Saturday, January 31, 2009

Went Shopping Today

I've been house bound for the last couple of days and I guess I could blame part of it on the weather but if the truth be known, I just wanted to get some projects done and others started...so the snow was my excuse.

Last night I spent time preparing and cutting my background fabric into the 12 blocks that are required for the Bunny Hill Designs BOM that started this month. While I was doing that, I decided that if I was doing one for me, why not make another at the same time for my best friend Lucie? Although we are great friends, our tastes in colors, styles and decorating are very different. Lucie's tastes tend to be more modern while mine lean...no, never mind lean...ARE country/primitive. Well, I had the fabrics for mine but didn't have much of the froo-froo stuff in my stash to choose from. So, to make a loooooong story short, I kinda twisted my DH's arm a little and he drove me (and the dogs) to my favorite quilt shop called The Running Stitch a short 65 miles away. Tooooooo many dollars later, here's some of what I purchased...




a charm pack of Moda's new Gypsy Rose line by Joanna Figueroa of Fig Tree Quilts and some Mettler fine embroidery cotton thread for the applique stitching. This is the thread that the gal who I took the back basting applique class from recommended, so my collection has started. I'll probably add a few more colors each time I go til I have them all.


I also bit the bullet and purchased...



a light box. This has been on my "need to get" list for some time now as tracing applique patterns on my patio door at night just doesn't work. I also purchased some background fabric for Lucie's quilt so my plans for this evening are to get hers cut out in order to be able to work on both simultaneously.

On the way back from the "big city", we took the dogs for a long walk on a nature trail that we frequent and stopped for lunch. All in all, we had a nice day...my DH, me and the fur babies.

10 comments:

Sew Many Ways... said...

Hi Kaaren,
What a great shopping trip...well for you anyway, maybe not your husband. Does he wait in the car for you? I think all quilt shops should have a hardware store, a sports place or comfy couches to read the newspaper. That way we'll have more time to shop for fabric!! Can't wait to see your Bunny Hill quilt...your primitive garden quilt is just beautiful. Guess what, Robyn invited me to belong to the great hexagon quilt along. I'm so excited!!
Have a great rest of the weekend,
~Karen~
ps what kind of fur babies do you have?

Sara said...

Great finds at the store. What a long way to travel to get to a quilt shop? Is this the closest one or just your favorite? At least your DH goes with you, mine rolls his eyes and says "Be kind to the checkbook"! LOL!

Pat said...

Lucie is very lucky!!!

Carrie ~ Cricketwood Prims and Gardens said...

Your shopping trip was very fruitful, love your colorful threads. How nice of you to make a quilt for your friend too. She will love it.

Betweens said...

Carrie P from "A Passion for Applique" sent us over..what an awesome job you did on your Prim Garden quilt. I am sure those 12in of snow seems like nothing while you were working on your blocks. Excellent work!! I also love your pieced quilt it is gorgeous with your colors and the pillows with it is just the right added touch.
I will be adding you to my google reader!! I can't wait to see what you have in store next

Barbara said...

Your Prim Garden quilt is wonderful! I'm just starting into applique and I've been tempted by that quilt, but I think it is a bit beyond my skills at this point, maybe someday. Funny, I also had my husband take me to a new quilt shop yesterday and I got some great things, material, patterns, needles and other notions. What a fun day. Look forward to seeing more of your work.

Dorothy said...

Hi Kaaren,
I'm a fellow Ontarian? Your Primitive Garden quilt looks wonderful. I love all those bright colors of thread you purchased. I haven't tried the Mettler embroidery thread yet, but I love their silk-sheen cotton thread.

Carrie P. said...

How nice of your hubby to take you on a little day trip. How did you like learning the back basting technique? I use it sometimes. Mettler is my favorite to applique with too. I love Fig Tree Quilt designs.

Michelle said...

Delicious fabrics and threads!!

Margot said...

Kaaren, have something better than shopping?? I love ♥
I'm snooping around your blog ...