Yay, the postie came through for me!  Well, the guys at the sorting office did anyway.  When I added it up, I realised I actually had 9 parcels out there, as 2 of my purchases had had to be split between 2 priority envelopes, plus I’d forgot a couple of swaps.  Anyway, I got 4 packages today, would you like to see what I got?

Now, granted, the first one doesn’t look terribly exciting, but I promise it will do in about September/October (and I’m sorry you have to wait that long!)

Next was a parcel from Julie at The Intrepid Thread.  Isn’t this beautifully wrapped?  And there was a thank you card included too.  Julie has such a fab selection of fabrics, and great bargains, and she’s happy to do you a custom listing to combine postage (this is actually 1 of 2 parcels sent the same day, the other is still swimming it would seem!).  She often has great deals and giveaways on her blog too, so check it out!  I’ll be doing a tutorial for her newsletter later in the year, which I’m really excited about :o)

Onto the goodies in that beautiful parcel.  First is a half yard bundle of Moroccan Mirage in the Marrakech colourway, which is at 30% off right now.  Ever since I saw this used by Annabella (who coincidentally happens to live in Marrakech), in her Red City quilt, I’ve been tempted by this.  The colours remind me of the ochre fields in Provence, so now I need to think up a big, bold way to display them.  I don’t think I can bear to chop into the complex patterns and reassemble them, as that kind of irks me for some reason – I don’t mind 2 different ones sewn together, just not 2 bits of the same fabric unless it would line up perfectly.  Yep, I’m entirely irrational ;o)

The second part was a half yard bundle of Pear Tree by Thomas Knauer.  I can’t see this as a quilt for some reason, but I can see it as bags, so I’m hoping to come up with a few combinations soon :o)

Next was a parcel from the Remnant House sale, 4 half metre cuts from Moda’s Tailor Made line by Cosmo Cricket, plus a half metre of Makower scissors.  I thought these would be great stash builders, especially for paper piecing patterns, as they often seem to pop up.

Next was an enormous parcel from Jody at The Fabric Shoppe.  Jody will also do custom listings for combined shipping, which brings me to a rather embarrassing tale.  I had actually shopped for this during the Black Friday/Cyber Monday sales, and about halfway through December, when the 2nd other parcel I’d ordered had arrived, I was getting a little concerned about its whereabouts, so I went and checked on Etsy.  I discovered, to my horror, that although I’d gone all the way through the Paypal bit for it, I hadn’t actually clicked that last vital button to place the order.  I was MORTIFIED!  However she had a) kept the listing and b) was very understanding about it, thankfully!  It then got caught in the Christmas post, but I was very glad to rescue it this morning.

I should explain that all of these were meant to be stash builders, so there’s not really any collections of lines here, just bargains in the sale!  First 4 half yard cuts, including Riley Blake, Robert Kaufman and Amy Butler dots (of all sizes!) and some trees from Just Wing It by Moda.

These are all fat quarters, there are dots from Robert Kaufman, Moda, Riley Blake and Michael Miller in there, along with some Cosmo Cricket 1934 numbers, Caleb Grey robots, a Tula Pink Frog Prince, Riley Blake mittens, Ann Kelle zig zags and Argyle prints, an Alexander Henry Hanging Around, Riley Blake circles and a Riley Black Sew Much Fun print.

Last but not least (and if you’re counting parcels, this actually came with the interfacing), this is the 2nd round of the Echino swap that Sara over at Sew Sweetness organised.  These are all 10″ squares from the latest release, plus a few older ones to make up the numbers.

After leaving the sorting office and going to Tesco, the tip, to meet up with a friend for a bit, and organise a location for a new venture, I may or may not have spent a chunk of the afternoon sorting and folding and fondling fabric ;o)

Now if you’ll just excuse me, I’ve a windmill to assemble…