Those who know me well know my slightly....ummm...obsessive mind when it comes to my "projects" ie. sewing, household decorating, shopping...you get the gist.
So today, I don't know what I was thinking...well, I was thinking that I didn't want to sit in the house all day....so I decided to go on a full on fabric search. It usually happens this time of year, I run out of bolts and need to get some new patterns. The fabric issue recently has become a lack of fabrics for the Diaper Bag Wrangler Toddler Apron Sets!
I have been selling a TON of them, and I love making them which makes me so happy. Unfortunately they use a lot of fabric, so even when I buy a full bolt, it doesn't get me too far! So today Lilly and I went on our pilgrimage to prevent an apron crisis.
I'm also starting to work on an awesome custom Diaper Bag Wrangler order for my friend Caitlin who is having a baby girl in April, which so far involves multiple fabrics and a dachshund applique. So I was also shopping for her fabrics today:
We left the house around 9:45am and headed down to my trusty Jo-Ann fabric shop in Wayne, then went to the Super Jo-Ann in Downingtown. I found some things, but not exactly what I needed...the elusive pink cupcake fabric...
So then we went to my Mecca...my "Fabric Barn"- officially it's called Hayloft Fabrics in Morgantown, PA which is the best kept secret for high-end designer fabrics in the (far-out) Philly Burbs.
I love it, and although it literally is located on the balcony of a country grocery store, they have THE BEST fabrics anywhere outside of the city fabric district (which I boycott because I hate the city, I cannot parallel park, and I refuse to park in a lot and leave my keys with an attendant).
So here's what I picked up today for the Aprons:
I loved the colors and the retro feel of the fabric, it's not to "childish", but not too "grown-up". The Apron fabrics are always hard for me to select because I really want to make them appropriate for girls of all ages...plus I'll be offering a matching mommy apron version soon, so it needs to work for both moms and kids! Anyway- I didn't even look at the fabric's designer, and was quite surprised when I got home. It's actually from Mary Engelbreit, and it's called Recipe for Friendship in Paisley Cherry. Truly fitting since Mary Engelbreit and I both attended Visitation Academy in St. Louis (but not at the same time!). I only stayed there for 2 years (7th and 8th grade), but that is when Renee (the knittie tittie knitter extraordinaire) and I first met and became friends. See how everything comes full circle???
After Hayloft, I decided to take the adventure even further into the far reaches of Berks County...Reading, PA. I heard about a fabric store called Fabric Mart. I have a GPS...so I plugged it in and cruised 20 minutes up 176 to Sinking Spring, PA. Lilly and I ate lunch at McDonald's ...she got a My Little Pony Happy Meal toy which was a huge distraction for the rest of our never-ending outing. So 2 blocks up past the McD's was Fabric Mart...Ummm....never again. It's a great shop if you're Amish. Mostly apparel fabrics, no cotton quilting fabrics...
Around 2pm or so we headed home, but not without stopping first at the Jo-Ann in Pottstown...still no cupcake fabric, but we had a fun day.