I've just come home from a wonderful quilting retreat up at Blackheath, in the Blue Mountains of NSW. Three solid days of sewing - just perfect!!! But a sewing retreat wouldn't be complete without a little shopping.
Three stores were in attendance for the entire retreat - strategically placed so we walked past them each time we went to the dining area.
As you know, my stash is growing at an alarming rate. I don't need any new fabric!!! I was a good girl and resisted on the first day. By the second day, however, my will power had weakened.
I kind of stuck to a theme with my fabric purchases - sewing themed and/or text fabrics. I'm not sure why, but I have a thing for text fabrics. They look so cool in patchwork projects.
The pink text fabric is from the Riley Blake Think Pink range. The polka dot is a perfect match.
To my eye, as a whole piece of fabric, there's nothing particularly appealing about the Simple Life, by Riley Blake. Again, however, I can imagine it as part of a patchwork project.
The Japanese, Yuwa Live Life Collection is my favourite. I can already picture parts of this fabric in zippered pouches, maybe a triple zip pouch, or a free motion embroidered open wide pouch.
I'm hoping the reds and blues will make this fabric an easy one to put together with co-ordinating fabrics. Co-ordinating and matching fabrics is something I don't find easy, but I'm working on it and definitely improving.
Vintage Happy, by Riley Blake, was on special at $10/m. For all my U.S. friends, that's a real bargain!!! Jackie, from Blueberries, had thought it would be popular, but it didn't prove to be.
It really appeals to me, however. I guess it's a fabric you either love or hate and I LOVE it - the quirky, old fashioned sayings, the text, the pictures and the pattern shapes.
As a whole piece of fabric, I can't see it being used, but once again, for a patchwork project, I think it's perfect. Alternatively, I think it would make a fun lining for a zippered pouch.
As you can see, I restrained myself and didn't buy huge amounts of fabric, which I could easily have done.
Later on in the week, I'll tell you all about the sewing side of the retreat.