Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Mail Call!

I got another package in the mail yesterday! This time it was the fabric I ordered from Connecting Threads.  When I got out the fabrics for the first block of My Cat's Garden (MCG) I noticed I didn't have any purple batik fabric for the flowers. Connecting Threads had a bunch of great batiks on sale so I picked up a couple to use in the MCG Quilt.

The colors in the picture are actually really close, but boy do these fabrics look great in person! The four up front are my favorite!  All of the batiks (except the cream ones I got for backgrounds) are bright and vibrant! Just what I needed! 

I also picked up a charm sampler pack of Connecting Threads "Bright Quilter's Candy" line. Just for fun. I think I'm going to toss the charms with some bright Kona solids or maybe just white and make a summer picnic quilt! The charm sampler pack was only $2.67 and the colors are brighter then they look in the picture...

This was the first time I have ordered from Connecting Threads and I know I will be ordering again! Main reasons I love them: 1) So many stores make you buy at least 1/2 yard when you order online. At Connecting Threads you can buy 1/4 and then choose if you want that as an actual 1/4 yard or a fat quarter.  2) They sell sampler packs of most of the lines they carry. Some samplers are 2" strips, charm squares or layer cake sized. All very reasonably priced. 3) The shipping was fast. 4) And probably what I loved the most was that they LABELED the fabrics. I hate when I order fabric that is kinda similar to each other and then have to figure out what is what. You can't see them in the photo of the batiks, but everyone is labeled with the line and color. I LOVE LOVE LOVE that! 

Now that I have all this great fabric I just need the time to sew! I haven't been able to for about a week and a half now and my fingers are just itching to turn that sewing machine on!

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Two For One

I love getting packages in the mail! So much more fun then bills. This weekend I got the fabric I ordered for the Gen X Japanese Fabric Swap.

The selvage says its "Happy Sweet Collection" by Kei Fabric (made in Japan).  My plan for tonight was just to cut the yard into 5" strips. I did and then decided just to go ahead and cut them into charms. So now I have my 56 charms to send in.

I'm pretty excited. This will be the first swap that I have participated in and its also my first experience with Japanese Import Fabrics! I have seen lots of great quilts made with Japanese fabrics, but they are pricey. When I saw this swap I thought it would be the perfect way to try two new things at the same time! Hooray for new experiences!