Thursday, April 13, 2006
So, what did I buy my first trip to Joanne's after being away from fabric stores for months and months??? Well, some things on my list - rotary cutter, scissors, pins, ruler, cutting mat, seam ripper, fabric pen, sewing machine needles - just not up to lugging these things back and forth across the pond so duplicates were in order! I know, I know - 2 magazines - Yikes! But, that cover quilt was just calling out to me and the Quiltmaker one has a Puffin wallhanging that I just have to make! And the price seems like such a bargain after paying about 12 Euros all winter for a quilt magazine. The skirts magazine was just a few bucks, but has great coupons on the back and I was able to use one for 50% off the cutting mat! Yeah! And the fat quarters? Yellow to add to my Little Dresden Sunflowers (on my Top 25 List) and blue fat quarters - not on my Top 25 list, but on a 2nd list and these were just the perfect colors, so what is a quilter to do when you find the perfect colored fabric? Plus, those fat quarters were on sale for $1 each! Not bad at all for the first time out!
Quilt shop #1 - 1 yard of novelty for Little Boy.
Quilt shop #2 - border fabrics for my Broken Dishes and Geometric Squares. I must say - the fabric seemed very expensive and I had to check my receipt 2X just to make sure it really was that much money. They weren't too friendly to me there either even though I just popped in and out very quickly and Little Boy was a perfect angel - right away I got him a fat quarter with trucks on it and that kept him happy while I got my border fabrics cut. I don't know - I just got the immediate feeling that we weren't that welcome there so I am not sure we will go back there again.
So - back to Joanne's for a 2nd trip - got to love Joanne's because they are smart enough to have shopping carts with a safety strap for your toddler - so I got thread, hand sewing needles, a little tape measure that was just too cute, rotary cutting blades (50% off!), stabelizer, marking pencil, elastic, fabric to make DH pants, 2 novelties for Little Boy, 3 fat quarters, background fabric for my String Tulips, background fabric for Little Dresden Sunflowers and setting fabric for my 16 patch. And that is it!!! I think I did Grrreeeaaat! - having a list in hand definately helped to keep me on track. There were other things on that list too, but I couldn't find "the perfect match" so skipped it for my next trip - what I have now is more than enough to keep me busy for awhile! Oh, and I've got to add - I just love having a nice, new, sharp rotary blade. Goes through fabric like cutting butter!