A few months ago I won a gift certificate for Mad About Patchwork from Leanne at She Can Quilt for a post I linked to Scraptastic Tuesday. What a sweet surprise. If you don't know, Mad About Patchwork is a Canadian company that sells primarily modern prints and solid fabrics.
My purchases, above, top row, left to right:
Strawberry Fields: Summer Bouquet in Stone, fat quarter
Strawberry Fields: Strawberry Blooms in Stone, fat quarter
Strawberry Fields: Daisy Blooms in Strawberry, fat quarter
Silver Linings: Bloom in Cream/Charcoal, fat quarter
Farmhouse by Fig Tree & Co.: Calico Blossom in Tomato, one yard
And bottom row, left to right:
Strawberry Fields; Sprigs in Sand, fat quarter
Kaffe Fassett: Shot Cotton Nut, fat quarter
For You: Combo in Orange, fat quarter
Kona Biscuit, fat quarter
Kaffe Fassett: Shot Cotton Apricot, fat quarter
Cotton Couture in Cinnamon, one yard
This was my first online fabric shopping experience. What an adventure. Whenever I'm in the presence of bolts of fabric at a brick and mortar store my mind imagines all the possibilities instead of staying focused on the purpose of my visit. I often leave with one or two fat quarters because I just couldn't decide.
With an online gift certificate the only option is to use all of the gift certificate at one time or not use it at all. I spent time browsing through all the possibilities at Mad About Patchwork. I favor vintage and antique fabrics which narrowed down the the selection but I found ones I like quite a lot.
Checking out was interesting. The fabric is sold by quarter-yard units. I was uncertain whether two units would give me two fat quarters or half a yard but no worries because there was a place to leave a note as I finished my order. I was also baffled by the conversion from Canadian dollars to U.S. dollars but noticed a place to click to change between the two. At this time U.S. dollars can buy more than Canadian.
The colors on the website were close to accurate but I was a little disappointed by that solid tan on the bottom row. I was aiming for a putty/grey color similar to the background on the upper left fabrics. From the online photos that was the color I thought I was purchasing. (Gosh, isn't Kona nice fabric? And Cotton Couture, too. They both have body without being too thin or too stiff.)
I don't have anything in particular in mind for these fabrics but I notice that six of them -- those apricot/peach/coral fabrics and the flowers on the grey background -- look really good together.
I also won a gift certificate to the Fat Quarter Shop. Most of their fabrics are about $10.00/yard. I was excited to think that I might be able to choose 10 fat quarters with the gift certificate, but when looking more closely I realized that the Fat Quarter Shop sells only half-yard pieces of individual fabrics. If you want fat quarters you must purchase them in bundles. (I don't understand why a shop named the Fat Quarter Shop wouldn't sell primarily fat quarters....) Anyway, I'll save that shopping experience for another week.
My last recent purchase was BasicGrey: Juniper Berry, on the left above. I went into a relatively small local fabric shop to look for backing fabric for the Morning Stars quilt. I didn't see any I thought would work (it's such a scrappy quilt without modern fabrics) but I didn't want to walk out without purchasing something. I'll use it, I'm sure.
I'm linking this post to Fabric Frenzy Friday at Fort Worth Fabric Studio.
Happy day to you!