Christmas in September, Part Deux

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The package from Connecting Threads was waiting for me on the porch tonight, and I tore into it with glee. I’m sorry I always eat all of your bandwidth up with 10,000 photos…

Apparently, I was craving autumnal colors when I placed this order, and largely conventional patterns.

Visions of Fall

Visions of Fall

More Autumn

More Autumn

There is one springy and one summery pattern, as well:

Other Seasons

Other Seasons

There are two distinct genres here – Japanese and Traditional. The Japanese fabric is hugely disappointing – the ink is raised and thick, and the fabric feels cheap. I get the sense the patterns are going to rub and/or wash off in relatively short order, which is quite a bummer. The traditional prints feel a bit better-made, although the fabric itself again feels on the thinner, cheaper side. At first, I was concerned they were polyester, but the website says, “100% supercombed cotton grown in the US.” Oh. Supercombed. Well then. Maybe I just don’t know a good thing when I feel it.

Japanese Prints

Japanese Prints

Everything was very inexpensive – $6 or less per yard. I now know where my “solid colors” post came from the other day – there are a few here, along with very small-print patterns, which tend to “read” as solids (according to the ever-wise Barbara) 🙂

I also ordered a “jelly roll” of autumny colors – a bunch of strips that are about 3 inches wide by the total width of the fabric, nice for whacking into smaller shapes – it’ll save on cutting quite a bit. I can see these turning into a tablecloth, or place mats, or perhaps fall-theme kitchen towels. I may have been feel somewhat nostalgic when I grabbed these – they’re the same “country” colors from the house I grew up in during the 70’s – the browns, blues and golds.

Jelly Roll

Jelly Roll

There was also a 23-fabric “charm pack” of Japanese prints, but they’re pretty awful. They look darling on the website, but the feel of them is just… sub-par. I have no earthly idea what I’ll do with them. Anyone like pinks, browns and blues and want a patchwork something or other made?

Japanese Charm Pack

Japanese Charm Pack

On the practical side, I ordered a much-needed rotary cutter refill blade (on sale) and two packs of small paper hexagons – even my subconscious is annoyed by the Teflon bits, I guess. These are quite small at 3/4″, and I’m interested to see if they’re any easier to manage.

Lots more pre-washing and such in my future, the smaller bits in pillowcases to prevent unnecessary shredding, and I suspect the best is yet to come – the Anna Maria Horner stuff, hopefully with bright, cheery, fabulous colors.

I have to stop buying things for awhile now, though, for a few reasons: First and foremost, so Mike Neir doesn’t kill me in my sleep. Secondly, so I don’t re-bankrupt myself. Third… I am becoming paralyzed by too many possibilities! I… I just don’t know where to start or what to make. I’m twitchy. I reach for one, and then reach for another. Do I want to hand-sew hexes? Or would I rather spend an hour cutting fabric? Or squaring up existing blocks? Or search for something entirely else to do? I flip patterns and designs over in my mind, mentally shuffling through the fabric, appalled at my own indecision. Plus… with the fabrics I adore the most… what if I cut them up and then change my mind? Or cut them wrong? Or sew them wrong? Oh, the horror… the horror…

Too, it is immensely satisfying to simply gaze upon them all; vast swaths of unsullied color and pattern, so full of potential. I don’t want to ruin that potential.

Newer Fabrics, Older Dog

Newer Fabrics, Older Dog

I’ve not been wanting to carry around my clunky, bulky laptop briefcase lately, and the computer fits nicely into my green apple bag (which I’m actually comfortable carrying now, miracle of miracles,) so I may make the laptop sleeve from The New Handmade, which should fit inside the other bag nicely, and will better protect the laptop from unscheduled bumps and bangs. I might go completely mad and embroider some of the patterns in the outer fabric, which I think is going to be the mustard ribbony one (eight from the left in the photo above.) I’m thinking the coordinating stripe on the end for the lining.  I think I just heard Barbara groan…

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3 responses to Christmas in September, Part Deux


  1. omg yummy fabrics! I saw those japanese ones the other night, and thought about buying them, but I could hear my wallet crying so I just closed the browser.

    that’s sad to hear they’re so crappy, they look awesome.

    I know what you mean about the decision paralyzation. I think that’s part of the reason why I haven’t actually sat down and *made* anything yet.

  2. Erin

    I think it’s partly an act of courage, cutting into the fabrics and attempting to sew them – it’s terrifying. If I can rub my two remaining brain cells together, I’ll bring the Japanese charm pack in tomorrow so you can see what I’m talking about. Maybe they’ll pre-wash into something more acceptable, but overall… meh.

  3. Barbara

    I didn’t groan. Honest! You just need to get those bags out of your system before you move on. Besides, this isn’t work or school or the sewing Olympics. It’s playing with your blocks and fabrics and doing your own thing.

    Even experienced quilters are sometimes terrified about cutting into their favorite fabric. I can’t say that you’ll get over it, but you’ll come to realize that if you mess it up you’ll find another way to make it beautiful.

    Just have fun!

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