The Postman came

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with 3 parcels!

Woohoo I love parcels

I think I’ve mentioned before that for some years I took a break from quilt-making and buying fabric.  That meant I missed some really good fabrics, so when I see something I really love well of course I just have to buy them.

Our good friend Sherry in San Antonio recently sent me some lovely fabrics, the second parcel arrived today with lots of lovelies, some of which is part of the Clarissa White Alford Collection for the Shelburne Museum by RJR.  Only had the odd bit of that, as well as some bits of Smithsonian.  This parcel was sent the day Sherry, Margaret & Irene left San Antonio and Margaret picked some of the fabrics as well.

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Fabrics from Sherry

You can see a bit of Smithsonian that somehow I managed not to pick up originally, now I’ve got them in all the colourways.  As well some Williamsburg Botanical, Cheddar Illuminations, Dargate Prussion Blue stripe, purchased for a very specific project, and some red & white fabrics.  Margaret are they for our red & white Maltaville?

Yellows and more from the old ‘Sturbridge Village II’ collection.

Parcels 2 & 3 came from SewFarSewGood, an online shop who were just lovely to deal with.  One of the things I don’t have in my growing stash is some really good yellows.  I found three really good yellows from the ‘Old Sturbridge Village II Collection’ as well as a few other bits from that range.  I think this range came out just before I got back into quilt-making.

One of my ‘must do’ projects has always been a pieced basket quilt in white, pinks & greens.  I drafted it up ages ago but last week the impetus to start it came.  So far I’ve pieced about about 14 blocks of this 16 block quilt.

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All cut out and ready to sew

This is another quilt that will be on-point. I seem to have an obsession with blocks on-point at the moment. Most of the fabric has come from my stash with just a little bit from picked up when I went to Mill Rose Cottage recently.  There’s a little bit of Smithsonian and some of my treasured Sarah Johnson pink fabric as well.

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Pink & Green baskets blocks

It’s TAS at Somerset this Sunday, so I’ll have to get the tops of these baskets prepared so I’ve got some hand sewing to do.  16 handles wont take long.

Margaret picked up some fabric for me when she & Irene visited Hancock’s so I’m waiting for the postman to ring again.

Ciao

Jenn

For Dorothy & Linda

Last Saturday I caught up with Dorothy & Linda for a coffee after CAG, and was roundly scolded for not having posted recently.  While I had many excuses they all fell on deaf ears!

As a web developer and trainer sometimes the last thing I want to do on ‘my time’ is be at the computer.  And sadly, at the moment I don’t have have much to show as I’m busy putting on and sewing binding down.

But, I have been adding to my stash as well as adding to my museum collection fabrics.  I’ve picked up some Smithsonian I didn’t have or didn’t have much of.

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More Smithsonian fabrics as well as some friends came to stay

I also picked up some DAR Museum Collection by P&B Textiles from 1998.

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These have been on the shelves for some 14 or more years!

Some fabrics I failed to buy when they originally came out that I picked up recently.

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Bits & pieces

For interest, that last brownish piece of fabric was originally produced by Windham in their ‘Empress’ range by Nancy Gere, not sure which year.  It came in pink, blue and this olive/khaki/drab green colour. Note the difference in the background.  Empress had fine line grounds on a ecru background, whereas the ‘Canterbury’ range by Robert Callaham above, was much deeper & richer in colour with a smoked or mottled background. I have some of it in green, limey/yellow and now brown which will be perfect for stems in some future project.

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Empress 24458-3 by Nancy Gere for Windham

And last but not least I picked up this tiny bit of floral fabric which I just love and would be perfect for a new design I’m keen to start, after I start & finish those Kaffe Baskets I’ve already cut out.

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Who am I? Where did I come from?

Do you know who the manufacturer or the name of this fabric?  If you do please let me know.  I’m really keen to find more.

And last but not least a message to Dorothy & Linda from Tigger.

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I heard about you two and your heretical ideas, and I'm not having any of it!

Buy, buy, buy

With the Aussie dollar having been so good, couple of weeks ago I went on a small fabric shopping splurge on the web.  I picked up some gorgeous Dargate Prussian Blues & Dargate Indigos by Margo Krager at Laptop Quilts as well as some very collectable RJR Smithsonian Grooms Quilt fabric called Cretonne in the most amazing pink as well as a yard of gorgeous blue fabric from the Shelburne Museum Sarah Johnson Collection also by RJR, from The heart of Dixie.  Nearly all of these will go well with my new “French Star” project.

Dargate Prussian Blues & Tans & Dargate Indigos by Margo Krager
Very collectable Sarah Johnson & Grooms Quilt fabrics

Back in November I accompanied Margaret to AQM.  While there I took the opportunity to avail myself to some new rulers.  I’ve had my old rulers since 1994 and had been of the opinion that I could do most everything I needed with what I had.  However I had been eyeing off the Creative Grids Non-Slip ruler range.  I was very restrained and only got the 4 1/2″ by 8 1/2″ ruler to start with.  I also purchased an 18″ Westalee ruler as well as 2 little sets of Stash Buster templates.

My very first ruler, due for retirement!
My new rulers, almost as much fun as new fabric!

Westalee Stash buster hexagons

Time to go and do some cutting with these new fandangle, whizz bang gizmos.

ciao