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I'm in a very cheery mood today - even only getting four hours of sleep last night thanks to a little deer tick freak out and waking up to my husband overflowing the dishwasher with suds a la Bobby Brady hasn't dampened my good vibe! I think it's the well-on-our-way to summer weather combined with my crazy schedule the past few weeks leveling out finally, and the fact that the DH left this morning for a few months of TDY (temporary duty for those of you who aren't fluent in milspeak ; ) Some of you probably think that sounds terrible to say I'm glad he's off, but I find that I love having him home, I can manage having him away, but I hate the week leading up to the transition. The anticipation of the shift and all the extra last minute tasks always seem to unbalance everything, so having it behind me means life can settle back into a steady routine peppered with a few care packages to send (and honestly, a LOT less laundry to do!) until he gets back.
Ok, so many of you have asked me if there was a way to follow Berry Barn Designs via email, and I am pleased to announce that now there is! Just over to the right under my mini-bio, you should see "Subscribe via Email" with a little box where you can sign up for updates. If you join my email list, you will receive a weekly email with links to any new content I've posted.
I also went ahead and made the jump from my old [ancient] cell phone to a new smartphone as a little Mother's Day gift to myself because I was tired of missing out on all the quilting/sewing goodness happening on IG. If you're on Instagram and want to follow along, you can find me @berrybarndesigns. Slowly starting to get the hang of posting there, but already so glad I joined - just in time to see all the Spring Quilt Market amazingness the last few days!
And since Sunday Stash is really about new sewing supplies and not just me finally emerging from the dark ages, here's a little new-to-my-studio peek:
The yellows and reds are my April and May Stash Stack Club arrivals from Pink Castle Fabrics - neither of them are well represented in my stash, so both will be very useful.
And this is from the Doodles Collection at Jo-Ann's (should I be embarrassed that when I just looked it up, I see it's from the "juvenile fabric" selection?). I saw it while loading up on Kona last week and loved the print and the weight. I want a sleeveless or cap sleeve dress from it - something structured, maybe a sheath, maybe more 1950s fitted-bodice-full-skirt? I don't know what I'll make with it yet, but I just really love navy and the fun bold print. Last summer's Miette Skirt was such a great color infusion and my first real foray into any kind of dressmaking, so I want to follow it up but with something simple. But now I need a pattern - any suggestions??
Linking up with Molli Sparkles' Sunday Stash.
I completely understand what you mean about TDY; the transition and saying goodbye is always way more stressful than either side. In terms of your fabrics, I really need some help in the reds in my own stash, so I am definitely having some envy of your new collection there! And juvenile? No worries there! I *love* to make baby quilts because I love all those super cute fabrics, myself!!! :)
Thank you, Yvonne - by the time he left this morning I was like, "Just go already [now that I have six soaking wet sudsy bath towels to wash!@#!]" lol. But this is a very short TDY, so he'll be back to fill up the laundry basket in no time. I love red, though I never buy it when I'm in a fabric store - the club is really filling in holes for me this year nicely!
I am exactly the same as you and Yvonne when it comes to red fabrics. I really like red, it was once my fave fave fave colour, and now I find I am never attracted to red fabrics! It is a mystery to me, but I think I'm always wanting the red to be a bit deeper. I'll take some inspiration from some of those you received in the Stash Stack club.
Yes!! That is exactly what I think - I like deep, cool reds, so anything really bright or tomato automatically gets skipped, even though sometimes that's what you need. Especially with all the wonderful red and white quilts out there right now - I'd worried a bee mate would want a block that way and I wouldn't have it, so now I'm covered!
Red is seriously under represented in I think everyone's stash. And that doesn't look juvenile at all! I have the Staple dress on my list (fabric prewashed and everything), maybe that will work for what you're looking for? Not a fitted bodice at all, but supposedly very easy. I'm not sure how easy a fitted bodice is either, seems pretty hard to me. But the last piece of clothing I made was an Easter dress for myself about 15 years ago, pre-fitting issues. :D
I love all your new fabrics! I'm intrigued by the Stash Stack Club, but haven't pulled the trigger myself. You sure make it look like a good idea!
Oh, and I meant to say "thank you" for the fun Brady Bunch link. It's been way too long since I've seen the show!
You're welcome, Sarah - I loved that episode when I was a kid! And thank you. I was on the fence about the club, but I figured it was a good way to take a year and bolster my stash while also not breaking the bank. I've stopped just buying anything at all "for the stash" and started relying on the club fabrics, and then I just shop for special things that I want for specific projects - it's cut down on my binge fabric shopping : P
Hi! I am obsessed with red fabric lately and want to do an entirely red and white quilt. It's funny, because as a gardener I rarely incorporate red into my plantings as I feel it tends to throw things off. Thanks for visiting my blog, too, and hi from New Hampshire!
I also am loving the spate of red and white quilts popping up, but I have my eye set on purple and white for my next big one - if we're getting lots of purple prints this year thanks to Pantone, then I'm taking advantage! And I also shy away from red in the garden, but mostly because I'm such a pink and purple fan there, too, Karin : )
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