Wednesday, May 6, 2009

I Shouldn't Have

I shouldn't have...but I did. I set off to run errands today and I had to run out to the farm (a two hour drive there and back) to pick up things I needed for Jon's awards banquet Friday night. On the way home I took a detour to Lawrence (about 30 minutes from KC).
Lawrence = Sarah's Fabrics.

Retail therapy really doesn't satisfy, but maybe it could make a long week seem a bit shorter, maybe I could miss my hubby and Fudge a little less, so...

I drove, I lingered, I shopped, I spent.

Hello Betty...it's a great name for a fabric and it's cute too.
I have a plan for these letters and who could resist a cool selvage like that?
I paid too much for these.
This one has been on my have to buy list.
I was so lucky to find two of my favorite flea market fancy prints. I bought every inch they had. Maybe 3 hours in a fabric store is a good thing.
I didn't get these at Sarah's, but they're new and I love these Paula Prass cobblestones.
Found a few fat quarters of Amy's dots in a bin...this blue wanted to come home with me.

I don't know what came over me.

Consequences:
...didn't get to the post office before it closed
...no groceries
...no texas toast to make french toast for 150 high school students this weekend
...forgot to make a hair appointment
...lost my list

I need to get it together.

91 comments:

Zonnah said...

We all have those days. Hang in there :) The fabrics are beautiful!

kangaroo said...

these are all so you.

teressa said...

I too have a slight obsession with Sarah's. They can cure the blues/grumpies any day, especially if you get there when new stuff is arriving! And who doesn't enjoy Possums assistance? As a side note I love your quilts, I often come here when I need a bit of inspiration!

ivyarts said...

Mama said there'd be days like this. It's a good thing there are fabric stores to see us through. Great finds. Hang in there.

Jodie said...

Getting it together is overrated !

That owl fabric is just about enough to cheer anyone up!

Buzz's Food Lady said...

Blogger just gave me a weird message, so if you get a way-off-topic comment from me feel free to delete it. Or, it can just add some random spice to your comments section!

Anyway, just wanted to say that sometimes, a woman just has to go out and get some fabric. Also, I love the letters!

-Rossie

Michaela said...

:) Fabric stores are like chocolate, just more expensive...
Great fabrics you found.

Terriaw said...

I always lose myself in a fabric store too! I do love what you bought. How could you pass that up? The rest of your list will still be there waiting for you tomorrow. But someone else may have gotten to those fabrics before you.

Melanie O said...

Awww, fabulous fabrics - and you know you'll use them to make something wonderful! The post office, etc will be open tomorrow. Forgive yourself and enjoy!

mamaspark said...

I have been lusting after that owl fabric for awhile too. The ones you "paid too much for" who are they by and what are they called?? I love them all.

Alissa said...

I'm sure that it was 100% worth all of the consequences!! Yay for new fabric!

Marie' said...

Good for you! You found some great ones.
My hubby says I can buy fabric whenever he leaves on a business trip. I usually don't, but it feels so good to know I could if I had a hard day.

Leslie said...

Good luck this weekend. And those fabrics can make anyone take a breath and relax, and lists are not worth it anyway. :)

LB3K said...

I am thinking that a trip to the fabric store is WAY more fun than grocery shopping or post offices any day! (Thank you for letting me live vicariously through you, as I am on a month long "fabric fast"!!!)

Lisa said...

OMG forget the consequences, there is always tomorrow ... besides your fabric is AWESOME!!!!

Bridget said...

I am from California, but had the opportunity to visit Sarah's this past summer. What great quilt displays! Lots of eye candy there. Thanks for reminding me of this store.

Vicki said...

Lucky! Did they cut it on the thread? We need to go out to Lawrence again sometime soon. I was making something with some Snippets today.

I have been thinking about something we were trying to talk about yesterday while my head was getting jumped on and I'm going to email you.

L. Jane E. said...

Hummm, this sounds all to familiar. Sometimes fabric is like a drug, you've just got to take a hit.

henny said...

I think I would "collapse' to see all those beautiful fabrics!!

Lee-Anne Gilbert said...

Good for you Jacquie.. great purchases... i love that owl fabric... one of those owls looks soooo pissed!! heh heh Hope you doing better each day... Lx

foofanagle said...

GREAT haul! I'm so envious of your Flea Market Fancy find. You know, a little spree doesn't hurt anyone now and then. Just make sure to use the fabric with love and it'll all be ok. (And darn it...I'm going to have to get some of those cobblestone fabrics after seeing yours!)

Andi said...

Hey, It's all about priorities right?
Yours are absolutely spot on!!
Bring on the fabric therapy!
Andi :-)

Lisa said...

Ooooh, NICE fabrics! Those owls are too cute and the Hello Betty is on my short list for my next shopping spree- along with some Darla.

I love seeing the piles of fabric that other people buy. Thanks for the pics! :o)

Karen said...

Looks like lots of fun at the sewing machine coming up for you;)

MightyMom said...

oh how fun!

of course you'll have to make another trip for the necessities that were forgotten....but maybe it's worth it!

that last pic reminded me of an older man wearing his sundaygotomeeting clothes

Cheryl Arkison said...

It sounds like you have your priorities straight to me. I engaged in retail therapy myself. I need those owls!

Trisha said...

That letter fabric is to die for! Sorry you didn't get to those other things. What's this about making french toast for 150 HS students?

RED PEPPER QUILTS said...

Oh girl! You made me proud! Fabric first! No doubt about it. Well done. Love the fabrics you have bought. Well worth the trip!

Isa said...

I would have done the same.
The fabric is gorgeous, Makes me want to take a detour of my own :-)

Amy @ Park City Girl said...

LOVE your new additions! I hope there's time for all the other stuff tomorrow :)

Allison said...

That looks ALOT like my to do list today that wasn't at all done due to a fabric store. Except the texas toast part of course, but that sounds really yummy. I love all your fabric pics they are beautiful of course! -Allison

belinda said...

OK...2 hrs. there...2 hrs. back = 4 hrs. to design MORE future quilts....most of the time I don't remember the drive....I am usually 'day dreaming' about my quilts or future ones I want to do!!

nicolette said...

I can so relate to a day like this!! I always think it has to do with the hormones... LOL.. or with filling an empty feeling because we miss the ones we love...?

No post-office, groceries, toast, hair or list, but sure some awsome fabrics!!! Imagine all the projects!!

Take care!

A Spoonful Of Sugar said...

Looks like a most therapeutic shopping trip! Can't wait to see how your incorporate some of those lovely fabrics. The letter fabric is really cool. Hope your son has an awesome graduation!

Lazy Gal Tonya said...

during a time like this it's good to focus on something that makes you happy. and this is definitely happy fabric. love those owls.

Regi said...

What a lovely bunch of fabrics you have there. I love the first grouping... and the owls are very very cute.

I am sure you will get everything accomplished on your list and more. Good luck with the whole graduation thing... its certainly a wild ride.

*hugs*
Regi

Stephanie said...

I'm always on the look out for Flea Market Fancy. You scored! I told myself if I found it in Amish Country I'd buy the entire bolt. NO luck. I love Hello Betty. I have a special project I'm currently working on and I love it. :o) Retail therapy has it's benefits...you're finds are definitely worth what you didn't get accomplished!

Aimee said...

Well, you may not have accomplished the errands on your list, but I'd call that one successful day! You are really lucky to have a brick and mortar store with such a nice stock.

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

Lovely fabrics. You needed a break from the real world and you took it. Things will come together.

Susan said...

Funny! You have your priorities in order.

QuiltedSimple said...

You got some wonderful fabrics to make more of your wonderful creations, right? THat's really all that counts.
Kris

Jackie said...

So....

Who needs to mail their bills anyway?
Who needs to eat?
150 High Schools Students will find a way to eat...
Hair can wait, but not too long, maybe 1 day.
Lists... who needs lists?

Conclusion...

Yes, you should have and you did a great job, nice finds!

Michelle said...

I think you do have it all together! The fabrics are beautiful and I hope they did provide some therapy.

Lynn said...

It's called Quilter's Distraction Disorder ( a real syndrome I made up myself). When trying to do too much, spreading ourselves too thin and having too many projects going at once we react by ... buying more fabric. A vicious circle. Since I'm on a fabric diet I'm living vicariously through all of you who post your fabric buys. Yours are real beauties - lots of eye candy.

Jackie Russell said...

Even though you didn't accomplish your errands you did get a lot of great fabrics. I have looked at the alphabet fabric too but never could decide what to do with it. Can’t wait to see what you do with yours.

Jane's Fabrics and Quilts said...

sometimes a girl just needs a little fabric therapy!!

Vicki W said...

Awesome fabrics! Who needs food anyway?

Cheryl said...

Awesome fabrics. It's okay; life happens. Groceries will get bought eventually.

Linda B said...

Ohhhhhhhhh. I was going to try to pick a favorite, but I'm drooling so profusely, I need to go get a towel. Later.

KateKwiltz said...

Screw the consequences, that was EXACTLY what you needed! Great finds!

Debbie said...

YOur was the second post I read this morning and the second one from a blogger with the blues. What is up with us this week. I feel it too. I haven't gone shopping...yet. The last blogger bought a new camera! I hope you are feeling better today. If not, have some fun with your new fabric. It's great. Is Sarah's online?

Darcie said...

Enjoy, Jacquie. That's why God made fabric and fabric stores! ;-)

Madge said...

it is impossible to resist the rolls of fabric... impossible

Sherri said...

I'm hoping to drive, linger, shop and spend soon...and hey...everything is wonderful...so it was definitely worth it!

Belva said...

As my husband says to me all the time..."You saw something shiny, didn't you?" that 's why they love us.

Linda said...

What scrummy fabrics, I personally think you did what you needed to do at that time and if it brought joy and a smile the other things I'm sure can wait.

Taylor said...

Really, though, how could you have resisted all that fabric? And sooo lucky to have found the FMF prints!

Millie said...

Sometimes we just have to have one of those spending days without feeling bad. You got some realy nice fabrics and it looked like you had planned the trip...enjoy every new fabric and if it is just going to be in you stash, that is good too.

I Love Baby Quilts! said...

You're already together! You can eat whatever is in the house as you play with your new fabric. What were you supposed to do? NOT buy every inch of your favorite flea market fancy??? Please, be reasonable.

Philigry said...

oh, but you had a great time, and you deserve it. those fabrics are to die for i love the one with the letters! i have never seen it before.

Rebekah said...

even though you weren't able to get everything on your list completed, you did come home with a great selection of fabrics to play with!

Sara said...

Love the letter fabric. What is it? I'd like to find some....I have an idea for it, too.

Hope you are well.

Kritta22 said...

Good for you!!

You can always buy Texas Toast today! And who needs groceries when you have fabric??!

audreypawdrey said...

All of your fabric is so beautiful! We all need to treat ourselves every now and then, right?:) There is still plenty of time to get everything else done, but I don't envy you making that much french toast this weekend!

Artfulife said...

Ahhhhh, but you got fabric my friend. And isn't that the most important thing?

Nanette Merrill and daughters said...

That was my kind of shopping trip. I'd have probably picked out the exact same stuff had I been with you. Love them all. Denise doesn't go out of vogue does she! And woul could resist betty and the japanesey prints. Yummy. Now top it off with fudge! And there you have it.

em's scrapbag said...

I think all the wonderful fabric you got more than makes up for the things that did not get done. They are fabulous!

Alette Siri Ane said...

So many beutifull fabrics,it will be fun to see what you will do with them!

Laura said...

I lived in Lawrence when I was going to KU for graduate school. Looking back I think it was very very very lucky I was so busy with school that I didn't have very much time to quilt because otherwise Sarah's would have been very dangerous.

Thank you for your blog; I really enjoy it.

Danielle said...

I've never been to Sarah's, but I know I would love it. Great fabrics, can't wait to see what they become... I'm sure they'll live up to their full potential, plus some!

Brenda said...

What are you going to do with that letter fabric? I have the same piece, but I've never used it. fun fabrics all around.

driftwood said...

fabric therapy, hope it's making you smile xx

Marilyn said...

Oh, I love Sarah's too! Sometimes you just gotta! You made some wonderful purchases and I know you'll turn them into something even more wonderful:)

Tracy T. said...

Oh girl, you are sooo naughty! Whatchu gonna make the french toast out of now?

Lot's of cute stuff, though.

Enjoy.

XUE said...

I can soooo relate to this! I bring my little cart on wheels when I go fabric shopping!...that's how scary it gets for me!

Honore said...

Sometimes a quilter has to do what a quilter has to do!
Cheers~

Frizz said...

great fabrics. i would love to try to make a quilt myself but i'm not sure my sewing machine skills are up to par. i see your log cabin tutorial...hmmmm.

kelly mae said...

i've been coveting that letter fabric....go ahead...inspire me!

bananasforbreakfast said...

Loving Hello Betty, and I could do with a little Retail Therapy myself.

amandajean said...

lovely fabric choices!!!

Stephanie D. said...

Oh, good, you made me feel better about my few little fat quarters. Feel free anytime!

ranette said...

Oh Sarah's is one of my favorite places. My daughter lives in Lawrence and I go there everytime I visit her (she loves Sarah's too).

Lovely fabrics...enjoy them!

Allison said...

Looks like you had a fun time shopping!! What beautiful fabric. I've been wanting to go to Lawrence so I will have to make sure a trip to Sarah's is on the list of place to see.

RosaMarĂ­a said...

enjoy!!!, becose that's the reason they made money, fabric and fabric stores! and your fabrics are great!!!

Peg - Happy In Quilting said...

Oh I am glad you did....gorgeous and you always have tomorrow...LOL

stufenzumgericht said...

You've made a good choice!!! Thank you for your wonderful Heart-Pattern, that i've chosen to sew a little gift for my friend's wedding and posted it on my blog!
Yours, Martina

sewtakeahike said...

It's allllll good Jacquie! Your fabrics will last waaaaaay longer than any french toast I've ever met! AAAAAnd, Lawrence is too pretty a town to pass up anyway!

Sara said...

Jacquie:
I have not been able to track down any of that letter fabric. I'm interested if your offer still stands. Just send me an email.
Hope all is well.

jackie said...

When craft keeps us from our to do lists, I think it's a common theme! And when I saw that you mentioned Sarah's in Lawrence, my heart did a flip flop! I love that store, I always leave with more ideas than could be completed in one lifetime.

Liz said...

LOVE that new fabric!

Lauri said...

OK-I really HAVE TO KNOW! Who makes those two little prints and the other owl print? I HAVE TO have them!!!

You totally scored!