Saturday, November 3, 2012

Quilting Shop Hop - Oct 15 & 21, 2012

Corrin and I went on a bus trip for the first Saturday of the Shop Hop event for our local area.  There were 38 of us on the bus, and we visited 5 stores, mostly in far-away towns.
 We had an absolute blast.  Going on the bus was an adventure.  I had never been on a shop hop bus before.  At every store we visited, we brought our own crazy line-ups.  We learned to help each other out throughout the day.
 Corrin bought this kit in September at the Creative Stitches show, and she found it at one of the stores and we had to get a picture of it.
 We came across the biggest long-arm quilting machine I've ever seen!  I think this one can even handle  king size quilts!
 At the end of our day, we stopped for a supper break.  Here is approximately one-third of our bus group.
 And here is my stash from that day:

Charlie Brown fabric.
 Charlie Brown Christmas fabric, with the quilt I plan to make it into.  (Next year)
 One of our best finds at one of the stores was 3 boxes of quilting magazines that were all free!  We rifled through a bunch of them, and came home with a decent pile.  This was in one of the Christmas issues.
 I stocked up on some Dr Seuss fat quarters.  Someday, I'm going to do my nursery in Dr Seuss theme, so I'm collecting fabrics now.
 I also bought some "girl" fabrics in fat quarters.  I already have quite a few girl fabrics in my stash, but I plan on making 5 girl quilts, and will be making 120 squares, so I could use a few new ones.  Besides, fat quarters are easier to cut than scraps.  I tried to stay away from pink prints, because I have a few in my stash already.
 I couldn't resist this adorable animal print.  This will go in the "kid" stash for later.  :)
 I bought 2 metres of this gorgeous fabric.  I intend to use this for backing for one or two of the girl quilts.  It's so pretty.
 I came across these in the sale section.  I swear, they're both way funkier in real life.  So bright!  The print will be borders for one girl quilt, and the red will be the matching binding.  Both fabrics will also work their way into the squares.  
 Another fat quarter, and variegated thread.  The first two are neon, and the third one is Christmas colours.  I can't wait to see what these look like!  They always look better sewn than they do on the spool.
 My pattern purchase of the day.  I love funky, asymmetrical, eye-boggling quilts.  This one will be perfect for one of my jelly rolls I bought at the Creative Stiches show.  Also, a spool of lime green thread, because, why not?!
 Lime green fabric found on sale.  I have already used this on boy quilt #1 for the binding.  Yay, me for actually using something already!  Stay tuned for the epic conclusion of boy quilt #1.  It's been a long time coming.
 On our second weekend, we decided that the two of us would hit up the remaining 5 stores on our own.  I think this was the funnest of the 2 days, although we had a blast on both.

Here follows my second stash:

First thing in the morning, I discovered my favourite of the 10 stores.  Quilting from the Heart in Camrose, Alberta.  Awesome!  I found lots of goodies there.  Some of it I can't show you, as they're going into gifts.  This is the funkiest jelly roll I've seen yet.  It will be transformed into something awesome in 2013.  The fat quarter is part of the set.  I love plaid.
 Here are the girl quilts from the day.  These are from 4 different stores.  I love them all!
 More Dr Seuss finds.  These are both flannel remnants.
 Another remnant.  We saw so many amazing lines of Halloween fabric, but this was the coolest.  I found this remnant of the border print that shows off the awesomeness.  I love it!
 Last but not least, this is a funny Santa panel.  This has endless possibilities.  Each of these pictures can be showcased in their own project.  
We finished off the day with supper, featuring a towering onion ring!  We had such a blast.
Thanks, love!  I can't wait to transform all these goodies into projects during our Sewing Nights!

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