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The allure of Kits

I'm sewing quilt blocks into rows for my guest bedroom quilt and I've started thinking about backing fabric.  Unexpectedly an email arrived with details of a tax day sale at the Local Quilt Store.  Pefect timing!

Of course, I wasn't the only one there.  As I stood in one of 4 lines to have my fabric cut (I picked the line that looked like it was having the most fun and I was quickly at the top of the line) I found myself looking at quilt kits ... stacks of coordinated fabric cutely packaged just call out to be purchased.  I resisted.  It will take me long enough to get this quilt finished.
However, at the EGA White Elephant Sale last weekend I didn't resist.  I purchased mostly supplies - perforated paper, linen, Medici wools - and books.  But, I ended up with a few kits too. 


Normally, I'm not a kit kind of person.  I don't want to end up with something like in the picture. I want to change things around and use different materials.  But there is something about the coiled lengths of flosses and everything assembled and ready to go. 


I ended up with one cross-stitch kit, one embroidery kit and one needlepoint kit.  The needlepoint kit is so old that you can barely see through the plastic any more.


Right now, I'm just looking at them and enjoying the colors.  I have a few projects to finish up but when I'm done those embroidered shells are calling my name.

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