|Oakie checking out Southwest-themed fabrics|
shops in her area yet, because she was saving that adventure for me! (What a sweet dear she is.) So off we went, to Southwest Decoratives and Kokopelli Quilting Company.
What a lovely selection of Southwest-themed fabrics, quilt patterns, clothing patterns, and what-not! I was drooling (of course), and Mom discovered the concept of fat quarters. She had started piecing some Southwest fabrics awhile ago--chili peppers and Kokopelli being her favorite motifs--but decided she needed more fabric to stretch her piecing into a "large enough" size. (I didn't ask her, "large enough for what?" I know better. I have boxes and bags of UFOs hidden away from inquiring smarty-pants' myself.)
Bought two jacket patterns. I thought about making the Kokopelli Song Jacket one for Mom. We'll see. She actually prefers shades of blue (I'm the red/orange lover of the family.)
|Jacket patterns from Southwest Decoratives|
And... I bought some fabric. But it was on sale!
|New quilting fabrics!|
I got a yard of each of these fabrics. I have been heeding stash-building advice to not buy so many novelty prints, so I thought these were safer bets than what usually catches my eye in the sale bin. I am looking to use up some of my blue scraps soon, so the multi-blue dots seemed like they might bridge a lot of different blue hues. And I am just in love with brown lately. Can't explain it. Buy what you love!
|Existing fabric (left) & new fabric|
Reminds me of a customer survey I filled out for a swanky hotel chain that asked if the hotel had any amenities that surprised and delighted me. Yes, surprise and delight have become my go-to descriptors of amazing customer service.
|Freebies: butterfly fabric patch and a pattern|
Kudos to Southwest Decoratives for the element of surprise. I'm sure I will be back on my next visit to Albuquerque.