Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Fabric

We made a run to Terre Haute, stopped by a fabric shop there which I won't name.  I made a couple fabric purchases.

Fat quarter bundles.  The first time I have ever bought them for myself.  I think I have bought one or two as gifts, but never for myself.  People like them because the fabric choices are made for them.  These two were not laying together, but after I got home, I thought, wow, they almost go together.
Just look at these solids...
Aren't they beautiful?

Now, as to why I am not mentioning the fabric shop by name.  I always check to see if I get the amount of fabric I pay for.  To me, good shops give just a tad bit over the amount...just to make up for if they cut crooked.  Of the ten of these, one solid measured a quarter inch over 18 inches in length, a bout three of them measured the 18 inches by tugging the fabric tight.  And the others all were about 1/8 inch shy of 18 inches.

I won't say anything to them....it is not that much. I was thinking when I had bought a length of fabric they gave a bit extra, so will wait and see how it goes when I buy a length. I just think good fabric shops give at least a thumbs width extra.  It is good policy and makes for good will.  And some of my favorite shops give an inch or two.  Of all the quilt shops I have been to, most are the latter.  As I said, I think before when I have purchased from this shop, that I have gotten a tad bit extra.  So will try to withhold judgement.  I got these at a good price, so shouldn't complain now.

I just have to show the prints individually.
Maybe I should have taken more time with the photos,
but if you click to expand the view, you will get a good feel for the fabric.
This one almost has a Christmas feel to it...almost.
So there you have them...if you are a quilter you will probably enjoy seeing these.  Otherwise you might find this boring. 






12 comments:

Sandra said...

i am not a quilter but this is not boring. i love all the solids, so bright and pretty.

newenglandgardenandthread said...

I normally wouldn't say this, but the solids are stunning. I've never had a measurement problem at a quilt store but at a regular fabric store I've had many a challenge with being shorted just enough to have to go back and buy another piece to make everything right. :-)

Mildred said...

I can't quilt but I am not bored! I absolutely love looking at and feeling of fabric. Guess I get that from my grandma who was a seamstress. These colors are so pretty. The one you said could be Christmas, reminds me instead of President's Day (cherries!). Speaking of presidents, my niece will pick up her adopted pups on Lincoln's birthday and she is naming one of the pups Lincoln!

Henny Penny said...

I love the fabrics! I had never thought about measuring the fabric when I get home. Guess maybe I should do that. Thank you so much for visiting my blog and leaving a comment, which led me to your blog. I've just read your post, "my about me post" and honestly, it could have been written by me, (except I don't write as well as you). It touched my heart! Thanks you. I will be back to read more.

Cheryl @ TFD said...

The prints are all very pretty, but my favorites are the jewel tone colors of the solids. Beautiful!

Nancy Chan said...

I love all the fabric prints. Love the soft colours too. When we buy fabric we usually get about an inch extra too.

Gill - That British Woman said...

they will make a beautiful quilt. love them all.

DeniseinVA said...

Your photos of the fabric are great. Lovely colors and can't wait to see what you do with them. I didn't know about giving the extra but makes all the sense in the world, and good business sense.

pattisjarrett said...

I like fabric. Though I remember standing for what seemed like HOURS while my mom went through fabric, got it measured and cut...then I did the same thing to my daughter! I've not done much sewing lately, but it's still hard not to pick up a pretty pack of fat quarters.

J Bonafilla said...

They look lovely. I'm not a quilter, but I love sewing and I totally understand the excitement that comes with a fabric purchase and all the possibilities that it opens up. It is a bit mean when the shop undercuts the amount of fabric in a fat quarter. Perhaps it was just some poor soul given the tedious task of cutting up the quarters who went a bit cross-eyed after too many hours on the job. Although it's suspicious that in their fatigue they didn't make a mistake on the other side of the line too ... . Best of luck with your new project. I look forward to seeing what these lovely squares become, Bonny

EG CameraGirl said...

Very pretty fabrics. I hope it won't make a huge difference when you use them that they are a tad smaller than you expected.

Deb said...

I don't think I shall ever get bored f fabric!

I agree with you about how a fabric store cuts fabric. A good thumbs width over I always thought was, well, the rule of thumb. LOL!

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