Well here it is people. This is how I get my thrills during Spring Break.
Buying yards of Japanese fabric! (This is either very thrilling or very pathetic, depending on your own view of fabric buying.) I bought this at a store in Utah called Pine Needles. I don’t go there often (which is probably good for my wallet) but when I do, I head straight for their Japanese imports. They have a great selection and I figure I can buy a little more because of what I save in shipping costs.
This fabric is called Charlotte and is from the Caramel Town collection by Lecien. And I’m very sorry to say PN doesn’t have anymore because I bought the rest of the bolt. (Birthday money and coupon, remember!) It’s a ‘cheater’ print – all the squares are printed on. (See! I’m saving money by not having to piece all those squares!) I’m not exactly sure what I’m going to do with it yet. Something fabulous. But for now, I’ll just pet it for a bit while I wait for the inspiration to strike.
Also at Pine Needles, I got a few other charming prints to add to the I-spy collection. All of them are Minny Muu by Lecien except for the toadstools. They are Chum=Chum Bear (don’t you love that name?) also by Lecien. I may horde this one. I only bought little bits of these.
And I was so excited because they had the Flower Sugar roses I’d been looking for ever since Katy suggested them for my Union Jacks! And they are perfect!! (I love that blue in there.) It is a bit odd that I look to Japan for a good, English cabbage-rose/Cath Kidstonish print. But I’ll take it!
And speaking of Flower Sugar (also by Lecien) (of course) when I first went looking for the cabbage-rose stuff, I came across this (another cheater print) in Material Gal’s etsy shop. Do I need it? Maybe not. Do I know what the heck I’m going to do with it? Um, no. But it was so perfect for my daughter’s room that we’re doing in pinks and turquoise. So I succumbed.
She also had some of the Michael Miller Hedgehog Group. Have you seen these?!? (I’m talking to you LBC!) I would love a piece of each one. Such a great collection!
I’m also excited because American Quilting where I work sometimes, just got some of the Alexander Henry toadstools in stock! (Okay, so I’m totally on the Toadstool bandwagon.)
They also got in another new Alexander Henry print called Paris Park in both pink and blue.
AQ also has some great Lecien prints in stock right now.
These pastels and some Minny Muu. Another good place to find Japanese imports if you’re local (Utah).
And now you probably have fabric cuteness coming out your ears.
Speaking of American Quilting – I went in for a quick pick-up yesterday. I say quick because I had my boys with me. They have been there so many times – since they were each in utero – that they know it well. But after today I think we may have officially reached our breaking point. The almost-6-year-old locked the front door which we didn’t realize until a customer tried to come in the store. But the 4-year-old was worse. Not only did he do what he ALWAYS does whenever we go in a fabric store (i.e. use the potty, but it’s always p**p. Pavlovian response, I swear.) but I found him playing with a rotary cutter! After I took away the open rotary cutter, he found a nicely wrapped fat quarter to unwrap. Then I found him trying out the adhesive spray-baste canisters. Within minutes of cleaning up that I found him rolling the previously mentioned rotary cutter back and forth over the previously mentioned, re-wrapped FQ. Fortunately the blade was closed. But that little act meant it was time to leave, pronto. What happened to my adorable little angel boy? He has somehow morphed into Dennis the Menace.
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