Ali Wilkinson

Sunday Stash #16

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It’s been a while since I bought some fabric but two recent events made me open up my wallet and add to the stash. The first was the appearance of Cloud 9 Cirrus Solids on Massdrop (simultaneously to another drop that I also couldn’t resist but that will be written about shortly when the parcel arrives). The second was the Quilt Show here in Christchurch and the opportunity to see vendors who are not local.

Above is a photo of the Cloud 9 Cirrus Solids bundle. I saw these on a blog a while back, and unfortunately cannot recall which blog, and at the time I thought that the colours were particularly nice. They have a sort of “dusty” appearance, which adds a vintage charm, and the texture of the warp and weft can easily be seen giving them an almost shot cotton quality. The colour ran is subtle and harmonising but the best quality only came to light once I had unwrapped them and felt the texture – oh my stars, the hand is so soft and comforting, almost like a well washed brushed cotton! So divine! I think as a result I might have to spray starch if I am planning on getting defined points or precision piecing. I will report back when I use them!

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The second purchase were some random fat quarters from a booth at the Quilt Show last weekend. Overall I found the show to be a bit disappointing for those of us at the modern end of the quilting spectrum or not in the market for a new machine, but then I discovered these little prizes and so I came away feeling that my time had not been wasted.

On the left are two Cotton + Steel fabrics from the Tokyo Train Ride range. I already have the lower one in a different colour way, but had been looking of rate navy for a while. This will be the cover of my new travel wallet. The upper one is cute in a kawaii kitschy way, and the rows of cats and dogs are very unusual.

On the right are Tula Pink, I think. The waves is definitely Tula as I already have that in black, but I am a bit unsure about the spots. I think they will be great linings for pouches, or bindings for quilts. I am really pleased to have more navy in my stash. I think navy has been under-rated as a quilting colour and I dearly hope it will make a comeback in the modern world!

Linking up with Molli Sparkles again after a long absence!

Ali Wilkinson

Sunday Stash #15

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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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Linking up with MolliSparkles.

Ali Wilkinson

Sunday Stash #14

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I signed up for the Handmade by Emily Kona Club. It’s a monthly club for five Kona solids curated by a different blogger each month. This month it was curated by Gnome Angel and is such a berry delicious selection. (oh dear, that was a dreadful pun)

The colours are Honeysuckle, Sangria, Berry, Morning Glory and Regal. I absolutely love this bundle and can see me using them all together in a geometric design.

I signed up for the half yard quantity, but full yard or fat quarter versions are also available. It’s run out of Australia so for those of us in NZ the shipping is still acceptable.

Linking with Molli Sparkles as usual.

Ali Wilkinson

Sunday Stash #13

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More Liberty from Westwood Acres arrive this week and amongst it some duplicates of ones I had received previously. That, together with the big drop in the NZ dollar in the last month, has convinced me I need to cancel this subscription.

It was a hard decision, as you do know by now that I love my Liberty stash, but I think it’s time to quit. I have a BIG box full of Liberty fat quarters and have still not made my postage stamp/tumblers/round the world quilt with them. When I have actually completed that quilt I can reevaluate how much of the stash remains and whether to reengage with the club.

I have to say that I found the club to be a great way of getting a stash built up, and when the NZ dollar had more buying power it was good value, even including postage.

I will miss my monthly parcel of happiness, but at least my husband won’t have to utter those immortal lines, “ah, here’s some fabric you’ve had for ages” for a little while!


Linking up with Molli Sparkles

Ali Wilkinson

Sunday Stash – Japan Edition Part II

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After sharing last week the fabric I bought in Tokyo this week I will share the notions and tools I added to my stash.

Above are more additions to my Clover addiction. At the bottom is a stiletto which I have read about and many times thought how handy it would be for me. The idea is to use its tip to ensure fabric goes under the needle accurately thus avoiding injuries and ensuring accuracy. I think this will be useful for me and will report back if it is.

I bought more of those very slender pins that Clover makes that are my favourite pins, and some blades for my chenille cutter (I could not believe the price! They were $4 NZ for two! Last time I bought one here it cost me $16!

And check out those mega wonder clips! Only 8 to a pack but I think they will be pretty handy when making bags and pouches.

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Nippori had a wealth of shops selling leather trim and even leather skins in all colours and thicknesses. Here’s a few of the ones I got which I plan to use for basket handles.

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And finally lobster claws and YKK zippers – above is a small selection of the ones I bought.

So, short and sweet this week!

Liking up with Molli Sparkles