Do you have a system when you go into a quilt shop? I do, I look at fabrics, look at the books, look at the fabrics, go to the notions, look at the fabrics. Buy stuff. It takes ages you know.
I just have to tell you about this new Clover thimble. Check it out! Very soft flexible rubber sheath with the metal top. It doesn't slip off! I no longer have to huff and puff into the thimble to make it stick to my finger. It doesn't fly off, it's comfortable, light and it comes in three sizes. I really wanted the shocking pink one to fit but I had to go to large since I have a big knuckle.
Next stop was Cottage Quiltworks. It was their opening day after relocation. More gorgeous fabrics, wonderful light with the floor to ceiling windows and next door, they have a very large classroom. There were a lot of fabulous fabrics and the staff there are very welcoming and friendly. It was a lovely visit and even better they have a 30% off sale until the end of the month. Go visit if you're in the area.
I spent a good part of yesterday washing and ironing this lot, now I'm well enough to go spend time in the sewing room playing with it.
I went through a brief debate with myself about not washing fabric anymore because of the time and effort. We have dye catchers and other products to prevent bleeding that work very well. I soon realised that for applique, when using freezer paper templates, the sizing on the fabric prevents it from sticking on for long, now it's back to washing.