How long can a fabric famine last? That was a rhetorical question as all quilters know that such famines are rare once in a hundred year events.
Since the NZ dollar starting dropping a month or so ago, and especially when I started putting away my Japan trip purchases, I decided that I would slow down on buying and start doing some using up of the stash I have already acquired. This goal has been supported by the dearth of decent fabric shops in Christchurch these days. However, this last fortnight I have had a business trip to Wellington and another to Auckland, both cities where there are decent fabric shops, so how can a girl resist. I just tell myself I am keeping these shops in business so that I won’t end up only having online sources for new fabric.
In Auckland this week I went to Patchwork Passion in Onehunga as I heard that they stocked Oakshott shot cottons. Even better they are located only a small detour from the airport. It’s a cute shop with a nice range of fabrics ranging from some funky modern-isn fabric, through French General, feedsack style patterns, Japanese and traditional fabrics suitable for a Civil War Quilt. The ladies running the shop were very knowledgeable and on display the samples were very precise and displayed lots of talent, which I can appreciate even if they are not really “my thing”. In addition to the Oakshott I spotted some French General heavier weight fabric in a gorgeous blue and cream toile de Jouy design. I wanted to buy it there and then, even though I had no project for it, but was told it was an early sample and that the bolt will arrive later in the year, which is probably a Godsend as now I can start to find a Louis IV style chair to refurbish and use it on!
I snagged quite a large range of Oakshott fatter quarters – I say “fatter” as the WOF is wider and therefore a fat quarter is on the large size. I went for these blues and purples and greys as I can see quite a nice progression in the colour grades. There were only the two orange toned ones and I would have liked more, but that will be for another day.
Now to find some projects!
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