|purchases this week|
So I'm not starved for the joy of purchasing quilting supplies. I do my share. Just not for a while in a brick-and-mortar quilt shop.
|my newest C. War repro fabrics|
Ahh -- the satisfaction of being in a quilt store after a lengthy hiatus. I even enjoy the unique bathrooms in quilt shops. (Sorry if that sounds weird. Hopefully I'm not the only one who enjoys the wallhangings, posters, and quilt-related decor.)
A 6-store shop hop is in session this weekend in northern Iowa, but we went to just two quilt shops and one non-participating fabric store. First Charles City, then to Quilter's Window in New Hampton. Lots of eye candy there, a variety of fabrics, plenty of samples. By the time we left a fabric store and went for a late lunch, we had bright sunshine and our credit and debit cards had been well exercised.
Isn't it interesting how well we learn to know each other? We pointed out bright fabric that Chris might like. A book with small-scale projects was shown to Becci. Was Pat interested in the newest line of French General? Someone held up a book that "looked like" me. (very accurate--I already own a copy) Our close quilting friends know which fabrics and projects we like and love. I've never had such good friends. They make me smile and laugh. They can warm my heart, and their understanding can bring me to tears. Their importance in my life increases every year, and I look forward to our times together.
Buying a few more CWar repro fabrics is always on my agenda. I couldn't resist a new door dressing pattern by Joined at the Hip, and Carol Hopkins's newest book, Civil War Legacies II, has now joined my library. Store samples always grab my attention. "Be Merry" is a 6-month BOM from Bits 'n Pieces that was offered at the Quilter's Window.
Enough shopping. I have basket blocks to stitch and quilt tops that need quilting. The sunshine makes a walk sound tempting, but we're only in the mid 20's, and low teens are forecast over the next 36 hours. I'll wait for a warmer day.