If you follow me on Instagram you will have seen these pretty fabrics were delivered last week.
I have had an Etsy store for years where I sold completed quilts and table runners and some of my stash fabric. But recently I have been in the process of building my store and inventory. To be honest - I'm not doing this to build the biggest and best store out there. I will never have 1000's of items for sale. I am not in this to make a living selling fabric. I decided to do this so I can get away with buying bolts of fabric and hiding it from my husband! Why buy 5 yards - when I can have 15 yards? The whole reason I got into quilting was because I LOVED the fabric.
In the beginning - maybe about 10 years ago - I got into embroider - and I wasn't very good. My sister was REALLY good and made the cutest projects we started turning into pillows. I started buying fabric so I could help her make pillows. When I had too much fabric - and enough pillows to fill a room from top to bottom - I decided I needed to branch out and start making something bigger then a pillow that took 4 2 1/2 inch stripes. I was never going to use all my stash this way! So I bought my first piece of real fabric for a quilt. It was the 3 Sisters Gingham Rose patchwork cheater fabric. (Gingham Rose is still one of my ALL TIME FAVORITES - I want to chant reprint to Moda) I bought fabric for borders - and my friend Ann sewed them on - and I bound it - it was my first efforts in quilting - the binding. But I LOVED this quilt and I still do. One of my all time favorites. I then got serious and bought fat quarters or Paris Flea Market and made my sister a quilt. All squares - and 2 pink squares - same fabric, touching - didn't notice it until I was done. Til this day it DRIVES ME CRAZY! But I love that quilt. It is far from perfect but she loves it, and I loved the feeling of making something so special for the people I loved in my life. And so my addiction began. I began buying more and more fabric. Fat Quarters were my drug of choice at the time. I started a little 2nd job at Pine Needles. Each week when I got paid - I took out the stash I had made for myself and cashed my check right back there in the drawer. Never even left the building. When we moved into a new house - finished our basement a few years later - I had closets built in my big sewing room - specifically to fit the bins of fabric. I sometimes wish now I had hangers to hang things on instead of shelves! But it was all about the fabric.
Which is why I wanted to get into selling fabric. In my shop you will only see fabric I love. So I apologize right now if we don't have the same taste in fabric! I have worked in Corporate America for almost 20 years - and to say I don't love my job is an understatement. Being about to quilt for people and send pretty packages of fabric - is like a dream job for me that I'm working towards making a full time gig out of. If I want to love my job - I have to stick with looking and cutting fabric day in and day out that I love! That being said - I think I have a variety in taste. Yes I'm currently drooling over anything Bonnie and Camille put out - but I'm OBSESSED with 3 Sisters and I think I always will be! I have been loving anything Tasha Noel from Riley Blake puts out and I even ordered myself a bundle of Kansas Troubles the other day. I love bright and cheery "Vintage Modern" looks of today - as well as traditional quilts with the warm colors. So I hope as I grow my inventory you'll see a variety.
I will be carrying primarily precuts - because to be honest - with a full time job, 2 little ones, a house that rarely gets cleaned, a quilting job, I don't know if I have it in me to cut yardage for hours on end each night. So precuts are easy - and I love them. I can't remember the last time I made a big quilt and started with yardage! But when a line comes in that I REALLY love - you may see yardage in the shop. April Showers is an example of that - and yardage will be showing up in the next few weeks! YAY!!!!! I'll also give you a little hint - that some Far Far Away - will be showing up in a few months (THE WHOLE LINE).
I hope if you're feeling the need to add some April Showers or this cute Organic Patchwork you'll think of me.
Over the next few months - I'm going to start a Monthly/Weekly special and maybe incorporate backing into quilting specials or something like that. I know this hobby of ours doesn't come cheap - and I want to find a way to make projects more affordable for everyone. I love seeing the inspiration on blogs and instagram and I would like to do my part to help keep those projects flowing. I am blessed to see the quilts flow through my house each day - and I have loved every minute of it! I hope to keep them coming!
I'm getting a big shipment of Christmas (YES CHRISTMAS ALREADY) precuts in the next week or so - and April Showers Yardage should be shipping soon - so please check back! In the spirit of Christmas (cause I need to start early if I'm going to get anything done by December) I'm going to have these cute kits for sale when the yardage arrives. I feel head over hills in love with Bonnie's Cabin Christmas quilt and can't wait to make my own! If you're interested in a preorder of the kit - let me know. They should be ready to ship out in mid March if the yardage comes as expected. I'll keep you posted!
Hope you have a wonderful week - I'll be quilting and have a little Bonnie and Camille parade of quilts to show you soon. I think I'm swimming in their fabric/patterns this last week! Makes my job so fun!