Again, Quit Emporium was my go to shopping destination. And they didn't disappoint. They have a fabulous collection of stripes, polka dots and various other fabrics that I might want! :) Here are the choices I made; please note, these are fat quarters unless otherwise specified except for a few that are 1/2 yds... it's my favorite method of shopping and has been for decades! Thanks QE for your patience; I appreciate the time you spend cutting these!
This next photo is puzzling: these are suppose to be brown... the bottom fabric is a dark brown and the top one is a rusty brown. Very strange when all the above fabrics are spot on for color! I couldn't get the camera to photograph the correct color.
These next three are yardage fabrics. They appear lighter; the middle one is actually ecru... very rich looking in real time. How could anyone be disappointed in these??? The fabrics are luscious and have a beautiful hand.
Well when I left Quilt Emporium, I decided to visit our newest local JoAnns Fabrics. They moved and reopened just a few doors east in a space previously occupied by a Petco, a much larger space and better organized than their previous location which I avoided. I just HAD to have a look.
Here is what I found there... I was on the hunt for charms! If you refer to Scrap Quit and Stitches blog, you'll notice she uses several miniature charms. I was unable to find a weathervane but I'll keep looking. BTW: these were marked down 40%!
Top row: UPTOWN: Build a Bracelet charm style 3: www.jessejamesbeads.com; (they're sold in groups of three)
Middle row: Bliss Beads Charms (these are sold individually)
Bottom row: Cousin' Jewelry Basics metal toggle clasp: www.cousin.com (1 unit)
Since I didn't know much about the scale these needed to be, I purchased this anchor with a rope: it's actually a toggle clasp! But very nice... the rope could be useful.
I'm disappointed in JoAnn's fabrics; it used to be they sold some middle to good quality quilting fabrics; these have no body except for the sizing/finishing they get at the factory. The weave is thin, you can see through these and if they were wet, I bet they'd feel even more inferior than when new and dry. I doubt I'll use much of these in the quilt unless I absolutely need a specific color/print. I've enjoyed shopping at JoAnns for many many years but lately, what you find there in the quilting fabrics department is not up to par. There's no question it's cheaper; yes... and it feels cheaper; they've increased their prices recently too but the quality has declined! Some of the more expensive quilting fabrics by designers are also sold at JoAnns; today I didn't shop that aisle.
These are 1/4 yd cuts: they're not as bad as the fat quarters in terms of quality.
These are fat quarters pre-cut:
And the yardage I bought perhaps for backgrounds... a very strong "perhaps"!
Now I need a container for storing these. I wonder if GoodWill woud have another picnic basket? Maybe I will resort to using an old wooden wine box I bought at a wine warehouse to use as part of a display table set up for our son's wedding. Seems the divided box might be just the right size for these folded fabrics. I'll try that out tomorrow. That is after I rifle through my fabric stash to see what I have in red white and blue stars, stripes and the like! It's a pain to look through my stash... but that's another story! Perhaps I'll tell you all about it tomorrow.