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Wednesday, August 17, 2011


I Heart Linen Blend Squiggle Blue, Kona Cotton Natural, Brussels Washer Linen Blend Natural

it's been a bit like xmas for me around here lately and i couldn't resist sharing in my excitement with you all.  you all know that my little family lives on a tight budget with the hubs working full time and me as a blogger so fabric shopping and any extras are a process of me saving all my pennies from my lovely sponsors (you should check them out...they all rock)!  now that i have poppy the pfaff & have been busy organizing my sewing wall i realized that i was in desperate need of some new fabric.


All Kona Cottons

i try really hard to use all of my fabrics before buying more but lately it's been getting tricky to find enough yardage of certain prints to as time gunn says "make it work".  so i made a goal a few months ago to start saving up.  i went to my fave online sewing shops and made my wishlists.  yep, i'm a loser..haha.  i then drooled over my wishlists for a month or two and when it came time to order all i had to do was find the best price and place my order :)  sort of like an inspiration board of fabric swatches. 


i like a nice variety to mix and match from for the girls and for myself. i have to admit though that a lot of the prints i got i ordered in 1/2 yards to see if i really loved it in person and for some of them i'm kicking myself.  i should have ordered more but oh well, the ones i did order a larger amount of i can't even bring myself to cut into because i adore them so much.  like that linen turquoise design by rashida coleman-hale of the fabulous blog "i heart linen"..hello....LOVE!  saying i love her books, blog and fabric is an understatement. i think she oozes talent in her sleep. i also got a nice order from one of my sponsors stitch simple that supplies ready to use fabric.  what's that?  it's fabric that is already pre-washed and pressed!!! OMG!!! seriously, it comes all fresh and just begging to be sewn with.  i still keep looking at it all amazed i don't have to pink it and wash it.  heaven :)

Michael Miller Children at Play Just Stay Little Turquoise, Michael Miller Children at Play Hopscotch Pink

i did learn a little bit of a fabric lesson though.  i need to just keep a reserve for fabric shopping on hand so that when a new line comes out that i adore i can get it before it's sold out cause man has the sarah jane line for michael miller "children at play" been hard to get.  everywhere i went this line was sold out and i kept getting more and more bummed out.  i finally found it (and almost this entire order) from www.fabric.com (awesome customer service here if you've never ordered from them before) and it is stunning.  absolutely gorgeous.  i'm still waiting on a few of the prints and already plan on ordering a whole whack load more.  it's beyond lovely and i've got a soft spot for illustrations on fabric.  i just want to plaster the girls in this line.


i've also got 2 yards of my fave print of the line "ballons in aqua" coming and i'm frothing at the mouth just waiting for it.  i'm obsessed with this print and it seems so are a lot of people as it was gone everywhere.  so lesson learned for me.  when i see a line pop up and my gut says you are going to love this and i have a few pennies put away i should snatch it up while i can.  it's been like torture to see all the lovelies made from this and not have it in my hands :)

Hoo's in the Forest Critters Pastel Blue, Hoo's in the Forest Trees Pink

i couldn't resist some turquoise and pink for the girls as well...a prerequisite in our house.  i always let mackenzie assist me in ordering fabric for her clothes as she is the one wearing them so i believe in letting her have a say in her clothes.  it would be a waste for me to order prints and make some cute clothes that just hang in her closet that she will never wear. she's very picky about her color palette and what she will and won't wear so i've learned the hard way to let her choose what she likes.  this season she was all over pink/purple and fruit and animals with a mix of princesses.  i even let her pick out harper's prints too. 
 
Hoo's in the Forest Strawberry Apple Pink, Alphabet Soup Girl Meow Pink

you should have seen her face when the order showed up.  the two of us sat together and drooled and oooohheed and awwwwed over the fabric like crazy people.  i'm so hoping my love of handmade rubs off on my girls.  so far so good.  when she sees clothes she likes now in the stores etc she now asks me to make it for her instead of asking me to buy it for her.  it seriously makes me tear up :)

1001 Peeps Villagers Lavender

the prints below are two of my faves that i've had on my "to buy" wishlist for a while and i'm so happy i finally sucked it up and ordered them as i can't stop looking at them.  i just want to plaster my sewing area with the print on top.  i'm addicted to it.

Michael Miller Sorbet Spa Scallop Coral, Sweet Nothings Dots Cream

i hope you guys don't mind me showing you all my new goodies.  i'm not trying to brag that i got some new fabrics but rather share my lovelies with my friends (all of you) that i know understand how exciting and thrilling it is to actually be able to order some fabrics that you've been lusting after.  i love seeing when you guys get new goodies too so i figured it was my turn for a little show and tell.  now i've got to get busy washing all of my new pressies, pressing them and folding them up on my new comic board inserts ala smashed peas and carrots so my fabric shelf looks as pretty as my new fabrics do.  so far it's been a major improvement.  i can actually see what i've got instead of it being a big jumbled half ass folded mess.  now i've got to get back to sitting by my phone waiting for the postman and delivery guy to show up with my knitpicks order..come home needles...momma's waiting for you :P

have you been fabric shopping lately?  what's your go to fabric shop to splurge in?  is there a line that you've been lusting after too?  share, share...let's chat :)

28 comments:

  1. omg! DROOL! The linen and the balloons are making me a little nutty.

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  2. Tara - I know...I can't stop petting them. The balloons are on the way and I seriously don't know how long it will take for me to cut into them. I'm going to treasure that fabric like crazy :)

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  3. Love all the colors/fabrics you chose! I have been lushing over the Sarah Jane line myself. I couldn't get out of the local quilt store without the owner enabling me to buy 1/2 yard of the dresses fabric and girls playing. I wish she had those balloons, but you can only carry just so much I guess. My biggest splurge recently was 4 yds of Valori Wells Bird Paisley in Pink for the back of my next quilt. I have been drooling over it for awhile and could not find it anywhere, but when I saw JAQS fabrics had it on her Etsy site, on SALE, I jumped at the chance and bought her out. :) I think that line is on its way out, so I had to be sure I had enough...

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  4. Kelly - Ohhh, those are lovely. I wanted the whole line too but couldn't get my hands on everything nor could I afford it thus the half yards. Now i need to start saving up to buy way more of it all. It's gorgeous.
    That Valori Wells print is sooo pretty! What quilt are you making?

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  5. I am going with the New Wave quilt from Oh Fransson! using all the Kona/Moda bella solids and that VWs fabric in this post:

    http://craftytwinmommy.blogspot.com/2011/08/fabric-love.html

    I NEED to finish my baby's quilt first though, and then I can actually call myself a quilter. ;) The back is ALMOST done on that, I have more free motion quilting to practice, and then on to the real deal.

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  6. I actually like the fabric in your last pic the best. What line is that?

    I love how we can train our children to get excited over things like fabric. :) My husband just can't get excited for me.

    I haven't bought any fabric lately. My WIP pile is a bit big at the moment. But my favorite color passion is orange right now. I'm making a quilt for my son that will have bright orange backing. :)

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  7. @sewfearless.com I love those too. The one on the top is Michael Miller Sorbet Spa Scallop in Coral and I think it's one of my faves of the bunch. It's so lovely in person too. the one with the dots is Sweet Nothings Dot Cream.

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  8. So beautiful!! Love the balloons. They are completely glorious - I totally want to find some of that. And then cry because I don't want to spend money on it. Or at least lust for awhile and then buy it? We'll see - it's pretty darn lovely. I am excited to see what you will do with it!

    And I love that you are showing off your new fabric - it's a good thing and totally inspiring for me too. So go forth and enjoy it I say!!

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  9. Oh my gosh Shannon! They're great! Seriously lovely! Don't you just want to sit down at your sewing machine for a week straight?

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  10. I'm not sure what this says about me, but I always equate beautiful fabric with food. If it's something I love, I call it yummy. You found some delicious stuff, Shannon! I am thrilled for you. There are so many new lines I am fond of. I love Sarah Jane's work, and Joel Dewberry's new heirloom has caught my attention. I often find deals of fabric on etsy, and on fabric.com, one of my faves.

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  11. Love. Them. All. Especially the very first linen one on the top of the pile. Fabulousness.

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  12. Shannon- Love the very first turquoise wavy lined fabric. I think my dining room chair seats would look lovely in it! Name? Or Where you got it?

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  13. You are so totally not alone. I can relate to your love of fabric. We have a large fabric chain called Spotlight here in Australia and it always has super bargains. Last one was 30% off everything in store. I already have a cupboard full of fabric (most bought from Spotlight, some ordered online and some vintage fabric given to me by my husbands Nan) but I was so excited when this special started that I was down there at 9am day 1 of the sale.
    I really love the top fabric on the last pic you have posted. What is the name of that cause I would love to get my hands on some of that :) Please check out my blog and follow if you wish cause I am a newbie blogger and don't have many blogger friends yet :(

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  14. Oh man, the Sarah Jane balloon print is to die for!! Today I spent the entire afternoon hitting up all of the different Joann's around town searching for Denyse Schmidt's new line. We were able to score 12 of the 18 prints!

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  15. @Sherry Wowsa, that sounds like a great shop Sherry! The fabric on top of the last pic is Michael Miller Sorbet Spa Scallop in Coral and I think it's one of my faves of the bunch. It's so lovely in person too.

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  16. I love that you take pics of your fabric and post it! Makes me not feel bad that I want to too! I just got back from my fav fabric shop, where the prices are always perfect...my MOM's :D hahaha...seriously my mother hasn't sewn in years yet it doesn't stop her from buying new stuff. I consider it an early inheritance, plus Husband can't complain because of the price.

    Though I'm with Jane on this one and want to sit with Greta for a week or two straight! Now all I have to do if figure out this photography thing :)

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  17. @Kelly

    Kelly, I was obsessing over some Valori Wells and used it to make my girls' quilts. It is so gorgeous! I can't stand it.

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  18. Love the new stash! Could you please source the second to last fabric with the Orientalist characters? I'd love to get some of that!

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  19. @Diana Leilani Just listed most of the fabrics for you guys :) The one you asked about Diana is 1001 Peeps Villagers Lavender. The whole line is beautiful! I need to get more of it!

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  20. What fun! I too fell in love with the sarah jane line, and have the balloons - you will love it when you get it! I also got the boys collecction of that for the baby....love!

    I am really digging your sorbet spa though! Need to check that out!

    Have fun with your new lovely fabric! I like the idea of letting your daughter help you choose, chloe is about the right age for that! I should let her help as well! Thanks for the suggestion!

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  21. Those are some gorgeous fabrics you've got there, but that last pair? *swoons* I'm a sucker for geometric patterns, and they're just stunning.

    Also, thank you for the organisation link! I've sent it on to my husband - we're renovating our home at the moment, so I thought I should let him know what I wanted :D I think he's in favour of it if it keeps boxes of fabrics off the living room floor!

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  22. Wooo to the Hoo! I cannot wait to see all these lovely fabrics folded up so neat and pretty!!! I have a slight obsession with Sarah Jane's line too...I ordered 8 or 9 bolts and if you can believe it just ordered another 5! It's a sickness I tell you...pure sickness!!!

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  23. Agreeing on Rashida's pure, oozing talent! That first print is a great one from her line. I hadn't seen the last fabric stack before, from Michael Miller. Really like those prints.

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  24. Oh Shannon, what have you done to me!? I want them all! I feel a serious fabric spending spree coming on....Thanks so much for sharing x

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  25. These are wonderful, I cannot wait to see all the lovely things you are going to make out of these. I was able to get a few fabrics while in France and will post them up on my blog very soon... I absolutely understand the need to share!

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  26. I love your choices!!! Can I ask you something? I live in Toronto and I always cruise fabric.com, do you get hit with a lot of duties/taxes if you order from there?

    I am dying to order a pile of Tula Pinks Prince Charming :)

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  27. @ Sue Jean - I got the majority of the fabrics shown above from there and I paid zero duty or brokerage fees. What I paid to them was what I paid. Not sure if it will always be that way but for my order it was :) I also recommend Hawthorne Threads too. No duties with them either.

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  28. Hey there- this is an old thread but just wondering (as a fellow Canadian) if there are any Canadian online shops your recommend? So far, I've really only found 'Mad About Patchwork'- which is great! Any others that you know of? Duty is a random thing- sometimes they catch you, sometimes they don't. We spent over $100 at the door (!) one year for our Xmas presents from the UK (I know now that they shouldn't charge on gifts and that we could have gotten reimbursed but that's a painful lesson to learn!!)/

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