Thursday, April 13, 2006

Shopping Fix
















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!
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8 comments:

cher said...

hurray for shopping from your list and finding so much you will use and enjoy!

Laurie Ann said...

Love the whirley gig pattern! I always make my borders the width of my ruler 6.5 too. So convenient, no? Nice shopping trip. JoAnn's is just the best place for that stuff, especially if you have coupons!!

Doodlebug Gail said...

Oh boy - what a wonderful haul of goodies! Sorry to hear that you didn't have a nice experience at the one store - that's no good at all.

Finn said...

whee..sounds like you are having toooooooo much fun...but, boo hiss on that not so pleasant quilt shop. They should know better if they want to stay in business!!

So glad you are having a heavenly day shopping from your list(lists)
Hugs, Finn

Dawn said...

Oh your fabrics look so springy! What fun I bet you had when you got home. Don't you love taking new sewing things home and just organizing them!

Jeanne said...

You did good! :)
Those blues and yellows together look like a sunny sky!
I'm hoping to get into Joann's today, before my coupon expires ... but hopefully just for thread.
Jeanne

Hanne said...

Looks like very good purchases from here - enjoy !

The Calico Cat said...

Too bad for the bad shopping experience...

Yay for Joannes - That is where I finally found the "Oranges" orange fabric!

I too got that quiltmaker magazine - as if I could leave the cat pattern at the store...