Sunday, January 09, 2011

Stash 2011 : the damage edition

Thirty-one yards - my birthday and Christmas combined.   And a serious start to the stash year.

In case you don't want to be tempted by all my fabric photos, I'll put the week's stash report here at the top (and I'm including this shopping trip in my first week report)  
Cathedral window blocks EAT fabric, so that's good for the stash report!

Busted: 1.919
Purchased: 31 yards
Net YTD: (28.081)


All I wanted for Christmas was a trip to the Fabric Shack - by myself.  It's only about 25 minutes from my in-laws.  I got my wish, and it was fabulous!


First stop in the store were two carts that they pile high with bolt ends and small strips.  They do a high volume of internet sales, which are cut each evening and morning before the store opens.  Lucky me - they had just added a whole bunch that morning.  A true treasure hunt when all that fabric is only $2.98 a yard!

I found some fun Kona solids.


These two were favorite treasures.  I think it was a little over 9 yards total in 'scraps', between a quarter and full yards, most of the pieces are in my color piles below.  But there were a few true scraps that I snatched up for making QAYG blocks.


I think I spent a full hour just going through those piles.  It was heaven.  

Next stop were the FQ bins.  They will cut a FQ for you in the shop if you ask, and the other half goes into their bins.  Instead of the original yardage price, FQs from the bin are only $1.98 each!
That's 28 FQs of treasure I found.


Including this adorable holiday version of 2D zoo.  LOVE the anteater and rhino!


The lady behind the counter was kind enough to pass over the bin of the previous day's cuts that had not yet made it to their color-grouped FQ bins.  Since they were stacked as cut, it was fun to picture the women who had been in that day.  One bought herself a FQ set of MoMo's Hoot, probably spending Christmas money.  And another bought a full set of Soul Blossoms.   These were my favorite from that line.


All the remaining stacks here are grouped by color, as I store them in my cabinets.
Julie and Audrie would be proud of my purple piece!


Reds, Yellows, Oranges


Blues
 

Greens - my favorite.
I really liked that mostly white print!


A bit of grey.  
This was the most dissapointing.  I was really loooking for some fun grey prints, but didn't find much.

What was funny, I had pre-ordered that top left spot before leaving Illinois.  It was in their online only clearance section, then I just asked that they hold it until I arrived.  (They'll do that all the time, for those who live close and want to shop at night in their jammies!)  When I arrived, the end of bolt piece was on the pile - so I grabbed the last yard at only 2.98.


Besides the grey, I was also specifically looking for some good neutrals.  I want to use them for QAYG and have also been interested to try them out a bit.  I just kept pulling bolts and had half or quarter yards cut.

My birthday isn't until February, but my mom gave me birthday cash early - knowing I was going to the fabric shack soon.  So there wasn't much restraint shown in my fabric gathering!


A closer look at the creams, with a touch of blue.


And finally, a few fun black and whites.


I ended my outing about 3 1/2 hours later with a quiet lunch out. 

By myself.

With my book.

I loved every second of it.

31 comments:

Jenny said...

what an amazing trip. by yourself. heaven. why don't i realize if i have to take the kids, its not much worth it? you did an amazing job finding some treasures!

Sarah Craig said...

Oh, Angela, I feel like I've just spent the morning at my local LQS, and I didn't spend a cent!! Woohoo!! Thanks for sharing your beautiful eye candy!!

joliesjunebugboutique said...

Love all the pics! I think my fav photo was the neutrals! So Pretty!
The only plus when I shop with the kids is that I only get what I really need! So that helps the checkbook a bit!

Sybil said...

I love the Fabric Shack. I go to Ohio every June to Cowan Lake. Waynesville is just a hop, skip and a jump from there. You got some gorgeous fabric. I love their batiks.

Simply Sandy said...

Now you can open your own fabric shack! What a great Christmas present. You are one lucky girl!

badlandsquilts said...

Sounds totally decadent! You have some wonderful finds!

Duff said...

oh you lucky spud! your eye for color is amazing!! Makes me want to drive to Ohio...

9patchnurse said...

Hoo baby, a perfect day! Love your choices. And love that green with the mostly white too. I recently bought a FQ bundle mostly because it had a mostly white with sage green fabric in it.

Anita said...

I'm envious, it looks like you had a great time.

Tiffaney said...

What a wonderful outing! I am glad that you let me enjoy it too.

Kati said...

So much fun! You love all those new fabrics. It looks like you have some really great ones there.

Kari said...

Sound like heaven! So glad you got to do that. I have to show this post to my husband. :)

Alycia said...

Oh gosh - your damage was wonderful!! Love the colors and the prints - and oh my - what fun you will have!!

felicity said...

Oh I'm jelly - what a haul!!

Goddess in Progress said...

Ooh, what a haul! I may have to make a pilgrimage to Fabric Shack some day. I order online from them all the time! :-)

traceyjay said...

I think the creams are my favorite of the bunch. What a fun trip!!! :)

Kare said...

Oh Angela - what have I been missing - I live in Ohio and have never been there. Can you say Field Trip?!! Thanks for sharing all of your loot with us.

~Michelle~ said...

what a fun trip!

Diane said...

uhm....wow... !!!!

rar said...

That sounds like an AWESOME day and I would love to just take a nap on your fabrics. Or something.

L Johnson said...

That is just heavenly!

Mrs. Darling said...

wow! What a collection! But I think the lunch out by yourself with a book might be the thing I am *most* jealous of!!!

What a fun trip!

Amy said...

I would just like to say that I'm extremely jealous! I would so love to go to the Fabric Shack. What great bargains you found.

Melanie said...

I'm so jealous! Not only did you get all of this beautiful fabric, but no kids tagging along? That does sound like heaven!

Karen said...

Fabulous finds! More importantly what a wonderful time you had.

Joanna said...

Oooh you lucky lucky thing! Not only to get all that fabulous fabric, but also to have lunch by yourself - that bit really made me smile :) I have 3 young kids and that sounds like heaven to me!!

epban said...

I've spent many an hour going through the $2.98 and FQ bins at Fabric Shack myself. I try to go there when I visit my parents in Cincy! Haven't been in awhile...Maybe in April!

patty a. said...

What a great bunch of fabric! There is a great variety and lots of inspiration. It will be fun to see how you use it. I just added 39 yards to my stash, but it was just four different pieces of fabric - light olive, olive, blue, and gray - all on a markdown rack with an additional 40% off. I posted it on my blog. It will be great for borders, backs,and bindings and at $3.29 a yard I couldn't go wrong!

The Rx quilter said...

Wow...a day only a fabric-aholic would enjoy...I am envious! Lisa in Texas

Leigh the sewing diva said...

wow sounds like heaven!!

Dear Spring Green said...

Ha- this sounds like a perfect day to me too! What great choices, it was fun virtual shopping through your trip. Now I am off to find that Blah Blah Blah fabric...