Stocking up at the Fabric Store

I love to go to quilt stores. I walk in and the fabrics are all winking at me, throwing me kisses and twinkling with the possibility of a great project. I walk around slowly and get the lay of the land, sometimes hugging a bolt that just screams out my name. I buy all kinds of things. Sometimes I get the fabric for a whole project, other times a random yard or two and every once in a while a kit. I allow myself the luxury of choice and possibility.

Other visits are what I call "Stocking up at the fabric store." This is a visit that isn't about delicious new projects but the basics of sewing. During the first blast of the Polar Vortex I used up all my heavy dutystock re 1 Pellon and all my iron on batting. Before that cold blast I depleted my supply of elastic and Velcro. It was time to lay in some supplies. I steeled myself for a trip to a chain fabric store.

Of course there was a line if you wanted yardage cut. A huge line, under the harsh lights and harsher smell of heavy duty sizing. But there were bargains to be had and I noticed that if you bought the entire bolt, Pellon interfacing was 50% off. That's half off. Sold! I grabbed a bolt of each.

stock re 3Maybe this trip would go faster than I thought. I am such a kidder.

On my way to the bathroom, I spied the elastic. Of course I am visiting the bathroom. I am of that exciting age where I know where they are in every store plus I just had about 3 gallons of coffee at breakfast. I had suggested a restaurant near the fabric store so my husband could drop me off while I ran in for a "few" things.

On the way back to my cart, I found the velcro, yay!

I thought of the bibs I've been making, better get some more snaps and make this trip last at least 6 months. I looked around a bit to see if there was any other necessity I was lacking.

Uh oh, make that 5 gallons of coffee, better hit the ladies room one more time and look here, pillows. If I get my next 4 projects done, I will want some pillow forms to make some stock re 2nifty throw pillows. I will put them in the chair next to the chair where I will put the new quilt that I am just about to make. Did you follow that? I will get them all done if I ever get out of this store.

I am sashaying my way to the register when it all falls apart. I see gold satin. I am going to be having a book club for the Great Gatsby in May, I have even ordered the black napkins and tablecloth. Wouldn't a long skinny table runner of gold look great?

Sigh.

I grab the bolt and get number 54. They are on 42. I play on my phone and I have only gotten one text from my husband wondering where I am when my number is called. I cheerfully toss my bolt on the counter and ask for 3 yards. The clerk begins to unroll the bolt. Not a single piece over 2 yards and there are at least ten of those. I am speechless but run back and grab a different sort of gold and come back, tossing 2 rolls of black ribbon and 2 of gold in cart. I get my three yards and head to the register.

Where there's a... huge line. By now the text messages are a bit more terse from the love of my life. But eventually it's my turn to pay and I lay my stock re 4coupons down with a flourish. Two are expired and one isn't good yet. But amazingly enough one works as does my VIP card for 10% off.

I stagger out, 153.24 dollars later, a shell of my former self. And when I get home, one of the rolls of black ribbon is missing.

Sew happy!

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Is this my only post about shopping at chain fabric stores? No, there are two more, a cranky one and a happy one.

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    My passions are quilting and sewing. Add to that French, Spanish, books, swimming, travels, new restaurants, biking and chocolate and you have me. All of these are best shared with family and friends. Except for chocolate, I prefer not to share that. You can email me at QuiltingSewingCreating@gmail.com

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