Friday, August 6, 2010

Confessions of a Fabriholic

I figured before I show you all of the fabric I bought before and during vacation, I better fess up to some other stash enhancing that I've done this year that I never posted about.  I just finished washing all of the fabric I've bought so far this year and let me assure you, it's ALOT.  We are already in a drought and I don't think I have helped the situation one bit.

Given that I have gone a bit overboard with the buying this year, I have challenged myself to a "no-buy" goal from now until the end of the year, when I will use the GC my sister got me from the Fat Quarter Shop when they had GCs for 20% off over the 4th of July holiday.  Given that I already have the GC in my hot little hands, and have had it since I arrived home on July 9th, I'd say I'm doing pretty good so far having not even been tempted to use it.  Have I mentioned that the GC is for $200????  But it only cost $160.  Great deal, huh?  I kicked in $10 and the rest came from my sister.  I am making her more table runners so the GC is what I got in exchange.

Are you ready?  Here goes.  This is everything else I've bought this year that I haven't already posted about.  You might want to grab a cup of your favorite beverage and maybe take a bathroom break too as this is going to get a bit long.  What can I say?  Some people can't resist shoes while I can't resist fabric *sigh*.

During tax season I finally broke down and bought one of the Fat Quarter Shop's grab bag boxes that I'd been eyeing for quite some time.  These boxes contain 12 pounds of fabric.  That's alot of fabric in case you were wondering.  They were on sale for 58.49, so a pretty good deal for that much fabric.  FYI, they are REALLY cheap right now for anyone that is interested - $41.99, plus $10 shipping.  I removed some fabrics from the box for my post tax season giveaway and this is what I had left.  As you can see, most of what was in the box are good size pieces of fabric.

The darks:

The mediums:

And the lights:

I'm not sure when I bought these batiks, but it was on one of mine and Dawn's quilting days when we stopped by the shop near our houses.  I think she needed something and I was supposed to just be along for moral support, but of course I had to get these, because I'm weak I tell ya.

Then along came a sale at Burgundy Buttons, which is a great on-line shop.  I found them through Ebay, but you can buy directly as well.  Anyway, this older Moda bundle was on sale for $60.  It's Soiree by Lila Tueller.  It fit right in with my new infatuation with "modern" fabrics.  It's the first and only fat quarter bundle I have ever bought.  So far *grin*.

And then there was the quick stop at the Quilted Apple in Phoenix while I was across town for a chiropractor appointment.  These lovely items came home with me.  A couple of yards of black dot fabric for a potential border, a batik, and two rolls of 6 inch strips.  They sell the rolls of strips for $5.00 and there are 12 different fabrics cut 6 inches by WOF.  Great for a scrap quilter like me.

Hmmm, what else.  Oh yes.  The pre-cut sale at Fabric World right before Easter - 25% off all pre-cuts.  I have also developed a fascination for Layer Cakes, so off I went.  I was really weak at this point as Easter weekend this year was right before the end of tax season, so I really needed something fun.  I got two Layer Cakes and two Charm Packs of Butterfly Garden:

And two Layer Cakes and one Charm Pack of Blush.  The charm pack was used almost immediately, so it did not make it into this picture.

Finally, I loved the Blush line so much that I decided that I had to get some coordinating yardage of my favorite pieces so I could make a decent size quilt or two from this line.  I know, a scrap quilter wanting to limit themselves to just one line of fabric in a quilt.  I couldn't believe it either.  Here is the yardage I purchased from Fabric Shack, my favorite on-line shop.

I think that's it.  Congratulations if you made it this far in the post!  Soon I will post the sequel to my fabriholic confessions when I show you all of the fabric I bought before, during, and unfortunately after vacation, although the after vacation fabric wasn't much and most of it was the backing for the kit I won from Carrie. 


Anne-Lise at Rag, Tag, Bobtail said...

yummy fabrics!

Char said...

I started this year saying I would only buy what I needed to finished a quilt. Ha! I ended up just like you! Congratulations!

zarina said...

What if you are both a fabriholic and a shoeholic? I am ongoing prepping my sewing room and so far my shoes (I have already thrown out three pairs) are a wall high. I still have to replace the Wizard of Oz red shoes.

Fabric wise - I told mum that I will start making garments (got the patterns and maybe bringing home a serger tomorrow) to explain away the yards of fabric I purchased almost every quarter of the year.

Denise in PA said...

Well, that was fun! Thanks for the tour. I should do that on my blog, but I bought so much this year, I'd be embarrassed. I should be on no-buy for a whole year! o:)

Loris said...

You may need some help with your 'no buy' goal :-) but your sewing room prolly looks beautiful!
I've been cutting back on buying as well but somehow fabric sneaks into my room. I'm going to have to find a new approach to this another closet!

Winona said...

Well, now you have me drooling. LOL I love that Blush line and those aren't usually my color choices. You have some good ones. Winona

SheilaC said...

That is a beautiful bunch of fabrics! But you shop the way I do, buy ON SALE! I love Burgundy Buttons' sales....
When I can get the fabrics at a decent discount I feel good about it!

Can't wait to see what you make with the blush, that is one of my favorite lines too!