OK, so this photo has absolutely nothing to do with my shopping list - but hey! it features ANOTHER one of my big log cabins... and what kind of photo do you post with a shopping list anyway? A notebook? In anycase - this is Little Boy last July at 25 months old - I am happy to say that since this photo he has finished the teething bit - for the time being anyway - so we are past the "shove everything into my mouth" stage.
Samantha was wondering about my shopping list so I thought I would share. I absolutely must have a list in hand when entering any fabric store - otherwise I get so distracted by tons of beautiful fabric that I forget absolutely everything on my "need" list and end up with a bunch of "now whats!". So, here goes...
THE BASICS (some of this stuff I brought to Austria with me this year and I am NOT going to lug it back and forth around the world in my suitcase. Easier to buy a duplicate set)
6.5 X 24" Easy Rule II (I LOVE this ruler because a) it has little dotted lines on the edge for the 1/4" mark which makes trimming blocks with points so easy - just put the 1/4" mark on the say - star point - and trim. You will not chop your points off when you sew the blocks together because you already have a perfect 1/4" trim. And b) it has an extra 1/2" on the width.
18X24 cutting mat - the green one.
45 mm Olfa rotary cutter
sewing machine needles
thread - unless I buy more thread over here to bring with me
THE B's (borders, backings, backgrounds) - this is ALL for quilts that I have made over the winter and I NEED this stuff to finish the tops so I can mail them to my longarm quilter - and yes, I do send ALL my tops out to be quilted, but that is a post for another day. There are photos of each quilt top in my blog archives - and this list is in no particular order...
Trip Around The World - teal skinny inner border, wide brown outer border, backing
Mitre Boxes - border(s) - I am thinking 1 border in hot pink and backing
Broken Dishes - Final border and backing
Cars & Stars - Final border (red) and backing
Cot quilt - backing
Grandmother's Choice - backing. No idea about the borders! I was going to do a checkerboard border, but ended up using those scraps in my Crossed Tracks/Bars quilt! Whoops! But, I love how Crossed Tracks is turning out.
Crossed Tracks - Backing
Octagon Flowers - navy blue mottled fabric for setting triangles, border fabric, backing (still need to piece a few more octagons)
The Desperado blocks - I have the border fabric and am fairly certain I have the backing fabric, but I might need to get a backing fabric - not sure!
OK, the above list will finish NINE quilts!!!
Fabric needed to BUST MY STASH... (think Joanne's calicos here - I busted lots making 5 big log cabin quilts (aha! my leading photo DOES go with this post somehow!), but still have lots left, and lots of medium tones too)
Solid lavender fabric - I am going to make at least 1 16 patch using 2" squares and I want to use lavender as a wide sashing.
Solid blue? fabric - needed for a Robert Calahan pattern - I don't have the information here - otherwise I would share more. So - stayed tuned over the summer for this one.
Black and White - because you always seem to need these
Very cheap, lightweight fabrics for foundations for string piecing
Dark blue star points for Economy Patch (based on a quilt photo over at finn's blog (www.finnleah.blogspot.com - in her August 2005 archives). I am going to use my Wonder Cut ruler to make all those HST (half square triangles)
Light pink solid or light yellow solid for another one of finn's tops - Scrappy Squares which can be found in her November 2005 archives.
Just a side note here - if you have never visited finn's blog - go visit - it truly is a scrap quilter's dream! I am so happy that finn left me a comment today about my Mitre Box top - for one thing, I really admire her work and for another - it means that her eyes are feeling well enough to visit around in blogland (she has been having eye trouble, but thankfully is on the mend).
That would give me what I need to make at least an additional FIVE quilts!
You might notice that on that segment of the list - there is mostly background/sashing/accent fabrics... I already HAVE the stash to bust to finish up the patterns, but NEED the stuff on the list to start.
TO FINISH AN OLD UFO, that I happen to love, love, love...(so why haven't I finished it already???)
String tulips - I string pieced 20 tulips in 1989? - these need to be made into a quilt - you should SEE the old fabrics - truly something to behold! Anyway, this UFO needs a few things to be finished... light weight interfacing, background fabric (white?), sashing fabrics (light blue?), corner stone fabrics (a darker medium blue?). I don't want the sashing to overpower the actual tulips - so maybe light green with light pink - not sure yet!... and, maybe some greens if I decide to applique some leaves.
FOR LITTLE BOY:
Novelty prints - cars, construction trucks - and now he wants a Thomas The Train quilt!
Buggy Barn books
Fiesta Wear Quilt pattern (at www.americanjane.com - click on one of the quilt pattern numbers at the bottom and it will bring up a list of all their patterns - scroll waaay down)
FOR A CAUSE:
KN pink ribbon signature collection fabric to make 10" quilt blocks to benefit the Breast Cancer Research Foundation - details can be found at www.karenneuburger.com - click on Shop KN and then select Paper Goods and Crafts - Deadline is May 1st for blocks - so just figure TAX DAY to mail your blocks and they should get there in time.
A super-sonic fast sewing machine! Ha, ha. But honestly, I would LOVE to have an industrial speed sewing machine! I will shop around - maybe I can get a used one somewhere...
So, that's my list. It doesn't seem too bad at all. I am staying focused on finishing what I have started and busting my stash! OK, I admit - I might end up throwing in a few co-ordinated fat quarter packs, but I really don't think that I need much more. I will make a NEW list once I complete the quilts on THIS list!!!
Actually, I have already started LIST 2, but I won't buy anything on it until I have LIST 1 checked off and those tops completed. Lists are a good thing for me!
What's on YOUR LIST???? (Like that ad - What's in yoooouuuur wallet?)! Inquiring minds want to know.