So last week I got to go on my 3rd annual "one woman shop hop" - last year I went a bit crazy and did this. The year before it was this.
This year I got a bit of a later start. Due to a picnic the night before (at which a dear friend announced her engagement and I started planning a wedding quilt), I slept in a bit. On and off torrential rains, and the need to pick up a package from my personal shopper Jill at the post office and bring it home to open it before departure, put me about 45 minutes behind schedule.
Early on I made the decision to stop at only 2 shops instead of 3 or more. I was flying pretty much without a list (some would say without a clue!) and was keeping an open mind.
The first thing I was looking for was fabrics to go with this tool fabric. Or so I thought. The package from Jill had contained the three fabrics to the right - which I could not have matched better! They are perfect!!! These will help to piece the backing for this quilt. But I wanted just a little bit more contrast, so picked up the green and the blue. There is enough of the green to use as the binding, and I will put in just a smidge of the blue in the back.
So I continued to browse the store - Mt. Pleasant Quilting Company - and these just fell off the shelf into my arms and right over to the cutting table. They were so new in the store that mine were the first cuts off each bolt. Super soft flannel - yum! And I love these colors.
One more quarter yard cut of this great constellation fabric to make a pillowcase cuff for the Munchkin, and I was done here and back on the road.
I hit a few more rain showers, and then it was HOT and HUMID the rest of the day. It was very refreshing to pull into Sew Pieceful and be offered a glass of lemonade while browsing. Such awesome people at that shop!!! Love them!
I found a super duper special bargain there! I was looking for fabrics to do a baby quilt for Toshi and Miyuki and wanted something very "English language" with the alphabet, but with soft colors. We don't know if it will be a boy or girl but I did not want to wait until after the baby is born (November) to do something.
This bundle jumped off the shelves at me (lots of jumping fabric that day!) - and was 50% off. I thought it was a FQ bundle (16 fabrics) - but when I really looked it was 1/2 yard cuts! Woo hoo!!! I can do front and back and then some!! (oh -and before I figured it was 1/2 yard cuts I also picked up a piece of the text print out of the remnant bin.)
Last but not least, I picked up a few novelties:
I figure I do have a son entering Kindergarten, so teacher fabric is always good to have on hand. And it IS 6 months until Christmas!!! :-)
I finished up the day with a buy 1 get 2 free summer shoe sale at Bass. :-) Oh -and a long meeting. But it was all worth the trip!