First I signed myself up for Sarah - Fairy Face Designs - and Jennifer's - Ellison Lane Quilts - quiltalong. I know I am in the FWQAL, but I don't really consider that a quiltalong in the truest sense. Not sure why, maybe because I have a year to churn out the necessary blocks. Sarah and Jennifer aren't giving quite so long for us to produce a modern, bright and happy quilt. I am sure by the time the girls start school I will already be behind schedule as we still have another week away from home to come. It could all go horribly wrong in my time calculations, but I am willing to take that risk. If you are interested in joining in then hop on over to their blog and have a look.
And while you are over at Sarah's blog check out this post. Sarah is celebrating her first year blogiversary. How she created such a wonderful blog and a loyal following is beyond me - but it is nothing but well deserved. She is doing a giveaway to celebrate so if you want a chance to win you had better go take a look. Don't worry, she isn't asking you to jump through numerous hoops to have a chance, and it is a blog that is well worth following. And you could win this fabric -
|Some Amy Butler gorgouesness!|
While we are on the subject of Sarah, a number of weeks ago she put a call to anyone who had some fabric from the Bliss line to spare. I did, and was happy to share. In return Sarah sent me some scraps that I could use in my Farmer's Wife blocks. Sarah has nice fabric. Lucky me.
If you like doing swaps then there is a new one out there that you could join in. An easy peasy one if swaps scare you. Just mug rugs and some other little things that you like to make. It is being organised by Cindy at Fluffy Sheep Quilting. I love her blog name. Makes mine look so dull! This is going to be a good swap because, despite it just opening to sign ups, it already has some seriously nice, funny, excellent people with their names down for it. You don't want to miss it.
Now prepare yourself for some serious fabric talk. You know I did the ugly fabric giveaway. It started with Kat challenging me to a Who Has the Ugliest Fabric Contest when I was commenting on the state of my stash. She won. OMG, did she have one seriously ugly piece of fabric. But she didn't think my uglies were that bad. Nor did I think hers were. So we did an exchange. I feel like I ripped her off. She got dull, boring, ugly stuff from me and I got this -
Um, Kat, you and I need to discuss the meaning of ugly.
I gave away the rest of my uglies to anyone who wanted them. Surprisingly, some people did. Fantastic! They are no longer in my stash. This makes me very happy. Then, to my surprise and disbelief, Linda - who I sent some of the fabric - sent me a gift back. It was entirely unexpected and truly she should not have done it because I feel kind of guilty now. She got ugly and I got this! I think the fabric she sent me is just about my most favourite in my stash. It is so lovely.
I may feel a little bit guilty, but I am thrilled with her generosity and am so not going to send it back because I am in love with it. I have thanked Linda but let me do it again, publicly. Thank you!
Apologies now because this is going to be a long post and it is just going to be more fabric followed by more fabric. This post will either help you sleep well or you have already walked away. Those of you still awake and with me share my fabric addiction. So, to feed that addiction, here is some more. First up, some I ordered before I went on holiday and was waiting for me upon my return.
And here is the fabric that I bought at the Festival of Quilts. All spread out and easier for you to see. I know which shops some of it came from and don't have a clue about others. Nicky probably knows but I am not going to bother her. This will just be visual rather than informative show and tell.
|These were from a debonair Frenchman who Nicky chatter to fluently.|
I think I managed a garbled 'Merci'. Sad!
Nice man and nice fabrics though.
|No clue and not even sure if they call came from the same shop.|
|Drawing a blank again but I do love those birds.|
|Mandy at Simply Solids helped me choose these because, well, I just need help sometimes.|
|I know this one!|
These are from the Eternal Maker.
|These ones are easy - Doughty's.|
Never heard of them before but loved their fabric selection.
|Most definitely from Lynne's lqs - Quiltessentials.|