Folks, I’m just not feeling the Easter basket project at all. And since Easter’s just a handful of days away, I really don’t want to pressure myself and not enjoy it. So, I’m taking it out of the queue. I hope I can dig up Jack’s Easter basket from last year.
Maybe next year… Or maybe I’ll use the fabric for a little boys shirt. Hmmm…
Happy sewing everyone.
Remember back in mid-March Lucy at My Birdhouse alerted us to a sale at http://www.quiltartsonline.com/index.html? I did my civic duty and I bought some pretty Japanese prints right away, 2 yds each. Then I waited and waited for my package. Sadly, I just received an email from Quiltartsonline.com the other day informing me that they were going out of business due to the economy and that orders placed after March 17th would not be filled. I placed mine on March 18th.
I am so disappointed, but more importantly, how awful it is to lose a fabric store like that. Carolyn of Diary of a Sewing Fanatic talks frequently about “stimulating the economy” of online and brick-and-mortar fabric stores. And recently, a knitting store that was convenient to my workplace shut its doors because of the economy too.
It’s a dilemma though. We need to save money, but will the stores still be there if everyone saves their money? I’ve noticed a lot more sales notices from a lot of online fabric stores in my email box lately too, another sign of the times. Haven’t you? Desperate times call for desperate measures.
So my question to you all is: Are you going to still support our fabric stores? Or are you in self-preservation mode? And please note that I don’t mean anything negative about being in self-preservation mode. If some of us are hurting financially or anticipate a job loss, it not only smart, but prudent to save wherever you can.
So I’ve been fooling around with my blog set up.
Just an fyi:
- Updated my blog list to accurately include most of the blogs I follow
- Added my machine models
- Added links to my meetup group and the spring top sew along
- Added a project queue
- And just all around cleaned up some things.
I also looked up where I bought the cute brown/tan circle gauzy cotton fabric this past weekend: Chic Fabric, 225 W 39th St. They had a decent selection of fabrics and it was on the large side of a small store.
Check out those blogs! There’s amazing work going on everywhere. So inspiring!
Have you seen the new Vogue summer line? OMG! I don’t know what’s going on but there is a lot of fugly in their new line. Usually with Vogue there are a few pieces that I will think aren’t my style, or that I can’t wear because I personally wouldn’t look good in it, but rarely do I think something is ugly. But OH MY GOD, these following examples have me absolutely dumbfounded.
There is only one pattern that I will get, when it goes on sale of course…
Like Carolyn of Diary of a Sewing Fanatic, I have been in a fabric buying frenzy. Here are some pictures of my newest stash entries.
This is the gauzy cotton I picked up while doing the fabric store walk with Wendy’s sewing Meetup group. Unfortunately, I can’t remember what store. If I still have the receipt, I’ll take a look at it tonight. I am going to use it for Rae’s summer top sew along.
These three fabrics from Purl’s online store are to be used for Jack at some point. Not sure what yet, but they are perfect little boy prints and orange is his favorite color (just like his grandfather — are favorite colors encoded in our genes too?!?!). The orange cotton will most likely be a lining for whatever I make with the other two.
Jack's fabric's with orange cotton lining
And I also increased the pattern stash this month when the latest Club BMV $4.99 sale was on. These won’t be made up anytime soon as I don’t have good enough sewing chops, but I can’t wait for that day to come.