My MIL gave me a cheque for my birthday and I ordered some fabrics from Hawthorne Threads.
At last they have arrived and they are beautiful!
Although a squishy is always a good thing…
The customs charges went quite a way towards defeating the point of ordering from the US and waiting ages (17.78 British Pound Sterling equals 26.97 US Dollar) :(
And the finished…
The Twirling Asterisk block is now bound and has dual purpose as a wall hanging…
…or a cushion. Unfortunately, I don’t have a big enough cushion but you can get an idea.
Janine @ Rainbow Hare
25 thoughts on “The Good, the bad and the finished!”
There is nothing like getting a package of fabric in the mail! Great finish!
Archie the wonder dog
Gorgeous new fabric but such a pity it got 'caught' – grrrr! Love the cushion!
Jess @ The Elven Garden
Gah! That is a huge customs charge! Love your twirling asterix.
So, if I were to send you fabric as a gift it wouldn't incur customs charges right? I ship to the UK all the time and it is spendy, but don't think customs comes into play. Your cushion cover is awesome! Love it
Love the fabric, love the cushion, and hate the customs charges!
I once had to pay 30 euros custom charges for ONE pair of jeans on which the shipping was the same amount. In total, the bill was 90 euros…. Buyers beware if you ship from the US to Europe!
i just filled a suitcase with fabrics and sewing notions on vacation to family in the US. There is a snag there too: you can only import 430 euros worth of stuff… When you go shopping you quickly reach that amount: baby clothes for little nephews, new tops for me, a pair of jeans, a whole bunch of fabrics, and some more fabrics, supreme slider…. Stop buying! LOL!!! I am very happy with my new stash, just hope that I don't go through it too quickly!
Love your projects and your fabrics!!!
ipatchandquilt dot wordpress dot com
esthersipatchandquilt at yahoo dot com
Oh, your new fabrics are so beautiful! That's sad that we can't order from US, shipping is just too much. Wonderful pillows, great design and those birds are cute! x Teje
Do you have to pay customs if the package comes from Europe? Great Finish and a double purpose, love those!
Yon Quilting Wife
Love the fabrics and the great finish. Shame about the customs charge though.
Love it! That backing is great.
I love your Twirling Asterix – a great design and fantastic colours
Gorgeous fabric, sorry you had to pay that much for customs. What a clever idea to double the twirling asterisk block as a wall hanging and a pillow cover!! I love it!
A Quilter's Mission - Vicki
The twirling asterisk is exciting! The new crop of fabrics are such fantastic color choices. Yes, customs charges and postage can make a person unhappy in a big hurry. What ever you make will be beautiful!
The fabric and the asterix are yummy, but boo to the tax, it's that they charge to collect it that makes it even more annoying
That £8 collection charge on top of the tax is a killer, isn't it? Certainly takes the gloss of the purchase, but they are lovely fabrics and I am sure you will soon forget the pain of the charges when you start cutting into them :)
Boo to the customs' charges but yea for lovely fabric from clearly a lovely MIL and beautiful blocks :)
Yay to sponsored fabric, boo to fees.
What a beautiful finish! My cushions never seem to be plush enough either. What's it with cushions, seriously? ;)
Ouch – on the import taxes, i haven't ordered from the states for ages, it's so hard to get anything for £15 these days and I've been caught out before too. The cushion looks fab, the bird fabric is really pretty. :o)
Love this block
That's such a fantastic block that I demad you make a cushion pad right away! I often make my own if I'm too cheap or impatient to go out and buy one. http://blog.pennydog.com/2012/10/16/tutorial-cushion-pads/
Love those fabrics such pretty colours. Just wondering about the import tax, I have been thinking about ordering from the US for a while now as the fabrics are so much cheaper and I just can't get a lot from UK. Do you know how the tax thing works? Do you always have to pay for delivery? Is it worth it? Thanks :)
Nat at Made in Home
I hate custom charges, and it seems to be so random you never know when you will have to pay them! Love the cushion!
Love the twirling asterisk design cushion.
Lovely fabrics, can't wait to see what you make with those.
Boo, hiss!! at the customs prices, you'd have thought they'd want the business.
Love, love, love that birdy fabric – really cute.