On Wednesday I headed off to Fabric Depot. I didn't really buy that much there - a few notions - the General Pencil Quilters Survival Kit - and a Fons and Porter Half and Quarter Square ruler -- which I really needed! The notions were all 30 % off. The two McKenna Ryan patterns are so cool - they are just 12 inch square blocks so I think they are something that could easily be made up with all that "fabric by the pound" batik I bought last year. Our TV room downstairs is a bit of a "fish room" so I think both these patterns would make great little wallhangings for in there.
I showed Jim the patterns and he said -- " you will have to buy fabric for those" No -- I have lots of fabric - "all these batik samples I bought in the summer" So I showed him my stack of batiks -- "good lord" he say " and those aren't even filed yet"!!! I'm not really sure what that was all about -- LOL!! I reassured him that they were "filed".
The next shop I went to was recommended by Michael -- from State of the Craft. A shop that has just recently opened up in the Hawthorne district in Portland. Cool Cottons.
Hawthorne Street is well worth a visit even without a quilt shop. There are lots of cool shops, cafes, Powell's Books etc along Hawthorne. Cool Cottons is a great little shop full of funky, wild and fun fabric, Joel Dewberry, Amy Butler etc.
I bought some fabric there that I thought might be fun fabric for Anri to make a bag or two. I love both the purple fabrics and the blue fabric would make such a fun, summer bag. It is hard to pick fabric for someone else, but I hope Anri likes what I have chosen for her. Which ever purple fabric she doesn't choose I will keep and make a bag out of it myself.
The next shop I went to is (was) called -- Fabric in the City. This shop is right downtown Portland but has not done a very good job of advertising that it is there. The shop has been there 2 1/2 years - so it was there when I was there in January 2006 - but I had no idea. Patti and the folks at the Speckled Hen were the one that told me it was there - and it was closing.
It is too bad it is closing - the last day is the end of the month so I was able to go and get some fabric at 25% off -- Half a yard cuts for $3.60. I bought a bunch of black/white/red fabric there - I have always thought it would be fun to make a wall hanging from these colours. There were lots of different fabrics there that I would loved to have purchased, but by this point I was thinking I had probably hit my limit. Good thing I have a job!! That was it for my fabric shopping.
What do you think Patti?
Oh - and I bought an iron - a Rowenta at Costco. We stopped at Costco in Bellingham on our way home to get dog food and some IPA for Andrew. We also managed to find a baby stroller for the new grandbaby -- what an event that turned out to be in the end. Now I am going back to work tomorrow - I haven't been at work since December 23 - so it will be interesting to go back, after such a long time off -- the thing about work - after an hour of being there it is like you were never away!!