That’s right. You read that completely and totally right. I’m grounded. I’m not allowed to go into a fabric store.
A couple Saturdays ago I decided to go shopping. This rarely happens and if that mood strikes I’m usually pretty quick to talk myself out of it.
I ended up on a bit of an adventure…First I went to my favorite Amish bakery near Hazelton, Iowa…then to Amish Grocery…then to quilt shop Merry’s Stitches near Jessup…then on to Hobby Lobby. Thanks goodness at least a part of the money I spent was on something needed…groceries. I really shouldn’t say that as I really was to the point that I needed some fabric.
I get lots of fabric gifted to me and I primarily sew with what is gifted but there comes a point when after making as many bright quilts as I have recently, that a girl needs some neutrals to go with the bright fabrics. So I was on a mission. Bright white prints….
Typically when I hunt for them I only find a few….not at Merry’s Stitches!!
She had a ton of white based neutrals, and I bought a ton!! Seriously….I spent a lot here. It’s a good thing I’ve been on that fabric diet for so long.
I had to laugh…Merry’s daughter Julie from Patchabilities was there. I had asked for quarter yard cuts of them all. (Yes, I am that girl)
Julie said are you sure you don’t just want 1/2 yard cuts. Well…I’m sure I want to but I can’t afford 1/2 yard cuts on them all. So I do what I do to make the quilts I want to make. That means it’s quarter cuts and LOTS of different ones!!
LOTS. You know it’s bad when the shop gives you a reusable bag with their shop logo. See…
It actually doesn’t look bad until I lay it all out.
Look at the sea of happiness. I love printed white based neutrals. LOVE. I used to think neutrals were boring. I don’t any more. Seriously, I think they are my favorite fabrics.
It was this little bee fabric that started me on my buying spree. It’s the first fabric of the bunch that I picked.
I did listen to Julie a little bit. I got half yard cuts of these. I have a black and white quilt churning in the back of my brain. I need to a make a graduation quilt and was thinking on making one white and black and red.
These two I got a yard or more of. I want to make a donate a quilt to the Humane Society for their annual benefit and thought one of these might make it go for more.
I bought myself a sewing necklace and rusted jingle bells too. I told you I broke the bank!
This one is my particular favorite. Any ideas on a block that will show off the print?? I was thinking a simple disappearing nine patch but was hoping for something with a little more punch.
I also bought a couple wool patterns. When I bought these I was thinking of Karl’s “treat yourself” mantra. These were so cute.
I was in the store and took stock of my sewing habits and loves as I was standing there thinking that “I bought this pattern and that pattern last time I was here and didn’t sew them.” I’ve made a new resolution. If I am buying wool projects, I have permission to BUY THE KIT!! I have good intentions when I pattern of going home and pulling out my wool but…I NEVER PULL OUT THE WOOL. I HATE PULLING OUT THE WOOL. So kits for me now on. I also said no more wool kits unless I have these DONE.
I drove away thinking…”Girl, you spent a lot of money.” But, I got to thinking about it. I’ve just made FIVE quilts or quilt tops in the last six weeks. Think of all the fabric that is going out of sewing room. It’s no wonder why I am so low on white based neutrals….not anymore though. I’m stocked. I’ll still be on the lookout for more. I go through so many when I am making kids’ quilts.
I laughingly titled this post, “I’m Grounded”. I’m not really. I have a bit more quilt related shopping to do before I stick myself back on a stricker diet.
So that’s the saga on my trip to Merry’s Stitchin’s in Jessup Iowa. Seriously…she had the very best selection of white based neutrals I’ve ever seen. Thanks Merry!!