Well, my folks are in town, and not surprisingly, there's no crafty action round these parts at the moment. I can report that Monkeyin' Around and All About E went to their new owners- well, to Ben and his mom as baby bro Joe isn't here yet... and both quilts were well received and well loved. I gave them to her in person before the shower, as I wanted to see her open them MORE than I wanted to hear about strangers ooohing and ahhing at them... So, that's done. 2 more baby boy quilts in my near future, though. Good thing I have some more monkeys to play with!
Meanwhile, there is lots of FABRIC action at my place. You see, lately I've won not one but 2 little fabric contests. Really, is there anything better than FREE fabric? Piece #1: a lovely retro-mod Alexander Henry piece, a full yard, from Sew Mama Sew! Yum!
They even let me pick my prize. And I was smitten by the colors and the cuteness of this one.
Then, back at Flickr, Starlit Nest, who has a fabulous etsy shop full of some of the tastiest fabrics in print, had a little contest to answer a question about one of her quilts. I was the first one to get it right, and so she gave me a sweet little gift certificate to her store. Where, after much deliberation, I picked... 3 Joel Dewberry FQs from the Aviary line that is taking the craft world by storm.
No photo here, so you'll have to take my word for it, but, I increased my Kaffe collection hugely last week. You see, my favorite online retailer of Kaffes, who routinely offers than at $2/yard LESS than my LQS, not to mention who also has a fabulous selection and decent customer service, had a HUGE Kaffe sale. $1 off per yard- which brought even the newest and most exciting pieces to $6.99 per yard. Which, for Kaffe, is an amazing deal. And so, I bought several pieces from the latest line- Targets, Bekah, Aboriginal Dots, and Jungle Stripe. And some more shot cotton as well. One piece they sent me was from the wrong color way, and I am waiting to hear back from them about getting the right one. So, I may have a different opinion on their customer service soon ;-) These new purchases were made with that Kaffe Lonestar I fantasized about around new year's in mind... We'll see if I brave it! Also, I have an idea for a Hopscotch quilt in batiks and Kaffes. It's a Denyse Schmidt pattern, given away free here. I have several yards of a gorgeous grey batik to use as background- picked up on clearance no less! And I thought, with many of my purple-y Kaffes, this would be stunning. So, look for that soon! When my folks leave and sewing recommences.
Meanwhile, I'll enjoy their company- and the fact that the Hubby and I had that 8th anniversary date last night. And the best glass of wine I have had in ages. I got the waitress to right the name down, and I'm hitting the fabulous liquor store down the street from my office ASAP to see if I can get it for myself at home... And thank you all for the wonderful anniversary wishes! You're a great bunch out there in blog-land, and I am honored to share my anniversary with so many others, and other birthdays, too! Clearly, July 31st is a great day for many of us! At last count, there were 5 birthdays (not including Harry) and one other anniversary mentioned by others out there... WOW!