Well, you know how that went; the instant I crossed the threshold, I was toast. TOAST, I tell ya'!!! How can anybody walk into a quilt shop and walk out without some yummy fabric???? I DON'T EVEN SEW!!! But, the colors and textures of fabrics lure me in like a siren callin' to sailor. *hangs head in shame*
What saved me the other day? A "honey-bun". If you're not a quilter, or seamstress, you may not be aware that you can purchase "rolls" of fabric strips from collections of Moda fabrics. There are "jelly-rolls", layer cakes, and whatnot. Sound yummy? Oh, baby, you have no idea. Fabric is the most delicious eye candy!
When I very first started stamping (nearly 2 decades ago) the "country" look was in–rag doll images, folk stars and hearts, including images and sentiments related to quilting itself, etc. And I would buy calico yardage and cut it with a rotary cutter into strips and use it as a substitute for ribbon on my cards.
I was accumulating a lot, and while I had also dreamed of making strip quilts, I knew that would never happen . . . it wasn't instant gratification enough for me. So . . . I sold all that yardage off when we moved to E. Washington. And, I never set foot inside a quilt shop again. That was about 14 years ago.
Flash forward to this week . . . I had to run downtown to pick up a gift certificate at the local deli for the Mr.'s boss's birthday . . . and I had to pass by the quilt shop to get there . . . and it was "open" . . .
Imagine my delight to discover something I hadn't ever seen before: A honey-bun. Of fabric. Strips 1.5" wide, with delicately pinked edges, wound into rolls of exquisite color combinations and patterns. With just one honey-bun, I could have an entire collection of pretty patterns at my disposal.
I was a good girl; I limited myself to just one bun. This time. *wink* I'm in a fall mood, so I settled on one called "Nostalgia" that has beautiful earthy reds, pumpkins, cream, blue-grey, moss, and walnut tones. It looks gorgeous with our Nutmeg card stock! I removed a single strip and used it to adorn 5 color-coordinated thank-you cards. And, I still haven't finished using up just that one strip!
And, I pretty much PIMPd when I realized that some recently purchased Washi tape coordinated well with it, too . . . Ohhhhhhhhhhhhh . . .*bouncing* . . .
Credits- Images:"Thanks" (one of my all time personal favoritest stamps ever in the history of the world) by A Muse Artstamps; Woodgrain Background by Hero Arts; Nutmeg Card Stock by A Muse; Oatmeal (Kraft) Card Stock (used to make the shipping tag) by Astro-Converters; Patterned Paper from "Basics" Collection by Basic Grey; Button by Foofala; Paper Flower by Prima Marketing Co.; Versamark Ink Pad; Chocolate Fresh Ink by Impress; Clear Embossing Powder; Chocolate hemp (craft store supply); Ruffled Suede ribbon by May Arts