Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Yes, I'm alive. (Barely.)

Well, the shopping trip to the big city was sort of a success. I got a lot of fabric for not a lot of money, but I didn't feel good. Sure enough, instead of attending a really fun Drunkard's Path class the next day, I was stuck home with the flu. Gar! That stupid flu bug. It must be finished now, though, as NO ONE in our house has been sick for 3 days! I am probably tempting fate here, but I think it's done with us. (It's a good thing we have so many quilts in our house, because half of them are in the laundry now.)
The owner of the LQS where the class was being held was kind enough to let me have credit for the class towards another one in the future. (Aren't quilters the nicest people?)
Anyway, here are some pictures of my new goodies.
A little bit of Christmas fabric from the 60% off bin- enough for backs:

This pile is for my stash- a few polka dots, some blacks and three just-for-funs:
(Did you notice the white is a tone on tone polka dot? White polka dots on white! Too cool.)
Next some awesome pretties that I have been eyeing up for a while and they were HALF OFF!!! It would have been wrong not to buy this stuff.

This next pile was supposed to be my Drunkard's Path. I was going to do the layout where it radiates out bigger and bigger. I bet no one else in the class did a Hawaiian print one! My mom took the class and I have the templates and stuff so she is going to teach me how to do it.
This was just the cutest fabric I thought. It may end up as curtains in our "retro" (really old and crappy) camper.

Here is the grand stack. Almost up to the seat! These guys are folded wide, too. There are quite a few backs in there.

These are some pretties that I picked up at Goodwill and have slowly been looking for other things to go with them. I am thinking some sort of shabby chic type quilt. Well, in between Joann's and Hancock Fabrics, we hit Goodwill and I found this:
It's a bedskirt so I will get a lot of fabric off of it. It will set off my little cottagey prints PERFECTLY.
During the photo shoot, Sly came wandering through. He is my "old kitty" and does not care for the kids or Paul. He is a very handsome fellow, and is quite large- almost 18 lbs last time we had him at the vet.
I got a few of these blankets at (where else?) Goodwill after Christmas for $4 each, and I am hoping to use them for quilt backs. They are not fleece- they are called microfiber. They are really soft, so I am afraid they may stretch a bit. I needed to make a quick top to try it out.One of the things we could use in this house are some couch quilts that actually match our living room. I made this quilt top up from an Urban Chicks Blossom jelly roll and a sheet. (Sheet was 99 cents at Goodwill!) It's not quite done- I have to add a strip down each side, but it's almost done.
The Blossom line matches our living room colors PERFECTLY.

So that is what I've been up to lately. I do have some other projects started- I made, or attempted to make, some "blanket pants" out of microfiber blankets I got at Walmart on clearance a couple years ago right after Christmas, but they didn't fit well. I got a pattern at Joann's so after I get a good pair made, I'll take some pics of those. I wish I had had them done BEFORE we all got sick as they are super comfy and warm. I did get a couple pair made for Paul to wear hunting under his camo. He is psyched about them because they're ridiculously comfy and warm and, also, won't make any noise under his clothes. (Some clothes rustle when you move, but these don't.)


  1. Boy, you had quite a shopping trip. Wonderful finds! Bummer about the class. I am glad you are feeling better though and hope that the flu bug stays away. Love your Urban Chicks quilt!

  2. Wow! You've had a busy time of it. What a lot of fabric! When we buy like that here we say 'it's beans on toast for tea this week'. (Tea is supper/dinner)

    Sorry you missed your class. That's happened to me before only it was fabric weaving and I still don't know how to do it. Good thing we always have a lot to keep us busy. Love your couch quilt.

    Hope you are well again soon.

  3. I really like the brown and green fabric collection it is so pretty.

  4. Oh wow Lisa....uhg!...what a chore it must have been for you carrying, handling. toteing and hauling all that fabric!!! I just hate that....don't you? Isn't it a shame the fabric stores won't carry it out for you like the nice grocery stores carry out your groceries!!
    You made some good selections....NO GO GET BUSY!!!

  5. I love the pastels, and I really can't wait to see the curtains you make from that cute fabric!

  6. A pile of fresh new fabric with infinate possibilites is one of the best things in the world! I Love the fabric you might turn into curtains! I also LOVE the quilt you are working on - what is the pattern?


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