The 65 mile drive takes about an hour to an hour and a half, depending on the traffic. We left at about 9:00 a.m. so taking into consideration the time up and back, that would leave me 2 hours to shop and to try to fit in lunch. Do-able.
Michael's was the first stop. I knew exactly what I needed so I hurried in, found the stuff, checked out and was back in the van in less than 15 minutes. There was method to my madness because less than 10 minutes away was...you guessed it...a quilt shop! In my sweetest "honey would you mind" voice, I asked if we could make a quick stop at the quilt shop since we were in the neighborhood and the restaurant that we both like is in close proximity.
Really, I didn't need anything and I probably shouldn't have even suggested it because I know myself too well. Can you go into a quilt shop and not buy anything? I tell myself that I think I can but I know very well that I can't.
This fabric literally hollered at me to take it home. It is called Tea For Two designed by Yuko Hasegawa for RJR Fabrics. There's a really cute panel that is also part of the collection which I regretted not buying, so I called the shop when I got home and they're mailing it to me. I've never worked with panels before and thought that this would be a good time to start. I also bought the charm pack Swanky by Chez Moi for Moda. It looks so fresh and upbeat. The ric(k) rac(k) speaks for itself...cool and bright!
I was going to order these inkjet fabric sheets on line but when I saw them in the shop, I grabbed the last package. No shipping charges was my rationalization for this purchase. I've seen some really neat quilt labels done with this product so I'm going to give it a try.
Then I saw this book and I knew it would be coming home with me...even more so after glancing through it. The book is called Fresh Vintage Sewing by Joanna Figueroa of Fig Tree Quilts. There are many projects inside I know will be added to my "to do" list...especially...
Pincushions! Can you see them? And there's more inside! Woo hoo! Because...
You can NEVER have too many pincushions!
We even managed to fit in lunch and were back at home with 10 minutes to spare.