end, I managed to get some stacks of stuff that actually worked together.

I also got some stuff that truly fell in the "What were you THINKING?" category

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Although I'm sure, I'll use them in something, eventually.

I also got a stack of fabric simply because one older woman was pushing and elbowing me so very aggressively that I wanted to step on her (she was just a wee little thing); but couldn't even push back because of my ingrained training as a child to respect your elders (she was at least 25 years older than I), so I contented myself with grabbing, being much taller and having a much longer reach, these (as well as some similar others I forgot to take pictures of)

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because I heard her ask the attendant "Do you have any Christmas fabrics?". I saw them, reached over and grabbed the whole stack, just to thwart her and pay her back for my bruised ribcage. *hangs head* I don't even LIKE them.

I did make some great purchases though, like 4.5 metres of lovely white linen for $15

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And an equal amount of black with tiny white crosses (which reads as gray in this pic for some reason)

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For only $12.

One of my real scores was one I barely paid attention to at the time,

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a giant freezer bag of what I thought were scraps, for $4.00, but ended up containing 4.5 by 4.5 charm squares:


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Which ended up containing nearly SIX HUNDRED charm squares! For FOUR DOLLARS!!!

I ended up getting about 25 metres of fabric all told (not including the charm squares) for $80.00 which is about the best sale I've ever been too. I was well pleased.
 
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