Monday, January 5, 2015

Stash Enhancement

My stash of quilting fabrics has increased nicely over the last several days. I have heard good things about the fabrics that are sold at Connecting Threads, so when I saw a spectacular sale just before Christmas on some, I took the plunge and ordered half yard pieces of several. I paid $2.96/yd and they seem to be very good quality - I think I'll be ordering from them again. These are from their Country Essentials Collection.



My mom gifted me with these lovely fat quarters....

....and DD#2 gave me another bundle of FQs, a Gingher rotary cutter, and a nifty sewing organizer.

DD#1 gave me this darling sweater with sheep on it - fits me perfectly - both size-wise & style-wise! My family knows me well and always gives me the most thoughtful gifts geared toward my interests. Sweet!

And speaking of gifts, hubby & I made this book lamp for DD#1 who loves books and reading, as well as bright colors. I collected the books from thrift stores over the course of the summer, then hubby drilled holes in them and assembled the floor lamp. This picture is kinda blurry....

...but this close-up of the various books is better. The subject matter of the book didn't matter to me when I was shopping - they only needed to have bright bindings - so there are medical books, novels, textbooks & I think even a cookbook. It was a fun, fun project and the only handmade gift we gave this year.




17 comments:

Christine Feldstein said...

Wow great fabrics and very sweet pull over!

Kathy ... aka Nana said...

Love those fabrics ... And that lamp! Genius!!

em's scrapbag said...

Beautiful fabrics and I love the lamp!

Lori said...

What thoughtful gifts to receive and I love the book lamp!
Nice to know CT fabric is good.

Sue SA said...

Lucky you nice pressies! Hmm the floor lamp is a great idea, the stack of books is almost high enough to rest my cup of coffee on...might need to make on of these myself!

Samplings from Spring Creek said...

WOW--I'm having stash envy! The fabrics are beautiful--I am trying very hard to keep myself on a stash diet

moosecraft said...

That book lamp is awesome! Love the fabrics too! I haven't ordered fabric from Connecting Threads so thanks for the heads up that it's quality stuff! I did try their thread and think it's right up there with superior and aurifil.

Janet O. said...

Some serious enhancement there, Gayle! What fun!
Your Mom has great taste in fabric, I'd say--or she knows you really well. : )
What a fun lamp! That is so clever--love the bright books.

Doniene said...

Happy New Year Gayle! I'm catching up again,and so enjoyed reading your last few posts. Love the rugs and stories! What sweet gifts!! I Love CT fabric and have always been very pleased with every purchase. And they have such great prices and sales! The book lamp is such a great idea!!

Happy stitching and hooking!!

Blessings and hugs!

Julia said...

Your fabric stash reminds me of my wool stash, lol, only I don't even have enough time to hook lately but it will eventually happen.

Nice thoughtful presents and all very useful too.

I love the lamp book table as well. A great place to rest a mug.

Hugs,
JB

Rugs and Pugs said...

Great fabrics, fun lamp.
Happy New Year!
Hugs :)
Lauren

Kyle said...

It's nice to have a few new bundles of fabric to start the year. What a clever lamp. It's the perfect gift for any reader.

Jennie in GA said...

Looks like you had a Merry Christmas. Now it' slime to cut into some of that goodness :-))

Me and My Stitches said...

I have not used CT fabrics, but I buy a lot of thread from them and use it for my jewelry. Great fabrics from your mom, and nice gifts from everyone else too. I just love the book lamp - what a great idea!

Yvonne said...

What a great idea for a lamp! Love how you did it! Looks like there is a new quilt to be made......

audrey said...

Love that lamp! Fun for you to get new fabrics too.:)

The Wool Cupboard said...

Great fabric stash, Gayle! The lamp is very creative and LOVE the gift sweater with the sheep...ADORABLE.

Hugs, Linda