Of course I did a bit of shopping while on the trip to Illinois! I will be starting up some new projects over the next few months, some in conjunction with Thelma and Lisa. We ended up buying the same kits!
I am so excited about my new fabrics. I seem to have focused on the Civil War reproductions that we don't see a lot of in our shops here in California. When I got home, I was inspired to reorganize my stash closet in my sewing room, in order to place the newly acquired things front and center. Before I did that though, I forced myself out into the garage where I keep my bins of excess fabric stored. Glory be, if I didn't have an entire tub marked Civil War Fabrics. I tell you, I felt like I had discovered buried treasure. Shop at home Friends. You just never know what you might already have on hand.
I spent two entire days ironing, folding and organizing these fabrics.
Now for the new stuff! Just an aside regarding the fabric we bought. You know we all worship anything by Moda, but I think it is very important to keep in mind that there are scads of fabulous fabrics coming out by designers who work for other companies. Marcus Brothers, Andover, Windham, Free Spirit, and Henry Glass, just to name a few. So, don't have such a narrow focus that all these other lovely lines pass under your radar.
Lisa, Thelma and I all bought the fabrics on the left. Be on the lookout for a blue, cream and brown quilt from each of us in the not so distant future! I must have felt that blues and browns were under represented in my stash, because the stack on the right found its way home with me. See the pattern on the left? That is my plan for those fabrics. The pattern on the right is just one I had on hand that seems to fit right in with all these great fabrics.
Thelma and I flipped over these Renee Nannemann fabrics from the Home to Roost collection for Andover. We got to see the quilt in person too! The greens show up better in the picture below. Just the right amount of applique to keep things interesting, don't you think? The book is a companion to the fabric collection and is called Home to Roost by Renee Nannemann.
Thelma and I agreed that it just isn't possible to have too many reds on hand. We found ourselves picking out fabulous reds and then searching for fabrics to go with them.
I will be at home sewing for the foreseeable future.