19 Apr Cinci III – the FABRIC!
Did I save the best for last? You can make your own decision on that 🙂 Here are my great finds in chronological order:
Even though I had heard of Fabric Shack in Waynesville, OH before it is nearly a 4 hour drive from where I live in Michigan, so I hadn’t been there. You can bet I’ll be going back more often now! First, they had their tent sale in the parking lot. Lots of pre-cuts and kits on sale. I picked up these charm packs of Jovial and a jelly roll of Fruitcake, both by Basic Grey. I can’t say I NEEDED more Christmas fabric, but, at these prices, why should I resist?
Inside the actual store even more fabric delights awaited! I had assumed Fabric Shack would be a traditional fabric store with a few modern fabrics – NO! They had so much wonderful fabric I can’t even remember it all. One of the lines I have been interested in is Urbanicity by Michele D’Amore for Benartex. I haven’t heard much about her fabric online, but I picked up some fat quarters of her Habitat line at Quiltology in Chicago last year. Then I saw an ad for Urbanicity in a magazine and knew it would be right up my alley. Graphic shapes in black, grey, taupe and cream?? Uh, YES!!! After much deliberation, I settled on a half yard of each of these prints. Truthfully, if I had no budget considerations I would have bought a full yard of every print in the line!
After a short detour along a country road, we arrived at the darling Sewn Studio in Cincinnati. What a great space they have there – lovely high ceilings, hardwood floors and round paper lamps add to a great atmosphere. I figured I’d better pace myself a little for fabric buying at the show itself the next day, but I couldn’t resist these great stripes. I love a good stripe and, especially, a great striped bias binding. The black and the grey are by Riley Blake and the yellow and grey one is from Michael Miller’s Retro Mod collection (thanks Rachael!).
Considering the total number of vendors at the show, there wasn’t all that much modern fabric, but we still managed not to walk away empty handed. I picked up these three pieces of Basic Grey’s Curio line that I had been admiring for a while now. (Oops, those butterflies – second fabric – aren’t Curio, they are Papillon by 3Sisters for Moda). The “rice” prints are Lotta Jansdotter’s Echo that I actually got at Fabric Shack. I just think they are so versatile.
I got this five yard bundle of Moda’s Half Moon from a vendor who was selling the bundle for $30! Half Moon for $6/yard? SOLD!
My final purchase was at Marcia Derse‘s booth. Her fabric is quite different from most of what is out there and I just love it! She gets such wonderful depth to her colors. I bought a charm pack and a couple of half yard pieces. She has new lines coming out sometime soon too.
Adding it up, I bought almost 20 yards of fabric in two days! I’d better get busy sewing. I hope you enjoyed hearing about my wonderful trip to Cincinnati. Believe it or not, my Handwork group is going on retreat in a few weeks. What will I work on? So many choices…