Wednesday, April 13, 2011

I Have Been So Neglectful!

I am so sorry about not writing for the last few days.  Did anyone miss me?  LOL.  I took some time this weekend and completed my Layer Cake QAL quilt top.  I did not have the finishing instructions at the time but I am so happy with how the top came out!  I had planned to use white for the sashing but when I laid the quilt blocks out (remember Jack laying on them?) there was just too much white!  What to do, what to do?  Move on to plan B.  Some mild angst over this as I had no plan B, very uncharacteristic of me too.  So I decided to lay the border fabric next to the quilt as inspiration.  Ah, plan B was beginning to form.  I could try light pink or a pale green.  But which one?  I really was not sure.  I took a trip to the local JAF with my border fabric and a swatch of fabric with the pink in it that I was considering.  I found a green that was just perfect and a pink that was ok.  I bought both.  I took them home and laid the blocks out on both.  It had to be the green.  It was perfect.  Oh and I wanted a HOT pink for the inner border too so I got some of that, and enough for the binding.  Here's the big reveal...
LC QAL Quilt Top

This quilt will be going to my niece for her high school graduation in May.  I think it turned out so well.  I think I am loving the basket and the butterfly blocks the most right now.

Earlier in the week it came to my attention that Denyse Schmidt had released an entire new fabric line at JAF.  Say what??  She designs for Free Spirit and has fabric at the LQS not at JAF.  Are you sure?
 All 21

Well according to my sources on flickr it was true and let me tell you this news went from zero to NUCLEAR in less than 12 hours!!  It was *THE* talk of Flickr (and probably other places too but I got caught up with it all on Flickr).  Well where could one find it?  Did anyone know?  Which stores have it and will there be more and what about a reprint of FMF?  So many questions.  I found all 21 fabrics at my local JAF.  So I bought the prints I loved first.  Then I went to Flickr and asked if anyone needed fabric (Like my friends from Canada or Australia, since they do not have JAF in those countries, I know SHOCKING right?)  I didn't sleep very well on Monday with visions of this fabric dancing in my head.  I did not want to let anyone down either.  So at lunch yesterday I grabbed my friend, Holly, and we headed for the Ypsilanti JAF for some serious shopping.  Let me tell you, I was the talk of that fabric store!  Between that shop and the one where I live I bought over 112 yards of fabric!!!  OUCH!  I can say quite proudly that I got 40-50% off of every yard I bought!!!  Those friends will be getting a seriously good deal (It started out at $9.99 per yard)  OK, stop doing the math right now, remember, COUPONS!!   This is part of what I got at the Yspilanti store. 
DS Quilts Fabric

I didn't have enough coupons to buy the additional 2 fabrics they had unless I bought another coupon book and they told me they didn't have any.  So I checked out and guess what?  They did have them so I bought one and then went back for the additional 2 fabrics.  After work I drove right home, changed for Zumba and raced to JAF to try to get the last 5 prints they didn't have at the first JAF.  I managed to get everything on the list except for one and I got enough of that for 2 of the 3 who wanted it.  Pretty darned good I think.  Again I bought everything with coupons!  Then I raced off to Zumba and Body Pump (I am so sore today!)

I just did all the calculations for what folks owe me and just need to add in shipping, which Cori will help me with tomorrow.  Since she is set up to cut fabric (online quilt shop remember??) I will go and cut at her place then we can package and ship.    I didn't ask for additional money but I did ask if they had any HR or Munki Munki they might like to share with me, so will see how that works out for me!

So after my incredibly busy start to my week, we will see how the rest of the week progresses.  The spring market quilt is in the mail, I still need to assemble a quilt for Project Special Delivery, just waiting for the last 3 blocks to arrive, and I need to work on the quilt for my nephew and his new wife (party sometime in June).  I hope to do some serious damage on that quilt tonight! FNSI is this week too  so I am hoping to go over to QQ's house and do some sewing on Friday, but if not I will do some at my house!  How is your week shaping up??  ~XOP~

PS:  I see I am getting close to having 400 followers and you know what that means right?  I have a great giveaway planned when that happens so tell your friends to come on over and become my newest follower!! 

16 comments:

Mommarock said...

Oh to be a mouse in the corner in the store when you were shopping! LOL.. as long as I wasn't behind you in the cutting line.. HAAAAAA

Quilt n Queen said...

Yes I missed you......I've registered for the FNSI and I'm hoping you will be here.....you are wonder woman!! See you later today (o:

Crispy said...

Wow you really made a great deal for those ladies, even including the shipping!!

The QAL quilt turned out WONDERFUL!!

Crispy

StitchinByTheLake said...

I love that quilt! And it's made from a layer cake? Lucky young lady who's getting it! And what a great friend you are for doing all that shopping for people. :) blessings, marlene

Donna~~ said...

I think I need you to do my shopping! Getting it all on sale is quite and accomplishment!

ytsmom said...

Could you explain about buying coupons from JA? That is something that we don't have here, at least, not that I know! Thanks

Lee Ann said...

Oh, you have me wanting to finish my Layer Cake Quilt along quilt. But first, I need to get my sewing machine back from the repair shop! Hopefully, I'll have it back sometime next week.

Vroomans' Quilts said...

Busy shopping lady, how did you have time to finish the quilt? Thank you for popping in and sharing.

Brenda said...

The quilt top is beautiful!. I saw that fabric at JoAnns today myself. I thought about getting some but had some other fabric I was buying to make some gifts with so not today. I had read about it on another blog site this week also. I may go back and get some in the next week or so maybe for a bag.

Gari said...

Your LCQAL turned out beautifully. And so girly. I still need to make the last two blocks but hope to get to them next week.

Vickie said...

The quilt is gorgeous! I love it!
How fun to buy all of that fabric and know that you are helping others! You're so kind!

Deb said...

So tell us how you worked this deal with their coupons? I get a flyer in the mail, but it normally doesn't apply to everything that you purchase, just one item...I'm interested to know so I can go buy some too!

Allie said...

Your new quilt is gorgeous Pam! And how good of you to get that fabric for everyone. I'm staying far, far away from JAF....gotta use what I have...

RobynK said...

112 Yards! Lol, did you take a trailer to put it in? I don't think my whole stash would amount to that. Sounds like lots of fun shopping though :).
We have coupon shops here too but thanks for the online buying tip as I never would have thought of checking for coupons before buying.
Off to continue looking at the lovely things you've made.

dianne said...

your layer cake quilt-a-long is AWESOME!!! i was GONNA leave a comment on your 800th post, but you'd never find it in the midst of all those comments!

my JAFs don't have coupon books - and it's a good thing cuz usually what i want is already on sale for more (or less?) than my mailer coupons ... good SCORE, though!!!

Nhi said...

Ohhh....you are the person that the JoAnn fabric cutters at the Ypsilanti store have been talking about. :) When I was looking for the fabric last week, the lady at the cutting table said that someone came in and purchased over $800 in the DS fabric and brought everything. Funny....

I actually got 10 prints through the JoAnn website and with their 1 yard cuts, they actually give you 2 - 4 extra inches with the 1 yard cut.

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