Shop #1: Southwest Decoratives/Kokopelli Quilting Company
I bought a mere touch of fabric--after drooling over many, many possibilities. And all of the fabrics came from the sale area!
The blue stripe was just a remnant, bought because blue was Mom's favorite color. It is from the Stonehenge Starry Night 2 collection by Deborah Edwards of Northcott Studios. Surprise! I take it out of the plastic remnant bag and discover silver metallic in them stripes. Good one, Mom; a little glitter never hurt anyone.
The turquoise geometric print is Maze from Michael Miller fabrics. It will help finish my wordy wallhanging (a 2011 WIP--ouch). And the ever-so-blendable dark chocolate is Simpatico by Maywood Studio. I bought it in preparation for a java-themed quilt I am lazily designing. Doesn't it seem like a good choice for something coffee-like?
Shop #2: Quilt Works
Never been in this store before, but it is cute and I like their aesthetic. I was inspired by the many shop samples, so I went straight toward the books and patterns.
First purchase, the book Felt Toys for Little Ones, by Jessica Peck. I am a sucker for kids stuff; I just can't help it. My favorite designs from the book at this moment are the sugar cookies, the lemon curd tart and the bakery box. Ohhh, what a crazy old woman I am! (At least there are no calories in these treats.)
The shop offers a class titled Forever in Blue Jeans: make a cathedral window quilt out of recycled denim jeans. Cathedral window is on my quilting bucket list, and this one just reached out and grabbed me. SOLD. I couldn't get the multi-size version of the pattern without taking the class, but the store sold me the Spring 2014 issue of Fons & Porter's Easy Quilts magazine that held the original pattern. Mine, all mine.
Final purchase: Love pattern #674 by Country Threads. This purchase was heavily influenced by both the almost-Valentine's-Day vibe, and the 3 different shop samples of this pattern that were on display (1930's prints, solid brights, and red Asian prints). Reminds me of the LOVE postage stamps from the 1970's.
As I was purchasing the pattern, the cashier mentioned that the Country Threads Quilt Shop and Pattern Company had recently gone out of business, but that their entire stock of this particular pattern had been procured by Quilt Works. (So if you want your own copy of this pattern, you can buy it here.)
In honor of Valentine's Day and in celebration of my recent acquisitions, I went ahead and sewed up a bit of LOVE from my scrap bin. Yay!
Linking up with the oh-so-lovely Molli Sparkles over at Sunday Stash. What fun new things has everyone else drawn into their sewing world this week?