Sunday, October 07, 2007

I've Been Shopping and Shopping and Shopping

I said I would share my bargain buys from Marden's the other day. Here they are. The top 3 fabrics are Thimbleberries and cost about $3 per yard. These are for my Senior Quilt Challenge and as soon as my on-line group announces a mystery they will get used. The bottom row of fabrics is 5 one-yard cuts that were sold as a group for $14. It's a little tough to see what they are, but one print is swimsuits, one is hats and the last one is postcards.

These are cat fabrics I bought for my mom's Nickel quilt. The white fabric has different color paw prints on it and is the background fabric. The other cat print will be for the borders.

This smiley face batik was on sale for $1 a yard. I bought what was left on the bolt, about 9 1/2 yards. I'm going to use it to make tents for 3 of my nieces and nephews for Christmas.

This gorgeous purple and orange Homespun fabric was also $1 a yard. I bought 4 yards and will use it to make a table cloth and napkins for our dining room. The orange in the fabric is very close to the color of our dining room walls.

Now, I'll move on to my Shop Hop purchases from yesterday. There were 5 of us that went shop hopping. My mom, DIL, 2 quilting friends and me drove about 500 miles around the beautiful state of New Hampshire and visited 8 quilt shops. We started at 10 am and pulled into the train station at 7:50 pm - just in time for the train to pick up my friends. What a fun-filled day we had.

This teapot panel was too cute to pass up. The colors didn't photograph well, but the orange is again very close to our dining room color. I'll either make a wall hanging or some pot holders from it.

These 15 FQs only cost $1 each. The white dots are stars. I'll probably make a quilt out of them.
This is a collection of 25 fat-eighths all in fall colors. I'm going to design something using them. Another challenge to use up all of a collection.

These are my other assorted fabrics. There are 2 purple fabrics to add to the collection of purples and grays for my MIL's quilt. The Christmas stars were half-price so I couldn't resist it. The coffee fabric was a "just because I like it" purchase. The 2 cuts of linen will be used for a stitchery project and the cream fabric on the bottom is from the 26 Letters line and will make a good baby quilt backing piece.

I did have some non-fabric purchases. I bought a bottle of Mary Ellen's Best Press Lavender scented starch alternative, a package of 4 inch Thangles to finish the baby quilt I'm working on, 2 Quilter's Quarter Inch rulers to use for gifties, a redwork pattern from Lace Tales with a pattern for Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep, a set of Lori Smith Fat Quarter Quilting: Throughout the Year patterns, a book called Make Spectacular Books, Fabulous Fabric, Skewer and Folded Books, and last, but not least, a Country Threads Stitchery magazine from 2004 (it was half-price). My mom also insisted on buying me a couple birthday gifts - a scissors fob and Alex Anderson's Shadow Redwork book. DH gave me money to pick up my Birthday Garden quilt from the quilter, so I have one more quilt to bind. I also found a present for my DH, but I can't show it until I give it to him.

I'm done shopping for now. I'm tired today and I'm watching football and baseball and just being lazy. Tomorrow is my birthday and I think DH has another surprise in store for me. My youngest son is here visiting too so I've had a wonderful few days with family, friends and shopping.

19 comments:

dot said...

Wow, you have been busy buying fabric. I look forward to seeing the quilts that come out of all this yardage. I would have bought the purple/orange, what fun fabric. I think your idea of tablecloth and napkins is great.

Hedgehog said...

Looks like you had a great time shopping!

LouAnne said...

Happy Birthday! Shopping is always a great way to celebrate!

Beth said...

It looks like you have had a wonderful time playing with your mom! I love all of the pictures and am coveting some of those panel fabrics you picked up....LOL

Happy Birthday a little early! I hope you have a wonderful day!!!

Gail said...

My, you have made some terrific buys, there. Makes me want to go out and spend!

Kathy Wagner said...

You sure got some great deals there Paula! Sounds like you had a great day!

Clare said...

I don't think that yesterday was a shop hop - more a shop-a-thon

Happy Birthday Paula. Hope yo uhave a lovely day and DH has some more great surprises for you.

Rose said...

Happy Birthday Paula!!! Hope u have a great day!! Looks like u had a wonderful time shopping. I love the fabrics, i think the teapots r my fav!!!

Libby said...

Now that's a successful shopping trip!

swooze said...

Nice loot!

chook said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY
I hope you have a wonderful day
Your birthday is the same day as my eldest DD she is now 20
hugs to you
Beth

Morah said...

Wowzer! Have you ever had fun!

Patch said...

What great bargains you found. I am very jealous.

Jeanne said...

I think you stocked up pretty well! Glad you enjoyed yourself. Happy Birthday!

Nadine said...

GREAT shopping !

AND..... HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU, PAULA ! (a little mouse told me, HeeHee...) ENJOY !

Hugs & smiles,
NADINE

Katie said...

Oh what wonderful fabric at such marvelous prices. I especiall love the novelty prints. Can't wait to see what all you make. You have been doing so much. Happy Birthday too.

Carole said...

Wow! What a loot! Great purchases! The price was certainly right. Thanks for sharing!

Carole said...

ps: hope you have a wonderful birthday!

Kim said...

I hope you have a wonderful bday tomorrow, you don't have to work do you??? I think you NEED to stay home and play with fabric :)
I love Marden's!!! I got the best moda marbles when I was there 2 years ago for $1.99 a yard!!!
Well, enjoy your bday!!