Wednesday past was a glorious day – Remembrance Day. My friend Mary Ann and I decided to spend the day visiting Mahone Bay (to have lunch, visit Have A Yarn Wool Shop (if it was open), and to pick up a piece of used furniture she had seen on Kijiji,).
The day started off with dense fog here in Halifax but by the time we reached Chester the sky was clearing and in Mahone Bay it was sunny and warm – like 20°C warm.
We had lunch outdoors at The Biscuit Eater – mild enough to be without jackets. Then visited Have A Yarn – and of course I came home with a couple of balls of Sisu solid yarns (to fill in missing shades from my stash). We picked up the old table Mary Ann wanted.
Then on our way back to the highway we stopped at Heidi Wulfraat’s Woolworks shop.
She has some interesting yarns but her collection of Kaffe Fassett/Free Spirit Fabrics (the most complete in the province) is to drool over. The fabric collection is small compared to the quantity of bolts you’d see at Avonport Discount Fabrics (the other must go to fabric spot in Nova Scotia) but this is just about the complete collection of Free Spirit fabrics.
The collection is a lovely quality of quilting cotton. The prints, both large and small scale) are compelling. I spent quite a long time looking through each shelf. It was so tempting to pick out bolts but I already have one drawer in my stash with Kaffe Fassett/Philip Jacobs fabrics – I couldn’t make any decisions. In the end I did come home with a 21 piece fat quarter bundle to add to what I already have.
It’s one thing to go shopping with a quilt idea in my head – quite another to walk into a riot of colour like this and make any decisions! I had the same experience in New York in 2012 at the button warehouse we visited. I walked up and down the isles of buttons unable to pick out anything – what size? what colour? what quantity? Buttons are something you pick out after you have selected the fabrics and made decisions about what you’re making. A tailored shirt needs 11 small buttons, a wool jacket might look good with 5 large bright ones…. It’s the same with quilting fabric – do I want some fat quarters, half yards, full yard cuts? Or am I looking for a specific backing in which case I will need 2 metres. I just don’t know.
So I added some fat quarters to my collection of Kaffe Fassett fabrics:
Now I just need to think about what to make with them…. Decisions, decisions, decisions.
Portsmouth Fabric Company in New Hampshire USA also stocks the largest Kaffe Fassett collection, a riot of color. They sell fat quarter packs if you are undecided. Order online or visit their booth at the Vermont Quilt Festival (VQF.org) end of June. Portsmouth fabric displays several quilts of Fassett fabrics to inspire quilters.
Nice to know but out of reach for us here in NS. Right now, we’re not leaving the safety of our small province!
So enjoyed your article just now…..beautiful description of me when I explore a fabric store….and buttons, I love buttons!
Wow, what a dream it would’ve been to have tagged along with you and your friend for a wonderful outing, to take in the sights and then create treasures from the beautiful fabrics. It’s quite a hike from GA, but maybe some day….
God bless you and your endeavors….have a very Happy Thanksgiving 😊
We’d have loved to have you with us!
What a glorious Remembrance Day you had. I’m can only shop for fabric if I have a project for it — I don’t have much of a stash compared to most quilters because how do you buy if you have no idea what to do with it. The only stuff I stashed was the Canada 150 fabrics because I knew that was time limited. I have yet to design that quilt and get to work on it. Maybe this post will be a good incentive to start thinking about it.