Sunday, June 5, 2016

Anniversary Stash


If you had asked me 17 years ago what I thought I might be doing on the eve of my 17th wedding anniversary, I feel pretty confident shopping for fabric with my husband would not have made the top 100.  Top 200...maybe.  Crazy how life changes.  But I'm happy to say that on the eve of our 17th wedding anniversary we were indeed fabric shopping together.

Let's start with my purchases.  One of my goals this week is to whip up two baby quilts for a couple that should be delivering twin girls any day.  I had two charm packs of fabric that I thought would be perfect, but I needed to pick up background and binding fabric.  I feel pretty certain that for the next few years their lives will be full of matchy matchy things, so I wanted to give them two unique quilts for their little bundles of joy.


For the first one, the charm pack is Windsor Lane by Bunny Hill for Moda.  I will be pairing it with Purple Haze Linen in Gray.  Since I'm still on my flange binding kick, I will be using the pink and blue fabrics to add a little bit of quilting bling to the projects.


The second quilt will use a charm pack of Atrium by Joel Dewberry (more on how I came to get this charm pack in another post) paired with Gray Weave by Moda Fabrics.  The binding will be made from the pink and purple fabrics.

Now for David's fabric purchases.  After finishing his first quilt Hawaiian Stepping Stones (you can read about it and check out our give away here) he was pretty excited to pick up backing and binding fabric.


He chose a blue green batik for the backing and the blue and orange for the binding.  I also grabbed a spool of Aurifil #3817 Variegated Marrakesh as a possible quilting option.

Right after he started piecing Hawaiian Stepping Stones he had another idea for fabrics he wanted to use.  His idea was based on one my favorite summertime treats...Orange Creamsicle Bars.  He wanted his background fabric to be a bright brilliant turquoise and the block fabrics to be in oranges and whites/off whites.  Hmmm, that just might work.  It's a color combination I would have never really thought to play with, but I said hey go for it!  He felt he found the blue of his dreams today so without hesitation he picked oranges and whites as well..


The next item on the shopping list was a background fabric for a quilt he wants to make using batik charm packs.


The charm packs are Tonga Treats Citrus and Painter.  His idea was to pair them up with a yellow background.  Again I scratched my head.  Yellow would not have been my first choice.  He actually auditioned several different colors today; whites, gray, and even a light green.  But he decided on Dimples by Andover Fabrics in Yellow.  I have to say I can't wait to see where it goes.


The last purchase makes me smile.  I would consider this his first "stash" purchase.  Fabrics he first saw in a Hancock's of Paducah magazine and loved.  Fabrics he knows he wants to use, but just doesn't quite know how yet.  He's learning.

Now it's time to go sew some of this fabric up because it's definitely not going to sew itself.


Today I'm linking up with Sunday Stash.

18 comments:

GypsyMoonQuiltCo said...

Happy anniversary, Tish! Love seeing all the photos of you and your husband. Your charm packs and coordinates are just beautiful - and I can't even get over those gorgeous batiks! You guys make a fantastic quilting duo. :)

Jennifer Fulton Inquiring Quilter said...

My husband fabric shops with me too! But he doesn't make quilts, he just loves to encourage me to make quilts for him. I love that your dh is creating a stash. How wonderful!

Nancy J said...

I can see your man is hooked on this, and starting a stash so soon, maybe he needs a large cabinet already. I do like all his choices, and am waiting to see the new fabrics in another quilt. Congrats on the anniversary, I could not have imagined what we would be doing together after 54 years!!! 1962 seems so far away now.

Sandra Walker said...

This post just makes me smile and smile. I love the collage of the two of you over the years, especially love the photo of you with the artwork (what's the story on that? Do tell) and love where you are today...in a quilt shop together, but each buying your own fabrics for your own projects! It's truly wonderful. Hey: the couple that quilts together stays together"...how's that for a 17th anniversary motto?! I love that David is already switching out the background for a deeper colour, and picking threads, binding and backing...I firmly believe that every human needs some sort of creative outlet to be a better person, you know? Adding beauty to the world. You two definitely have some beauties of projects going on here with all this eye candy. :-)

Lisa J. said...

I can't think of a better way to spend your anniversary...both doing something you love. Great purchases you made. David's colour choice is one I make all the time...love blue and orange together...and yes it will be a summer creamsicle. Will he start blogging in the future?

Stitchin At Home said...

A splendid way to enjoy your anniversary. David has a style all his own and it is going to be fun watching him grow. Love your choices for the baby quilts.

Joy said...

I bought some Bee Creative last month. I'll be making cushion covers for my living room with half square triangles.

thebiasedge said...

Happy anniversary. Glad you spent your anniversary with the ones (hubby and fabric) you love dearly. LOL

Sew Much For Free Time said...

Awwww, another great post! Happy anniversary! We just celebrated 20 years last week. Hard to fathom! I can't wait to,see that Orange Dreamscicle quilt. It's going to be fabulous!

Yvonne @ Quilting Jetgirl said...

He really is going to need his own blog... (!!!)

I hope that the baby quilts come together smoothly, quickly, and in time to gift to the new babies. :)

Moneik said...

Oh how awesome that he's sharing your passion with you. We went on a quilting honeymoon 8 years ago and went to 30 different quilt shops. My hubby isn't a quilter, but we spent an equal amount of time in 8 Bass Pro Shops/ Cabelas. It's all about compromise and sharing.

desertskyquilts said...

I loved this post. My DH, too, made some quilts later in his life, and always had great advice when I was stumped on something. He was my fixer of all things that break, as well. It's wonderful that you two are sharing this love, and his colors look like great choices. Happy anniversary! And I liked your idea of making different quilt colors for the twins. One thing I hear a lot from twins is a struggle for individuality. None of them want not to be a twin, but all of them seem to need something that is also individual. Good call from you!

Marlene said...

Happy Anniversary Tish. How wonderful to be able to share the quilting love with your husband and I can imagine you never in your wildest dreams thought you would be fabric shopping with your husband on the eve of your anniversary. What fun and I do like his fabric choices. Lovely fabrics for the twns quilts and look forward to seeing the quilts.

Marla said...

Happy Anniversary! You two had quite the shopping spree. I'm looking forward to seeing your new projects.

Rachel said...

Sounds like a great anniversary! Lovely fabrics all around, but I especially like that Atrium set!

kupton52 said...

Happy Anniversary...17 years...wow...you guys are still babies! 44 for the Mister and myself. Your hubby may be a kindred spirit....I just bought 8 charm packs and yardage of the Bee Creative fabric myself! I, too, have an inkling of how I want to use them. Have a great week, Tish...

Lara B. said...

You two are just the sweetest! Happy Anniversary Tish and David! It looks like you had a marvelous time together fabric shopping and I expect there will be many fun hours together planning and working on quilts!

Paige said...

Happy Anniversary! How sweet! you both made excellent selections! I'm going to read about that flange binding!

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