Sunday, October 24, 2010

Stash Report - October 24th

I've been off touring around Missouri this weekend.  Kiddo is on fall break, so we took the opportunity to go see some lovely fall foliage, ride bikes on the Katy trail and visit our favorite winery.  And of course, I had to visit a quilt shop along the way.  I've been so good the last couple of weeks, sticking to reading blogs when I'm on-line.  Deleting the emails from Connecting Threads and Hancock Fabrics with notices of sales without even looking at them.  This week's stash report reveals the sad truth:

Used this week = 0.4 yards
Added this week =  11 yards
Used Year to Date = 35.7 yards
Added Year to Date = 356 yards
Net Used for 2010 = (-320.4) yards

I've wanted to stop at Bittersweet Quilts for a very long time.  The shop has a billboard that can be clearly seen from the northeast bound lanes of I-44 just before you get to Joplin, but we've usually been in too much of a hurry to get somewhere else to take the the 6 mile detour onto Highway 86.  Since we weren't in a such a hurry on Thursday, my guy suggested we stop.  How could I refuse? 
It was a scenic drive, as advertised in "Quilter's Travel Companion".  In fact we stopped at the Reding's Mill Bridge just off Highway 86 to photograph the stream and lovely fall foliage.

Bittersweet Quilts is a small shop, but it is packed with fabrics.  I didn't think to take any pictures of the shop.  The only excuse I can offer is that I've been so deprived of fabric therapy that any and all rational thought was overwhelmed by the sight of all those bolts of fabrics.  The shop has a wonderful selection of batiks, tone-on-tone, Asian, and either Thimbleberry or Kansas Troubles (sorry I don't normally work in that color palette, so I don't pay much attention to that part of any shop).  Unfortunately, I did find some lovely gold on red, gold on gold and gold on black that really had to come home with me. 

My thought was to pair these with the fat quarters I reported here.  Other than a vague idea of how these would work together, I don't have a plan in mind.  I need to get busy and come up with a design.  Let's see if I can get back on the wagon and make it to the end of the year with no additional fabric purchases! 

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Kathie said...

Oh wow beautiful fabrics, can't wait to see what you make of them.

SpinningStar said...

Good fabrics - I have seen that sign on I44, but like you, I was always on a specific trip with deadlines. Someday, I may slow down and stop in that shop.

I bought lots of Asian fabrics for a class at quilt retreat - so I am also looking for ideas to use up that small stash.


pdudgeon said...

beautiful scenery and beautiful fabrics to go along with it.

Unknown said...

Well, the trip to the QS apparently was meant to be - and it was only 11 yards, could have been much worse!

Shay said...

I think you were probably rendered temporarily insane by the scenery. Lots of gold and red in those fabric choices echoing the leaves you were seeing.

I'm on the wagon's not all that , but come join me if you like. We'll keep each other strong!

Penny said...

Well yes, you do need to come up with a plan for that beautiful fabric. Then you will sew it up and then it will be counted as used. Then it will be as if it never happened, except you will have a wonderful quilt. See? I can rationalize with the best of them.

PS Did you know an new "In Death" book comes out on Nov. 2? I can hardly wait.