I have had a wonderful weekend where I have been able to buy a little fabric, learn new sewing skills at a class and work on some projects with friends. I have felt incredibly productive because I have made good progress on a beautiful cathedral windows quilt and in between all of this I have also been able to pick plenty of fruit at the allotment in preparation for jam making tomorrow. I am now off work for the summer so I am hoping to work on lots of projects and to make the most of the time ahead of me.
Yesterday I was at my "block a month" class at a local fabric shop, Patchwork Garden. I had a great time and learned how to do mini mock cathedral windows. I will show them later in the week. I had vowed not to spend lots of money on fabric as my big fabric splurge is to come when I go to The Festival of Quilts but there were some amazing new fabrics I could not resist. I don't feel too guilty because they fit some of my other fabrics and intended projects.
First up these are these fabrics by Timeless Treasures and are called Mini Series How does your garden grow? I think they are amazing. My husband loves gardening and I bought them anticipating they would be made into something cute for him. However, next week I am going to a seventieth birthday vintage tea party and the birthday girl is one of our allotment friends, Marion, so now I am going to make her something with these fabrics instead. She will love them and they really match her happy personality. At this stage I am thinking a table runner and matching table mats. Table mats are always a favourite project of mine and they make a great gift.
There was clearly a delivery of Timeless Treasures fabric at the shop this week because my other stash additions are from there as well. I am so pleased with these fabrics because I bought them with the intention of putting them with my beloved Wee Wander fabrics and they match the sunrise and sunset palettes which the range has. The raindrops are just perfect and the pink spot, called Dream, is a great addition to any stash. I think these are wonderfully versatile fabrics and could go in so many of my projects.
This fabric doesn't belong to any current project, unlike my other purchase this weekend. But it is a great addition and has my name written all over it. I love fabrics with animals, especially cutesy, stylised ones such as these snails. My friend, Amy, and myself are called the "Critter Girls" at the fabric shop because we love animal fabrics. (We assume our nick name is used affectionately!) I love these snails because they have the happy expression of satisfaction that comes from eating someone's lettuce. I won't be adding these to Marion's garden fabrics because gardeners don't tend to like smiling snails. I, on the other hand, can overlook the destruction of snails when they are portrayed so sweetly on fabric.
Didn't I do well with my purchases this weekend? These fabrics won't be in stash for long.