Wednesday, June 11, 2008

New Toys for ME!

Having spent two of the last three evenings in quilt shops, I suppose it was inevitable the Sweat Shop would gain a few new additions. I swear I have no willpower! Sometimes I read Vicky's confessional blog posts about how far she's fallen off the latest fabric diet and just shake my head and feel a little sorry for her--of course, I can't feel TOO sorry for her since she has all that lovely fabric. But really I probably have less willpower than Vicky--I think the main difference is that I don't even TRY to do the fabric diet thing. Then there's the second big difference--so far my kitchen cupboards hold . . . well KITCHEN stuff, not fabric!

And speaking of Vicky, she MADE me go on over to the FQ Shop and buy some of Minnick & Simpson's new Winter line. These are the wonderful designers of the Prairie Paisley yumminess and I think I'm probably destined to buy some of every line they design in the future. But Vicky megged me on this one, that's for sure. From now on, I think I'll have Kimberly Jolly send Vicky my fabric bills! And while I was button-poking with the best of them, I poked a button that added to my order a pattern called Winter Charms by Late Bloomer Elizabeth. Here are my It's-Totally-Vicky's-fault goodies (that's a layer cake of the Winter fabric):


If you like these, you can get your own--just go over to the FQ Shop and tell them to charge it to Vicky!

Okay, and that's not even what I started writing about--the two-quilt-shops-in-three-days-and-boy-am-I-getting-a-big-credit-card-bill blog post.

Monday night at Bear Paws and Hollyhocks. Maybe I should first tell you that I resisted a paper mache Firecracker Girl figure that I've been VERY tempted to buy. Not impressed? Well, it made ME feel a little more virtuous when I left the store without it! But here's what I didn't leave the store without:



The first photo is a jelly roll from the Ruby's Flower Garden by Kathy Schmitz, and then there are two charm packs from Hemming House by Brannock and Patek. I also bought some of this toille-like Christmas print:


Tonight at Quilter's Corner. First, the thing that made me feel like the evening was a good "bargain" in the long run--I won a door prize! I had my choice of several things and I picked the "mystery bag" which this year has generally been donated UFOs from the Thimbleberries Club leaders. I opened the bag to find an already-pieced fall tablerunner in "vintage" Thimbleberries fabrics, together with the fabric for the backing and binding that had already been cut and ironed. Can I hear a wooo-hooo from the crowd?! Here's a photo of much but not all of the runner which was WAAAAY too long for anything but a panoramic shot, but you get the idea:


And the stuff I purchased. Two charm packs of the Thimbleberries Christmas line, Christmas Punch.


For a long time, I've been enchanted with the stitchery designs of Bronwen Hayes, but they're hard to come by here in the U.S. Finally I got my hands on one of her books without having to pay shipping from Oz!


A couple more Schnibbles patterns--totally because I'm thinking of you guys and not for me at all! Because you know what I said the other day--as I make these Schnibbles patterns, I'll be doing drawings to give the patterns away right here on this old blog! So these probably don't really count, do they?


And check out this pattern:


This quilt is quite different from any I've made before. As I was purchasing the pattern, one of the shop owners who had made it told me it was paper pieced. Well, I don't paper piece, but it's not a very intricate little block, so I can either try the paper piecing or just do it using templates.

Okay, I think I'm done. I'm going to have to stay home, now, and play with my new toys. So it's up to all of YOU to stimulate the economy, okay? 'Cause I'm about stimulated out!

18 comments:

Vickie E said...

well I plan on stimulating the economy today! I hope to get to 2 quilt shops here in SOuth Carolina. ANd if they don't have what I want...then FQ shop here I come. btw...I don't order as much as Vickie (LA Quilter) but I did get a Christmas Card from FQ shop...boy have I gotten hell for that!

Vickie E said...

One more thing, A gal I know (Jane)that visits your blog, doesn't comment, doesn't have her own blog...LOL yes she's real...anyhow she loves to read your blog and the quilt you made with the Schnibble pattern Decoy...well she bought that pattern and 2 charm packs to make one similar to yours. SHe thinks your ideas are fab. I just wanted you to know that you are inspirational,..thank you

Eileen said...

Now Vickie, don't get Kim thinking big headed!!!

We know everyone likes what Kim does. Even me. I copy also. But then I don't copy her visiting all these shops and using that CC so much. Glad I'm not paying her bills.

Now you better get busy working in the sweat shop. Have lots of new stuff to work with. I like that last pattern which you said is PP. Try it you might like it.

Nancy said...

Oh, Make Hat Trick first, cause I like that pattern and would love to be in the draw for that one.....

Thimbleanna said...

Gosh Kim, you could open a fabric store LOL. Great buys!

Karen said...

Sounds like you had a really, really fun shopping spree! I like the "Butterscotch Pie" pattern.

Su Bee said...

Whoo-hoo, good job! I'm with Nancy - hurry up with that Hat Trick, OK?
I found a LQS not too far away (45 miles!) so I'll be doing my stimulas soon!

Crazy for Primitive Quilts & Gardens said...

I plan on stimulating the economy today too. Trip to the Wool N Needle store... don't have any specific idea in mind except to have an open mind!

Barbie Jo said...

Boy oh boy you have done your share to help the economy Kim. I LOVE the Minnick & Simpson winter fabric. Waiting for yardage to become available. Maybe by the time I get back from vacation you'll have 10 quilts done to show us.

Rhonda said...

Wow! You certainly did your part on stimulating the economy there! lol
I'm still waiting on that stimulus check and then it will be my turn to stimulate the economy. lol
Great patterns... gonna go check out FQ Shop! :-)

Owens Family Adventures said...

Oh yummmmmm! I love everything you bought!!! Couldn't you just roll around in fabric and be ever so happ-ee?!?!?! hahahaha I am a firm believer that if all the world was a quilter there would be no sadness...no wars...no hunger....no sickness...we would all be in a fabricky induced stupor of happiness. :)
Good job doing your part for the ole economy!!
dawn

Teresa said...

Oh you did good! I love the Bronwen Hayes book you got and tried to google it and see where I could find a copy, with no luck. I think it was very American of you to stimulate the economy. I plan to do my patriotic duty this Saturday when I go to Mary Jo's Fabrics in Gastonia, NC.

Chocolate Cat said...

What fantastic buys! It makes my pile of goodies I was feeling guilty about look small and uninteresting (I will telly hubby that!). Can't wait to see everything made up!!

Chocolate Cat said...

What fantastic buys! It makes my pile of goodies I was feeling guilty about look small and uninteresting (I will telly hubby that!). Can't wait to see everything made up!!

Vicky said...

Hot diggity dog, I got a MEG!!! It feels good to be the megger instead of the meggee for a change!! But don't you go telling Kimberly any such thing as that! I did enough damage for all of us this morning poking buttons!!

Kim, I don't think you have to paper piece that pattern. Do you have the Tri-Rec rulers? That's how I see them done.

Great purchases! You da bomb!!

ratherbquilting said...

Kim, your haul is truly inspirational!! I teach school and today was our last day, so YOU'D BETTER BELIEVE I plan to visit my favorite LQS and stimulate away next week!!!!!!!!!! Woooo hooooooo, SCHOOL'S - OUT - FOR - SUMMER!!!! (sing it along with me!)

Anonymous said...

Great blog and snappy writing!

Nan said...

What a door prize - woo hoo, woman, you done good! I am totally in lust with everything you've purchased. I have been eyeballing the Winter fabric line - now it seems I'll have to buy some! What are you going to start on first? I'm dying to see the Winter Charms quilt done ala Kim - ooh la la!