I mentioned Vicky's no-buy challenge in my post below. And I also mentioned my blah week. Well because of the blah week I really need to join Vicky's challenge as you'll see from the next 2 photos of goodies that arrived in the mail this week!
This first group are my Kaffee Fasset fabrics that I wrote about last week. Well they came in last Saturday but since they were shipped to my office and since I didn't work Monday or Tuesday I didn't get them until Wed. These are 1/2 yd cuts of 20 different prints. And yes I still think some of them are ugly as sin BUT they fascinate me and I think will look great in the pattern I've chosen to use them in. And the remainders will look great in scrappy quilts for years to come.
So you'd think I'd be happy with one shopping spree totaling 10 new yds of stash. And if I'd been at work Monday to get the package I wouldn't have made this next purchase.I mentioned that I was home Monday and Tuesday. I have back problems and have been having problems with one of my meds. It works great for the pain but pretty much has me in a semi-comatose state after taking it for several days straight. I got up Monday morning, got dressed for work, sat in my chair to shut down my laptop so I could take it with me, and fell promptly asleep! I didn't sleep long but decided it probably wouldn't be a good idea for me to drive that day so I called in sick. And the next day too as I was still a bit drowsy that morning. ANYWAY, back to my story..... While I dozed on and off all Monday I was awake for bit of time and didn't feel like doing anything except play on the computer. I got bored with computer games pretty quickly so I did a little surfing. One of my waves took me to Thousands of Bolts. I LOVE that store. I've purchased from them several times and love the great prices for good quality fabric. First page I went to was blacks. And the first fabric shown was that luscious bright dots on black and I fell in MAJOR LOVE! So I put 4 yards in my shopping cart. Then I found the other 2 black/bright prints and put 2 yds of each in the shopping cart. Then I decided to search thru the other colors and find brignts in the colors of the dots and ended up putting 2 yds of each of these in my shopping cart. Now to me half the fun of quilting is choosing the fabrics so I do this often and USUALLY delete the cart. But as I was feeling a bit down and figured I DESERVED a pick-me-up, and I didn't even have to get out of my chair to hunt up my credit card since I know the number by heart (along with the expiration date and security code from the back.) So instead of hitting delete I clicked on complete sale. Probably not the smartest thing so I think I'll blame it on the drugs. LOL! And that 26 YDS of fabric cost me very little more than the 10 yds of Kaffe's so it really was a very good value. Probably not wise to drop a hundred bucks on a whim but it's done and they really are yummy fabrics so I'm not going to beat myself up over my purchase. BUT I think I really do need to say no new fabric for a couple months until I have a chance to use some of what I already own.
And I'm kicking my personal challenge up a notch to include no new quilt books, patterns, or magazines for that same month. It's not like I don't have enough already to provide plenty of inspiration. Plus all the great ideas I get from all of you out here in blogland. The only thing I'll allow myself to purchase is thread and batting. But honestly I think I have enough gray/beige thread to last for several months and that's mostly all I use to piece with. And I have several batts on hand and those will probalby do for anything I want to get basted and quilt this month. Citibank's gonna HATE me next month! LOL!
As a disclaimer I do plan to use Vicky's "vacation purchase" out if I end up going to our Markham office next month. I only get there every few months and absolutely love the Blessing Fabric and Bead Studio that is about 10 miles from that office. So while it won't be a "vacation" purchase I would be out of town at a shop I don't normally have access to. But if I go I'm only allowing myself fabric for one quilt. And I have to pick a pattern and only get what I need for that pattern. Not my usual, "Give me 2 yds of this and 3 yds of that." habit. But I'm going to try to stay away from the area until at least September so as not to tempt myself.