So, I have made a few fabric purchases lately. This may come as a surprise from Nicole, Who Has Not Been Sewing So Much Lately. However, one purchase was an impulse, one was a need, and the last was a subscription.
My impulse purchase from Fat Quarter Shop is shown in the photo above. A marvelous Halloween inspired color way from the always dependable Julie Hendricksen, designing for Windham fabrics. Julie also owns my favorite quilt shop in the entire world, JJStiches in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin. Can you not imagine how amazing these fabrics will be in a Halloween quilt? I need to start planning that one. You always need another Halloween quilt, right?
This bundle is the light prints from the Larkspur collection by 3 Sisters for Moda. I am making blocks out of this fabric line for a quilt called Into the Wind, and due to making my flying geese units a bit larger so I could trim them down, I ran short of the lights. I ordered these from Shabby Fabrics, another favorite online shop. The nice thing that Shabby Fabrics does is to offer fat quarter selections of one color way within in a specific fabric line. Say you love the aquas in Bonnie and Camille's Daysail collection, but don't care for the reds. You can just buy the aqua bundle of fat quarters from that line from Shabby Fabrics. Very convenient.
Now we need to talk about this subscription purchase. I signed up for the Frivols monthly tin/finishing kit of the month from Fatquartershop.com. Every month I get a cute tin with pattern and accompanying finishing kit for a small quilt. The fabrics are always the latest release and the pattern is created by Carrie Nelson of Miss Rosie fame. When you join the club, you get a very reduced price on the cost of the frivol tin and contents. For the decorative tin and fabric within, the cost is $36. The finishing kit is "extra" and the cost varies each month depending on the pattern yardage requirements.
This constantly varying amount for the finishing kit is a complete killer for my budget. I started out being charged around $50 for Frivol and the Finishing kit. This latest kit, shown above was $98.
I think for me, it will work better if I just order a specific kit that I truly love, rather than go the kit of the month route. That way I get just what I want and won't have any surprises as to the cost. So, I cancelled my subscription. It also works much better if you actually make the kit when you receive it....