This leaning tower of fiber is the fabric I’m taking to the Sue Spargo workshop tomorrow. I received an email from the organizers that Sue will have small kits with her should anyone need something to work on in class. Heh heh heh. Got it covered, I think. I’ll be working on the already-started Ginger Grove. Last time I went to Sue’s workshop, I had a kit for her Greenbrier quilt. It is lovely; I do still love it, but I was working within a pre-determined color framework with liberties taken here and there. Now, it’s kind of a clean slate, and I will look forward to Sue’s advice on color. I guess Ginger Grove will be more of a spring/summer project and Greenbrier will be a fall/winter project.
Gosh, a body might think I’m a Sue-stalker. I prefer to think of myself as a groupie. It just sounds better.
I had fun collecting these fabrics. I’ve already mentioned the local haunt with its great selection of Japanese fabrics. Some of these also came from Superbuzzy. Love Superbuzzy! But there were particular colorways of some prints that I couldn’t get from either of these sources, so I went to my favorite quilting search engine. I’ve been hunting for particular things via Quiltshops.com for a long time. If you’re not familiar, you can search the online inventory of more than 200 quilt shops through this search engine. When you’ve located your treasure, you are ordering directly from an individual store. I have never been disappointed in the service from any vendor I’ve used. They have all been efficient, speedy and friendly.
So it was that I checked Quiltshops.com for a particular Japanese fabric. I got a hit with Fabric Tales, a store I hadn’t purchased from before but one whose pages I had drooled over many times (the cutest sashiko kits!). I had been somewhat intimidated at the idea of purchasing directly from Japan. It had to be complicated, right? OH MY! So easy (too easy?). I chose express shipping and, poof, the fabric arrived at my door in less than five days! Express shipping was $11, based on the amount of my purchase. I thought it was very reasonable, given the rising cost of even domestic shipping. I highly recommend Fabric Tales. Tomomi was very helpful and made me very confident.
So, about those flying geese I’ve been working on? Others have recommended the method illustrated at PatchPieces. This is the speedy-quick method I used for mine. You get four geese at one time from this approach. It is very fast and gives very accurate flying geese that don’t need a lot of trimming (which I always goof up anyway).
Finally, here are some May Day flowers for you…even if the first one is in its rumpled, incomplete state. It’s the thought that counts, right?
VERY excited about this new offering from Piece O’ Cake!
That’s it for today. I’ll be in class tomorrow–yea! I do believe the class venue is right next door to a quilt store. You know, in case I don’t have enough fabric with me.