My favorite Houston yarn shop closed last year, so I’ve been trying to find a replacement, but the only other shops are in the suburbs. I had a little time this past weekend, so I took a little trip west of town to Yarntopia.
While the shop was quite small, it was packed full of familiar yarns, such as Malabrigo and Manos del Uruguay.
One of the best parts of going to your LYS is getting to feel the yarn and discovering something new. For that reason, I picked out two skeins of Sweet Georgia Trinity Worsted. I had heard the name floating around, but hadn’t yet seen or purchased any.
This particular yarn is a blend of merino, cashmere and silk, so it’s basically irresistible once it’s in your hands. And the color is absolutely amazing in person, a lovely mix of blues and greens.
The photos don’t do the color justice! Now I’m on the hunt for just the right project for this special yarn.
The name Stash Bash would suggest you are supposed to use up more of your stash than you purchase, but the reality is that you don’t. That’s mainly because Beth from Stash Fabrics comes and sets up an on-site fabric shop. I have to think that she and Chris colluded on this — the similarity in the names proves it!
This year I tried to hold out, I really did. Then Angela had found a great sketch-like fabric and I went in search of that. Beth didn’t have it anymore, so instead I bought tons of Meadow, Tule, Tsuru, Shelburne Falls, Sarah Jane, Dear Stella, Minimalista, dem Bones, Carolyn Friedlander, Cat Nap and Art Gallery, Art Gallery, Art Gallery!
Last week my college roommate and BFF came to Houston with her husband and 20 month old son. They stayed with us for part of the week and so sweetly brought me this fat quarter bundle based around a favorite Alexander Henry print (she didn’t know, she’s just that good a friend) that she found in a local quilt shop in Massachusetts.
Off to try some of my delicious new treats!
Sometimes there are design elements that you like in theory, but you’re relatively picky about how they’re used. Two such things for me are text prints and black fabric. Other times there are things that you just straight up think you don’t like — ahem, black and white combos of any kind. One print that I absolutely adore is Seed Catalogue from Anne’s Farm Stand by Holly Holderman for LakeHouse Dry Goods. You’ll notice it’s a text print and that two of the colors are white on black and black on white!
So obviously there are exceptions to every rule, and Holly definitely knows the secret in my opinion!! Her newer Penelope line has pretty french text prints some great dots and basics — in black and white of all things!
Recently I made a few friendship stars to turn into notecards and loved them so much. I really want to make an entire quilt out of random American Jane prints, and I think I will alternate the friendship star with a complimentary block from the Farmer’s Wife Sampler Quilt.
Here is my stash so far (other than precuts and Pez prints). I hope to add a few more prints to the pile and get started soon!
One of the most anticipated fabric lines of 2012 had to have been Denyse Schmidt’s Flea Market Fancy Legacy Reprint. I wasn’t quilting when the first FMF line came out and only have a little bit of it, so I definitely wasn’t going to miss out this time!
I want to be able to make several quilts from this line and also to use prints here and there in my scrappier projects, so I bought quite a bit! I know several people think the colors don’t compare to the first line, but I love both lines!
So many possibilities!
I’m supposed to be on a fabric diet, and I’m trying. I really am. But sometimes there’s a collection you really don’t want to miss out on. Happy Drawing, the first of hopefully many Ed Emberley fabric collections for Cloud 9 Fabrics is definitely one of those collections.
When a friend asked me to create a custom quilt for his due-any-day sister, I thought it was only fair to charge for my materials. It was just pure coincidence that my materials cost was exactly the price of a fat quarter bundle of this collection… plus a Cut and Sew panel.
What are the odds?