A Shimmer and a Sparkle

I have been a bad, bad girl.

2016 is the year of adding to the stash, right?!  :p  Help me out here, Molli!  In my defence, I bought some of this before Christmas and the rest before I noticed all those stash pledges and manifestos popping up.  I’m sure I will buy more fabric this year, but from now on I’m going to try and make sure it’s (mostly!) just what I actually need to complete current projects!

Pre-Christmas Purchases


This wasn’t what made me click through from the Craftsy email, but the moment I saw it I knew beyond all doubt that I needed – NEEDED! – to own this bundle of Van Gogh inspired fat quarters from Robert Kaufman.  And the fact that they were all gone when I checked last week has only confirmed how right I was to buy them when I saw them!  No definite plan for them as yet; I would like a pattern that will show off the swirls of texture and colour, possibly something with hexagons or equilateral triangles?  Still pondering.


Moda Modern Backgrounds in Ink – assorted background prints in greys and blacks were something that I didn’t really have in my stash, and some of these have chemical structures on!  ALL the love!  😀 For the same reason, I couldn’t resist a 4-yard cut of one of the prints in Paper:


Fabric plus chemistry = <3  😀  (Even if it is organic chemistry – I can’t quite shake the notion that Moda rummaged through my Year 2 Uni notes when creating this print!)

January Purchases

…and then I got really carried away!  I’m going to blame the 365 Challenge – such a neat idea, but I simply didn’t have enough fabric (within a given colour range/style) to make it.  (That’s my excuse and I’m sticking to it!)  I’m probably going to use some of the Moda above, but when I checked the yardage I decided that I didn’t have enough, so I went rummaging for things that would (hopefully) work with the pattern – and be things that I would want around if I don’t jump in after all.


A bundle of Shimmer 2 from Robert Kaufman was an early entry (the first Shimmer range skated right by me and by the time I noticed it and wanted some, it had disappeared off the face of the planet), but then I couldn’t decide between that and RK’s Sparkle range so, umm…


…yeah.  One bundle of cool Sparkle and one of warm Sparkle, thank you very much!  In fairness, I love a bit of glitz and glamour and these are such glorious fabrics that I’m not worried about not using them!


For more neutral goodness, this bundle of Blueberry Park by Robert Kaufman also fell into the basket.  I love the very graphic designs and they should go with the Shimmer and Sparkle ranges beautifully.  Again, I have the 365 Challenge in mind for (some of) these; we’ll see how it goes.

Last but not least:


Oh yes!


I have been very very curious about the Cotton+Steel prints but they simply don’t seem to be available locally, so when I saw then on Craftsy for a steal (ha!) of a price, they had to be mine.  There’s plenty of colours in here that I’m limited on, so it’s a good addition to the collection.  🙂  I’m hoping they will be fabulous for baby quilts, since I seem to need a never-ending supply of those!

So I have been completely profligate and irresponsible – until I remind myself that, even with postage and tax, these all work out collectively to cheaper (approx. £9-10 a meter on average) than I would likely pay for them here, assuming I could even find them.  So… win?

8 thoughts on “A Shimmer and a Sparkle”

  1. those black and white moda prints are very covetable. I may have to check them out. Sure, we need to build our stash before we can use our stash.

    1. Thank you! 🙂 They are really nice and worth looking out for, I’d say. I do feel a bit guilty for buying so much fabric recently, but then as you say, you have to have it before you can use it! And it really is stuff that I would never find around here in Darkest Wales.

  2. Oh wow! You certainly scored with those bundles. I have a charm pack of the modern paper in white, but love the black also. And Blueberry Park…And Cotton + Steel! All great additions to your stash! 🙂

    1. Thank you! 🙂 I really wish I’d picked up a bundle of the modern background in white too, but looks like I missed my moment! (There is one fabric shop nearby that stocks Moda, but they tend not to go for the modern stuff, alas.) What I ought to do is unwrap the bundles so I can get a really good look at them all and let them speak to me. 🙂

  3. Okay – so when I see a post that starts with I have been a bad bad girl and then I see photos of fabric… I feel like I know you. I am giving up Face Book and purchasing fabric for Lent. I had to do something drastic to stop coveting every colour of the rainbow in the quilt store and for me unfortunately I have a quilt store next to where I work. So when I am having a bad day I buy a fat quarter or two. So the diet begins on Wednesday but lets see what I can find on Tuesday….

    1. …do we need to join Fabric Addicts Anonymous? 🙂 In fairness, I don’t do this sort of thing that often, and usually only for things I know I can’t find locally. There isn’t much in the way of fabric shops close to me (one very small one in town, a much bigger and better one an hour away) and I try not to go in unless there’s something I really need, like wadding or thread. I can see how working next to one could be a temptation! Giving up buying fabric for Lent does sound like a good idea though, although I might need to suspend that resolution slightly for the Quilt Club trip to the Sewing Show in Birmingham in March, lol! Good luck with your fabric diet. 🙂

  4. You added some nice fabrics. I don’t know that I would have been able to resist those either.

    I love your Christmas tree, and as annoying as fluffy wadding (or batting as we call it here) is to sew with, I think it’s perfect for the tree. It gives it just the right dimension.

    1. Thank you! My theory is that it’s ok to buy fabric as long as you do something with it, or at least something with some other fabric that you own! 🙂

      Thanks for the comment on the tree! I do actually like the effect I’m getting, and it’s certainly an educational process. And when it’s done, I never have to do it again! 😉

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