Friday, April 15, 2011

Friday Afternoon

If you follow other quilting blogs you have picked up on the theme.........we are busy. It is 1 month until the International Quilt Market in Salt Lake City where everyone will show their new patterns, quilts, fabrics and such. Crunch time. Blog posts have been sparse.

While we won't be going to Salt Lake City this time (we are already feeling separation anxiety) we still have bunches of stuff to do. Mackinac Island approaches fast. (Hey, you know we just heard the whole Grand Hotel is sold out for that weekend! All 358 rooms!) We are making class lists, plans, packing boxes of kits, all that and more.

Today, after the usual list of chores - I now have the afternoon to work on a future quilt plan. If you are anything like me.... I have to get rid of the chores, tidy up all the flat spaces (tables, counter tops, shelves, etc.) and then I sit and draw. The physical clutter has to move out as does the mental clutter. Now I have blank paper. Sometimes that's good, sometimes it's kind of intimidating.
Which brings me to what I am loving today - my vellum graph paper. Specifically, my 50 yard roll of 42" wide vellum graph paper. It's see through, traceable, and very eraser friendly.
I used to buy it singly, in big sheets at the local art supply store. It's kind of pricey. The local art supply store is not particularly user friendly. If you can get a parking space within one city block - you are really living right.

So, a couple of years ago I noticed they sold it by the roll. It was more than pricey. It seemed extravagant. But with a little math, it figured out much cheaper per foot than I was paying by the sheet. I bought it. It is a lifetime supply. It has turned from a guilty purchase to a wise one. It was the best thing I have ever bought. Need 90" to figure out an applique border - got it. Need to trace your drawing over and over again - with mirror images - got that too. I know now that when an idea strikes, I am prepared. I don't have to rely on the whimsical hours of the art supply store. The silly roll of paper has really helped me design.

Have you ever bought something that at first you thought was a mistake or was extravagant and later you learned to love it??

Comment on this before midnight April 18th and some American Banner Rose, and other choice clutter will make it's way to you.

Laurie

98 comments:

Kwilt Noob said...

Actually, I thought buying my sewing machine was a ridiculous extravagance. You see, when I bought it, I had never sewn a stitch in my life! But nine months and five quilts later, I have learned that my machine is a complete necessity! Thanks for the chance at some of your gorgeous fabric!

Erin in MI said...

Well, anything I've bought in the past that I didn't have a particular purpose for (to add to stash) was a bit of an extravagance. But now, I'm am so grateful I did this. I've been living out of my stash for over a year now and I haven't felt any need to buy anything new! I've been without a job that long, so craft purchases are waaaay down on the budget (i.e. those purchases never happen). I love my stash!

lesthook said...

About 5 years ago I bought a big roll of brown paper,paper bag looking, and I have used it for many things. I bought it at Lowes,I believe in the paint section.I have cut out many hat,apron,purse....well,many patterns with this. So much easier than paper bags!

Pinkadot Quilts said...

The square ruler that measures 6 1/2" is one of the most favorite things I use all the time. That extra 1/2 makes it so much easier! and it is a size I use a lot.

Sharon said...

I have an addition to fabric, seriously. Doesn't matter if I'm shopping in my LQSs or online. I more than I will ever use in my lifetime and I love every piece of it. I have charm packs galore, FQs separated in dresser drawers by color and yards and yards of fabric. I can't seem to sew as fast as these new lines keep appearing. So far I don't regret my investment of fabric. I would love to add some of your beautiful fabric to my collection.

quilt cookie said...

I have looked at and wanted a Sewezi table for over four years but thought I really didn't need one. I wanted it to take to workshops and to sew at friends houses. I finally broke down and ordered one. I use it every day now and wonder why I waited so long.

Wendy P said...

I love that you have a big drafting table! I do too! I have yet to really make use of the sliding rulers, but I should! And it was FREE!

I splurged on a whole bolt of Warm and Natural queen size batting when it was 1/2 price. I had to use my Christmas bonus to get it, but have saved soooo much $$ on batting by having this on hand!

Audrey said...

Buying a whole bolt of bleached muslin at Hancocks of Paducah was a big splurge but it didn't take me long to use it up! I wish I had bought two!
Audrey
audreybretz@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

I first saw a Horn adjustable height table on a quilter's blog (Thelma's Cupcakes 'n' Daisies). It looked and sounded like the perfect answer to my quilting space needs/wants. The price is a bit high but oh, boy, do I ever use that table and the set of drawers you can get to put under one end!! Don't know how I ever sewed/cut/pressed without it!! Jan

Shannon said...

My first one was an iron that cost more than I thought one should...it just died after 3 years and 20 t-shirt quilts. I bought a VERY cheap one to get me through a few weeks, turns out that the cheap one was much more a waste of money! I was off to the store the next day to reinvest in quality.

Jill said...

Hi...I waited to replace my ancient sewing machine. After all, it did still work! So when my husband got a new machine for me I was so surpirsed. And it's great to have a machine that does all I want it to. And since I'm much much happier now while crafting I'm sure my husband is pleased he made the purchase. So all those hints I was throwing around and all those open magazines with the photos worked!!!! So I think my machine is a necessary extragance!

WoolenSails said...

Guilty as charged, I think we all do that, lol.
My latest one was a Go cutter. I can cut by hand, but the time it saves me and more precise cuts make it well worth it for me.

Debbie

Michelle said...

I bought a roll of fine mesh with a tacky back to transfer patterns onto linen or monks cloth for rug hooking. It's called "crack stop" or something like that and it's for sheetrock. It was extravagant but the big roll will last MANY years. But, it wrks great!

SheilaS said...

Oh yes, we seldom buy anything for ourselves anymore-senior budget, but I was at my favorite little store and I spotted a very primitive open small cupboard that I fell in love with and thought it might be great to hold all my quilts which were piled up on a chair. I went home & thought about it for a week & went back & purchased it. I took it home, filled it with my quilts and it makes me happy every time I pass it! Yea!

Janet said...

Hmmmmmm: let's see - I'm the queen of job lots - over the years I have bought: bolts of extra wide off white cotton quilt backing, first an assorted jumbo box of Quilter's Dream cotton request weight bats, then a bolt of the xtra wide queen,industrial sizes - multiples - of quilting thread, bolts of my favourite yard goods and just recently a box of 20 micron permannt archival markers - all gave me pause - thought I was crazy - but all have been great buys.
Hope I win something so i can add it to the stash to beat all stashes!
Janet

aztel2000 said...

I do feel like I splurged a bit when I purchased the Triangulations CD Rom, but being able to print out triangle paper in any size I need at any time of the day or night and in any quantity without making the 40 minute drive to the quilt shop (who may or may not have what I need) has saved me!
Karen in Breezy Point

linda said...

I bought a sewing machine that was way over my head. I had no idea what it even did! It wasn't too long before I had it mastered so I'm really glad I bought it. It's nice when our 'extravgances' turn out to be a good thing!

Pamela said...

Hands down, it has to be the Electric Quiklt program and all the upgrades. Though I gripe and complain when I spend the money, it more than pays for itself with all the things I do with it!

DebrafromMD said...

I have multiple sewing machines. When I purchased my second one, I was feeling a little guilty but when the primary machine goes into the shop for maintenance (which can take weeks in this area), I love that I can still sew on the backup machine. It has saved my sanity on more than one occasion and now I wouldn't dream of being without at least two machines.

Sherrill said...

MAN, I sure wish I was going to Mackinac. It is so beautiful up there!! I buy lots of stuff that would probably be considered an extravagance but I can afford it now and might not be able to in 'retirement'! LOL That's my excuse and I'm stickin' to it! Thanks for the giveaway!!

Mary Lou Casada said...

What a great topic, Laurie!! My Hobby Quilter was an extravagance -- but I'm LEARNING to love it! :-D But my all time favorite investments are in rulers. I have the big 20" square (and the 15 and the 12 1/2 and the 6 1/2...etc!) from Omnigrid and I love and use them all.
Blessings,
Mary Lou

Gayle said...

Back when my kids were little, I sewed lots of clothes for them using patterns that had all the different sizes printed on them. I had to trace the patterns of all leave the original intact for when they grew, so I started using rolls of paper that I would get from the doctor's office - the kind they use on the exam tables. Worked perfectly for me!

mamabug said...

Okay, so everyone has commented about their crafty things but I on the other hand LOVE my huge package of toilet paper from costco and also paper towels. I love not having to go down the paper product isle at the grocery store being confident all the bathrooms are stocked and there is still surplus. Just a basic kind of girl I guess :)

Monica said...

I've done it more times than I care to admit. And I always suffer a little buyer's remorse...at least for a few minutes.

rebecca said...

I recently purchased a pair of scrapbook organizing stacking bins. Six individual bins that fit in their own slot placed on top of each other have given me project organizational heaven. Expensive at the time and now easy access to each project that's in motion.

Anonymous said...

Well, I keep buying fabric even though I don't sew. I will one day and want to make sure I have all the cute fabric I want. You do know that sometimes you can't find the fabric when you really want it!!! That's what I keep telling myself, anyway.
Sandy Muir

Lori said...

I seriously thought a whole bolt of Kona muslin would last me forever! It felt like a big splurge at the time because I had to check it in my suitcase to fly home. (My clothes went priority mail!) That bolt was used up quite fast...

Perry said...

There are several quilting items I have bought "just in case", and every one is there when I "need" it, or should "need" it. When you need something that helps you be productive it is always great to have it on hand, "just in case". Good for you and good for us, we will get to share in your great ideas that you have since you have the "tools" always handy.

Janet said...

My books of antique quilts feel like a splurge. I surely don't need them (especially the ones I could borrow from the library) but I love to look through them for inspiration and dream about the day I can hand quilt like that.

Dortha said...

I bought a brand new car 10 years ago. I thought at the time that it was an extravagance. I am still driving it and loving it 10 years later. It was more than worth it even though I had a perfectly good car at the time. dorthac@aol.com

susan said...

My new sewing machine was an extravagance for me but I must say it saves time, sews beautiful and has many new features that I love. Now I wonder how I ever sewed without all these extra options!

Laurie said...

I work a full time job and a part time job, have a husband, three teenagers (know grown and/or away at college) a dog, and a cat - all of whom do NOT care what the house looks like -- it felt very extravegant to hire a cleaning service at first. Now I consider it essential! If I have to cut corners in our budget - it will be somewhere other than my maid service. A clean house gives me a sense of control like nothing else. They come every other month, are here for a few hours and save me tons of time and sanity! Thanks for a chance to win :) and have a grand weekend - Laurie

llsbaskets at comcast dot net

mckie2 said...

I bought a light box last year even though I had no real plan for it. And because I had a 40% off coupon I bought the large one - how nuts was that? But in the back of my mind I was wanting to try applique. Since I finally had the light box I've finally tried it and love it and it has come in handy for other things besides tracing templates.
Susan

mckie2@gmail.com

Barb said...

Last summer I ordered a crate of peaches and a crate of blueberries from the Amish bulk foods store down the road from us. So did my husband. When all fruit arrived at once one before our son's wedding and during the most hectic time of my job, I thought we'd never get it processed. Lo and behold, brandied peaches became my gift of the year and the frozen blueberries disappeared too. We're ready for more.

sandra said...

I had a cutting table made to measure with lots of drawers and other things to help store. It was very expensive but I just love it because it saves my back back by being at the right height and now I have loads of Storage for all my supplies.

Becky said...

I'd have to say some of the fabric that I've purchased seem expensive, but at today's prices I made a wise investment:) It's my story and I'm sticking to it.

Vicky said...

That Aurifil thread case I just got seemed awfully extravagant, but it took me about four seconds to fall totally in love with it! The other extravagance was my Kindle. I hated myself after I ordered it, and it's my very favorite gadget in the whole world now! Sometimes you just have to go with your gut on things!

kshackabq said...

I thought the first Moda Jelly Roll I purchased was extravagant. But what do you know -- along with added fabric, some from the same line and some not -- it yielded 5 quilts! The smallest is 8" x 16" that hangs on a miniature quilt rack, and the largest is about 45" x 60". So that little ole jelly roll paid off!

Anonymous said...

I did make a purchase about 10 years ago, that was well, can we say "EXCESSIVE". We had moved from Fl. to Washington state and I was having a hard time finding, fine batiste, Swiss Nelona, Silk and Cotton Lawn, you know the really good stuff, so as I was telling this to my hubby, he said find someone who will wholsale it to you and buy some........(he probably regrets saying that) 47 bolts later, YES 42 BOLTS, I couldn't help myself!!!
Wendy

Christine said...

Oh yes meters and meters of a double pink ( 20m) and now I have have the perfect quilt I want to make and use it..... so glad I bought it when I did as double pins are not always easy to get here in Australia.

cheers
Christine

Anonymous said...

Just saw the American Banner Rose line at Moda and it is stunning. Happy to learn a new book is in the works as well. Always with M&S, I am anxious for the arrivals of each and don't feel adding fabrics/kits to the stash is ever an extravagance. Patti W

Kathryn said...

Well, I kept telling my husband I wanted my own quilting studio, so he went and turned what looked like a shed attached to our house into a a beautiful sewing area. I can't tell you what it's done for my creativity having everything organized and not having to put my projects away because it was on the kitchen table.

Anonymous said...

Gee where to start!Theres the Bernina Aurora 440 that I guilted my husband into buying me last year. The laptop I bought myself primarily to read my quilting blogs on. The many elfa wire baskets to hold my considerable stash etc.etc. Sometimes I have felt worried about my purchases but I'm able to get over that fairly quickly. I did pay $60 for a pair of scissors that cut a decorative edging onto fabric. Used once and don't know if I'll ever use them again. That is one purchase that I do regret.I have a wire basket just for your fabric ranges so I'd love the chance to win some! Thankyou.

Jill said...

My hand quilting thimble was a big splurge. But I love it and would buy another one if I ever needed to.

Kathryn said...

When I retired and created a sewing room, I bought a Koala sewing table and a cutting table. It was pricey, but the lack of strain on my body with everything at the right height for sewing and for cutting is heaven. Kathie L in Allentown

Anonymous said...

My Bernina! When I bought it 20 years ago, we could barely afford it. But it's the best purchase I have ever made. :)
~Joyce in MI

Lisa said...

I bought several books about quilt history and believed they were an extravagance, feeling a bit foolish for having bought them. I use them all the time and they're invaluable. I am happy to have the books at my fingertips when I need them.

Anonymous said...

Wow, what isn't? My sewing machines, AccuQuilt Go!, iPad ... name it! And I'll wear them ALL out!

Jess said...

I'm trying to learn hand applique. I have a hard time with pressing the edges of the bias strips for the stems or vines. I saw the Clover bias tape makers in several sizes. Couldn't decide if I wanted to spend over $6.00 a piece to have 3 or 4 different sizes. Jo-Ann fabrics just had them on sale for 2.39 so I just ordered 3 different sizes and I love them. They are very easy to use and I no longer have trouble pressing the edges of bias strips. I have just prepared 20 strips for basket handles to be appliqued as a "to go" project for an upcoming trip.
They were a great investment at a great price.

Debbie said...

I recently purchased a Moda kit from Hancock's Paducah for a basket quilt using the Collections for a Cause Charity line. The last thing I needed was one more quilt kit but purchased it because part of the sale of the quilt went to the Alhzheimer's Foundation and my aunt was recently diagnosed with the disease. I hope to get it finished soon.

Linda K said...

Well, I guess it was my sewing machine. My OLD machine worked fine, so why did I need another one?? But now I can't imagine not having it. And then my sis gave me an extravagant Christmas present the next year- a Singer Featherweight!! Now I'm set! Thanks for the chance to win!!

Tina said...

My husband talked me into buying our yellow lab ten years ago and she cost a small fortune - I am a rescue dog person and was not happy about this purchase at all!! Today Bobbie is such an important family member and such a sweetie-pie that she is priceless and we wouldn't take any amount of money in the world for her! She is the best purchase we ever made - we had a wildfire break out in 2004 that destroyed over 8000 acres of watershed and we were evacuated from our home for 3 days...Bobbie was our steadfast buddy through this awful time and really helped us to remain calm and get through it. She is our buddy.

Janelle J said...

I can think of two things that are kind of odd, but did feel really extravagant, but I totally love. The first is my kitchen sink. Our house flooded three years ago and we had to replace a lot so money felt tight. I got a new corian apron front sink which was kind of crazy especially since it went in our affordable ikea kitchen, but it's so nice.
The other is a baby monitor with a video camera. Our son is now 2 1/2, but we still use it and it has always been a comfort and pleasure. Never a regret!

taylorsoutback said...

Next to quilting, my other love is gardening...I used to pot up seedlings & plants on a little rickety table jammed into the garage, along with all the gardening tools. In 2006 we spent the summer building a genuine potting shed, complete with sink, faucet & an 8 foot long potting bench. With a whole wall of south facing windows, it is my little slice of heaven.
Thank you for offering a chance at that beautiful new fabric.

Brian said...

Hey Laurie! I am not posting to win that luscious American Banner Rose...I just wanted to say...I totally get it how you have to everything cleaned up, clear away the chaos...clutter...whatever you want to call it...and then plan, be creative, etc. Good to know I'm not the only one! And, omg...the person who commented about the toilet paper! Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha. Love it.

claudia C. said...

Love all these comments! I use to think that all my quilting purchases were extravagant, but they all make me so happy that I consider it 'mental health' to buy quilting supplies! And I find it hard to resist a nice quilt kit....um how many of those do I have??? A few years ago, business was slow and any extra money was a pleasure. I was in the pet store, saw the most beautiful kitten, she had that 'please love me' look and I couldn't resist. I spent $100 for her and I'm sure we had sandwiches for dinner for awhile! Today she is my best friend, hangs out in my sewing room with me, you know, 'helping'.....She's a treasure and I'm so glad I got her.

Helen said...

Although I was already completely addicted to quilting the moment I decided that I needed a rotary cutter, ruler and mat felt quite extravagant but being able to cut out lots of pieces in a relatively short space of time was (and still is!) amazing! Then the purchase of a rule steady felt like another splurge that I had to justify to myself but it's made rotary cutting so much easier and has saved me from wonky cuts and potential disaster many, many times!

krisgray said...

Put off buying an Ott light got ages. How could it be that much netter than any other light for half the price? Finally, I did it. Now I have 2! And I use them constantly!

Me and My Stitches said...

The laptop for my sewing room. My husband kept telling me I should get one - I thought it was ridiculous. I use it all the time (I'm on it now!) - I design patterns with it,run my website, blog, etc.

zoeycat said...

When I purchased a 'second' sewing machine it seemed like a crazy extravagance but has turned out to be one of the best things I ever did.
Jill

Mary said...

Last fall I rather impulsively bought a Singer 301, which is the Featherweight's big sister. I already own a nice modern sewing machine and didn't even tell my husband about it. I was so glad to have it when my regular sewing machine wound up being in the shop for about six weeks in December and January. I coulnd't do anything but straight stitch, but it sure helped me get a lot of sewing done. Now I like using it better than my newer machine.

Hotquilts said...

Muslin by the bolt. I thought it was too much, more than I could justify the expense.It can be used for many things other than just in backing for my quilts; anytime I need to recover the nasty looking ironing board cover, the muslin is ready for a new cover.Scraps have lots of uses in the house, car and garage too. Have fun at the Grand Hotel.

Cory said...

I have purchased several bolts of muslin and bleached muslin. And I'm glad I did. I would love to win American Banner Rose. The colors and patterns are beautiful. Thank you. Take care and God bless, Cory

Swarren said...

I must say...my computer. A few years ago my daughter kept bugging me to buy one. I told her I was on one all day at work and had no desire to have one at home. Finally she talked my into it. Now I couldn't live without it....fun stuff, banking, paying bills, Twitter, Facebook....oh, how did we live before they came along :)

Mary said...

Haven't we all? No matter how hard we try not to, some things just yell buy me!!! And it sometimes takes a while to figure out just why!

Deb said...

A couple of times...the first was when I bought my sewing machine for quilting. I had borrowed one for a while to make sure I really would like to quilt before that large of an expense. It was a lot to spend on a sewing machine at the time, but it's well worth the money. The other time was about a year ago when I purchased batting on the roll, in the box. It was a lot to spend on batting all at one time, but it's been well worth the money.

TheLazyQuilter said...

My Mom gave me a Faberware wok/pan when I was 20 and moved out. I thought yeah, right, like I'm gonna use that. But I used it till I used it up. :)

Right now I'm not sure about my Juki/LGII combo. Am regretting the small work area. Am hoping it becomes well loved. Soon.

Mary @ Neat and Tidy said...

When I bought my Bernina 10 years ago, I thought it was extravagant. But it was a good purchase.

Pam P said...

My Grace frame was an impluse buy - back when I didn't have a mortgage :) I worked for two days to "build" it and had four arguements with my mom about if I would ever actually use it - and then (surprise) I never used it. Now that I have gotten more interested in hand quilting I'm sure glad to have it! I could never afford one now that I have one of those pesky mortgages!! Have a great weekend! Can't wait to see what your Drawing Board has in store . . .

PamKittyMorning said...

I love drawing on graph paper. I'm not a design genius so probably don't need miles of it, but still something good about it with a good eraser and mechanical pencil. Stuff for dreams right?

I'm super going to miss seeing you guys. I'm feeling quite cheated after missing out on so much last time.

Kwiltsfl said...

My very first thimble was one of the pricier ones - I didn't learn on a cheap one. It seemed extravagant at the time, but I now realize that my thinking was right on - it pays to have the best tools!
~Karen

Nancy E said...

My longarm purchase was pretty extravagant since I only quilt for myself, but I love it and enjoy doing my own quilting! Thanks for the wonderful giveaway!

Jan D. aka DJ, Miss Thready, etc etc. said...

Yep, purchased a 40 yard roll of freezer paper. It seemed odd at the time, but I use freezer paper daily. I also purchased a 40 yard rollo of brown craft paper. I cut my enevlopes (seems odd, bht they are awesome! Use them for all sorts of things. So that brings me to my most (at the time I thought) over the top purchase, my accuquilt (was called Accucut Grand Mark back then) It is soooo helpful. I have had my own designs made into dies and and cut a log cabin quilt in a bout 10 minutes-each log of the blog cut to the correct size. Priceless!

Mimi said...

Hummm, I read about a dozen of the comments and most hit home.... yet, I would not have mentioned any of them with out a little reminder nudge. I am going to say the no one would belive how pricey the iron was but it has been years and years and years of pressing - steaming a work horse.... count me in.... alway use fab.... if you asked the family the fabric would be the ridiculous extravagance... that is the rent monthly on the storage unit for the overflow..... and the younger in the family could not believe what the "second" sewing machine cost.... I put it in terms of how many computers it equals.... and that was 7-8 years ago.... the newest machines that costs about what a CAR cost ARE extravagent even in MY mind.
Let's go sew.

Sandra said...

I bought the little bright light to attach to my sewing machine. I thought it was more expensive then it should be, but worth every penny. I love it!!!!!

Sharon said...

I now buy fusible by the roll. No more 8 1/2 x 11 sheets, 4 to a pack. I have the 50 yard roll so long pieces are never a problem. I can't imagine using the separate sheets now.

passingdowncrazy said...

The first time I bought my favorite Moda Marble (a Sandy Gervais) by the bolt, I thought I'd never use it all. That was about three bolts ago.

Cindi P. said...

Probably my featherweight...when we were a struggling couple, I spent the money, but absolutely love it :)

Nyla said...

My Bernina sewing machine and cabinet was a little like that. I had used a machine that I didn't like for years and finally took the plunge on a really nice machine. It was expensive for me so at first I was a little nervous. But I have loved and used it for years with no regrets. Would love to use it on some of your lovely fabrics!

Sharon S said...

Going for broke & getting a Gammill. My friends bugged me forever to get one. Now I'm gald I did!

Laurie Shain said...

Uh Yeah! My laptop! Of course NOW you can come get the television...but don't touch my computer. I love to read and it's a natural extension. I saw someone listed a sewing machine. How funny! THAT never crossed my mind!! I always told Gary in an emergency grab the kids, I'll get my sewing machine (just kidding!) I did kind of break a sweat when I bought the SECOND one....he told me it took longer than he thought! I think I'll keep him, too.

Michele said...

Buying batting by the roll was a purchase like that for me. It cost so much less that way, but how was I going to use all of that batting? LOL!! Little did I know how much I would be quilting! The batting is just always there ready to go when I am! So easy!

Carol Sc said...

I'm not sure I thought it was a mistake, when I bought it --- but I didn't "need" it. ...and, that was my Featherweight sewing machine --- cause I already had two other perfectly good machines. ...but, I LOVE my Featherweight! --- and take it with me, in my car, whenever I drive anywhere.

Kristy said...

That was a thought provoking question...AND after some thought I would have to say paying for quilting services on my quilt top is my guilty pleasure...and worth EVERY PENNY!! AND now to get my hands on that fabric to make something for my quilter to quilt!!

Mary said...

I bought a new expensive vacuum cleaner that seemed extravagant, but now it's efficiency is time and effort saved. I was beginning to think that I needed to hire a cleaning service, but now I don't, so it will save money too in the long run. Beautiful fabric!!

Laura T said...

I've been debating about buying this big roll of paper for sketching out designs of long arm quilting and practicing. Seems like an extravangance. But after reading about your blogpost I'm sure it would be very useful and not quite as extravangant as I once thought! Funny about the timing as I've just been pricing paper. Thanks for the opportuntiy to participate!
Laura T

Mari said...

My extravagance was upgrading from my two hundred dollar kenmore to a significantly more expansive pfaff sewing machine. With three kids who had never seen Disney Land, it seemed selfish to use our entire tax refund on me, myself, and I. Ten years later I am so glad I let my husband talk me into it, as I am able to machine quilt my own projects, as well as develop a small business quilting for friends. I can support my own Fabric Stash!

Avon said...

I can't remember doing that but I do have a bad time remembering splurges. I usually just assume it is a life or death purchase :}

Robbi said...

I bought a pair of Merril shoes that were way too expensive for me...BUT ...they turned out to be the most comfortable shoes I have ever worn!

farmhousequilter8 said...

My first sewing machine was $1100.00 used! I still love it today and would not trade it for anything and I have had it 21 years!!!! Paula

Meg said...

I never thought I'd be the kind of person who hired a lawn service. I mean, we don't have an enormous piece of property. But if it means a summer of great weekends off WITHOUT one more chore added to the list, it is worth every penny!

nngirl said...

A few months ago (during a fabric sale)I really splurged and bought 5 or 6 really big pieces of fabric. Spending that much money at one time was a lot (especially for a teenager) I was really thinking I'd made a HUGE mistake but now I'm finishing up the big quilts this fabric was intended for and I realize it was a good buy!

Jean said...

Although I wouldn't have been able to go to see/meet you in SLC... it would have been nice to know that you were in our neck-of-the-woods!
Try to relax some too!
Extravagance.... hmmm, I bought an entire bolt of wonder under!!! I was teaching some classes and thought, gee, it would be cheaper for me to buy it this way then for my class to have to buy it for themselves ..... years and I'm talking years...... later like 10-13 years later.... I'm still using it! And to see what the cost is now? I'm glad that I got it when I did! My daughters also have been using it! They come "shopping" at my house when they need something..
I figure if it can save them a little bit of money... that's what family is for! My fabric stash is quite veried and so I have much to share! I'll be surprised if I use it all in this lifetime!

SueB said...

I would say that was my embroidery machine. It was very pricey but I have learned to love it. I know that your paper is wonderful.

Anonymous said...

When we first purchased our camper I thought it was extravagant. Not any more! We have made many friends, had good family time together and it gives me time to do my quilting and cross-stitch. Thanks for a second chance at some American Banner Rose fabric!

jkl

Whitney & Ryan said...

My side tabe! I got it home and hated it, but I gave it some love and use it everyday!

Emma said...

Long ago 2 extravagant purchases were a Kitchenaid stand mixer and one of the first (and best) Cuisinart food processors, no regrets on either. Probably my most expensive regret was a Bernina 440; my 2 Vikings are far superior. I can hear the Bernina fans hissing. Thanks for another generous giveaway.

chook said...

Oh wow your paper sounds fantastic I got myself a roll of batting I worried about it for ages but it has been a fantastic thing as I now dont need to worry about how big my quilts are I just cut what I need
hugs Beth

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