Monday, September 19, 2011
Welcome, Fat Quarter Shop!
The folks at Fat Quarter Shop know what they're doing. They've got a ginormously huge selection and all sorts of ways of shopping. If you have a wide range of tastes in fabrics, this is totally your kind of store. There's new releases in designer fabrics from big houses like FreeSpirit, Michael Miller and Robert Kaufman. No surprise there, right? That's mainly what I sew with. But there's also categories like Reproduction Fabrics, Batiks and Japanese Fabrics, including lots from the folks at Lecien (I'm a fan of their dots in particular).
As you can imagine, the Fat Quarter Shop believes in fat quarter cuts. They have bundles of most collections, available in fat quarters. But, goodness, you can also get Fat Eighths of their most popular collections! Little Apples is a case in point:
And, of course there are all sorts of Jelly Rolls, Layer Cakes, Charm Squares etc. since they stock a ton of Moda baked goodies. Personally, I like to buy 1/2 yard cuts. I try to tell myself that if I don't like it enough to want a 1/2 yard, I just don't like it enough. But, that logic falls apart when it comes to a collection. If you really adore a whole collection but don't want to spend a pretty penny, bundles are a nice compromise.
Alright, that's the lowdown, but I still haven't told you what I like most about Fat Quarter Shop. Here, let me show you...
See what I mean? Isn't the way that they make a mosaic of swatches to show a collection so very, very helpful? Taking it in like this really helps me pinpoint which are my favorites or how the colors relate to each other. Take Circo 1934...
This collection has so far released only in charm packs and the like. When I see it, sometimes I think "Gosh, I love it!" and other times I think I'll pass. I figure it all has to do with which prints show up on the top of the precuts! With Fat Quarter Shop's mosaic, I can see that I like the black and red prints - the sage not so much. In particular, the letter and number prints would be great additions to my stash, as well as the dots. There, I feel better now.
Today I'm in a kind of graphic mood, really loving the "word" prints and black/white combos. Here are a few other collections with prints that I'm feeling right now:
Turns out, Sweetwater has also made a collection for Christmas which you can find in Fat Quarter Shop's Christmas Cloth store. I like this toned down green they're using with the dark, brick red. Wait, is that sage? Hmm... darker than Circa 1934, but I'll admit to being fickle. Anyhoo, this one feels like a nice, modern holiday.
And speaking of, um, has everyone started sewing for the holidays already? I haven't even made an imaginary-gift-making list yet. I need to get on that. Or, wait, it's September? Still, I think you all are on the right track. If I'm not even dreaming yet, things could get dicey.
Maybe you'd like to order some Christmas cloth too? Or, maybe your tastes run far and wide? Someone's going to get lucky and take home a $50 Gift Certificate to Fat Quarter Shop! To enter, leave a comment telling me what I should make next. Yes, I know that's ridiculous, but I'm still feeling the high of yesterday's "what's next". So, let's just pretend that the sky's the limit. The great big, beautiful sky. What should I make next? What would you like to see at Stitched in Color? 1 comment per person and winner to be announced Wednesday afternoon!
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