Monday, June 01, 2009

Well, well, well, just what do we have here? It is a sweet little stack of ten fat eighths of the most amazing color combination! I picked them up on Saturday when Honna and Helen and I drove out to Sauder's for some retail therapy. Golly, I love that store!

Helen had disappeared for a bit and when I went in search of her, I found her examining some pre-cut stacks. So I thought I would help her and I ended up with two of the stacks in my take-home pile! Of course you can click on the photo for a closer look. Which you might want to do . . . .

There's this stack, more about which later in this post, and then there is . . .

This stack! This one is fat quarters of some absolutely excellent pink and brown CW repros. I have this quilt for Caroline in mind that calls for such fabrics as these. I had seen the pattern in a Keepsake Catalog and decided I didn't need a pattern but I could figure out how to make the quilt myself.

The first fun step, of course, is acquiring the pink and brown fabrics. I suspect that the HST making will get a little bit tedious, but I have at least eight months before Carrie will be ready for a big girl bed. I'd like to get started on this project during this summer and perhaps even be getting it quilted early in the winter.

Next we have a fabric that I just had to have. Honna found it, actually, and she bought a huge hunk. I found her with it at the cutting table and when I saw those dancing ladies, I just knew I had to have some for myself.

I'd picked up the orange earlier in the morning without knowing what I was going to do with it -- this is something I don't often do, actually. But I was dazzled by it and planned to buy a piece just to have on hand. Then I realized that it would really look great with those dancing ladies. I think I see a big bag for myself here, yes?

These CW repros are ones I ordered from the Zands website earlier in the week when they were 20 percent off. For you readers who are also near Philadelphia, did you know you can place an order with Zands and in the instructions box ask them not to ship it but to hold it at the Sauder's cash register for you to pick up. They'll refund your postage and stil tie it up in a nice fabric strip for you!

I'm going to use these for the Quilt for Melanie Wilkes swap. In fact, tonight I cut and stitched some nine-patches from them.

The first place I always look when I walk into the store is that big table of flatfolds to the left. I really hit the jackpot this time -- see these fabrics? They are flatfolds of five yards each at $2.29 per yard! No, they won't cut them for you. But five yards at $2.29 makes some truly magnificent backs. I bought five. Or maybe six. Some of the same fabrics were on the bolts on the shelves for about $9 per yard.

Okay, back to the darling little stack at the top of the post. They are my give-away in late celebration of my 700th post a week or so ago. You know what to do -- leave a comment on this post and I'll draw a random number on Friday for a winner. No extra chances for posting about it on your blog -- My goal here is not to increase my readership but rather to do something nice for the peoploe who hang out here regularly. Like you.

Oh, and by the way, thanks to Helen, Honna and me, the economy of the Muddy Creek area is intact. Not to worry.


25 comments:

Feedsack Fantasy said...

What a nice time you all had ... & congrats on the post celebration.
TTFN ~ Marydon

quiltmom said...

Nancy,
What great fun you and your quilty friends had - quilty retail therapy is always fun.
I absolutely love your dancing ladies- it is so funky looking- i am sure you are going to make a very cute bag with it.
Giveaways are such fun- thanks for hosting this lovely one.
Regards,
Anna

Loris said...

Congratulations for the 700 posts (!) that many posts sounds amazing to me...who has just started blogging. I must say that your posts are interesting and full of great pictures too. I hope you are having as much fun blogging as the people reading them.

Lorraine said...

wow...700....I am just approaching 150!! gotta love the fabric shopping trip.....looks like you picked up some nice pieces....and I didn't leave a comment on your earlier post but LOVE the quilts you have made for the departing staff members.....I am sure they will be appreciated and loved....!
WV: sherapt - the expletive you mutter when pics won't download to your blog!

Suzan said...

700 posts?!? Amazing! BTW, my sister bought that very same color combination that you got in fat eighths in fat quarters the last time we were at Sauders! Next time you are "local", try to get over to Martin's on 422 just outside of Lebanon. Their flat folds are 2.99 and they will cut for you! I have picked up some very nice PB Textiles and Marcus Brother fabric that way.

Mimi said...

Oooh, Nancy, what a terrific trip you gals must have had. I must admit, I'm a bit jealous...not many folks near/dear to me who really get into fabric like I do! :)

Anyway, I'd LOVE to have the stack you are generously sharing.

Congratulations on the 700th post...quite a milestone!

Hugs

Karrin Hurd said...

Congratulations on your almost 700th post. Your purchases look wonderful!

*karendianne. said...

Right on! That's a succulent haul my friend. What great deals, too!!!

Nothin' like contributing...

Pati said...

Nice fabrics!! I wish I lived closer and could get to Sauders. Maybe one of these days I will take a road trip! Congrats on post #700. I've got to get back to my blogging!

Mrs. Goodneedle said...

I love to read about successful shopping excursions, especially great prices on backing fabrics... well done, you!

Anya said...

Congratulations! Sounds like you had some fun fondling fabric. Thank you for the chance for the giveaway...

Lori said...

Nancy, the fabrics are beautiful and I think you are a very lucky gal to have those shops so close:)
You sure found a bargain- money doesn't grow on trees ya' know! LOL

dianne said...

i made a pink and brown quilt for my newest granddaughter and, verily, it SHOUTS - i shudder everytime i see it in her play yard ... i like YOUR fabric choices a lot better!

happy 700th post (says she who has not past the 60s)!

Gretchen said...

What a great shopping trip! I am familiar with Z and S's website and every once and awhile a nice stack will "somehow" end up arriving at my house in GA. Hmmm wonder how that happens? I would love to be entered in your giveaway. Thanks for all the great posts and here's to many many more!

suz said...

I'm so jealous, sort of. I can't imagine living that close to Sauders! I'd be broke! I love that first stack. When I first saw it, I planned to comment that I had found myself recently really intrigued with this green lately. Now I might have a chance to win this little package - woohoo! Sounds like you guys had a great time!

Ms. Jan said...

700 Posts! You leave me in the dust Girlfriend. Congratulations! I was salivating when you described your visit to Sauders...good times.
=)

carole ann said...

Congrats on your 700th post, wow.
You are so lucky, I have no fabric stores near me at all, everything is on line or a train trip.
Lots of luck with your next 700.
Another Philly girl

Barb said...

Oh you have mentioned two of my favs' for fabric shopping :>D ~ ZandS with their online price deals, and at Sauders they are just the nicest folks. Actually all of the quilt shops in that area are really great to shop at...flat folds are amazing buys, when you find them grab them, they go quickly! I asked *hubby* if we could do an overnight to the BIH and Lancaster area to rest and visit the quilt shops...HE SAID YES!! Hmmmmm rest for me means looking at and touching lots of fabrics...for him it is sitting on the bench out front watching traffic go by :>D! I love your little stacks, please enter my name in your giveaway for post 700 ~ Congratulations!

Guenveur in Kent said...

You must have found a money tree!

quiltmamajb said...

Congrats on #700. I love Sauder's also! I've bought so many of those flat folds - and they are terrific for backs. Now I'm mulling a trip of my own. Hmmmm....usually go to Burkholder's too while up that way - another good place. The colors and textures in a quilt shop - it's like a garden with flowers that never stop blooming. Thanks for your always thought-provoking posts. All the best...piece.

floribunda... aka Julie said...

congratulations on that big number! I think you MUST pick my name for the giveaway, because I dont own any fabric with those funky greens, and I'm way too far from Sauders to pick up my own set!

Anonymous said...

What wonderful finds you discovered! And thank you for the hint about Zands, saving those pennies for shipping help the coin purse.
Laura (rebusrebus@verizon.net)

Anonymous said...

Sounds like you had a fun shopping trip. Congrats on the 700th post.

AnnieO said...

I have enjoyed your blog these past eight months or so and hope to see it still going strong at the 7000th post! How nice of you to give something away to celebrate. You got some treasures at your quilt shop visit!

Judi said...

Hi Nancy,

What gorgeous fabrics! I so envy you the chance to shop at Sauders - but I think you probably already know that.

I hope to shop there about this time next year....and in the meantime will hope I'm lucky enough to win your give-away!

Thank you so much for taking the time to write your blog. I don't often comment, but I DO read every post.

:)
Judi