This evening I am waving frantically down the Hume to Ms Midge, hoping she doesn’t mind that I’m borrowing her “Sunday Stash and Dash” byline, because it’s now 11:25pm and I’m still trying to get the smegging thing done, so I’ll be stashing and dashing off to bedfordshire. I invite you to sit back and have a good giggle at the comedy of errors which is this Sunday Stash and Dash because that’s exactly what I’m doing. 🙂
So, I’ve got three big projects on the go at the moment. Swoon is swooning along, and Jaybird Quilts’ Tiny Dancer in King Size is sitting on the cutting table. I’m doing the Camille Roskelley Red Letter Day quilt at a workshop in Sydney in two weeks’ time so needed some solids for that. I needed backing fabric for Swoon and some solids to match the April Showers Fat Quarter pack I’m using for Tiny Dancer. So of course the appropriate thing to do is to go to Spotlight at 3:00pm on the Sunday that their 40% off voucher finished, with 2½yo Curious Miss and 4½yo Little Boy in tow. They love our local ‘fagrip store’ because it has a children’s play area and lovely staff who know my children by name just about, but they do not love a 40 minute drive to the other side of Canberra (across the border strictly speaking) whilst their ever so slightly tired mother tries to pick fabrics for three quilts. Oh, and I forgot to mention that we hadn’t yet done the groceries. That delightful event awaited us after fabric shopping.
At this point I need to fast forward somewhat. Fabric is purchased (see below), we’ve survived grocery shopping by the skin of our teeth and the Small Children are tucked up safe and sound. I bring out the fabric to take inside shots because it’s well and truly dark by now. I also pull out my quite nice digital camera, take one photo and the battery runs out. And so I’ve therefore failed Blogging for Quilters 101. Gah!
However, Blogging for Quilters 101 also states write consistently and write in your own voice. If you know me even a little bit, you’ll know beyond a shadow of a doubt that this post is me down to the ground. I made the commitment to myself that I was going to blog today for Sunday Stash, and so I am. For sure, the photos from my Samsung Galaxy Note 3 are crap but I’m going with “better done than perfect” today. Which is funny really because I’m a perfectionist and tomorrow’s blog post is all about why I’m absolutely proud to be a perfectionist when it comes to quilting, and why I love a perfect point.
Back to Spotlight on a Sunday with Small Children.
We arrive and realised I left some of the April Showers fabric behind so I couldn’t match the creams. I may or may not have said a naughty word to myself.
So, the first purchase was 2m of Prima Homespun in Ivory and 2m of Sand. Ivory is the one that’s going to work, so I’ve got some lovely Sand to work with in my stash now. Ivory is on the left, Sand is on the right. But you wouldn’t know that because the daft wench didn’t charge the smegging batteries.
Next on the list was Red Letter Day. I’ve already pulled most of the fabrics for it and have renamed it aqua letter day. I therefore thought I was looking for aqua for the background. However, our packing friend decided me to go for Prima in Iron. In the photo below, it’s on the left with my Andrea Victoria by Riley Blake and a bit of Soiree by Lila Tueller for good measure. I can’t wait for the workshop and would not have thought to use the Iron colour.
Finally, Swoon. You know that thing I said about the staff being hit and miss? I was in the queue and hoping against hope that I would be served by the department manager, another of the treasures. Because by this time, CM and LB were doing a very good job of acting like the very tired children they were and I was wishing I could have a meltdown in the corner as well. But, fate was not on my side and I got the bright young thing who wouldn’t know how to cut in a straight line if her life depended on it. I had my eye on some fabulous bright yellow herringbone fabric but she measured it out and there wasn’t enough. So, I put it aside in favour of Prima in Lemon Chrome (isn’t that a great name?) The backing is going to be bright but it’s going to work SOOO well. Of course, on the drive home what I realised I should have done is buy both and done a pieced backing which it will be anyway because I’m doing it QAYG. Daft wench. Did I mention it was a daft idea to go on Sunday afternoon when I wasn’t in the right frame of mind? Anyway, what’s done is done and below is Lemon Chrome in all its glory with my selections for the blocks. The background is in white so I may well use some white on the back to break it up a bit.
Onto the fun bit. I am trying very hard to only but fabric that I need for projects that I’m currently doing. This is for two reasons, a) financial and b) self-discipline. However to get the discount it was going to cost the same amount to add a couple of metres extra so some funky Selvedge Print caught my eye. I love it. It’s colourful, it’s bright, and it’s text and shapes together. I asked for 1m as it was marked at $12.99/m but when it scanned at $6.00/m I took the rest of the bolt, so I have a 1.4m piece as well. And then there was Saffron Craig. And hexagons. 1m of such. That is all.
A note about Prima Homespun. In my opinion it’s the pick of the homespuns. It’s nice and thick which I love. I starch the hell out of soft fabrics so I love that Prima doesn’t need it. It is the only fabric that I prewash because it does lose colour if you don’t, especially the reds but I’ve not had trouble with shrinking or fraying once it’s in a quilt.
It now being stupid o’clock, and not having done any actual quilting today, I am indeed dashing off to bed. But before I do, I’ve linked up with the Sparkly One himself, Molli Sparkles and you can too.
Happy Quilting 🙂