I may have a room full of fabrics and sewing notions, but there's not nearly enough to cater for every sewing activity. Sometimes a project calls for large quantities of co-ordinating fabric that I just don't have.
At the moment I'm sewing a quilt using a jelly roll of Indigo, by Moda. I looked online to find fabrics from the same line, but I couldn't find them anywhere, even overseas. Seems it will be available later in the year. Maybe the jelly roll I have was an early release. I'm not sure, but anyway, I needed sashing, border and backing fabrics.
When I'm trying to match fabrics from different lines, I prefer to visit stores in person. Much as I love shopping for fabric online, I find it harder to see what will work together. In an actual store, I can carry bolts around and put the fabrics together, till I get the combination that works best.
So, off I trotted to Fortunes and Fairies.
As I'd walked in, I'd seen the sales tables outside, but I was determined to only purchase what I'd come for. Mission accomplished... I didn't even look at the discounted fabric!!! I successfully walked out with just these two fabrics above, which will become the borders.
Back in the car, Mr TMW was patiently waiting. Maybe the fact that he was waiting had something to do with me shopping for fabric in record time. Anyway, he'd set up his laptop and mobile broadband in the car, so off I went, back to the sale. In fact, Mr TMW encouraged me to go back... Don't hurry, he said. How lucky am I?
There were bolts and bolts of quilting fabric for only $10. Now that may not seem much of a sale if you live in the U.S. or Canada, but for us in Australia, it's a BIG saving. These fabrics were discounted from their original prices of $18 - $26. Yes, that's how much we pay for fabric over here.
The two fabrics above will become backings for two quilts. Ha, ha... I'd forgotten to buy the backing for the Indigo quilt, so just as well I went back.
The purple batik will probably be incorporated into a quilt with my screen printed fabric, made at a Saffron Craig workshop. A little of the brown will become a zippered pouch and the blue, well, it just caught my eye.
I ADORE text fabrics!!! There's just something about them when they are mixed with other fabrics. Even the Snow White one appeals, although I'd only use small pieces of it in amongst other fabrics.
All up, in one week, I made three visits to Fortunes and Fairies to score these goodies, as well as a few metres of flannelette which is not in any of the photos. I don't know if the sale is still on, but if you live in or near the Hawkesbury in NSW, you won't be able to walk out of Fortunes and Fairies empty handed.
Later in the same week, Mr TMW and I were in Sydney and as we were driving past Chatswood, I suggested a stop at Tessuti Fabrics. I could sense how excited Mr TMW was, but as always he came with me. He didn't stay for long, though, and we agreed to meet 15 minutes later.
I'd previously purchased linen, (for a travel shoe bag), from Tessuti's online store, but had never been there in person. They don't sell quilting fabric, but have a good range of fabrics suitable for garments and bags.
When Mr TMW came back, I was down on the floor, rummaging through a huge basket of zippers. Sure enough, 15 minutes had elapsed and I hadn't turned up at our meeting place. Mr TMW plonked himself down on a chair and waited patiently, while I scored some YKK zippers; small metal ones for 50c and large ones for $1.
Fabric shops take note: comfortable chairs in store are a must!