Monday, June 21, 2010

Nancy Halverson Stash Enhancement

I have been trying to be very selective of my fabric purchases lately and Nancy Halverson's new Christmas line, Tidings, was on my list.  Prior to last year, I had a couple of Nancy's books in my stash, but had never made any of the projects or collected the related fabrics.  Then she came out with her I Believe line last year and I was hooked.  Not only did I want to make every project in the book, but I loved almost every fabric in the fabric line.  Dawn and I went shop hopping one Saturday and we managed to find enough of a selection to get me started and then I filled in the rest with a couple of on-line orders.  Since then, I've acquired a few more of her books so I have more projects for which I need her fabric LOL. 

This was my Nancy Halverson fabric collection as of 2009, except for one of the yellows that is some other fabric line, but which I am already using in my first "I Believe" project, the one that started it all LOL.  Oh, and the burgendy on the end isn't Nancy's either, but will be used for the main quilt in the I Believe book.  Aren't they gorgeous?

The thing I realized right away while collecting this first batch was that while Nancy's fabrics play very nicely amongst themselves from one line to the next, they do not play very nicely with the other fabrics in the sandbox.  This kind of bummed me out since I have such a large stash that I'd like to use, but I decided that I would just keep building my "Nancy" collection and then choose from that when making her quilts.  I keep it separate from the rest of my stash so it doesn't accidentally get used for something else.

So back to the new Christmas line, Tidings.  I found that one of my favorite local stores had the entire line, but decided that I needed to wait for a sale to get it since it was priced at $9.99/yard.  I figured they would have Christmas fabrics on sale in July and that I'd pick them up then or end up getting them on-line if they didn't have a sale.  As luck would have it, Dawn and I had a quilting day on Saturday and she alerted me to an email coupon that the store had sent out for $10 off a $50 purchase.  We were planning to go there anyway to look for a fabric for her project, so we printed two coupons and were on our way.

They didn't have her fabric, but I hit the jackpot and not only got the Tidings fabric that I wanted, but some beautiful pieces from the Garden Song line, which is one of the books I have.  We split the purchase so we could each use a coupon (sort of cheating I know), but it brought the price per yard down to about $8-ish, which had been the price I decided I could pay.  Too bad our sales tax is now 9.8%, which added almost $10 to the total price.  Blech.

Anyway, here are the beautiful blues, pinks and creams I got:

And the reds, greens, and golds:

Oh, and Dawn has been using this fabric in the quilt she's currently making and I've wanted some ever since she got it so I picked up a third of a yard of this one too.  I might have been able to resist if it was just dots, but dots wtih lime green.  Well, that was just too much to resist.  LOL


Terry said...

Holy cow! What great fabrics! I'm so jealous!! :0)

Magnolia Bay Quilts said...

I love the colors she uses in her fabric lines. And I like the dot and triangle fabric, too. :)

Char said...

I can't resist lime green, no matter what it looks like!

jillquilts said...

Great fabrics!! I have several of her books, but I don't think that I have any of her fabric. It's gorgeous though!