My friend Gretchen & I had a self-imposed fabric buying moratorium.
It all went down in a text message on May 18 while we were chatting about our combined order of Lucy’s Crab Shack layer cakes and yardage from FatQuartershop.com:
Gret: I think we need a pact to not buy fabric for a couple of weeks, days, or maybe just the weekend.
Me (after I completed our online purchase): NO MORE FABRIC!
I went to the LQS on May 19 and Gretchen wanted to know if I bought any fabric. NOPE! Needles and a FMQ foot don’t count, right??
On May 21 our shipment arrived from FQS.
Gret: I figured I could wait until that arrived to purchase more fabric. Do I still have to refrain from buying fabric?
Me: I’ve managed to abstain all weekend!
Gret: How long do you think you can make it?
(It had only been 3 days!)
Email from Gretchen on May 27:
Gret: I’m out!! (Picture Kramer sliding in the door after losing “The Contest” on Seinfeld!)
I bought some fabric earlier tonight! Such shame!!!!
It was fabric for binding for $4.99 for the quilt I sent pics to you last weekend. (Head still hanging in shame.) I am weak!!! I was doing sooo well!
I had to laugh. It was a valiant effort!
I managed to make it until today, but that’s probably due to the fact that I had a huge project that I finally finished at work over the weekend. We purchased a gorgeous oak end table and coffee table made by the Amish. I’m now terrified that they’ll soon be marred with scratch marks from toys and water rings. I decided to make a runner and possibly some coasters. I’m going to use the pattern that Ryan Walsh used for his Mug Rug tutorial for the runner. I don’t have a Dresden Plate ruler, but I bought a 15 degree wedge ruler today to use. Here’s a pic of the fabric straight out of the bag – they hadn’t made it to the ironing board yet (I had to snap a pic to text to Gretchen!):
While at the LQS for the fabric above, I found fat quarters of exactly what I was looking for to use as borders and bindings on the iSpy quilts for the kids. Unfortunately, they didn’t have any yardage of it, or of anything even close. I checked the selvage and it’s Crazy for Dots and Stripes by RJR and when I got home I found it on fabric.com. Since I had already caved and purchased fabric, I figured I may as well get what I need to mostly finish the iSpy quilts. All I have left to buy is the backing fabric, but I’ll wait to get that until the border/binding fabric arrives so I can color-match it.
Now, if I could just find time to finish the second iSpy quilt for The Blue One.