"Out there" being the fabric store. The one I used to work at. The one that is giving up its lease in a very pricey part of town, and consolidating with its sister store at an all new location. And, having a moving sale. 35% off EVERYTHING. I stopped in after work because I needed a pair of Machingers for a machine quilting refresher course I am taking this weekend. I actually didn't even know the sale had started. Really. So, I got the gloves. And then, well, my inner fabri-holic came out to play. Can you really blame me, though? 35% off everything. (It's a good thing I didn't take the no-buy challenege!)
I started with a batik. A batik I already know and love.
It's going to be the backing for my snakes quilt! And seeing as how that one is somewhere between queen and king, I needed lots of fabric. I took everything on the bolt- 11 yards- and rejoiced. I have been combing on-line sales and discount sites for a cheap batik for the back of that quilt. I was nervous about committing to that much yardage sight unseen for a batik- if my monitor was even a little bit wrong, I might end up with $100 of crap. So, problem happily solved! I can baste this quilt soon- on my new-to-me tables. When my office moved, we got rid of lots of our old junky furniture, including a bunch of long folding tables. I salvaged 2 for basting purposes. They can live in the garage when I don't need 'em, and come out to play when it's basting time. Hopefully this will solve lots of my basting issues?
I also picked up some new animal fabrics for Princess Girl. She picked the one on the bottom herself a while back.
She wants a jungle quilt... Now, we've added to it nicely, I think! There were some other purchases. A new thimble. 2 yards of 2 great batiks, and a cute cowboy print to make a pillowcase for Train Boy's buddy's birthday this weekend. If Princess Girl hadn't been with me, and if we hadn't been racing to get to Train Boy's day care, I would probably have spent more. I may have to go back.
Meanwhile, I got the place-mats all ready to quilt. I wasn't certain the best way to make them, so first I have made them into little place-mat sandwiches. I was scrounging batting scraps and taking total advantage of the bridge stitch on my machine. It sews 2 fabrics together side by side, leaving a completely flat seam. Perfect for piecing batting! That stitch alone has saved me tons of $$$ over the years... Tomorrow night, I hope to finish the place-mats. Cross fingers, or, "mingers" as Train Boy says. And when they are done, and mailed, I can go back to working on what I really want to be doing. (If you're not sure what that would be, scroll down to the previous post!)