Monday, July 14, 2014

F.A.T. Saturday

The Fabric Acquisition Team (F.A.T.) was at large on Saturday. I was on a mission to find grey fabric for the sashing for Phil's quilt. As usual, I was accompanied by my faithful friend Marion (yes, we have been likened to the Lone Ranger and Tonto before).

First stop, Fabric Place Basement in Natick where I picked up six yards of solid black fabric for just $2! OK, I confess that I had a Groupon. They had a couple of grey fabrics but none of them looked right with my fabric choices (which I was smart enough to bring along for audition purposes), so I bought the black as a back up in case I couldn't find grey.

Second stop, Sewphisticated Discount Fabrics in Framingham. Whoever said that money couldn't buy happiness, had never bought fabric at Sewphisticated. It's the Marshalls of the fabric world. You can't go there with a plan, because you'll never know what you'll find. All of the quilting cotton is $3.99 a yard and remnants are $2.49 a yard. When I first started shopping there about ten years ago, all the fabric used to be $1.99 a yard!
F.A.T's newest members.
No grey fabric to be found at Sewphisticated, but I didn't leave empty handed. I LOVE that I can fill a bag with ten yards of fabric for $40. I always open the bolt, check for flaws and feel the fabric. There are always some losers mixed in with the winners, but if you know fabric, you'll enjoy the thrill of the hunt. The fabrics pictured above have good names on their selvages, including: LakeHouse, P&B, Benartex, and Hoffman. The batik at the upper left is not quilt store quality but is a pretty print with butterflies which will be used as a bag lining or as part of the back for my Scrap Wave quilt. With the exception of the black and white print, which features the Eiffel Tower, I'll probably use the other fabrics for bags too. I have grandiose plans of making bags for all my friends, the girls at work, and the three girls at the vet's office for Christmas. Notice, I'm not specifying if this will be Christmas of 2014 or Christmas of 2024.

A very brief stop at Joann Fabrics yielded this great lime green zebra print from the remnant bin at 50% off, my favorite sign!
I've definitely got plans for this fabric, so stay tuned!
In light of full disclosure, there was lunch at the Chinese restaurant (not a big surprise), although we tried a new one that we both liked, and another brief stop at the Button Box, although we didn't buy anything (have you fallen over?). I couldn't convince Marion to stop for ice cream on the way home, but Mike and I went out for a late dinner at the Yard House and saw a documentary about Whitey Bulger, aptly called Whitey. Not my particular cup of tea, but Mike was eager to see it.

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Pugs and kisses,


  1. Great acquisitions! I am not normally a Joann's fan but I like the lime green zebra. Never commit to a date someone may hold you to it! :D I would have had to stop for ice cream. Or frozen custard....oh my favorite.

  2. One of these days I need to make the pilgrimage to Framingham when I'm in need of a lot of material!

  3. Wow, $3.99 a yard! That's great! I think my fav is the red print (center righthand column) That's bold!