25th Annual Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary Fabric Fair

Last Wednesday it was the Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary Fabric Fair. As soon as my son was dropped off at school we headed over and ended up in line about 30 minutes before the doors opened. I would say at this point there was probably 25-30 people in line ahead of us and that was pretty good! I thought there would be a lot more, but I think the cold rainy day may have kept a few people from coming early.
Since I had just recently cleaned out the whole studio I tried to be very thoughtful & restrained about my purchases.
I got this bag of cut hexies and the fabrics are just beautiful! It looks like they might make tiny 1 inch hexagons.
I got a clip in type embroidery “hoop”. I already own one of these, but this was a larger size. Some cross stitch and linen fabrics.
Really cute Campbell Kids embroidery transfers.



Only a little bit of fabric this year. I actually didn’t see much fabric I liked this year. I am not sure if my tastes have changed, or I just missed the cute stuff.
This adorable applique project.

And probably my most favorite find this bunka doll! I already have one larger size doll that I found awhile ago at a antique shop, but in all my days of antique & thrift store shopping these are the only two I have ever seen. This gal was $1!!




The fabric fair runs for four days, and after the big initial rush of the first opening morning I’ve found that the following days are very relaxed, no crowds and some times you even have the whole yarn room to yourself. I did go back a few times to look slowly through the items like the button bins, and the room of playpens which hold all the yarn. I ended up with 7 skeins of yarn (various wools, and alpacas) for $7! I can only imagine some of the amazing yarn that was there on day one!
As always I look forward to the Fabric Fair each year, the best kind of treasure hunting I know!

Spoonflower-Fleece

Spoonflower now has fleece! The fine folks at Spoonflower contacted me a few weeks ago to see if I’d like to try out their new printable fleece fabric. I decided to create a new fabric of cut and sew veggies (and an earthworm) since I’ve been wanting to get out and garden but the cold weather hasn’t let me yet.
More info on the fleece from their website Our Fleece is a double-faced, low-loft, 100% polyester knit napped fabric. Our lightweight Fleece is ideal for blankets (including no-sew tie baby blankets), pillows, plushies, adult and youth loungewear, and cold weather apparel. Hemming is optional with this fabric as it doesn’t fray when cut, making this Fleece perfect for novice and experienced crafters alike. This cozy fabric is engineered to show crisp design detail and long-lasting vibrant color.
I was so pleased with the way the fleece printed up. Its soft, and not too thick which makes it even easier for cut and sew patterns. It sewed up perfectly without any issues. I can’t wait to try it out again for future Plush Of The Month Club plush.

I filled the earthworm with plastic pellets instead of polyfil, which gave him a great worm like feel, and makes him perfect for posing.
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I added some yarn to the bottom of my radish so it felt like tiny roots. You can find Spoonflower’s new fleece here, and my veggie fabric here.

Quilts





I’ve started work on a little quilt using “square in square” foundation piecing, and my honey tea fabric.
I’ve been purchasing foundation paper from Joann (its on sale right now for $5 for a pack of 25) I run it through my printer, and then I don’t need to tear anything away after sewing, like you do when you foundation piece with paper. I’m still deciding just how big to make this quilt. I really need more quilts I can cuddle with instead of little mini-quilts for my wall, so I am leaning toward something big.