I usually document my purchases of fabric on my blog. I don't know why really. Maybe it is so that I ask myself, "when was the last time I bought something?," I can look it up.
When I went to Lansing, I noticed that there were two craft stores on my way from the freeway exit to the job site. There was a Michaels, a Hobby Lobby. I later discovered that there was a Joann's not too far away, and just a little more driving would take me to a quilt store. Yes, there were four, count them - four- places for me to shop! I haven't been buying many quilt supplies lately, mostly because I have too much already, so it was a little dangerous going to these places. But, yes, I did go to all of these places. After work, I would stop by at one of the places just to window shop, but I did pick up a little bit at each place.
I was tired, and I remembered that I didn't want to buy too much stuff, but I did realize that this isn't a touristy place, and I couldn't find the usual souvenir bricabrac, so I decided that I could buy souvenirs that would remind me of my Lansing journey in the form of fabric. My quilting budget would be spared!
When I went to the Joann, Michaels, and Hobby Lobby, I was disappointed in that they looked like the stores in my home state. In fact, they were smaller than the ones here, so there wasn't much there that I hadn't seen before. I also didn't have coupons with me and no time to find or print them, so that limited me even further.
Let me show you the souvenirs I got.
Since I was limiting fabric purchases to quilts I was actually making, I decided to look at ribbons and beads. Here are the things I got from the box stores. Yes it looks like I am going to have to work on my crazy quilts really soon. There are quarter yard pieces of different ribbons I can use on a crazy quilt. Some beads. A charm of a snake. On the bottom right, there are charms of elephants - that's my favorite purchase of the trip.
At the quilt store, there was more temptation there in the form of fabric. I allowed myself a few pieces since I was having a hard time deciding. There are two quarter yard pieces, two 5" packs, and a book to go along with the ribbons. In case you are wondering about the sashiko in the background, that's something Tanya made for me.
That's it. That's all I bought in the entire month! In case you are wondering about the progress of my Lansing Leaves quilt, I have started cutting the fabric.It looks pretty good as a table topper for the dining room set I got at a yard sale.