It happened. It finally happened. I’ve been threatening to do this for ages:
That right there is an 18m bolt of Autumn-weight 100% cotton wadding (or do you say batting? I’m afraid I use both interchangeably!) from the Empress Mills January sale. It’s not actually as thick as I thought it would be, leading me to be glad I ordered this one and not the even thinner Summer weight version. I think it’ll be fine for the majority of my UFO projects, though. With postage, it worked out at a whisker over £10 per metre, so a fairly good price, and with the sad closure of Aberdashery at the end of January, it seemed like a good idea to have my own personal supply at last. Alas, no more handy nipping into town for a couple of metres of wadding and a few fat quarters. 🙁 Now if I want to buy more fabric, I must travel to Lampeter or Machynlleth. Mind you, that’s maybe not a bad thing from the POV of both my bank balance (dwindling!) or my stash (growing!) Hopefully, having my own bolt of wadding will also allow me to be more efficient about cutting only what I actually need for a quilt, instead of guesstimating to the nearest half-metre in the shop, which should lead to fewer wadding scraps floating around. And certainly I have no shortage of projects in urgent need of a bit of wadding!
Speaking of stashes, a few (a very few!) things have managed to sneak under the radar recently.
This is a roll-up of Elizabeth Hartman’s rather delicious Pacific range in cool that I picked up from Craftsy at the same time as I bought my new Clover wonder clips. I do love the swirl of fresh, blue-green, watery colours!
Not sure what I’ll do with it yet, though. Probably hoard it like the Fabric Dragon I am until a project demands it. 🙂
Also from Craftsy are these two charm packs of Delhi from RJR.
For some reason I’d decided I needed them to go with some other charm packs for a Garden Fence quilt, but a) no and b) they don’t go anyway. Ooops. Ah well, I still like the opulent paisley swirls, I’m sure they won’t be wasted. 😉
Lastly, we have some cheeky lil numbers that threw themselves at me when I went to get fabric for the Tragedy and Comedy wall hanging.
These three, from the Dance of the Dragonfly range by Kanvas, pretty much hurled themselves at me the moment I walked into Calico Kate’s! (Well, ok, it may perhaps have been the other way around!) I was particularly taken with these more abstract prints, plus the metallic shimmer of them. Can’t you just picture them against a crisp white background, possibly as a table runner or place mats? That purple and green combination is wonderfully lush.
Lastly, here’s a fat quarter of Cascade Stripe from Makower UK:
I love those abstract doodles and, yes, the sparkle. 😉 I also like that it’s a nice warm colour paired with gold that doesn’t scream “CHRISTMAS!” at me. This bit is very likely to become my new wallet, which I need really quite badly – my current wallet is a rather unlovely nylon effort that went travelling with me and which really doesn’t look very attractive these days – not that it ever did!
Before you ask, I still haven’t defined rules for a stash manifesto yet. I really need to, but I’m also (mostly!) successfully resisting the urge to buy ALL the fabric, so that’s something.
Linking up with Molli Sparkles’ Sunday Stash – link in my sidebar. 🙂