Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Pile O' Fabric And A 241 Tote

Did you hear that Pile O' Fabric has opened a new fabric shop? Sounds like a fitting new venture given the blog name, huh? Well, Alyssa Lichner at Pile O' Fabric has done an amazing job in setting up her online fabric store. 
When Alyssa asked me to write a post about her new fabric store, I hesitated because it is so new that I haven't shopped there yet. So, I can't give an honest review, but then I found so many items at the Pile O' Fabric store that I had to make a purchase. I made a purchase without any compensation from Alyssa just so I can pass along my findings to my readers. Yes, I will do that for you lovely quilters and crafters. 

Wow, I was impressed! First of all, my order was shipped the same business day that I made the order. I received my order within two days. It was shipped 2-day priority USPS, and shipping was free over $45. The fabric arrived tied up with baker's twine, wrapped in a plastic bag, and tucked into this really cute reusable drawstring bag. This attention to detail totally blew me away!
The fabric selection is fantastic! It is arranged by color, but fabrics can be sorted by manufacturer, designer, collection, color, and material. The site is really easy to navigate, and I bought most of my fabric by the fat quarter.
On fabric cuts that did not have a selvage edge, Alyssa placed a sticker on it, displaying the name, manufacturer, and color. This saves me so much time and makes reordering so much easier.
So, the fabric I bought (because we as quilters really do care about this) was Kona Cottons in Berry, Cerise, and Hibiscus, Wingspan Fig, Woodgrain in Straw, Mika Net in Orange, Branches in Tangerine, Arrows in Metallic Coral, Sketch in Cherry, and Bee Damask in Wine. There is a good selection of fabric at Pile O' Fabric. It wasn't easy to choose, and I love being able to choose fat quarter cuts.
I also bought Essex Linen in black, and I bought a lot of it. I have big plans for this. There are also notions and tons of patterns stocked at Pile O' Fabric. I went ahead and purchased the 241 Tote by Noodlehead and the Social Tote by Carolyn Friedlander. I have been drooling over these patterns for quite sometime, and it has been awhile since I made a bag.
I finally made the 241 Tote. This is a great bag, and I did make some minor enhancements to make my quilty soul even happier. I quilted the center panels, and I added binding to the side pockets. I also made the strap adjustable because I usually wear bags cross body style.
It turned out lovely. This bag is just my style.
Also, there is a rewards programs offered at Pile O' Fabric. Points from previous purchases can be redeemed on a current purchase. Also, there is a referral program for additional savings that can save you and a friend some money. Sounds good to me! So, go shop at Pile O' Fabric! 

Note: This post is written in lieu of receiving future store credit at Pile O' Fabric. I purchased the fabric shown in this post with my own money. My opinions are my own. I would not have written this post if I truly did not LOVE my experience at Pile O' Fabric. I really hope you will shop at Pile O' Fabric. Alyssa is a great store owner, and she shows great attention to detail.

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  1. Great bag , love your fabrics choices!

  2. I love the binding edge you added to the side pockets of the tote - lovely detail! And your experience shopping with Pile O' Fabric sounds great! :)

  3. Oh my your version of this tote is great! Perfect fabric combo and super details!

  4. Brilliant modifications to an already great pattern, I love your tote!

  5. I've made a couple of Noodlehead patterns in the last little while and have been very impressed at how well they're written... I wasn't thinking of making the 241, but now I'm very tempted!

  6. Love, love, love your bag! Really must try it one of these days! Thanks for the review of the store -- will check it out!

  7. I love how you featured Bonnie Christine's butterfly fabric so prominently on this bag. I have a layer cake of that entire line coming this week -- can't wait!

  8. Lovely bag! Noodlehead bag patterns are great! Off to check out the new shop.

  9. I love your bag and enjoyed your review.

  10. Your bag is sew pretty! Love your modifications... And your fabric choices, too! Especially that Woodgrain in Straw. Thanks so much for the heads up on the new shop. On my way there now!

  11. I love this bag. Tha adjustedments to the pattern make it only better! Love for sharing. I pinned it! Thanks for sharing.

    Love from Amsterdam

  12. Umm. . . I'm going shopping. . . all of a sudden I need some of that essex linen!! Ya gotta love same day order/shipping shops! :)

    Your bag looks great!


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