Yesterday I got to spend time with my great friend and SIL Diane. She and her husband are retired now, and they have spent the last few years living aboard their 35 foot Island Packet (sailboat) and "cruising" to exotic locations. They keep a condo here and come home once in a while. Last year Jerry and I went to meet them in New Zealand, which for us was the trip of a lifetime (but hopefully not the last one). Two years before that my husband sailed in that same little boat across the Pacific with his brothers John and Jeff, departing from Puerta Vallarta and gratefully sighting land at Hiva Oua (I probably spelled that wrong, it is some nearly invisible speck in the South Pacific). Diane and I stayed home, eventually flying to Tahiti to meet them. That is another story for another day, but it goes to show we have some history.
Diane and I had a great time fabric shopping at Rosie's (it is THE fabric store in San Diego, HUGE does not begin to describe it.) She was looking for something to go with her Australian
fabrics. (Not aboriginal, think koala bears and kangaroos since the quilts will be for the grandchildren.) I told her to make sure she brings back some interesting aboriginal fabrics next time she comes home. After shopping, we came home to relax, drink wine, and eat grilled food prepared by our husbands (ok, I did marinate the steaks, prepare the vegetables for grillling, make the salad and clean up.) Jer and John had enjoyed their brotherly day doing whatever manly things they do...I think it mainly involved fiddling around in the yard and garage, telling stories, smoking cigars and drinking scotch.
Now that I have discovered the joys of designing my own fabric through the magic of dye and paint, embellishment etc, I don't buy as much fabric as I used to, but let's face it, I still enjoy finding and using commercial fabric. Fabric shopping is one of my all time favorite things to do and its ALWAYS great therapy (that's my excuse and I'm sticking to it.) So do all of you wonderful artists still enjoy fabric shopping or do you only use your own fabric?