But another thing that I thought would help satisfy my craft addiction was to visit a few fabric stores. I found a quilting store online just down the road from my inlaws. This was my first trip to a quilting store, so it was a bit overwhelming (not to mention more expensive than I'm used to paying at JoAnn's but I expected that).
After about 40 minutes, here is what I came out with . . .
The green fabric was cut from the bolt, but I can't remember the designer. The others are fat quarters. I bought the green and blue fabrics with the intention of making a carrier for the Wii, but now I think they will make a much better knitting bag for me. The brown and pink I bought to make myself a purse.
I also found this fabric. Again it's a fat quarter, so I don't know the designer.
My sister, Laura, loves stuff like this. I'll figure out something.
Our trip to see my family also paid off quite well. Instead of hitting a quilting store there, I decided just to visit Hobby Lobby. There would be something for everyone there.
This is the loot . . .
The large cuts of fabric are for my dad's Stars & Stripes quilt. I the remnants are for a bib for a friend having a baby soon and the ribbon is just for fun--it was 50% off.
My mom then asked me to go through her bins of fabric and take what I wanted to reduce her stash. Man, that's the ultimate request.
I did find a few large cuts that she bought for a purpose and never used. The others were scraps, many at least half a yard. In addition to these fabrics shown, I also scored some solids including lots of versitile black.
My great (and perhaps great-great) grandma gave my mom some fabric many, many years ago that she never did anything with. I took most of that, too. Some of it I would never have picked out myself, but it might look nice in small chunks, like in a quilt or something. I am also not one to pass up free fabric because I can always use it to practice new designs.
And these were my great grandmothers which will come in handy someday . . .
She also gave me all of this to support my newest medium . . .
and these, which will save me a ton of money . . .
Now I really need a knitting bag! So a special Thank You goes out to my mother who gave me the supplies to keep me interested in sewing, knitting, and crocheting for long time--at least until our next trip to Michigan.