When she was cutting the Minky, the Figures by Zen Chic bolt was lying on the cutting table, and well, a yard of it jumped onto the folded piece of Minky. What's with that? I'm sure you can relate to that experience. This perfect neutral is going into another quilt for a friend that I am slowly starting to build. The numbers? Utter perfection for this person!
|Wool on the left and Figures by Zen Chic for Moda on the right|
After this purchase, I'm rethinking this habit to some degree. This was about $11.50 per yard, or maybe $11.79, I can't recall exactly and cannot find the receipt. When I compared it to the Canadian quilt shops' prices per metre that I have recently seen here in Windsor, which average $16-17/metre, this regularly priced fabric was not the bargain it at first appears.
$11.50/yard = 31.9c per inch
16.50 (approximate average price)/metre = 42.3c CA/inch (a metre has approx. 39")
Do the current exchange, which is abysmal of $1.30; it is currently 1.298CA at the Bank of Canada to buy $1US, so it will not be as good at your bank.
31.9c US per inch = 41.5c CA
So I saved less than a cent per inch (42.3 - 41.5 = 0.8) which translates to about 31c per metre savings. Now, having showed you, and myself, that, it is true that US stores do have better sales than Canadian, with a lot more variety and selection of fabric as well as better prices. Still, the $8/metre sale fabric I picked up a few weeks ago at Sew Sisters Quilt Shop was a decent deal, as it works out to about $5.75/yard US.
The other piece in the photo is a piece of 100% wool, that I would have walked out oblivious to, had I not asked the girl cutting if they had any off-white pure wool (I've checked them out a couple of times previously). I'd already scoped out their wool section and found nothing. Well, it turns out they had an entire bolt, but apparently it had a funny smell after taking the plastic off, so they'd been letting it air out in the office. I could have some, she supposed, but she'd ask the owner first...Well, I felted it anyhow, so I didn't care about a smell, and quite honestly it smelled a bit like damp wool which is fine with me...takes me off to Scotland, and heather...mists... Outlander, and Jamie...and ahem....where am I? Oh yeah. Wool. I'm ecstatic that I got this half yard because I can finally finally finish a quilt top that has percolated for several years, one I saw at a sewing show. I have the top made, just have been waiting to find the perfect wool to felt for my daisy petals to appliqué onto the background. Yay! I think this cost around $8 for the half yard and it felted beautifully.
So that is it for this computer-free (haha) Sunday post. I might do my yoga stretch for sewers, (sewists?) post twice a month as it got some good feedback, so pop in next Sunday and see what other stretch I love to do after