Monday, September 22, 2014

Review: Equilter Booty Packs

I had a $5 gift certificate for eQuilter (I did a survey for them--so that reward made my shipping only $2.95-ish versus $7.95 ish that it normally is) so I knew I'd get a Booty Pack (aka themed scrap pack).  But then I couldn't decide which one I wanted (I had it narrowed down to two) so I decided to get both.

See, eQuilter *knows* that's how folks work.  Eh, I've been really good about buying lately so I didn't beat myself up over it at all.

So I decided to get the Critters pack (all animals) and the Pop Culture pack.

Time to show off what I got!

There were nine different prints ranging from about 6 inches (by WOF) to almost half a yard.

The dog print was the smallest one.  It was one row from a panel of dog breed faces.  Each image is intact and they'll make for nice fussy cut pieces.  If memory serves, there were four breeds (shepherd, cocker spaniel, lab, and one other I can't remember now).  I would have peed if there had been a Dalmatian.

The cat fabric at the top left is also a panel.  I was happy to get some cat fabric in my bunch (since I'm a crazy cat fabric lady).  I was also happy that there weren't any shells.  The description does note that "critters" includes fish, birds, and shells (along with all animals from farm to jungle) so I was worried I'd get stuck with a lot of shells.  Not that I hate shells but they're just boring.

I love the variety in this pack.  It wasn't too heavy on any one animal which I really appreciate.  And even though there were two "bugs" they're different enough that it's not annoying.  That purple there in the right corner is actually dragonflies among flowers.  The color is great on it, too.

Birdies, sparkly butterflies, and MOOSE!  I really love getting the wildlife prints.  I love those kinds of fabric but it's not something I want in a big amount.   Like I'd never buy a half yard of moose fabric (eQuilter is 1/2 yard minimum) so getting a 7 inch (or so) strip in a scrap pack is PERFECT.  It's exactly what I want in a scrap pack.  Stuff I like but don't want in big quantities.  (though I have bought odd ball stuff in quantity--I did once buy a half yard of opossum fabric--I regret NOTHING!).

So the Critter Booty Pack was a big success.

But what about the Pop Culture one?

Again, there were nine prints in various sizes (all WOF).  The sizes were a tiny bit smaller this time around but none was under 5 inches.  A few were crooked cuts (but not so bad that the images were sacrificed).

That Eiffel tower print was a crooked cut.  So it gets more narrow as it goes along.  But still plenty of good images and even if the images are cut off it's a good print for postage stamp charms (it's a busy print).

Lots of travel type fabrics in the group.  I like them all because they have a lot of different images so they'll be fun for fussy cutting.  I already have my eye on that pizza on the Chicago themed piece (the black fabric on the lower right).

WHAT IS THAT!!!!????

Rodeo fabric?  But not merely rodeo.  RODEO CLOWNS!!!!

(the other fabric is nice, too, but what can really compare to rodeo clowns, the only clowns that aren't creepy--yeah, so weird that regular clowns creep me out but not rodeo clowns).

Look at his fabulous jazz hands!  STOP, clown time!

Yeah, I can't wait to use this fabric.  The only sad part is, it's a smaller piece so I think I only have two of these fabulous clowns.  This fine fellow is going to become a patch for my personal collection (and if I do have another clown, I might just have to use that for one of my random patches I swap).

I'm also tempted to make the bull into the patch I need to make for the Favorite Country Song patch swap but I kind of have my heart set on a different idea (I could totally do Garth Brooks' "Rodeo" with that bull but I really want to do "Going to Hire a Wino" one of the best country songs EVER).

The other four prints are great, too.

I was very happy this pack wasn't full of Maxine (or stuff like that).  I know that she's part of the "pop culture" theme and I don't hate her or anything but a little of her goes a LONG way.  I got a part of a panel and I think there aren't any repeating images.  Each image is big enough to make a cute coaster (so each is about 5 inches square or so) so I might just tuck Maxine there away for now and wait to see if a project comes along where someone really loves her.  Or I'll show her to my sister and see if she wants to use her for something (my sister thinks Maxine is cute--more than I do).

Maxine aside, the other four prints in this group are AWESOME.


I love this fabric so freaking much.  It's all roadside attractions including Wigwam Village (which I've actually visited but we didn't stay--were were on a road trip and it wasn't on the schedule to actually sleep there--but I want to).

That bronto immediately made me think of Pee Wee's Big Adventure, when he's up in the mouth of that t-rex with Simone and he asks her, "What's your big but, Simone?".  I think that bronto is going to become a patch entitled "What's your big but, Simone?".  The only sad part about that fabric is the piece is just not big enough.  I want to see all the images on it.  I may have to track it down on eQuilter and invest in a half yard (the next time I splurge).  For now, I'll just use my little bit as wisely as possible (and love it while I have it).

I still haven't quite figured out what the fabric on the right of the pic is.

I think it's "germs" as seen under a microscope.  A lot of the images look like bacteria (oval shapes with little hairs along them).  I love these cuties.  I call them square sperm.  Look how uptight they seem.  They must be the sperm that make super uptight type A people.  They mean business and will get the job done in an efficient and organized fashion.

The germ fabric was pretty large which made me happy.  Lots of fun germs to play with.

The other biggest piece from the pack was the Matisse print.

The photo just does not do it justice.  It is FABULOUS.  Bright colors, tons of images all inspired by Matisse paintings.  I'm tempted to see if it's big enough to make a bag with it.  That way it won't get cut up too small.  It really deserves to be kept as whole as possible to really show off all the variety on it.  It's a great fabric (high quality, too).

If I was pleased with the Critter Pack, the Pop Culture Pack was EVEN BETTER.  Tons of whimsicle stuff in it that 's so my bag.

Overall rating (for both):   A

Comments:  Great variety in the packs.  I especially appreciate the variety in the critter pack (no duplicates on the animals).  Great size variety too.  Each pack had at least two larger cuts (around 1/2 yard) and no cut smaller than 5 inches.  Not too many crooked cuts and no pieces with random nicks or nips taken out of them.  All of them are WOF, too.  All fabric is high quality, too.  Nothing thin or flimsy.

Good pricing.  These were $15.15 each.  That was on a small sale.  I think full price they are $15.95 which is still very reasonable.  Especially if you just want a little bit of something random and fun and/or you have coupon like I did.

Personally I wouldn't get a scrap pack as my only item because it's not worth paying full shipping for it.  But if you have a gift certificate (like I did) or are getting other items these are always a great add on idea.

I have never been disappointed with a scrap pack from eQuilter.

They also shipped same day (I bought in the morning so that helped there) and their basic shipping is priority mail so I had my order in only two days.

High marks for eQuilter once again.

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