Friday, September 25, 2009

What A Day!

Subtitle: Confessions of a Shop-a-holic!

What a day we had yesterday! 

Nancy (no blog) and I left bright and early to do our own quilt shop hop in NY and Vermont.  Nancy is a friend and longarm quilter extraordinaire who worked her magic on my Lemoyne Star  quilt that I pieced when my modem died about a month ago that you can see and read about here.

The main purpose of our trip was to visit  a shop where Nancy buys some of the thread for her longarm machine.  She currently has a quilt on the rack for which she needed more thread to complete. 

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Our first stop was at a relatively new quilt shop in the picturesque little town of Rouses Point, NY.   Here’s Nancy pictured at the entrance to the shop.

DSCN1031Fibre Junction has only been open since May of this year but if you’re in the area, it’s definitely worth a visit, especially if you’re into Civil War and Reproduction fabrics.

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Here’s Nancy paying for her purchases…

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DSCN1041From there, we crossed the bridge over Lake Champlain into Vermont.  We proceeded down Interstate 89 to Williston and to our next stop…Strawberry & Rhubarb.

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Nancy bought her thread and I bought some fat quarters which will be used for  some of the blocks for the ‘Aqua and Red’ swap which you can link to from my sidebar.

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From there we headed just down the road, made a right turn at the first traffic lights and proceeded about 1. 5 miles to Sew Many Treasures.

DSCN1037I was only able to obtain one inside photo of the shop before the battery on my camera died.

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Here, I bought some of the most amazing turkey red fabrics.

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Aren’t they stunning?  All the way home I kept on repeating how much I these fabrics!

From there we proceeded to Yankee Pride.  This is another great shop in Essex Junction, VT.

DSCN1044Here I managed to find some fabric from the Sampler Collection by Windham Fabrics that was being sold at 50% off so I bought all the remaining yardage that was left on the bolt to use as backing for a future project.

Our shopping extravaganza lasted about 10 hours…and we didn’t even stop for lunch!  I arrived back home at about 8 o’clock last evening, tired, hungry and ever so happy with my purchases and especially my day.

Thanks so much, Nancy.  I can’t wait to do it again!

Happy stitching!

Kaaren ♥

39 comments:

Julie said...

wow, what a great day kaaren. loving your purchases too, especially the sampler fabric, it's to die for.
hope you're not too tired today? speaking of which... i'm off to bed. only stayed up to read your post!
hugs,
julie xoxoxoxo

paulette said...

Wow! Thank you for taking me along on that Shop Hop! Loved EVERYTHING that you bought!! Now I'm tired and hungry...next time let's stop for lunch... ;o) Well done!

Linda B said...

My kinda day, that's for sure. I am getting the feeling that you are as obsessed with red as I am! Drooling over the fabrics you bought. Yummy, who needs lunch?

Stephanie said...

What a fantastic and fun outing. Fabric, friends, fun but NO FOOD??? You need food for fuel. I'm sure I would have died. Love your purchases.

Sherri said...

Sounds like so much fun! 10 hours...yay!!!

nima said...

oh ...so many quilt and crafty shops in your place...i wish i were there..

I love the sampler fabric...

Carrie P. said...

Wow, what a shopping day you two had. Great shops and great fabrics too.Thanks for sharing.

Dorothy said...

Sounds and looks like you had a great outing Kaaren! Love the reds.

Wendy said...

These are the best kind of days, hopping around to all the shops. The girl that owns Fibre Junction also has a blog, she is so friendly and a great person.
Thanks for the wonderful trip.

Jane's Fabrics and Quilts said...

Oh did you girls have a day!!! What fun, and I love all the goodies you purchased! Great fabrics, love the reds too!!!

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Wow what a very fun day!! I love your purchases. I'd love to shop in a store that had lots of CW and Repro fabrics. Well, maybe it would not be a good thing ;-)

Shirleymac said...

What a great shopping day you had! I want to go to those shops too but I'm in BC and 3000 miles is a little far to travel *LOL*

Handmade by Mai said...

you had a great day, how wonderfull.

Allie said...

That sounds like a wonderful day! I love everything you got!

Karen said...

I have several pieces from the Sampler collection. Don't know what I am going to do with it.

Quilt Hollow said...

Gosh Kaaren...sounds like the best day ever! Unsure though about skipping the meal...I'd have to of had a snack on the road....or at least a yummy coffee. :-)

Pat said...

Isn't that the best kind of day? Shop hopping with a friend. I am sure that you had a great time. I would have had to eat too! There is a good restaurant very close by S&R!!

Janet said...

That really is a shop till you drop day, how wonderful. You two are an inspiration on how to be dedicated to your passion, lol. I love the turkey reds, gorgeous.

Janet said...

That really is a shop till you drop day, how wonderful. You two are an inspiration on how to be dedicated to your passion, lol. I love the turkey reds, gorgeous.

Janet said...

Great trip. I loved my visit to Vermont and all those wonderful quilt shops. I want to go back SOON.

Miriam said...

I love all those red fabrics you found. What a wonderful day you had with Nancy!!!

Patty said...

What great fabrics! Thanks for the shop hop pictures!

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

Sounds like so much fun Kaaren!! Worth getting exhausted over - thanks for taking me along.

QUILTING IS BLISSFUL, DI said...

Oh My what a lovely day you and your friend had--wished I could of come along too---I have learned when going on a shop-hop to always carry cheese and some crackers--they are always helpful and they do help one so you can think of fabric and goodies not your tummy!!!! I love some of the red and aqua's --i am not in that swap--but am looking for those colors in fabrics anyway!!!! have a great week-end--hugs, Di

Country Whispers said...

I can't think of any better way to spend a day.

Sandy said...

Wow, how fun was that?? Glad you had a fun filled day. Quilt shop days are the best.

AnnieO said...

What a fun day! My sister and I like to hit all the shops in my area when she comes out to CA, but we have totally opposite taste in fabrics so it can be a challenge to pick a shop! Those Turkey reds are great--I've been looking for some too.

Catherine said...

That sounds like the perfect day!! And you came home with such lovely goodies!!

Sew Useful Designs said...

WOW Kaaren! Gosh when I see your photos I yearn to live closer to you, to frequent those shops would be absolute bliss!!!

Geesh, that sampler fabric is to die for! Wow! And did I detect a piece of Kaffe Fasset in your red bundle? :-)

Just gorgeous sweetie! Thanks for sharing!!!

Hugs! Vikki xx

Lori said...

10 hours to buy some thread?! That's my kinda shopping! LOL
It really looks like a wonderful day with some great shops.
Love your reds!!

Calamity Jane's Cottage, Bonnie said...

Looks like ya had a great day. Just getting together with a friend can make it great and then add quilt shops on top, it's like adding the icing to the cake.
Thanks for bringing us along,
Bonnie

Grammy Linda / Behind My Red Door said...

Oh it sounds like so much fun - except the no - lunch part! Love the pictures of the shops too - I love seeing all those bolts of fabric!!

Carole said...

Thank you for the visit and the nice review! I love all of those shops you mentioned! Yankee Pride is a personal favourite as the owner Judy is the one responsible for my quilting obsession! ;o) Keep well!

Kim D. said...

Looks like the perfect day. Love those red fabrics.

Heidi said...

How fun! I think Nancy gave your the perfect excuse to have to have a shop hop. These shops looks soooo tempting. I enjoyed being able to peek inside them. I am now going to scour the internet as I have fallen in love with the Williamsburg Sampler fabric and just have to find some. It would even make a great center by using one as a center of a medallion quilt.

Were the leaves looking beautiful in New England?

Hugs ~
Heidi

Inge Slaats said...

What a wonderful day you and your friend had. I am a little bit jealous. Why do I live so far away from these lovely shops! The one with the Civil War Fabric, ooohhh....
The fabric you bought: absolutely fabulous!
A day like this is "a day with a star" (we say that in the Netherlands, when a day is very special, in Canada too?)

Hugs,
Inge from the Netherlands

http://ingesquiltverhalen.web-log.nl/

Candace said...

That's my kind of day, Kaaren! But I'm with Stephanie - I need food!! You're purchases are wonderful - I can't wait to see what you do with it all!
Cheers!

Sandra said...

Ohh... this sounds like a dreamday for me. Unfortunately we do have only one quilt shop in Bern and I would love to visite once one of the "big ones" like in U.K. Or USA!

Nanette Merrill and daughters said...

The reds are all so amazing. What a special time together.