Saturday, October 04, 2008

Mini Shop Hop Finds

The last shop hop I went on was 52 weeks ago today. Since then I've bought small amounts of fabric here and there. Most of what I have bought has already been used.

Today I met three friends at Marden's Surplus. I've talked about this store, but for new readers if you live in New Hampshire or Maine it is the place to purchase quilt shop quality for 2.99 - 3.99 a yard. For example, the galoshes fabric I bought at my LQS for $8 a yard is only 2.99 at Marden's and they have 5 different colorways of the fabric.

Four FQs for blenders and five 1-yard cuts sold as a coordinating package. Don't have a plan for these right now, but will probably make some quilts from one of the books I received last week.
I've been drawn to bold, geometric prints lately. The striped fabric on the right has light-colored circles on it. I'm tempted to cut it on the diagonal and make blocks out of it.
There are two yeards of each of these fabrics. They will look good in my kitchen. Maybe a table runner or some placemats. The yellow is a gingham and I'm thinking of making an apron with chicken scratch stitching on it.
There are four yards of this fabric.
It will become backing for one of the galoshes quilts.
This isn't a very good photo, but it is home decorating fabric and I bought four yards of it. I think it will be curtains in one of the rooms in the house.
In total I purchased 28 yards of fabric at Marden's for $75. At a minimum that same amount of fabric would cost $200 if purchased at quilt shops or from Joann's for the home decorating fabric. That's why I love shopping at Marden's (and also why I don't do it very often).

After Marden's we went to Kathie's Quilt Shop in Sanford, ME. This was a new shop to me, but not to the others. She has a room devoted to stitching supplies and needle arts. I found a jar full of Valdani variegated threads and choose these three spools. The gray felt will be used in needlecases. The Moda tin is empty, but since I'm a sucker for cute containers I'm sure I'll find a use for it. She carries the Sewline pencil line of products. I purchased mine with black lead. I've heard it's a great pencil for marking stitcheries. I can't wait to give it a try. I also bought Atkinson Design's Slide Show pattern. I recently received a stack of train fabrics from a friend and this design will be a great way to showcase the trains.
What did you do this weekend?

Thanks to everyone for entering my giveaway. I haven't responded to everyone yet. But be assured that if you've left a comment, you will be in the drawing.

Sweet P


Sandra :) said...

Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhh you're so very lucky to have access to such great fabric stores! I particularly like your kitchen fabrics - yummy! I've collected a few chicken scratch patterns - I made a chicken scratch bookmark a while back, and want to do more projects.

I got a bit of sewing done today (pictured on my blog) - and for the last couple of hours I've been surfing for cross-stitch patterns for some theme gifts I'm working on :)

Lynn E said...

Shopping heaven. Lucky you. I just popped in to say HI!!!

Teresa said...

Wow...I wish I lived close enough to visit there. Love your fabric buys.

doni said...

While you were shopping I was nose to the grindstone sewing - lucky for me, since I've got no space for more fabric!!!! Looks like a fabulous buy!

Enjoy sunday - petting your fabric perhaps??

doni @ Oregon coast

PS Happy Birthdy!!!

Catherine said...

Wow -- I can't believe those fabric prices!!! You are so lucky to have a store like that!

Candace said...

You sure found some bargains. It must be really nice to live within driving distance of such a bargain place.

Brenda said...

Such great fun you must have had. Your ner fabrics and gadgets are wonderful. Have a grand time with everything. I am still working on my house blocks.

Carole said...

Looks like you made out like a bandit! Enjoy creating!

paula, the quilter said...

It kinda looks like you are into stripes too! I know I am; I find myself buying them lately, wonder why? I have that same Valdani thread (the red/yellow one). I bought it at The Applique Society Show in Denver in 2005.

Solstitches said...

My goodness that was some shopping expedition and your fabrics are really lovely.
Will be interested to hear what you think of the Sewline pencil.