Friday, 19 July 2013

A trip to Amitie

As promised, I'm supplying fabric porn today. I spent two blissful hours wandering around Amitie Textiles this morning, patting fabric and trying my best to not buy a piece of everything they had in the shop. I think Amitie may be my new favorite place on earth. Aside from shelf upon shelf of temptation, there are heaps of Jen Kingwell's quilts hanging in the shop - including Steam Punk which was amazing to see in person. I seriously could have stayed all day ;o)

I didn't really have anything specific in mind when I walked in, but I tried to be conscious of what I 'need' to fill out my stash. I'm low on navy and dark blues after using a good chunk of what I had in some recent projects. The other thing my stash is lacking is fabric with more than one or two colours - I tend to buy a lot of monochromatic prints, as I find them easier to work with when pulling fabric together for a project. I'd like to push myself out of my comfort zone for my version of Steam Punk and try to use some more multi-coloured fabric, so that was another thing I tried to focus on. I kind of succeeded.   

These first two photos are all quarter-metre cuts. There are a few Liberty Lifestyle prints in there, some Heather Ross and a few organic cottons. I especially love the teal textured solid on the front right. 


I'm especially enamored with this little pile and how well they work together. I may have had a small heart attack when I found the Katy Jump Rope brown floral ;o)


While I was chatting away in the shop, I mentioned my plans to make a Steam Punk quilt fairly soon - and it just so happened that they had one last Steam Punk kit made up. It's four metres of fabric, cut in fat sixteenths - a perfect starting point for Steam Punk. I love Jen's version in all it's eclectic beauty, but I've been feeling really overwhelmed with deciding what fabric to use for it (I've pulled at least half a dozen different stacks over the last few months, but wasn't happy with any). I'm really excited about getting stuck into it now I have this stack as a starting point - there is no way I'd be able to pull these together myself, but I feel pretty confident about building upon them.


So I've blown my fabric budget for the next six months, but it was completely worth it. I'm in fabric addict's heaven right now!

xx Jess

23 comments:

DeborahGun said...

Oh wow wow wow :-) So glad you had a wonderful time. I will be back in Melbourne in 2 years time so think I should start saving now!

Mimi said...

Hooo Weee! Lovely selection of fabric!!! Sounds like you had fun!!!

Charlotte said...

*drool*
*sigh*
*covet*

Lisa Mikel said...

Lovely fabrics! So fun to go to quilt shops. I am treating myself to a shopping spree tomorrow to different quilt shops. Can't wait to see your quilt when you start it.

andri. said...

It looks really exciting! Can't wait to see your steam punk!

sarahquilts.com said...

Oh wow. Better than Christmas!!

Very amazing choices. Jealous.

Vicki said...

I don't normally look at porn...but this was so worth a look! Thank you so much for sharing your adventure.

Annabella said...

*drool* *sigh* *covet* *learn to pick locks* *book airline ticket* ;)

Jeannette Bruce said...

You went to Amitie??? Yeehaw! That is an awesome haul, I know what you mean about blowing the fabric budget. If you are going to blow it anywhere, Amitie is the place to do it! Glad you got two whole blissful hours!

Issabella The Cat said...

This confirms my suspicions, I do in fact live on the wrong side of the planet.
The steam punk kit was a great find, I can't wait to see how it comes together.

Ella said...

Gah. About to die from the jealousy.

Jess @ Scrappy n Happy said...

Beautiful Fabrics! Amitie is on my 'must visit' list!

Nicky said...

You have just caused us all to commit the sin of envy Jess! Haha! Well done!

I would never have put a stack like that together - way too adventurous for me but I love that Amitie look. I tend to go with monochromes too. We need to challenge ourselves a bit more I guess!

Martha said...

Oh wow! lots of loveliness. Looking forward to seeing what you make with them.

Susan Owenby said...

Nice! Congrats! New stuff is the best. Keeps you going right?? :)

Nancy@OwensOlivia said...

i haven't heard of steam punk. i'm assuming this is a pattern?

awesome fabrics! fabric porn indeed! :) i just bought a ton of fabrics last week too! matt told me i am cut off!
http://owensolivia.blogspot.com/2013/07/the-mother-lode.html

Nat at Made in Home said...

I want them all!Lucky you!

pandchintz said...

Great fabrics!!

Rachaeldaisy said...

That Steam Punk kit is to die for!! You'll have a great time creating with all the gorgeous fabrics you purchased.

Kirsten said...

Gorgeous fabrics!

Benta AtSLIKstitches said...

Yum yum yum!!

Katy Cameron said...

Enjoy! I really struggled to stock up on colours I needed when I did the grand tour last October, mainly because I wasn't finding them in the shops (there were very few modern shops we actually got to visit) Loving the look of your Steam Punk collection, looking forward to seeing it done :o)

Audrey Matlock said...

Fabric porn indeed! I'm heading out now for my own fix, hope I have as much luck as you!!