Happy Mother's Day to all the mothers out there. I hope you have a wonderful day today. It is still early here and DH is on his way home from the airport and brunch with my son isn't until later so I thought I'd pop in here and share my shop hop goodies with you.
There were seven shops involved in the shop hop, but we added three more shops along the way - Knight's Quilt Shop in Cape Neddick, ME; Emma's Quilt Cupboard in Franklin, MA and, because my girlfriend had never been to Keepsake Quilting in Center Harbor, NH. So in two days we shopped at 10 shops, plus a short trip to Joanne's with another friend of ours on Friday night. I put 530 miles on my new Caliber and loved every minute of it. The car rides well and holds a lot of goodies.
So, without further ado, let's see if I stuck to my shopping list.
First item on the list was fabric for a baby quilt. Yup, I got that. I still don't know if the quilt is going to be butterflies for a girl or saliboats for a boy. The ultrasound is Tuesday afternoon so I'll know then what I'll be making. I don't care which one I have to make I like both patterns, perhaps I'll end up making both of them.
Next item on the list was background fabric for a Christmas applique. Yup got that. No picture because it doesn't photograph well. But it's a cream colored tone-on-tone floral print.
Items for redwork is the next part of the list. I got these red and white prints for the swap I'm in.
I also bought these two red and white prints just because I like them so much. The top has squares for every day of the week. I bought 4 yards of it thinking it would make a good backing piece for a redwork quilt. The other on has red fruits on it and I'm not certain what I'm going to use it for yet.
I didn't find form flex muslin, but then I didn't look very hard for it. I also decided not to buy the DMC floss. At 25 cents a skein I figured buying it at Joanne's here is just as good. I was a little disappointed because I did try to find some unique floss or embroidery thread collection but didn't have any luck. I guess I don't know what I should be looking for if I want unique or special thread to work with. Any suggestions?
In the For Fun section I altered my list and decided not to use the paint chips to choose fabric. At the third shop we went to I found this great coffee panel. How could I resist? I'm going to add borders and backing with the lovely wine colored fabric (chosen by Susan at the Chestnut Quilter) and hand quilt the panel. Won't it be a wonderful addition to my sewing studio?
Also in the For Fun category I found a six FQ package of Dick and Jane fabrics, some more red and white FQs, cherry fabric to make placemats for my MIL (her kitchen is all about cherries), a coffee-themed FQ and a half yard of a boy print. I also bought a package of 35 - 2 1/2 inch strips at Keepsake, mostly blenders in every color. I think they'll work well with a spring fabric charm swap I recently received.
One of my friends sent me an email late Friday morning that I didn't see until Saturday morning asking me to look for construction men fabric. I managed to find some at Keepsake Quilting. Linda, do you like this fabric? I'm keeping some for myself. I have a special project planned for these men.
I decided not to buy the backings on my list. With all the other fabric I was finding I couldn't focus on the backings for those two projects. I did buy Triangles on a Roll to make 1 inch HSTs. Those will be used for a challenge project I'm working on later this spring.
I found the Sew Easy Pajama Pants pattern. I wasn't sure I'd find it in a quilt shop but it was there. I also found a Teddy Bear Redwork book with adorable teddy bear patterns. And in the notions department I bought a white Clover marking pen, red felt for a needle case I'm making, a spool of YLI silk thread for applique and two spools of YLI hand quilting thread. Boy, it's hard to find YLI hand quilting thread. Out of the 10 shops we visited only one shop had it. Everyone seems to carry Mettler or Sulky or Gutterman threads, but not YLI. I also bought some Thread Heaven to use for redwork and embroidery thread.
In the same shop where I found the Pajama pants pattern I found this cute lingerie fabric. When I showed it to my friend she said, "That would make great Pajama pants!" So she dared me to buy it and I did. This fabric should make a cute pair of pants, don't you think so?
And last, but not least, I found this cute wall hanger. I think it suits my studio to a "tea". I can't wait to hang it up.
I was home by 6:30 last night and in bed at 8:30. DH woke me up at 6 am to tell me he was in Boston. My back is a little sore and I'm a little cranky. But I had so much fun this weekend. Next year we are going to do a different shop hop because we've done these shops for three years and two of them are not our kind of shops (Mostly dark colors and lots of Thimbleberries) and one is going out of business (Mill Girl Quilts).
It's almost time for DH to arrive so I'm off to enjoy the rest of my day. Bye for now!