Last weekend, I went on a bit of a shopping spree. You see, I was trying to get ready for the curves class that started on Monday and our lovely teacher had posted a list of supplies. Now, as I mentioned last week, I have a very limited stash of fabrics. I really have not done much sewing in the past 10 years and what I have done has been pretty simple. When I considered my stash and the projects that I wanted to make, I knew that a little stash enhancement would be necessary. To begin with, I had no flannel and one of the projects called for flannel. Well, really, I could have used something else, but it was a baby thing and everyone knows flannel is great for baby things.
Anyway, I went to my local fabric shop and they were having a sale! Somehow, though I had really only intended to buy a little flannel, I ended up buying a whole bunch of stuff. But, I came home really discouraged. It took me a little while to figure it out, but here’s what I think happened to me. I was enticed by the sale (it was a good one), but I was underwhelmed by the selection. So, basically, I bought a bunch of stuff that I liked, but did not love. Also, except for a selection of 1930’s style prints, there was nothing cohesive about the fabrics I bought. None of it really went together! Sigh.
After mulling things over a bit, I went the next morning to my local JoAnn’s store. There, I bought more fabric and came home more pleased, mostly because I did what I should have done all along: I bought fabric bundles–you know groups of fabrics that all go together.
On the left are the two groups of bundles I bought from JoAnn’s and on the right are the 1930’s prints I got at the other store. I won’t show you the rest because they are really random.
Is this cheating? Somehow, I feel that I am giving in to some sort of marketing scheme, but I have to admit that I am really overwhelmed every time I go into a fabric store. I don’t feel that I am very good at picking fabrics that go together, so I generally stick to two color designs. Buying a range of fabrics helps me because I don’t have to worry about those choices–they have already been made for me. But, then I worry that my creativity is being somehow compromised. Ack!
Let’s have a look at something more cheerful, shall we?
Yesterday, while my youngest was watching a movie, I started working on my second curves project.
By the time the movie was done, I had 4 very adorable finished baby bibs.
Aren’t they cute? I might be making more of these. I am not sorry I went out and bought the flannel. They are very soft and cozy.