Saturday, 12 September 2009

My bit towards the economy


Here is what I spent my pennies on at the quilt show

If you have been reading for a while you will know I am having a little dabble with cross stitch. And that I have 3 lovely cats. Guess what kind ? A back and white, a grey and white and a tabby - lol. This will NOT get started until I have finished the other cat cross stitch I am working on. I don't want cross stitch UFO's as well as quilting ones. The aida is for yet another project I've seen. Help . .



Didn't go mad on fabric as I have so much but these were very nice and found their way into my bag.




Love this book - the fabrics are unlike anything I have in my stash and not sure if I would ever think to buy them but WOW - the quilts are amazing. I think this book will be a firm favourite.

And a question for you. Has anyone ever used one of these microstitch things to baste a quilt ? Apparently the little tacks cause no problems when hand-quilting ( or so I've been told ) time will tell. I'm going to try this out next week.
And there is a bit of a story about this last purchase. I saw this wonderful plaid bundle soon after I got there and really liked it. But it was a bit expensive and I didn't want to part with my money so soon after getting to the show. So I decided to have a think about it. Towards the end of the day I was still thinking about it and just thought I'd have a little mosey towards the stall and see if they had still got them. There was ONE bundle left - not just on the stall but that's all the stall holder had left in the world - lol ! This one sure had my name on it :-)
I am mainly working on stuff for swaps that I can't show. Still doing some on my Quilt of the month - from a few posts back. However today I am starting a new quilt - hurray !!
DD Jess's boyfriend Danny is 21 next month and I have decided he needs a quilt to mark the occasion. He is such a lovely lad and she has been with him for 2 years now and he is a big part of the family. He is here more than at his own place. I have a pattern and fabric chosen and more importantly - a free afternoon. A new blade for my rotary cutter is in order ( there is a fair bit of cutting to do ) I have a piece of beef for pot roast in the slow cooker - bring it on - lol !
Have a great weekend xx

15 comments:

Sew Create It - Jane said...

Great goodies...the cross stitch looks cute. Love the bundle of plaids...so lucky you managed to get the last bundle! Guess it was meant to be.

Lynne said...

Love the plaid fabric. I have a microstitch and have used it on a couple of quilts so far and it was fine. If you haven't got a grid to use with it, under your quilt, watch your fingers, the needle is very sharp - experience talking there! I also got the little cutter to remove the tacks which is handy, avoids cutting your fabric by accident with the scissors.

Gene Black said...

Wonderful purchases.


You should read my post http://artbygene.blogspot.com/2009/09/this-is-sharp.html on rotary blade sharpeners. I got one and tested it. I love it. It seems like it will pay for itself quickly.

Bunny said...

Great buys, I am trying to be good and use up what I have. Think this will take forever LOL. Have to much stash.

Laura Jane said...

A plaid bundle like that will be well worth it.

I am still using the last pieces of a fabbo plaid bundle I chose in 2000. You can't go wrong!

Fiber Happy said...

I have the Dritz model and I've used it on my quilts with no problems. I do use a grid under it and its easier to use that way. I've actually free motion quilted over them and I didn't have any trouble with the machine needle breaking or removing the tack. Its a great time saver when it comes to basting. I think you'll be glad you got it.

Cheers, Helen

Gina said...

I love the Material Obsession book. I bought the two from Amazon and I can't put them down. the quilts in there dazzle even me. I'm still trying to decide which one to do.

Love and hugs Gina xxx

Mark said...

You did well. I was focused this time and made a list LOL. It's a sweet show and I hope it continues so our purchases will hopefully ensure that!!

Ali Honey said...

It saved you carrying it around all day didn't it!

The bbok looks inspirational....wonder if you will buy fabric to match?

Gretchen said...

Umm can I send my cat cross stitch UFOs to you to finish up LOL!!!!! I am so glad that plaid bundle had your name on it and it wasn't left by its lonesome :) Happy sewing!!!!

Vivian said...

You displayed such control, waiting to buy. That's just too tough for me. I'm too impulsive.

The plaids are lovely.

Meggie said...

Some lovely goodies from the show. I am very interested in that micro stitcher... I am desperate to get some tops made into quilts.
I am still wanting a cat, but I guess if there was meant to be one in my life, there would be!

Kieny The Dutchlady said...

You did some great shopping! Wish my eyesight was still good enough to do cross stitching, I hardly ever do it these days.

julieQ said...

It was absolutely fateful that those plaids come home with you! Enjoy!

Teresa said...

Wow..what great quilt pictures you have from the show. Thanks for sharing. Its always inspiring to see others wonderful quilts. I think your Olympics Quilt is great as well. Its nice to hand quilt a quilt now and then - really makes me feel in touch with my quilting ancestors.