Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Not Guilty

The Fed Ex truck stopped in front of  my house the other day. Valentine's Day to be exact. I had heard it was coming, but didn't know quite what to expect or when. I started to hyperventilate when I opened the box.

Look - it's full of fabric! Pretty fabric!



I know we all have way more fabric than we need and we feel guilty about buying more (even though we still do), but this fabric came with absolutely NO guilt!  Can you believe it? As a very nice gesture for using some of their fabric in my quilts in the new book, Marcus Brothers sent me the new Judie Rothermel line - Bancroft - along with fabric from her recent Civil War Chronicles line and a whole bunch of Bonnie Blue Basics designed by Paula Barnes of Bonnie Blue Quilts. How lucky am I?

It's a wonderful thing to acquire fabric without having any guilt associated with it. I didn't have to hide it in the trunk until my husband went to bed or "misplace" the credit card bill after I shopped . . . (None of this ever works anyway, since he's my personal accountant and the CFO of my business, LOL. I can't hide anything from him.)


No Sirree - I have absolutely no guilt over this and am just enjoying my good fortune. I have always loved Judie Rothermel's reproduction fabrics and save small pieces from some of her older lines to put in my new quilts. Do you notice? Some people do and I often get asked about a certain fabric and have to tell them no, you can't find it in stores anymore, it's about 7 years old. I've  just been hoarding it for the right quilt. I wonder what I'll make with all of this? Stay tuned for that in the coming months. I'm a little overwhelmed right now to actually cut into any of it. I'm very busy just stroking the yardage.  

Here are some closer shots of the fabrics. Not an ugly one in the bunch. Notice all the lovely browns  . . .



Brown and  blue

Brown and blue and red . . .


This one is one of my favorites.  Brown and pink . . .

Red and blue and  . .  . brown. Is someone trying to tell me something??

Isn't this red and brown stripe beautiful? I love it.

Now I'm just playing. I'll mix this with this, and that with that . . .

Can you see the wheels turning??

The Civil War Chronicles line is in shops now and Judie's Bancroft  line will be in shops the beginning of March. I'm grateful I got to have a peek first. See the entire line of fabric here.

Wish me well. I have a feeling I'm spoiled now and every time I see a Fed Ex truck on my street I'll be tempted to jump in front of it and ask if they have any fabric on board. Is it for me? Is it for ME??

46 comments:

Litamora's Quilt & Design said...

So many gorgeous fabrics! Can't wait to see the quilts you'll make of them :o)
Happy sewing,
Laila

Elyte said...

O Kathy, lucky you. I am green from my toes to my nose!
In your brown and blue photo, the top fabric is brown with a scroll type pattern with some blues added. I have not seen that one before. Would you know the range that it belongs to?

Country Log Cabin Quilter said...

I wish I was a quilt designer! That fabric is so gorgeous! I'll have to plot how to get some. Some of your ideas might work.....

Impera_Magna said...

Wow... your birthday, anniversary and Christmas presents all in one package just for you to enjoy!!!

Jacque. said...

ohmygosh! How fortunate for you...and such fab prints! Love it all. Looking forward to seeing what you do with it.

Cheryl said...

Uh, ah, oh my! Such eye candy! I particularly love what looks to be the Bancroft fabric line. Must get me some of that!!

Me and My Stitches said...

Jealous!!!!!

Kathleen Tracy said...

The brown and blue is from Judie Rothermel's new line - Bancroft - which will be in shops in March.

Denise said...

Yum, Yum, Yum.....I am doing the Civil War Chronicles and have some of the fabric "leftover" from the first two blocks, but I won't dare to use any of it until after the quilt is finished.....so I will have to watch and see what you make with yours and drool until December when I can use mine! That certainly was a great treat and after seeing you new book I think you deserve it!

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Wow what gorgeous fabric! I would be hyperventilating too!

Ingrid said...

I can just imagine what fun you're having with that fabric! Enjoy!!!

QUILTING IS BLISSFUL, DI said...

You start designing and i will start collecting those fabrics--they are truly lovely!!!
and a nice surprise for you!!!!
Hugs, Di

Sue said...

Wow! You are lucky! I love every one of those fabrics!! Judie Rothermel's fabrics are some of my favorite and I buy them just to look at them. I don't know if I'll every use them LOL

Cheryl's Teapots2Quilting said...

Wow! What fun! I've just started collecting more Civil War fabrics for the Civil War quilt on Barbara Brackman's blog. PS: I live in Illinois, too.

Dora, the Quilter said...

Those are absolutely gorgeous. I used lots of the Rothermel fabrics in my Mark Twain quilts.
I'm so glad they honored you with such a gift. I'd be sitting and stroking them too!!!

Merilyn said...

What wonderful eye candy, there is so much you could almost bathe in it or roll around in it LOL!!! I'm a big fan of Judy R's fabric lines and cannot help myself when a new line comes out, and I never feel guilty either!!!! Have fun creating, so there could be a new book in it too!!!??? We'll wait patiently.......LOL

QuiltGypsy Mermaid said...

oh how pretty! I just love civil war prints!!!

Ann's Quilting - Journey said...

Oh my gosh Kathleen, what a beautiful range of fabrics, I wish the Fed Ex truck could have stopped at my house!!! I can't wait to see what lovely quilts you will make from these. I am still enjoying reading your new book!!

ytsmom said...

Beautiful fabric. Lucky you!

Miranda said...

That's the best Valentine present ever! Now you can create.....

Leeanne said...

Yum!!!Do you have a link of where we could buys thoses yummies from?

Elyte said...

Thanks Kathy

Maria said...

I understand how you might be feeling right now, I have some Marcus Brothers'fabrics, the civil war chronicles and tribute, and I'm doing the Barbara brackman's BOM, I also bought your book adelaide, waiting to receiving it and start sewing. Congratulations and Happy quilting in St valentine's day.
regards

Sol Mary said...

Que lindas las telas...yo tambien tengo muchas telas y seguimos comprando.. escondiendo las facturas y las tarjetas de crédito de los maridos jajaj..que las disfrutes..un beso.

marian said...

oh WOW lucky YOU!!! golly gosh i'm salivating over all that lovely fabric and you know what you really do deserve them...ENJOY!!

Gloria said...

You deserve them! Enjoy without guiltness, lucky you!!!

June said...

I heard a lady say recently that she didn't like Civil War fabrics because she thought they were too "depressing". Wow! She should see these! Thanks for showing these beautiful Judie R. fabrics!

kelley said...

That is one wonderful box of Valentine's treats...how can you choose which piece to start with?

As always, love your books and the inspiration they give me to stitch and stitch...

Jeanne Lex said...

Lucky you, Kathy ~ What a wonderful surprise !

Connie204 said...

What fun your going to have.

Appalachian Quilts said...

Lucky...lucky! The possibilities abound! Have fun!!!!

justducky65 said...

What a nice surprise! I am so jealous - they are something else. I know you probably have all kinds of ideas for them going around in your head. I would just sit and play with the pieces for a few days (weeks maybe) before I would be able to cut into them.

Kathleen Tracy said...

That's exactly how I feel! I just want to play with them a lot before I cut.

Mary said...

Judie's are my very favorites and have been for years! She does such a wonderful job on her fabrics. They're perfect for small (or medium or large, for that matter) quilts!

Micki said...

Those fabrics are absolutely gorgeous! I would be excited too!
Micki

Kathleen Tracy said...

Here's a link to shops that carry Marcus fabrics. Just click on your state.

http://www.marcusfabrics.com/cgi-bin/fabricgallery/directory.cgi

Darlene's Quilts and Stuff said...

You are one lucky girl but deserving. The fabrics are fantastic love all of the colors too.
Darlene

Pat said...

SCRUMPTIOUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

QuiltinMama said...

Lucky girl! Loved the gold and purple!!

Elin said...

Is it possible???
You are indeed lucky, but I guess it's because you deserve it, right?

Kathleen Tracy said...

I think we ALL deserve ALL the fabric in the world . . .

Carin said...

You lucky one !! Those fabrics are just beautiful.

A Plain Path said...

What a great package...I love the civil war prints. I'm participating in the Civil War Chronicles block of the month through the Fat Quarter shop. I love the first three fabrics that came with my block last month and looking forward to this month's arrival, including the backing fabric!!

Radka said...

Lucky lady! So many nice "sweets":))

Jantine said...

Lucky you indeed! I see that you started cutting in them already, well done! You need something to sew to stay alive! Those fabrics are gorgeous indeed! You deserve them, do you know that?

Karen said...

I'm crazy about the opportunity to have a one-in-a-million, blue moon chance at winning a copy of your American Doll Quilt book. I have soooo many scraps that need to be in a small quilt. Karen ksconnect@mtelco.net

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