Sunday, September 14, 2014

Guilt-Free Fabric Shopping

There are many things I cannot be trusted with, things around which I have zero self-control. These include, but are not limited to, homemade baked goods, leftover pizza, ice cream, and Kit Kat Bars. (Admittedly, I have snuck Kit Kat Bars out of my children’s Halloween stashes. I’m hanging my head in shame right now.)

Some quilters’ lists would include fabric. Don’t get me wrong—I love fabric—but I recently held on to a gift certificate to Pink Chalk Fabrics for almost three months before using it. Clearly, food aside, I am a pillar of self-control! After all, gift-certificate fabric shopping is the best kind of fabric shopping: it’s guilt-free fabric shopping.

Granted, I have been trying to use the fabric I already own, working on purge projects and purge quilts. But I also won this gift certificate as Pink Chalk’s featured sewist back in June, which makes it that much more important to spend it on special fabrics.

I finally broke down. I couldn’t resist Pink Chalk’s most recent sale. My selections arrived this past week ...

I got (from left to right) Carolyn Gavin’s Polka Dot Daisy, Joel Dewberry’s Hydrangea, and Elizabeth Olwen’s Deco Floral.

The navy daisy print is, in my opinion, a great all-purpose stash addition. I’ve been using navy a lot lately (here and here) and foresee that the trend will continue.

The hydrangea print, unlike the other two, is a sateen, not a quilting cotton. It’s sooo nice. My LQS doesn’t stock anything from Joel’s Birch Farm line, and now that I see it in person, the fabric is just beautiful. I love how this colorway pairs a sky blue with a robin’s egg blue. It’s not a combination I’d make on my own, and it works.

I think the Deco Floral, however, steals the spotlight. It’s modern with a hint of Art Deco. My only regret is that I didn’t buy more. Will one yard be enough?

I suspect the daisies will hang out in my stash for a bit, which is fine with me. One of the other two fabrics might become a Super Tote, though. Which one do you think is the better bet as the main exterior fabric, or do I need two Super Totes? : )

Linking up to ...


  1. If I had to pick, Deco Floral on the outside, but then I love the hydrangea print too. Good choices!

  2. Tough choices for a Supertote, i've just finished my first and see no reason why you shouldn't have 2! I too have spent a gift voucher featuring in this weeks Sunday Stash, I'd had it since Easter!

  3. I LOVE that art deco print. YUM. And I adore Kit Kats. Now I want one. :)

  4. I know! I always wish I'd bought more, but really where am I going to keep it? My go to amount is now one yard, but it's usually not enough. I like all of these, but the black one is going to work in lots of projects. LeeAnna at not afraid of color

  5. Awesome guilt free shopping! I'll bring some homemade goods when I come down to do the LV swap :). Minimal self control will be fine!


Thank you for commenting! I almost always respond to comments by email. If my response might interest others or if you're a no-reply blogger, I'll post it here.