26. July 2015 · Comments Off on Sunday Stash – FREE Honeymoon in Teal · Categories: Sunday Stash · Tags: , ,

Remember my Le Challenge entry?

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Yes, well, I WON!!

Granted it was by random draw and not merit, but still.  It was a win and I couldn’t be happier.

I won a $25 gift card to The Fat Quarter shop and here’s what I spent my virtual dough on:

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A fat quarter pack of one of the new Cotton & Steel lines, Honeymoon in Teal.

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Yes.  Yes I did drag this pack along on one of our walks for a photo shoot.

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Our neighbors down the lane have horses and I was hoping they would be out, since this line has a fabric with super cute horses.

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I’m feeling like a bit of a one trick pony these days.  I pretty much only buy Cotton & Steel it seems.  My three and a half year old son even asked me “Is this Cotton & Steel fabric, mom?”  Must.  Branch.  Out.  I don’t love quite a few fabrics in their new lines so it won’t be too hard.  Like Picnic?  Yikes, no.  No no no.  I’m waiting till August when my LQS gets the new lines in to make a final determination before I buy any more C&S.  Fabric is so different in person than online.  And believe it or not I do have a few non C&S fabrics still to showcase!

See ya laters.

– Joanna

Linking up with Mollie Sparkles for Sunday Stash.

19. July 2015 · Comments Off on Sunday Stash – Cotton & Steel Basics · Categories: Sunday Stash · Tags:

No words are needed.

Just pretty pretty pictures.

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The only downside to this photoshoot was I found a dead lightning bug wrapped up in the fabric when I went to refold it all pretty-like.  Sadness.

Linking up with Mollie Sparkles for Sunday Stash.  Go forth and see what everybody else spends their money on.

– Joanna

21. June 2015 · Comments Off on Sunday Stash – Impulse Buys · Categories: Sunday Stash · Tags: , , , , ,

Continuing on with the stash report of my big ol’ honking online order from a few weeks back.

Jeep RW

Half yard Tula Pink Humming Bird in Midnight from the Acacia line.  I’ve been wanting this fabric for awhile now.

Half yard Carrie Bloomston Newspaper Stripe by Windham Fabrics on clearance.  Total impulse buy.

Three quarters yard Jamie Wood Space Age by Clothworks on super clearance.  More impulse shopping.  It was cheap and we have pregnant friends working on a space themed nursery.

Misc Fabrics RW

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Annnnnd here’s my Jeep that I’ll be selling.  Insert sobs here.

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Have a great day.

– Joanna

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14. June 2015 · Comments Off on Sunday Stash – It’s SO Biology · Categories: Sunday Stash · Tags: , , , ,

Sooooo . . . the riding mower died.  Like cranking, clanking, smoke billowing, oil bellowing dead.  What we thought was a simple $300 fix has turned, most likely, into a whole new engine instead.  We’re still waiting to hear back from the mower repair guy.  The second mower repair guy.  The first mower repair guy gave up completely after three weeks.

The moral of this story is we really need a new riding mower, a brand spanking new one with a big ol’ fat warranty.  So . . . no more fabric shopping.  I can probably squeeze in ten bucks twice a month at the LQS but anything more is strictly forbidden by the budget.  The budget has put its foot down people.  To help cover the cost of the new mower, I’m also selling my 20 year old Jeep.  To those who know me, this news will probably come as quite a shock.  I was pretty sure I’d have to be buried with that car.  But it is what it is and we all make sacrifices for our family.  It does feel good to be able to contribute some way financially.  As a SAHM I don’t often have that opportunity.

The point I’m actually trying to make here is that my gluttonous online fabric order of 20 different prints and 4 Cotton & Steel charm packs squeaked in juuuuuuust before the bad news on the mower officially broke. Wahoo!!!  That’s not what The Husband said by the way.  What he said was “Is there still time to cancel the orders?”

It also means I need to drag out Sunday Stash reports as long as possible amiright?  I’m right.  There’s like 20 new fabrics to showcase and I like to do things right so it’ll take me a few weeks to get things photographed.  Today I’m highlighting just one yard of one fabric because the pictures are just too perfect to get lost amid a sea of Cotton & Steel basics (which was the reason for the online order in the first place.)

Is it just me, or is this post ridiculously long for sharing about one measly yard of fabric?

Without further whining . . . meet the newest addition to my stash . . . BIOLOGY by Sarah Watson.

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Oh hey.

What’s that?  There, on that super cool fabric panel?

Yes, people, that is in fact biology at work (or rather Botany I suppose) . . . on my new Biology.

That is one crazy looking strawberry people.

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I texted that picture to a few people and they all thought it was a clump of berries all together.

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Nope.  There’s one normal strawberry hiding there at the top, but all the rest on this plant are weird alien looking berries.

Biology and the Berry 5 RW

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Here’s the full panel.  I love it.  I think it’ll be either a quilt with a simple border around the outside or maybe a skirt for my daughter.  It’s so pretty.  I wish I had a bolt of it.  Darn you mower!

Biology Tall RW

Biology by HT

source: Hawthorne Threads

Here’s one more of the weird berry by itself.  For funsies.

Biology Berry RW

Thanks to Mollie Sparkles for hosting Sunday Stash so I have a reason to share these super awesome pictures.

– Joanna

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07. June 2015 · Comments Off on Sunday Stash – Bunnies in the Clover Patch · Categories: Sunday Stash · Tags: , , , , ,

I added to my stash in a big way this week.  One trip to the LQS and orders from three separate on-line stores.  Yeah.  I was bad.  In my defense I only meant to order from one on-line store, but I had to go to three to get everything I wanted.  I’m defending myself a lot these days aren’t I?  I ran across a blogger recently who proudly insisted “never apologize for your stash”  . . . so perhaps I’ll only apologize to the bank account (and The Husband) and not to you all.

Today I’m only going to share pictures of the LQS purchase.  It’s meager compared to the on-line ones, but it’s what I had time to photograph this week.  Also, I need to find my bag of clothespins before I can photograph the online order how I’d like.  The online order is mostly Cotton & Steel with two clearance impulse buys, an Anna Maria Horner (my first), a Sarah Watson and a Tula Pink.

Here’s why I actually went to the LQS in the first place.

Botanics with the Virginia Creeper RW

I picked up a few quarter yards of Botanics by Carolyn Friedlander for my paper piecing block of the month project.  I needed the green for sure and went ahead and grabbed the gold and white in the same pattern as well.  I normally don’t prefer gold, but it looks great with the grey and white fabrics in this line.  It’s a good thing I splurged too because the newest block uses bigger pieces than I have in the 10″ layer cake I purchased.

This little guy hopped into my bag while I was there.

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I couldn’t help bringing him home.  I.  Freaking.  Love.  Bunnies.  And we have plenty of clover in the yard for him to nibble on.

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Mollie Sparkles is probably rolling his eyes at the gooey mushy turn this post has taken.

It’s a fat quarter of Michael Miller fabrics and that’s all the selvage tells me.

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I’m thinking some fussy cutting for a paper pieced polaroid picture block.  I saw this done over at the Stash Bee blog and was intrigued.

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– Joanna

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31. May 2015 · Comments Off on Sunday Stash – Swarming the Trailer · Categories: Sunday Stash · Tags: ,

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Give me a minute before we get to my regularly scheduled blog post to complain a bit.  It’s about fabric so bear with me.  Okay, so after multiple chats with my mom about blender fabric (lower volume, not quite as interesting to look at and matches with more things) I decided I needed to work on adding more blenders to my stash.  I’m fairly new to sewing and a SAHM (read: no more excess cash floating around) which means I need to be extra selective about what I spend my money on.  I decided to go with Cotton & Steel since I l love the vibe of most of their fabric (not Cookie Book though, yikes) and a have quite a lot of their more interesting, high intensity prints.  I have charm squares of all the Basics they carry so I sat down one afternoon to determine which fabrics would be most useful to add to my stash.  I came up with 15.  A few prints I knew I wanted to order full yards of since they would match the most fabrics in my stash, but most would be half yards.  I have two go-to online fabric sources: Hawthorne Threads and Fabric.com.  I tend to start off with Fabric.com simply because they offer free shipping on orders over $35 and if it’s the end of the bolt they send you the extra.  So I started off with Fabric.com.  Here’s what I found when I got there:

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Say what????  Are you kidding me????  Almost $8 for a half yard????  Unless I really love a print or have specific plans for it, I tend to buy half yards.  It works for me and my bank account.  When did Fabric.com start charging extra for half yards?  Hey Fabric.com, I’ll be spending most of my money at Hawthorne Threads from now on.  Which is what I did.  I still had to buy a few things there simply because Hawthorne Threads didn’t have the stock but fortunately it worked out they were the pieces I wanted full yards in.  They still lost out on a decent sized order though and from now on will be my backup only plan and not my go-to.  Just thought I’d share in case any of you shop there and hadn’t noticed the change yet. 

Rant over.

Aaaaaaaand back to regularly scheduled programming:

This little blog of mine has been quite varied over the years.  Food.  Food Satire.  Photography.  Chickens.  Ducks.  DIY.  Sewing.  At my core I march to the beat of my own drum and a simple Sunday Stash report highlighting new fabrics I picked up that week is no different.

My first stash report I hung fabric on an electric fence (it was off – I checked first.)

Next up was Tula Pink on the woodpile (and the grass when the boy dropped the fabric.)

Today?  Today is more Tula Pink hanging off the side of the trailer.

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We have five acres here at the ol’ homestead and my goal is never to photograph my stash in the same location.  I think that’s doable.  It’ll make things more interesting for both of us.

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My husband randomly handed my a ten dollar bill and told me to buy some fabric.

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So I did.  A half yard of Tula Pink’s Swarm in Fern.  Plus a half yard of Lizzy House but I’m saving that for later.

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I’m planning on picking up all four colorways in Swarm over the next month and I already have a plan for a simple yet potentially shocking mini art quilt.

Ok, it’s not that shocking (Mollie Sparkles, now he’s shocking), but I do think it will remind us all to think outside the box.

And one last shot of Swarm . . . and my pooch The Snoops coming over to check it out.  She says it’s yummy.

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If you’re new here and want to read a few funny posts about The Snoops (who wouldn’t really) then check these out:

How The Snoops got her name.

Why The Snoops might really be a human and NOT, in fact, a dog.

The Snoops and her pets . . . yup, my pet had her own real live pets.

The Snoops and her stuffed pets.

How The Snoops actually takes a walk.

How The Snoops learned to steal (she’s quite the little thief).

The Snoops wearing hats.  Yeah.  I regret some of those.

The Snoops and her really really really bad hair accessory.

Excuse some of the cartoonized pictures.  That was my schtichk back in the day for a while.  Even so, you may guffah once or twice.

 As is my new norm, comments are closed.  Here’s why.  Thanks for understanding.  Really it just gives you more time to read Sunday Stash reports over at Mollie Sparkles.

– Joanna

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24. May 2015 · Comments Off on Sunday Stash – Pink · Categories: Sunday Stash · Tags: , , , ,

This week’s addition to the fabric stash is rather modest.  I’m still attempting to respect the budget.

Pink on the Pile RW

I not only love photographing things in trees,

I also love photographing things on the woodpile.

Kohlrabi.

Carrots.

I could go on but I’ll stop.

A half yard of Tula Pink’s Swarm in Jam from the Moon Shine collection and a pink solid from the remnant cart at the local quilt shop.  My LQS has the best clearance section.  I paid less than two bucks for the solid and it’s probably around 3/4 yard.

Butterflies on the Pile RW

Sweetey Petey decided it was a cape.

Pink Cape RW

Then he dropped it on the ground.

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Then the dog stepped on it (I didn’t get a picture of that – I was too busy rubbing off the paw print.)

I usually nab any large solid pieces off the remnant cart and it was a happy accident it matched so well with the Tula Pink print.  For my non-sewing readers, Tula Pink fabric has some weird sort of cult following in the quilting world.  People hoard it, stalk it, buy it in ridiculous yardages and then never cut into it because they are scared they will run out since once a print has been discontinued it sells for $80 a yard on Etsy.

I may be embellishing a little  . . . but not about the $80 a yard.  Yeesh, people.

I have to admit, I don’t fully get the hype.  I love some of her prints (like Swarm – I plan on buying all four colorways.)  But I have never loved an entire collection.  At least half the prints just don’t speak to me.  I have about six yards of Tula Pink fabric now in seven prints.  Oh hey that’s like $500 in a few years amiright?  So I’m giving her a chance.  I’m even considering buying a fat quarter bundle of an entire collection and sewing one quilt up with it just to see what the deal is and why everybody says it’s magic when it comes together.  Someday.  Maybe.  This Sunday Stash from Work-In-Progress Girl I read really made me give Tula Pink fabric another look.

Okay, one more shot from the woodpile.  These pictures make me love this color more than I did at the quilt shop!  I may have bought a whole yard if I had it to do over again.  Which technically I do, since I go all the time.  They know me.  They know the kids names.  They worry if I don’t show up on my designated day.

Wood and the Pink RW

I really think this pink is striking next to the natural grain of the wood and super green grass.  Something to think about before sewing this puppy up.

As is my new norm, comments are closed.  Here’s why.  Thanks for understanding.

– Joanna

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17. May 2015 · Comments Off on Sunday Stash – Alexander Henry’s Big City · Categories: Quilting, Sewing, Sunday Stash · Tags: , ,

Thanks to a $600 car repair and a $300 riding mower repair I’m not actually supposed to be buying fabric right now.  So here’s hoping The Husband doesn’t read this.  In my defense I used my cash stash.  In my other defense I didn’t just buy fabrics on a whim with no purpose other than to fold them up all pretty and stare at them.  Which is what I normally do.

I’m hoping, amid some house painting projects, to start working through my WIP pile (that’s Work In Progress for all you layfolk out there) so I feel justified in this weeks purchase.

At least that’s what I keep telling myself.

Anyway, this week’s stash addition is a whopping 2.5 yards!  In the same print!  I’ve bought more than 2.5 yards at a time before but really, for some reason, it’s way more satisfying when it’s all in a row.  And not a solid.  Because solids are boring.

I picked up this fun Alexander Henry print called Big City.

big city in mint

Screen shot borrowed from Hawthorne Threads.

My plan for this print is the back of a bed runner I started many moons ago.  Back when I was still sewing on a borrowed 30 year old machine from my mother.  Back when my 14 month old daughter was still in my belly (or maybe before that even.)  Back when I still got excited to shop at JoAnn’s (gah – I’m a total fabric snob these days.)  Back when I had no idea a quarter inch seam allowance wasn’t actually a quarter inch.

The bed runner was made from chopping the pieces of a jelly roll (that’s 2.5 inch by 44 inch fabric strips in a collection for you layfolk out there) in half and sewing them together.  So it’s long.  And skinny.  The best part of Big City (besides the awesome large scale repeating pattern) is the mint green top and the magenta bottom.

Big City 2 RW

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Yes, these pictures are meant to be dark.

It was an artistic choice.

Plus it was 6:00 in the morning when I took them.  So…… yeah.

I made this text magenta.  To match.  Does that count for something?

I’m hoping to squeak out enough material for the binding from the mint and magenta.  So really I’ve saved The Husband money since I was planning on buying another 3/4 yards of a binding fabric.  And now I don’t have to.

You’re welcome honey.

Stop back in later for pictures of the WIP bed runner top.

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– Joanna