Sunday, February 5, 2017

Quilt Shop Exploration

A couple weeks ago I ventured out and found myself in a couple of quilt shops for the first time in a long, long time.

My first stop was Suddenly Sewing, a small local shop, close to home, always good place if you ran out of thread or needed just one more fabric in a certain color for your current project.

Suddenly Sewing was having a pre-inventory sale and I was able to take advantage of the 20% discount on precuts.  When in doubt and I get that feeling that I just have to buy fabric, I usually turn to precuts. Rather than buy some of their old inventory which I am sure they hope customers would scoop up but I found some current fabric on sale.  I scored a Little Ruby jelly roll by Bonnie and Camille and a Hop, Skip and Jump charm pack by American Jane  One charm pack is not much to work with but I can always make a small baby quilt with the addition of a neutral.


My next stop was a new shop, Must Love Fabric, and let me tell you they do.  You can feel their enthusiasm the minute you walk through the door.  Everywhere you see a colorful array of bright prints and quilts. Won't find any muted reproduction fabrics here as they have defined their style with gusto.  A great place to pick up all those happy children's fabrics, novelty and modern fabrics.  I walked out with a fat quarter stack of Caravan by Kate Spain.

About time I get to that sewing machine and quit buying fabric, hope to do that this week.

Enjoy all the pieces of your life,
BettyLou




Getting Back to the Sewing Machine

                     

                   

After a three year hiatus from sewing, it's time to get back into the hobby that has always been so much a part of my life.  Bud had been so sick for the past three years and I assumed the role of caregiver and quilting was put on the back burner.


I knew his days were limited as the natural progression of his 
disease was taking over his body and I am so grateful that I made the decision to spend my time being with him and not isolated in my sewing room.

So as the new year rings in, I will gather up some old trusty quilt patterns, research the new, dust off my Bernina, and start making newborn baby quilts.  No matter what phase of quilting I was currently engrossed in, I always liked making baby quilts to deliver to the hospital and this will be my focus as I start quilting again.

I hope you will join me on this newly revised hobby and I look forward to hearing from you.

Enjoy all the pieces of your life,
BettyLou