Don't tell my neighbours but I have a heap of rock salt in my garage, I'm hoarding it for an emergency, or to sell at black market prices when the compacted snow has well and truly iced up. I'll be the rock salt pimp. You can find me on the corner of the cul de sac, selling a cup of salt for £5.
So, other than our snow woes (how come we are so bad at dealing with a little flurry?), what's new my pussycats?
Lots of sale stuff at Backstitch. Summersville, Flea Market Fancy and Quilt Blocks to name but a few.
New in is Constellations by Lizzy House. The 3 pearl bracelets and the moon phase dots are essential for every stash. There's a fun and free download for a quilt pattern on the Andover site too.
Whilst we are on the subject of free downloads, Justine at Simply Solids has this great star quilt as a free download as part of the Sew Solids Crew monthly stash club. You can read all about it on the blog and join in with the quilt along. Everyone is welcome!
Justine has had a restock of many of the kona solids this past week, so if there was something you were wanting recently that had sold out, or was low in stock, go and check it out, chances are it's back in again!
I just got my monthly stash bundle from the sew solids crew, and next week I'll be making my 2nd swoon quilt block for the rainbow swoon.
I just can't decide which 2 of these 3 greens to use in my block....
Holly, peridot and candy green
Kate at M is For Make has this fantastic pattern from Green Bee in stock. I have this pattern and it's on my list for this year. It's a really beautiful quilt, and so simple too (honest - I've read the pattern and it's not tricky!) It's a great one to showcase a selected bunch of your favourite fabrics, and the pattern has different size options too, which is a winner in my book.
It would be great with this shot cotton as the background and maybe some Field Study for the ring (I will, admittedly, opt to use Anna Maria Horner for any situation) OMG - can you imagine if you used shot cotton and voiles? That would be to die for.
Over at The Village Haberdashery there's still a stack of great stuff on sale. I really do need to get some cherry christmas before it sells out for a Christmas Scrappy Trip Along Quilt using Bonnie's amazing tute.
I just got some chicopee corduroy to make a quilt back from. I'm thinking I'll piece something cool with it, so my quilt will be double sided - cord on one side, cotton on the other. The texture of the corduroy is gorgeous - really soft and a nice fine wale. It feels so beautiful and I can imagine it will just soften up more and more with every wash. For more conventional use, it's great as dresses, shirts and skirts. The washi dress by Made by Rae would be so cute. Why can't I sew garments? *sigh*
Pearl Bracelets from Lizzy House is coming soon, but if you're quick and you want to pre-order a bundle at a special price, click here, there's a whole £15 off the regular price if you pre-order.
Finally for this week, over at Eclectic Maker you can pick up some of my friend Alexia's husband's fabric for Cloud 9. It's pretty darn good and has that perfect scale for quilting that lines like Chicopee by Denyse Schmidt has. And the colours are really wonderful as well. I have a bundle that I'm as yet unable to take the ribbon off, it just looks so good in its stack. There are 12 prints in the range, and the folks at Eclectic Maker have 2 different FQ bundles of 6 fabrics as well as yardage.
Also grab yourself a bargain in the going, going, gone section. Quite a few people mentioned the backing for my latest scrap vomit quilt - it's here in the sale section...
And here it is on my quilt....
And a closer up pic....
Dan Bennett fabrics pretty much pass most of our community by, and it's a shame, because he has a great use of colour. I think I should challenge myself a little more this year, and use fabrics that I might have to seek out a little, like Dan's. Sometimes these fabrics that aren't on our radar like the usual 'trendy' lines are just what we need. Like that print for my scrap vomit backing. It couldn't be more perfect if it tried.
For those of you playing along with the scrappy trip along, and maybe wanting to start on something new - Brenda, Megan and I have sorted out which block we'll be doing for February's IG-along and you can jump in whenever you want (you don't have to have instagram- that's what the flickrgroup is for!). It's the xplusalong. Head to the flickr group for pics and a link to the tute. Just like the scrappy trip along, it's a no pressure quilt along. Use the hashtag #xplusalong on twitter and instagram and everyone is more than welcome to join in! The scrappy trip along group on flickr has over 800 members in just a few weeks and there are over 3,000 pictures on instagram with the #scrappytripalong hashtag. I've been checking out as many as I can and commenting there, but it's hard to keep up!
I made 4 practise blocks of the x + block. Pretty much loving them so far.....
It's after midnight again and I need to head up to bed if I'm going to get anything done tomorrow! Today I set my alarm for 7.30am and woke up at 9am. Not good.