Monday, February 3, 2014

Free Fabric Shopping

Having both the availability to go to my daughter's house and the ability to paint it with some degree of skill struck me as things to be grateful for. It's really rather lovely to both be in charge of my own schedule and to have an expensive skill.

I arrived in Calgary on the Friday afternoon and we got right to work painting the ceilings. It had to be done. Twice. Once in each direction. The previous owner was a chain smoker and everything - and I mean EVERYTHING - was covered in nicotine. It ran yellow from the walls, the blinds, the tiles, the doors. Talk about gross. By Thursday night, we'd painted all the ceilings, walls, and closets throughout the entire house except for the entryway, the stairs, and the upstairs hallway. I hate touching up so we left those to make it easier for moving in and I finished them on Monday.

The second Friday, we washed all the baseboards and doors and thoroughly cleaned the bathroom and kitchen cabinets, polished the mirrors, washed the floors, and vacuumed the carpets in every direction running the wand around the edges to suck up any stray bits and pieces. My grandson is amazing at finding any wee small bit left on the floor and I swear he can get to it faster than I can.

Quite a few evenings, my daughter and son-in-law ran back and forth between the old apartment and the new house moving boxes while I babysat. It was great. I got a lot of grandbaby snuggles. On the second Saturday, the furniture moved and they were finally in one place. My grandson is adjusting to a room of his own and Ms. Chloe puppy settled in just fine. She has a view out the back from the kitchen window and out the front from the couch and she's busy people watching. All is good. They are thrilled to be in their own, much larger, space.





On the 26th, I planned to meet up with Mary for fabric shopping and dinner. We met at the Elbow Fabricland at 2:30, shopped, and then went to the Fisher Fabricland, shopped, closed the place down, went for dinner, and talked and talked and talked and talked. It was 8:30 by the time I took her back to her car. WHAT FUN! One thing I love about sewing and the internet is fabric friends. No matter where I go, there are people I have something in common with. I love meeting new people and talking about my favorite subject. This is the second time that Mary and I have met and we plan to do it again. We have a similar approach to sewing and a similar level of expertise. That makes for great conversations.





And - of course - I bought fabric. The timing was perfect. Fabricland was having their annual buy one meter and get one, two, or three meters free depending on the fabric sale. You can mix and match. Above, I bought 2 meters each of unknown fiber at buy one meter and get three meters free. From left to right, they appear to be shirting, wool blend suiting, stretch shirting, and cotton. $3.50 per meter.





Top to bottom is 2 meters of 60" grey wool suiting with sparkle and colored flecks bought in bargain center for $5.00 per meter, 2 meters of 60" black cotton voile to practice painting and stenciling on bought at $4.20 per meter, 3 meters of 60" jacquard bought at $4.20 per meter, and 3 meters of 60" striped denim bought at $4.80 per meter.





Top to bottom is 4 meters of 60" rayon bamboo knit bought at $9.00 per meter, 2.4 meters of a prissy floral rayon print that I've been looking at forever - because it's too prissy for me to wear in public only now I'm going to make pajama pants with it - bought at $5.00 per meter, 2 meters of 60" turquoise purple slinky knit bought at buy one meter and get three meters free or $3.75 per meter, and 2 meters of 60" purple printed denim bought at buy one meter and get one meter free or $12.00 per meter.

Some of these prices are more than you're used to seeing me pay. That's partly because prices have gone up and partly because I didn't actually pay for these fabrics. In the end, I parted with a total of $4.10 and the rest was a gift from my daughter and son-in-law for painting. They gave me a BIG gift certificate that combined with two smaller ones made for a fabulous day of free fabric shopping.

The rayon bamboo knit was meant to be my big splurge. I loved the color and pattern and feel when I saw it at the first store. It was $18.00 a meter less 20% which is WAY more than I normally pay so I decided to splurge on it as a souvenir only when we got to the second store, the exact same fabric was buy one meter and get one meter free. Hello. I think not so I asked for a refund and they gave it to me. The cashier recognized me from previous shopping trips. Hmm... apparently I'm note worthy - LOL. She says it's because I'm friendly and come in wearing clothes I've sewn from fabric she recognizes.





In the very first picture, second from the bottom is a black fabric. It's an embroidered, light weight, wool coating with the detail along the selvage. It's black black not greyed out like in the image above. I bought four meters in the bargain center for $5.00 per meter.





My daughter and I went back on Tuesday to buy sheet fabric for my grandson's nursery. When he was born, there wasn't enough space in the apartment for him to have his own room so they are only now having the fun of decorating. His room is a mix of blues and tans and different prints with white trim. We bought six meters of cotton at $5.00 per meter for sheets. It's a really nice quality and washed up beautifully, very soft. The sheets will be my first project as soon as I...

... finish painting. When I arrived back home, the renovations were at the painting stage. On Saturday, I painted the bedroom a wonderful charcoal grey copied from my daughter's master bedroom. On Sunday, I painted the bathroom the same green as my studio and put one coat of turquoise in the bedroom closets. Today, I'll do the second coat and start painting the hallway. I wanted to move the bathroom vanity down the stairs first because I really, Really, REALLY hate touching up.

I can hardly wait to sew. It's been FOREVER.

Talk soon - Myrna

Grateful - safe travels, painting skills, fabric friends, family and lots of grandbaby snuggles

20 comments:

  1. YOU'RE BACK! :)

    Hope you had a wonderful holiday.

    What is this Fabricland you speak of? I need to go there!!! :)

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    1. LOL - I am. And I had a wonderful "working" holiday.

      Fabricland is a chain of fabric stores across Canada. We have one in Kamloops and there are two close to where my daughter lives in Calgary. Average quality. Not high end but good for my life. In the US, it would be similar to Joanne's only less crafty.

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  2. I'm so glad that everything went well at your daughter's and that you had great "grandma" time with the baby. I also reread your last post and responses and am glad to hear that Howard is doing so much better. But I'm really thrilled at all of the "free" fabric that will be joining your studio. I see lots of awesome days ahead as you work with your new creative inspiration. Hope the trip home wasn't too much! Glad you're back!

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    1. It did go well and we got a lot done. The Grandma time was great. When I phoned the other day, he "answered" with a squeal. VERY fun. The things we can do with call display. Howard IS doing better but it's still quite painful and difficult for everyone. Pain affects so many things. At least he's getting attention and treatment and there is hope. I am REALLY thrilled about my free fabric too. I've been painting for the past three days and dreaming up ideas but as you know fabric tends to go into the stash and ripen first. I traveled on a good day, no snow, and stopped to have a long visit with a friend who lives in a town a couple hours away. All in all it was a good trip and I'm glad to be home... even if I'm painting here too - LOL.

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  3. Sounds like a fun and busy trip. Painting, baby snuggles, fabric buying, visiting with your family - lots going on. Looking forward to seeing what (and how) you create with your new fabrics.

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    1. VERY busy. Exhausting. I'm looking forward to seeing what I create too. For now, all I know is it's sheets next.

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  4. Sounds like you had fun of both the family and the fiberly type. Glad you're back and can't wait to see what you do with your new fabrics. What a neat reward for the painting.

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    1. I planned the meet-up with Mary for that Sunday because I was pretty sure we'd all need a break from each other by then and it worked out wonderfully. We got a lot done and they're nicely settled and I'm glad to be home with all my FREE fabric. It was a fabulous thank you gift.

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  5. Too prissy, huh? You're funny :-)

    Glad you're back - you've been missed!

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    1. Small roses on a "mature" woman. Sounds prissy to me - LOL. Thanks for missing me.

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  6. I'm glad that you had a good time. Welcome back, looking forward to your new creations.

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    1. Right now, the only new creations I have are colored walls. This is an accomplishment considering my motivation is getting it over with so I can sew. I'm contemplating Marcy's Vogue 8934 coat out of one of the fabric but I think I want to try rusting it so I'm not sure if I'll do that next or not. We'll see.

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  7. Great to have you back!!! They sure gave you a perfect "thank you" gift. All of us will enjoy seeing what you make with the fabric. I don't know what you mean by "rusting it", so can't wait for you to do that.

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    1. LOL - thanks. And you know how I love sharing the process.

      I've never rusted fabric before so I'm vague on the process but you take objects that will rust and bind them to the wet fabric (which I think contains vinegar but I'm not sure) and let it sit and transfer the rust to the fabric. It'll take on shapes like circles or just lines and often comes up a dark blue or a brown-ish color. My friend Patti does a lot of it so I'm going to ask her for more details today and decide if now is okay or if it'd be better to wait to work outside.

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  8. Family, Friends, and Free Fabric = FUN!

    Glad to see you are back, Myrna. You were missed in blogland. :)

    Carrie

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    1. Thank you. I'm really happy to be home. I'm going on another trip end of February to Sew Expo but a whole month to be in the studio sounds good even with intermittent painting.

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  9. ahh im enjoying your shopping as much as you as im on a fabric diet imposed by hubby LOL.

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  10. Nice to have you back! :). Your DD is VERY lucky to have a willing mom who is skilled at painting! I am sure your heart was full as you helped them settle into their new home...and the gift of fabric as a reward for your help is just beyond perfect!

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