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July 04, 2009

"No," I said, "I'm ready to get back to reality."  "The Web" by Jonathan Kellerman ♦♦♦◊◊

A couple of days ago J, J2, M & I (heh - typing that made me smile) went to Fabric Depot. We each had A Plan. Half of the group had lists. I didn't "win" for most $$ spent (hooo-WEE, not by a long shot!), but I did take the "Most Number of Pieces Cut" prize.

I know that I've told lots and lots of people in person about my next big project, but I don't believe I've shared it with you, dear readers. You see, the only stretching I've done quilt-wise since The Quadriad and Cygnus Rising has to do with meeting deadlines and trying not to get fatally behind on BOMs (ahhh, I seem to be feeling a bit dramatic today!).

It's not like I'm of an age that I have friends popping out babies left and right. And I'm not of an age that friends have GRAND-babies popping out left and right, either. There is really no reason that I have to quilt "Quick and Easy". Heaven knows my To-Be-Quilted Pile doesn't need to be any higher.

So earlier in the year, Mr. W. bought Bella Bella Quilts: Stunning Designs from Italian Mosaics for me. Oh. My. Goodness. Happy as that proverbial clam, I am. Click here for some eye-popping pictures of quilts made from the patterns in the book.

I picked out one of the designs (to do first?), copied the line drawing and pulled out my crayons to play with optical illusions and color combinations. For once, the name of the quilt precedes the binding of the quilt - "I Like Complements". Take that as you will, though it makes me smile - narcissistic color wheel junkie that I am...

I'm gonna need a LOT of different fabrics for this project, and the trip to Fabric Depot was Fabric Acquisition: Phase One.

Complements Fab1

Then after I'd gotten those twelve fabrics picked out and cut, I went looking for the other "ooh, aah" fabs I ran across that I loved but weren't part of the Complements stack. Couldn't find a one of them. Wouldn't you know it? Actually, it was a little bit disappointing, but seriously I didn't have anything in mind for those fabs that grabbed my attention so it was no huge loss that I couldn't find them again.

I did, however, find these fabrics:

Stitchery Fabs

I first found the print, then the Moda Marbles in the mottled pinky-peach color and the light (tanny-white) that I think is perfect. And since I have JUST finished telling you that I didn't have any other projects specifically in mind, I'm sure you're wondering what these fabrics are perfect for.

Stitchery, of course! Wasn't I just babbling about all of the Gotta-Do stitchery projects that I'm collecting?

I don't want to use these fabs for Christmas-related stitcheries, but they seem perfect for either the Shabby Roses BOM from Jenny or Vicki's On My Heart BOM.

What do you think? Which should I do with these fabrics?

But wait! There's MORE!

After lunch, J, J2 & I found a new yarn shop, StitchCraft, in Vancouver (that has a little bit of stitchery - including patterns from Sublime Stitching! - and quilting fabric, too!). J2 was looking for yarn for a lacy over-jumper. J was browsing the quilt magazines. I wasn't looking for anything.

But of course you know how well THAT works, don't you?

Berry YarnHave a drool at what came home with me. YUM.

Cascade Yarns, Lana D'Oro. About 660 yards. Dyelot #1069-6951.*

As usual, I don't have anything specific in mind for this yum-fest (except maybe just petting it every time I pass by). I might like to do the Stella jacket (Ravelry link) from my new "French Girl Knits" book, but then I'd need more of the yarn.* Shucky darn, eh?

(*Hey, family members: Feel free to call or email Nicholette and order more so I can make that jacket....!)
(Hey, non-family members: I'm having a birthday this month. I am trying to provide a service to family who might be having problems figuring out what I might like or want.)

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permalink 4 Comments:
At 7/04/2009 7:03 AM, Blogger Darling Jill Quilts Babbled Back:  

OMG! Those quilts are neat and your bright fabrics are so cool and pretty together!!! Sounds like you had a great and productive time shopping!

At 7/04/2009 10:21 AM, Blogger Carrie P. Babbled Back:  

Pretty rainbow of fabrics.
Yes, I think the pink ones will be great for either one of those BOM.
Have fun with all your buys.

At 7/05/2009 1:38 AM, Blogger Deb Babbled Back:  

so kind of you to hint to family and friends what your likes and dislikes are..but if you don't can't make up your mind on what to do with the fabric send it my way I am sure I would find a solution. I have the star one I think in every color! great fabrics!!

At 7/06/2009 2:34 PM, Blogger Ann Champion Babbled Back:  

OMG!!! You're going to do a quilt from Bella Bella?! I LOVE the fabrics you've chosen. I bought the book. I bought the paper foundations to piece with..then I stalled. Every once in a while I think of that project and dream of what fabrics I'll choose. Your cool colors and warm colors should do a nice job of giving that 3-D look to the piece? Oh..I want to come and watch you!

I liked the 3 fabrics you got for your stitcheris..and honestly they'd be nice for either one..or both? Complimentary projects? ;)

I popped over and had a peek at that knit jacket. Gorgeous! I really like your yarn too..but isn't it always a hard decision on how much to get when you aren't sure of the project ahead of time? I hope your family takes hints..and you get more yarn. ;) I'd like to see that jacket made up in purple instead of safe..boring..cream.

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