The same Sue donated this fabric as a prize at the quilting retreat I attended in mid-November. Everyone got two picks at the prize table, which changed content, over the course of the weekend. My first pick I chose a Mason jar of soup mix, the kind that looks pretty with the various layers of lentils, dried peas, pasta, etc. I made it two weeks ago and it was delicious. On my second pick I chose this 1/2 metre of fabric. I could see a tea cosy! Or maybe a charity quilt. I purchased the cute reindeer ornament pattern for $7 from Pastime Pieces, a shop that I learned about at the retreat. It's in Blenheim, Ontario, not far away at all.
Do you see the 5 exquisite wooden buttons on the fabric? I bought these from a sweet Columbian girl whose sister was also at the retreat, visiting from Columbia. The sister did not speak any English. She was an exquisite seamstress! Their family makes these buttons in Columbia, as well as beautiful crafts, (lots of snowman-themed items!). She had brought a few buttons to sell for 75c each, $1 for the sewing machine as it was larger. Look at the size of the 2 little wooden buttons included in that reindeer pattern! For about half the price of that pattern ($4) I got these 5 buttons!
Another colour I am working hard to improve stock on hand of is the aqua family. At one of the wheelchair charity quilt sewing days, Sue had brought a selection of 1/2 yard cuts and fat quarters as some of the ladies had asked her to. I had requested a piece of this beautiful aqua from Kaufman if she had any left. She did. $5. The vibrant fat quarters below it are also hers and are from the quilting retreat. These have a specific destination, but that's all I'm saying for now. They were $3 each.
You may remember I have been through some angst with my local guild, but I am happy to say that I have met some very sweet, dear friends through the wheelchair charity quilts, and more who aren't members through attending that quilting retreat last month. Sewing alone is fine; you have your setup and your stuff at hand, but sewing with friends, like-minded friends, is at another level. There is an energy that is tangible, a bond, a sharing, a learning and friendly atmosphere that inspires my creativity and soaks into the fibre (pun intended) of my being. I learned about yet another LQS through one of the gals at the retreat, Sewcraft in Essex. This is where I purchased some of these pieces:
A Stitch in Time in Leamington. I think it is Maywood, but I can't recall, $8.99/metre, though, a good price I thought. The two pinks are 1/4 yard cuts from my Florida LQS, Expert Sewing Studio in Port Charlotte. I picked them up last month. The bottom is "Paradiso" by Kate Spain, and the top is "Best Day Ever" by April Rosenthal. These were US$11.03/yard. This is going to be a quilt from a pattern I won. More later.
Speaking of pink...
|The colours are more intense in person: bright pinks except for the bottom one, and rich royal blues.|
Now I'm off to make 168 HSTs for one of the borders on Dayna's grad quilt. I must also mention the book I am reading this week that I am just LOVING:
Linking up with the effervescing Molli Sparkles for Sunday Stash.