After hearing good things about Sew Sisters from Lorna at Sew Fresh Quilts, I signed up for their newsletter. Well, two months later, I made my first purchase. They have a special on right now until July 1 or while supplies last, on the charm pack, Oh Canada! from Stonehenge for $5. Um, that's amazing, even in the US, but for Canada? Pretty much unheard of. So, of course, I couldn't just order a charm pack and pay another $5 to ship it; I had to add something, right? And I do not have a patriotic quilt...yet. Gasp.
So I went to their sale section, where fabric is $7.99/metre. That works out to $7.38/yard. Translate our CA$ to the US$ at the current rate of approximately 25% and you get $5.90 US/yard, decent, especially for Canada. I was looking for backings, and did a whoop! whoop! when I found the cows fabric, "Farm Chic" by Wyndham Fabrics. It's been a while (like 3 months) since I paper-pieced another cow, but have no fear, the 3 cows I have so far gaze/graze contentedly at me from my design wall, and yes, I am adding to the herd very soon, following the colour of the month at So Scrappy. This was a good score, so I bought 4 metres, aiming for a roughly 60" or so quilt for my aunt.
The "Purses Galore" fabric from Michael Miller was another I bought with a bag in mind, be it makeup, or lunch, graball, what-have-you, probably for my daughters. Girls can never have too many bags, and makeup bags are right at the top of the list in their worlds. It was also in the sale section; I got the minimum 1 metre.
Shipping was $8.99, which I thought wasn't bad for Canada. Had it been fabric.com, I'd have got my shipping free, since they ship free for orders over $35.
I have a post coming with more price comparisons, just have to sit down and write it. I have spent hours and hours on the computer over the past few days, working on my grandson's movie from his trip here last September, and I'm so close to having it ready to burn to DVD...which means it could still be another couple of hours' work. Disappearing soundtrack credits was the last glitch, and I'm hoping I can fix that somehow in iDVD. Anyhow, long convoluted and frustrating story (I need to make more iMovies so I remember how to work the damn programme from year to year and update to update, lol; ya I'll get right on that) but the movies I've made for him are, if I do say so myself, freaking fantabulous, and he and Brianne watch them over and over. Heck, I myself have rewatched them more than a couple of times!
So the Blue Ribbon Star quilt (what do you think of that name?) is progressing slowly because of me being an airhead and not adjusting the tension when I switch from a near-empty bobbin to a brand new full one, or forgetting, or plain just not paying attention to, what direction the feathers are going on the outer borders...
|feathers along the top edge, a design I pinned on Pinterest|
Here are two of the six stars' designs:
|Angela Walters again--ha! not planned but it's visible on her book cover you can see here|
Lots of ruler work, which is good for me. I know I don't spend enough time with Avril; hope to experiment this coming week with some scheduling ideas I've got.
|Thanks to Judi and Judy here: Judi Madsen for her design, which Judy at Quilt Paradigm sent me|
I shall persevere!
Linking up to the effervescent Molli Sparkles for Sunday Stash, whose post, interestingly, is about rulers among other things, and Confessions of a Fabric Addict for Can I Get a Whoop Whoop?