We live in exciting times. For many of us, the daily rhythms of our lives are subtly changing almost daily. How often do you go shopping in the mall today versus a year ago? 5 years ago? One of the big changes in my life over the last few years is buying fabric online. What a world of possibilities! It’s not just the variety of fabric that I can find, but also the way I can explore what is out there, find styles that appeal to me, learn about the designers, study the trends, make new connections with shops far away in physical distance but close to me in aesthetics.
I’m also thrilled to explore the new precut fabric available. My current love is charm packs. I love the way you can get 42 pieces of a complete design collection, cut in perfect 5 inch squares for under $10.00. Here are a couple of the quilts I’ve made lately from charm packs. They may look different. but the pattern is the same.
The quilts are for sale in my shop here The pattern, Easy as a Charm Quilt, I’m still working on, but it should be available in the shop by August.
I am with you regarding the online shopping. Five years back, I never bought quilting supplies online. Any more, I mostly shop online, as I have found that I can save money, avoid sales tax, have a greater selection, and not drag my two young ones on a shopping excursion.
Hi Afton, The only times I’ve been disappointed with online purchases have been when the colors didn’t match or the design was larger or smaller than I expected. My children used to dread a trip with mom to the fabric store. They knew it would take forever to get the fabric selected and cut.
G’day Jamie. Yes, the possibilities are endless when it comes to buying fabric online. I have bought so much over the last few years from either interstate and even overseas. Charm packs are fabulous and I also love layer cakes. I have made a few projects from jelly rolls also. I love both of your quilts. As much as I love bright colours, I think it’s the darker one I am drawn to. Take care. Liz…
Thanks, Liz! Making friends with you all the way in Australia is another big wonderful expansion of my life 🙂 Jelly rolls and layer cakes are in the works for me, too, I think, as soon as I’m done the charm infatuation. The darker quilt has American Civil War Era (1860’s) reproduction fabrics. I like that one, too.