Sunday, March 26, 2006

Sometimes....

You just need a fabric fix! How about 37 yards worth? I NEVER shop like that...but today I made an exception! I went to the Pennington Quilt Works which has just moved into a brand new store and it's bright, large and wonderful. :o) The first group of fabrics here is just for me because I liked them. The second group actually has plans. The top yellow is a flannel for a rag quilt my 11 year old has started. The other 2 yellows are for a Sister's Choice quilt I'm making and didn't have enough yellow for. The pink is for the borders of my daughter's friend's graduation quilt. She doesn't graduate for 2 years so I'm ahead of the game!


The last pile is for a Christmas quilt that I've already picked out the pattern for and will get done...I swear! AND...all of the fabric in this pile was 50% off, so I didn't feel so bad buying so much of it! I may be able to do some of the quilt as a leader/ender project since the pattern has some flying geese in it. I guess I'll just add this one to the list...the list just keeps growing!

I have to smile when I read all the notes about hiding your stash from your husband. I'm so fortunate when it comes to that. You see, my husband has always supported my quilting habit and tends to push me to buy more than I would if I were alone. Not only that, he travels all over the country as the national sales manager for a boiler company from Philadelphia. When he has the opportunity, he stops in quilt shops and buys fabric for me. Sometimes he'll call and ask if I need a color or a style of fabric, but usually he just surprises me with something. Today, he was wonderful enough to drive me an hour back and forth to the shop, encourage me to pick more fabric that I would have, carry all the bolts for me, tell them what to cut so I could keep shopping, then he paid for it all! So, I treated him to a cup of Starbucks tea on the way home. :o)

All in all, I think I have it pretty good!

16 comments:

dot said...

Sounds like a wonderful day.

Vicky said...

And your DH sounds like a keeper! Beautiful fabrics! You win the off-the-wagon gold star for this weekend! LOL

JudyL said...

I want your husband to train my husband! :) Looks like you got some great fabrics and it's always nice when you can find a bargain.

Judy L.

Petey said...

Wow! Talk about 'power shopping'...Love what you and your DH picked...nothing like a good price to get us all to buy. Makes me smile to think of all the FUN you'll have. Happy stitching.

Linda_J said...

Okay, I would give him the "husband of the week" award based on what you said. Good shopping!

tami said...

Sounds like you had a great day. I'm sure DH realizes how happy the fabric makes you and that's why he encourages you.

Mary said...

Love that first bunch of fabrics - can't wait to see the quilt it becomes.

I don't hide my quilt purchases from my husband either - in fact sometimes I ask him "do you realize how much I spend on this stuff?"

Since joining the stashbusters list I do spend less on fabric but mainly because I can't believe how much I have and realize that it will never make it into quilts if I keep buying. I still buy all the books and gadgets that I want. In fact I just bought the curve master foot in February and need to try it out!

Darcie said...

Sounds like a terrific lovelife, Carolyn! ;-) Good for you!

Just want to warn you: I can see my name written on a few of your pieces...so if you're missing them out of your stash...don't look at me!!! ;-)

Thanks for sharing. Keep up that terrific and supportive marriage!

Pam said...

Carolyn, I don't hide my purchases either...why bother? He knows I can't go shopping without coming home with something...and why would I go shopping if that wasn't my intention in the first place. Several years ago my hubby and our youngest son took a vacation together and boy was I surprised when they came home and gave me fabric that they had purchased from a quilt shop in a town they passed through. Hubby said it wasn't right to be on vacation and NOT stop at a quilt shop. I must say, they did a good job picking out fabric!

Laurie Ann said...

Yes, you have a keeper! My hubbie is supportive too. He knows I don't waste money and use what I buy.

Samantha said...

WOW, sounds like you had fun shopping. It's wonderful that your husband shares in your passion with you :-)

Dawn said...

Oh what fun! And 37 yards - you are really going to have fun!

Lynn Dykstra said...

I especially like the first pile--the vine looking flowers are very pretty.
Lynn

Finn said...

It sounds absolutely wonderful Carolyn, good for you for shopping and getting such pretty fabric! And personally, I dominate DH for "man of the year"...that's amazing!!! Glad you got him a treat!

cher said...

power shopping-you did great-and I love the support from your husband.
It is a great relationship that honors our indivdual passions and joins in the fun! And, it sounds like most of it will end up being used this year...that is a good thing too.

Holly said...

You have it GREAT, girl!!