And on the shopping front - now you all know - I hardly EVER go fabric shopping. Would you if the fabric store was a 6 hour round trip journey?*
Right. I thought not. Anyway - this week School Boy and I made the trip - we just so happened to have a few business errands near Marden's. And when you know that you are going to be in the near vicinity of a store that sells fabric at $3 a yard, well - you just have to make a list so you are prepared, you know?
I did actually get 1 yard that was on the list (that blue in the top left of the photo is for binding Shakespear in the Park - since it has been back from the quilter for some time now!). The rest... well... you see - School Boy just loves flowers. I swear - that boy will invent the next great rose of all time - full of beautiful scent, bug/disease resistant and able to grow in Canada's cold climate - wouldn't that be a wonder? In the meantime, we can make rose quilts!!! So - he picked out those top 3 BIG rose prints. Not my top pick but it IS fun (and a bit of a challenge) to let him pick out the main fabrics and then go with that... With a bit of quick thinking I figure that we can cut the big prints at 6.5" square (1 yard of each - might have been 1.5 yard of the biggest print there) and add some co-ordinating prints for log cabin style strips - so 1/2 yard cuts of all the co-ordinates. That should make 3 quilts in all? Maybe. Everything else that was on my shopping "list" - I just didn't see anything that caught my eye - and very sadly they had virtually 0 selection for that extra wide backing fabric that I like to buy. So - no backings for the quilts that I have ready to send out to be quilted and no background or sashing fabrics yet for some quilts that really need them. So in other words - if SB wasn't with me I would have probably just bought the lonely 1 yard. Oh yes, nice to have someone else to point my finger at when it comes to fabric purchases, LOL!
Oh but wait, wait, wait... they do have a super fab selection of Waverly upholstery/drapery fabrics at $3.99 a yard. Absolutely to die for!!! Since I have to go back in 3 days anyway - I didn't buy even 1 yard - I am going to go through my bag and apron patterns, plus measure a few windows in the next few days and go back with measurements in hand. Let's face it - as a quilter you just don't want these kinds of scraps - I want my measurements to be as accurate as possible!
On the way home we stopped at a nursery and SB picked out 2 pots of orange Mums and 1 of burnt yellow for our fall flowers - to match our pumpkin on the step. Ah, yes - he is happy! And did I mention - I am tired? 6 hours of travel for 2 hours of shopping/errands - it can be a bit much. And we didn't even get him that pet fish he has been hankering after (a Japanese fighting fish)- that would have been 2 hours in the OTHER direction, sigh! Next trip! Tonight - I am going to put one of my quilts on my bed and go to bed early and have sweet quilty dreams! If I am too tired to quilt, at least I can dream about it, right?