No Buy: Day 3 Does this count?

Here’s a picture for you all. My hubby and I went on a little weekend trip to Sonoma and Napa, CA back in April. I found out by pure accident before the trip that there was a fabric store in Napa (it was an accident, I promise!) Well, I couldn’t visit a town, knowing they had a fabric store without also visiting the fabric store, hubby was so patient with me and he even took a picture of me in front of the store. Here it is:

NapaQuiltstore2

Yes, I know it, was very bright that day and I was looking into the sun! Thankfully the temperature was nice only about 80 for a high. They had some very lovely fabrics and I had to buy some, of course. And of course, it had to have grapes, and vines, and cork and wine bottles all over the various fabrics. I hope someday I’ll make a nice table runner or place mats out of those fabrics and whenever I see them I’ll always think of Napa.

Alright, enough stalling, here’s my update for Day 3, I caved, but I’ll let you decide if this really counts! After waiting at the car dealer for an hour for them to do my oil change and rotate the tires, I was dying for a little fabric therapy.  The entire time I was sitting there I was trying to think of things I make for Christmas presents for the various members of my family and my friends. So of course that got me into the fabric buying mood. I decided to stop at Joann’s on my way home to see if they had any blank aprons that I could get and possibly embroider for the guys in my family, it was INCREDIBLY difficult to decide what to make for them, by the way. Eventually, I decided that none of the guys actually needed aprons because none of them cook or grill for that matter, so that idea was nixed. Well, as I walked around Joann’s I picked up some really cute boxes to store quilt blocks and patterns in, so far so good, no fabric. But then I wandered over to the remnants area. DISASTER! They were having a 50% off sale! That meant that most of the pieces (all under 1 yard anyway) were 1/2 off! They had some really cute flannels that I thought would make great receiving blankets for the two couples I know who are having babies in October. So, I gave in and bought a few pieces of the flannel. So, tell me, does it count if I’m buying fabric for a specific project to make for specific people for gifts? Or does it count if I’m not buying fabric from an actual Quilt Fabric store? I guess I should have made those specifications before I started this challenge. The worst part is, I didn’t even realize what I had done (bought fabric and messed up my promise) until I got home and went through the bag! Isn’t that awful!?!? I suppose the only way to make amends is to get those receiving blankets done ASAP so they are no longer in my stash. Also, I really need to cut up that jelly roll of the Portobello Market fabrics for the quilt retreat. If I can do that tonight, I guess I won’t feel so bad about what I bought yesterday. OK, that’s my confession. What do you think? Does it count against me? Do I have to start over? 

Happy Stitches to You,

Anna

P.S. It turns out Michelle posted about the same idea on her blog: trying to not buy any more fabric until stuff is finished. Amazing that great minds really do think alike I suppose.

P.P.S. I put another little poll over on the Crafty Girls Workshop blog. I’m trying to get the responses up to 100 by July 25th. If I can get to 100, I’ll do a drawing, so stop by, fill out the poll and tell me you were there!

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June 25, 2009. Cut it Up Thursday, fabric, No Buy Challenge, Quilt Shops, Quilting, Stashbusters.

One Comment

  1. Wagonwife replied:

    Good luck. I guess if it is for the a special project. It doesn’t really count. You did better than I would. I love your idea of many the items instead of buying more.
    Great idea.

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