As an excellent Mother's Day present to myself, I took all of yesterday off except for fun things like rollerskating around the lake & going out for ice cream, which was absolutely the way to spend the day then but has landed me in a world of felt bracelet hurt now. Luckily, I have some new dvds to watch while I cut & sew a zillion felt strips.
As an excellent pre-Mother's Day present to myself, on Saturday my husband conveniently happened to need to run some errands over in Bellevue (where we tend to never really go), so I caught a ride & had them drop me at Quiltworks Northwest -- thanks for the tip, Amanda! -- where, yes, it's kind of overwhelming. I had to slowly circle the store a few times to get my bearings before I could really start focusing on anything, because, wow, that place is jam-packed. A lot of their fabric isn't quite my style (& so the search for the perfect local fabric store continues), but they did have a huge number of Kaffe Fassett/Martha Negley prints, which were great to see in person, & I was happy to be able to pick up a bunch of fat quarters of really nice cottons.
The floral at the bottom of the pile up there is a beautiful Martha Negley print I got specifically to make some summery girly thing for my daughter, but as I am sort of terrified to cut into it, I tried out the three peas tiered skirt tutorial with some other loud floral I had hanging around. Here's proof that I'm not just collecting all this fabric:
I love it! It was easy & satisfying to make, & is perfect for a little girl who loves to kick back in skirts. (It's how she relaxes after a hard day, putting on a skirt. Often it's her sparkly "ballet" one, but sometimes she's feeling more practical.) In fact, I have another one half-finished right now, & maybe if I'm quick about things I can whip it up before I really need to get back to work.