This has been a week of very late sewing nights (think 2 a.m. every night since Sunday), but I'm trying desperately to wrap up my current project before this weekend's STLMQG meeting. I mean, it has to be finished by next week anyway (to take with me on our holiday travels), so I figured I'd push to finish a few days early so I could also show it off. But the problem with gift sewing is that I can't show it off here until the person gets it, so instead, let's look at some pretty fabric, shall we? Okay, one poorly lit peak at the quilting (which I finished last night!), but that's it.
I treated myself to a little pre-Christmas gifting in the last few weeks, and I can't wait to start delving into some of these after Christmas. I got the first batch at my fabulous LQS on Small Business Saturday. I didn't really have a specific project in mind for these; they just needed to be in my stash.
I am so in love with these arrows and floral from Wild and Free. Oh, and mustard. Apparently, it's my new color obsession. Weird. I just realized the two other mustard-y fabrics I bought that day didn't make it into this pic because they're already hanging out in a fabric stack for my next project. You can spot them in this post.
I also picked up two new books: Patchwork City by Elizabeth Hartman and Scraps, Inc., which includes projects from 15 different bloggers. I honestly don't own all that many sewing/quilting books (like maybe eight or nine?), but I had to have these two. Any casual reader of this blog knows I'm Elizabeth's biggest fan girl, so I've been waiting for months for her new book. It does not disappoint. She's planning on hosting a quilt along in the new year, and I'm so in. I was lured into buying Scraps, Inc. after reading about it in the blog tour hosted by its authors. There are so many great projects in this one, and I've already pulled fabrics for one.
I got the second batch of fabrics from Hawthorne Threads during their Cyber Monday sale. In theory, I went to the sale to get some backing fabric for the gift quilt (which I did -- the always perfect herringbone from Modern Meadow), but a few other items might have also made their way into my cart. Oops. That sealing wax print from AMH may be my favorite "basic" ever. I can't get enough of it, especially in that perfect shade of teal. I should have bought more...
Now it's back to work. Tonight, binding!