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:

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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. 1 comment.

Personal Challenge: A month without buying fabric!

I am going to try this. Can I go an entire month without buying fabric? That’s like going a day without eating chocolate! (That will be my next challenge)  I hope I’ll be able to post every day for a month about my progress (or lack thereof) in this challenge. It will be interesting to see what projects I am able to complete (or at least get to top status) in this duration. I can’t take credit for this idea. I am on a Yahoo e-mail group called Stashbusters, they have 4000 members! I have been on that list for several months now, usually just reading the posts and lurking, occasionally chiming in with my humble opinon or suggestions. One of their ongoing challenges is a No Buy challenge, which I have never had the nerve to join. Their challenege is pretty strict, if you buy any fabric, you have to send a charm or fat quarter to the No Buy coordinator to put in a collection for the person who goes an entire year without buying fabric! Wow!  I think I’ll be lucky if I can make it a week. How’s that for confidence? But I discovered that buying fabric has really become an addiction with me, there is something about the thrill of finding something I completely love and being able to snatch it up. I think my “stash” of fabric is sort of unique because I probably have more actual kits or future projects than I do just fabric in my stash. I guess this is because of when I started with my quilting craze. I only started this about five years ago (I have a lot of catching up to do!) and that was after the idea of putting together kits was becoming popular. Actually one of the first fabric stores I was introduced to, Creations in Kerrville, TX, is a master at pairing their beautiful samples right next to the fabrics and precut kits for that exact sample. So, basically I can walk around their store and if I see a sample I LOVE, just look below where it is hanging on the wall and whatdoyaknow, there is the kit, all tied up in a beautiful ribbon and ready for me to put in my little basket. (The backings are sold separately, of course) Of the seven fabric stores in San Antonio, very few of them, if any, are able to accomplish this attractive marketing technique. So, since I have always fallen in love with and purchased the kits, I should be able to go a little while without really needing to buy any fabric (yeah right.)  The rule on the Stashbusters list is that if you complete a quilt from your stash, but you need to buy extra yardage for sashing, backing or binding, you are allowed. Those are the parts of quilts that are usually held off until the project is complete because the sizes never come out quite what you thought they would. That is the rule I’m going to use in my challenge too. Now, here’s the tricky part, I can’t buy anything, but that doesn’t mean I can’t window shop a little! Oh, that’s difficult! I’ve managed to reduce the number of e-newsletters that I get from fabric shops but I still get the one from the Fat Quarter Shop and from Hancock’s of Paducah. Talk about eye candy!  Oh, and because I have an account on Etsy, it is very difficult to resist buying fabric on there. The sellers on Etsy have the sorts of fabric that I really love and haven’t really been able to find in the shops in my city (for reasonable prices too!) So, since a blog is sort of like a journal, I think I’ll try to post daily about my progress.

Day 1, June 22:  Yippee! I made it a day without buying anything! The urge was there, that’s for sure, because with this down economy, the fabric stores are hurting and they are having some great sales. They’ve also really stepped up their e-mail marketing. I don’t blame them, it’s not like it costs them more to send an extra e-mail or two.  So instead of visiting a fabric store after work (the one I really like is closed on Mondays anyway) when I got home I decided to revisit my stash a little. I’m trying to get some quilts cut out so that I can just sit and sew at the quilt retreat in July. I’ve already got two cut, but I decided to start on one that uses a jelly roll. In fact, it was a jelly roll that I didn’t even realize I had! It’s the Portobello Market fabric, which is just BEAUTIFUL, it turns out. I am sure I snapped up that jelly roll way back and then forgot about it until I went through my jelly roll basket last night (yes, I have a basket with probably six jelly rolls.) I also saw that I have this great pattern for a quilt made with one jelly roll and two borders (haven’t bought those yet.) Last night, I unwrapped the jelly roll and laid it out on my kitchen island. I had forgotten how awesome those fabrics are! The pattern said I only needed 35 of the 40 strips and at first I wondered how I was ever going to choose 5 fabrics to take out of the group. Well, I managed and last night I pressed the creases out and tonight I hope to get them cut and ready to piece at the retreat! You know, I have a lot of jelly rolls and patterns, but I’ve never actually really made anything with a jelly roll! They’ve just been sitting in my sewing room, patiently waiting for me to find the right pattern, I suppose.  Well, now is the time and with my new challenge I hope I can actually get some of these projects finished. I even managed to get a UFO finished over the weekend (see yesterday’s post.)  Well, until tomorrow.

Happy Stitches to You (and stashbusting),

Anna

June 23, 2009. Tags: , , , , , . fabric, Goals, No Buy Challenge, Quilt Shops, Quilting, sewing, Stashbusters, UFOs. 1 comment.

What’s Old is New Again

There is a fabric shop in my hometown of San Antonio, Texas that not many people know about. They always seem to be in such a strange location. The first time I found them, their store was tucked away in an industrial park, no sign on the main road to tell you they were there. I really only found them by accident because they were going to have a booth at the local guild’s quilt show and I was super excited to find out there was ANOTHER fabric store in town.  What is this store’s name? Plain Jane’s Folk Art and Fabrics. They actually have a lot of their items listed in their eBay store, and that is where I think they do most of their business. But, I digress. So, they recently moved to a more visible location, on Fredericksburg road (for those of you who might be local) and Gus Eckert.  It’s a sort of non descript brown building which you’d probably miss if you weren’t looking for it. But I visited them yesterday and it seems like they have more space now. They actually have a little area in the back either for a VERY small class or for their work space. And, of course, I couldn’t HELP but buy some of their fabric. I think what I like the most about them is that they sort of tend to buy the fabrics that I like but most of the other shops in town (there are 6 others!) don’t order. And what did I get? Well, I got a new honey bun of the new fabric from Blackbird Designs called Beach House. Originally, I didn’t really fall in love with the fabric, but when I saw that they had it in a honey bun, I couldn’t resist! I also got a very cute pattern that uses a layer cake, which is great because I have a couple of those.  They had the quilt on display in the store and when I talked to the owner about it, she said it was SUPER fast and easy, which is PERFECT for me! Unfortunately, they don’t have the pattern listed on their online store, or else I would totally link to it. And, lastly, I found a FQ pack of 8 FQs in the Cotton Blossom line that they had in their sale stuff for only $10! What a deal! I totally LOVE Cotton Blossom, in fact, I think I bought a Cotton Blossom FQ pack from them the last time I was there too! I also noticed that now my FQs are sort of overflowing from the area where I store them, so I might have to actually MAKE something with them sometime soon.  Today they are having a 50% off Charm packs sale! Wow! I am totally going there today too.  OK, that’s my fabricaholic confession for the month and it’s only April 1st! Now, back to dreaming about what to do with that new honey bun!

Happy Stitches to You,

Anna

Confessions of a Fabricaholic

April 1, 2009. Tags: , , . fabric, Quilt Shops. 1 comment.