September 29, 2010

What Makes Me Happy...

I'll tell you what makes me smile - what makes me happy. Fabrics...Moda Fabrics. Here are all the fabrics I need to create a new quilt. Two charm packs and six yards of coordinating fabric for sashes, binding and backing. Moda's "Happy" line will be perfect to make a beautiful lap quilt for myself or as a gift for someone else. (Don't look at the bottom of my blog, but there are only 86 days left until Christmas Day!) Honestly. Isn't this a cheerful fabric line?
Another option...Moda "Pure" charm packs and the entire line in fat quarters. I also have two charm packs of Moda basic white 5" squares that can be used in any design if I need more squares. I know this collection is going to become a quilt large enough to double as a tablecloth!

One of my sweet friends from Faith, Hope and Cherrytea blog left a comment on yesterday's post:

i do have a question ~ Donna did you really actually have a jelly roll of fabric that you had not unrolled to see what was in it? that is too unimagineable to me! WoW ~ you must have been WAY busy to let that sit undiscovered :) ... glad you liked what you found !

I'm so glad you asked, girlfriend! Actually, I have multiple jelly rolls, honey buns and dessert rolls that I've never opened. Now, if you're wondering why, I can explain.
Don't they look gorgeous all lined up in my studio cabinet drawers? Once I unroll them, I can never roll them back up so they look as nice, so this way they can sit snuggled in the drawer, teasing me, until I chose one to use. (I usually purchase a little coordinating yardage for future use, too.)

I love the flash of colors that greets me when I open the drawer. In this one, I have jelly rolls tucked in with honey buns along the leading edge of the drawer. Full.
In this one, a mix...jelly rolls and a honey bun that matches one of the rolls. Most of my polka dot fabrics live in this drawer until I pull them to use, too!
As long as I'm on a roll (Sorry. I couldn't resist), this is another drawer full of fat quarters and sweet treat boxes, each holding two different mini honey bun rolls.

Please don't contact medical professionals. I already know I have an addiction...a serious, incurable attraction...to fabrics and
sweet, little, rabbit-like puppy feet that grow into...
sweet, well-worn, good, old dog feet. Feet that tell you where they've been. Feet that have run or walked miles and miles more than I ever have. Feet that smell of freshly-cut grass, good earth, and...tacos. Really! Smell a dog's foot for yourself sometime. Kes' warm feet often remind me of the smell of tacos. Kessie's "taco feet".I had to take a sewing break yesterday, as I'm the official creator of concert posters and programs for the North Port Concert Band (and the North Port Orchestra). I needed to set up the template and create the program for the Band's first concert of the season. I finished the job, so I'll be able to get back to sewing today.
Just a quick reminder that today is the last day to sign up for my 500th Post Giveaway. If you haven't signed up yet, you only have until 9 pm (Eastern time zone) to enter. Click here to read about it if you want to participate.
I want to thank everyone who has been leaving comments for me, both for my daily posts and my giveaway post. I promise you that I have read each and every sweet thought you have shared with me. I really try to respond to everyone, but I hate to admit that time - and the recent volume of comments - have gotten away from me this month. I, regrettably, haven't been able to get back to all of you. I hope you won't hold it against me, and beg you to bear with me as I regroup and get back on track.

I am so grateful for all the new friends that have been visiting Brynwood, and I'm looking forward to getting to know each of you better - through your own blogs (which I do actually visit) and through our correspondences (especially if you don't have a blog). If you don't share your email address in your signature preferences, it's a little harder or impossible, to get back to you.
You can always leave your email address if you'd like a personal response.

I'll be back tomorrow. I'm sewing those giveaway quilts. I need to be able to ship them out soon! Don't worry. You'll all see photos of the quilts as soon as I can finish them!

27 friends clicked here to leave a note for me:

Patty C. said...

Have a great day
My dog doesn't smell like tacos - lucky you - roflol

DeeDee said...

Oh the envy I have for all those lovely fabrics..I too love the look of the little rolls all niceand neat...bits of each seperate fabirc sticking out...

you stash is as impressive as your finished works...lovely

loveing me some puppies feet too...hehehe!

have a great day Donna

Megan Chamberlain said...

You have such an amazing fabric collection, I would also just sit and look at them and not unroll them. I love the moda 'pure' the colours look wonderful. Give those precious little doggies a big hug from me, those little toes are so adorable.

Lululiz said...

This post is a fabricaholic's nightmare! Seeing all those beautiful fabrics and not being able to fondle them, lol, thats torture. You sure have an amazing collection.

Carol said...

I love your posts. My stash is in tubs and drawers. It takes longer to find what I want than to make a project. O well, the house is paid for so thats my silver lining when I long for more space.

dog paws. I'm telling you. I look at my Jack and love his jawls and floppy ears, put I am always telling my grandson to look at Jack's paws. Aren't they cute?
He thinks I'm nuts.

Sue said...

what a lovely collection of fabrics, they look so pretty all rolled up, aren't you worried they may fade a bit on the top if you keep them too long?

Loving the puppy paws too

Suzann said...

There is something beautiful and magical and mysterious about fabrics. I do love those jelly rolls - I don't know that I would open them either. They are so lovely just as they are.

The Farmer's Attic said...

I'm with you Donna on unrolling those Jellies. I finally broke down and unrolled one of mine and am working on a simple nine patch quilt. When I unrolled it, I was so thrilled at the beautiful fabrics that was a part of the collection. Silly aren't we?!?

My dog's feet always remind me of Swiffer dusters. On the top of her feet her hair grows about an inch beyond her toes and she has so much fur between her pads you can't even see her pads unless I trim it.

Have a wonderful day!!!

Lucy

lovetostitch said...

Those pictures of the drawers full made me drool....oops, guess you'll have to use that one next!! Wondering - when you buy a jelly roll, how much extra of a coordinate to you get if you don't have a project in mind, but love the fabric line? I love the precuts, just so I can get a little piece of each one!! Love that "Happy" fabric!! thanks

Jane said...

What beautiful fabrics. I love the cheeriness of the first group of fabrics you pictured, they will make a wonderful quilt. I always enjoy stopping by and seeing what wonderful project you're working on.
Jane

Deb said...

All those wonderful fabrics. I have a friend making a baby quilt out of the Pure line and it's just wonderful. And it's also nice to see another person who doesn't unroll their jelly rolls. I don't either. Like you, I love seeing them in their rolled form together. It's like eye candy, and when I finally do work with them, it will be like opening a Christmas package.

Jan M said...

Me and My Sister always has such happy fabric lines!
You would truly be happy if you, like me, lived close enough to visit Moda in person! I was once a neighbor with Mark Dunn, President and Owner. Now, as a shopowner, I often visit the Moda warehouse which is just a hop skip and jump from my current home. It is open only to wholesale customers, but I see rows and stacks of all those jelly rolls, honeybuns and other yummy fabric treats! Since most of my sewing is focused elsewhere, I truly admire watching creative quilters like you turn them into exquisite creations! Can't wait to see your next one.
Many mention their doggies' feet smelling like tacos or Fritos. My dog must not have received that trait!

Twyla and Lindsey said...

Donna, I enjoyed seeing your fabrics. I always thought it was a shame to undo those beautiful rolls too! Sweet little doggy feet! Have a nice day! Twyla

Claudia said...

First: yes, I always think my dogs' paws smell like corn chips. Same thing, I guess.

I love charm packs and jelly rolls and have been known to keep them in their pristine original condition for quite a while. They look so pretty!

xo
Claudia

Meri Wiley said...

I don't know Missy, I just don't think you're busy enough.......LOL Slow down a little, enjoy life.

Love ya'
Meri

Faerie Moon Creations said...

Such pretty fabrics! I get the same way when it comes to YARN!!! :) And look at those puppy feet. There is nothing sweeter than puppy feet. Even "adult" puppy feet - I love to play with them! :) Theresa

Brenda said...

Wish I had your stash! So pretty. I have never owned a jelly roll just a couple of charm packs. Such pretty fabric.

Faith Hope Cherrytea ~ said...

ok - now i get it!
thx for posting my '?' & glad to see it was cause for a post !!:))
would you happen to have the moda 'naturals' ? caught my eye on ebay last nite -& now that i see your 'candy' just thought you might have it too!!
have a tonne of FuN ~
now just going to make sure i'm in the draw for your FAB & GeNeRouS giveaway !!

Grandma Yellow Hair said...

OMG I have missed you honey!
Darn if you don't have an addiction..hahaha but a good one. The happiness you bring all of us with your work is certainly an excuse for your addiction.
Love love these pictures of your fabrics. Makes me feel like I am there with you in your beautiful studio.
I have been AOL myself for over a week and that is just not me but hopefully tonight I can do a post.
Just had to drop by for a minute and say hello and tell you how much I have missed you
Love ya
Maggie

Patty said...

I like you have a boat load of fabric but very few precuts, I've never use a jelly roll. I guess I'll have to give it a try.

Lovie said...

I have to open jellyrolls - have been known to open in the car after leaving the quilt store. I am a fondler of fabric, but there are worse habits to have. Alright I also have problems saving (hording) fabric, and create UFO's.
Tried the 12-step program for fabtric addicts - but its held at the local quilt shop - not sure that its helping, but I do help the local economy. LOL

Anne - Fiona and Twig said...

Girl, you a fabric hoarder!
And we are SO glad that you are, we get to share in your creative madness! ;-)

Hey, my dogs feet don't smell like tacos, wassup with that?

Createology said...

Wow, WoW and WOW!!! Your fabric collection rivals a fully stocked quilt store and is fabulous.
You are a busy lady with the band posters and such.
Fezzik and Kes are such a cute pair. I don't think I have ever smelled tacos but then I don't have a well cared for clean dog to actually smell. The neighbor dog Cali, a German Shepard, is very unkempt and I prefer not to smell her. LOL Happy quilting...

Sarah said...

I can so relate to the drawers of beautiful fabrics all in a row. I like to do the same with fat quarters or rolls. I have them in drawers and also in baskets. It's a little piece of art! ;-) Loved seeing yours. Thank you for sharing.
~ sarah

she dreams big! said...

Oh Donna, you are a gal after my own heart! You should see my fat quarter stash! Do you have an online source that you get your fabric or a local shop? Fabric is getting so expensive that I am looking for a less expensive source. Also, do you machine quilt your quilt tops yourself?

Congrats to the 2 lucky winners!

Michelle May said...

Fabric horder...I know who you are...hee,hee,hee.
xx, shell

MosaicMagpie said...

I have a jelly roll that I have not opened it is just too pretty the way it is.
Debbie

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