Previews for 2010: the New Year's fabric
So, knowing about the box of summer 2009, here's the rest. A little over a year ago, Jeff and I flew out to Hawaii to visit Brad and Alice, who were living outside of Hilo, Hawaii at the time. While we were there, Alice took me to Dragon Mama, a futon shop in Hilo that also carried a gorgeous array of fabric for sewing and quilting. I'd known about the store ahead of time and had made a point to browse through the fabric shops in Huntsville and Atlanta to know what I had access to locally. I wanted to be able to recognize fabric I couldn't get at home when I saw it.
The answer? 'Everything they carried.'
When I found out recently that Brad and Alice were about to move back home to Vancouver, I asked Alice if she'd be willing to make one last shopping run for me. I sent them money via paypal, asked her to use it to buy fabric and ship it, and to keep some for herself.
These arrived on my doorstep this week. I celebrated because I only had one of these fabrics -- the pink print with tiny birds in photo #2 -- and it was a fabric I'd liked, used heavily, and was sorry to see the end of. Fate seems to have decided to put it in my hands yet again.
I love many of the fabrics Dragon Mama sells. They are not the Stereotypical Asian Fabric you often see, and it's been fun to make contact with Chinese and Japanese speakers to confirm that these fabrics do indeed carry meaningful, coherent messages. I've enjoyed working with the fabrics for the past year, and it seemed worth incurring some up-front cost to get access to a little more before I lost easy access. It temporarily pads the stash, but I'll use the fabric, and if I hadn't bought it, I'd regret it eight, nine, ten months from now.
Jacob's Christmas fabric
When Jacob showed up for New Year's, he brought a present. Raise your hand if you don't see this coming.
In for a penny, in for a pound
So, of course, while he was visiting, Patches and Stitches had their year-end sale. By the point I'd admitted defeat and acknowledged that I was making my fabric purchases for the year. I said, "Wanna go?" and he said "Sure!" So I gave him carte blanche -- within reason -- and he picked out fabrics he thought suited me well.
Clearly, I need to get to work.