I could not help myself. - I am hooked on the Shop Hop and The Row by Row! Doesn't help that I have so few days this summer that I could even think about doing this. Haven't been on a quilt road trip in ages so - got everything ready and we were off.
No GPS today so I had to get written directions from Google Maps. We headed out to the first store and well it appears that we took a wrong turn? Or was it the maps???? Anyway - we arrived at our first destination 30 minutes behind schedule! Oh - what a great start to the day!!!!!
Have a look - this is where we went..................
|Country Patchworks in Woodstock (actually this store is out in the country) I have seen them at quilt shows, but never been to the store before. A very nice store.|
The owner said we could take a picture of their Shop Hop quilt, but did NOT want me to post a picture. You will have to go and have a look for yourself. I guess there is pros and cons to seeing the settings. I would like to see them all before I go shopping. Then I could buy the finishing kit for the one that I liked the best. If I see them all and no pictures - I won't remember and will not buy a finishing kit. Each to their own - anyway - NO picture.
Next stop - Ye Olde Fabric Shop in Stratford. So excited - I forgot to take a picture of the store. But I did get a picture of their Shop Hop quilt. I really really like this one.
|Shop Hop quilt at Ye Olde Fabric Shoppe|
Let's just say that they had some very nice fabric at this store. I will show you a piece later in the post.
|Next stop - Shakespeare - The Quilt Place|
|Shakespeare's Shop Hop quilt - interesting combination of fabric. I like the beige, but I love how they incorporated 13 blocks into the quilt|
|Then Creative Sisters in Kitchener. The owner wouldn't even let us take a picture of the quilt - again - that is their choice. They do have a sign in the store "NO PICTURES unless you have permission" . I ASKED everywhere before I took the picture. Their quilt is on their web site?????? Here is the link to the photo on their web site. I am liking the gray.|
|Next on the list - Quilter's Nine Patch in Elmira. Oh boy - I love the stuff in this store. I wanted one of each kit!!!!!!!!!!!!! (they are NOT on the shop hop - only row by row)|
Well it was at Quilter's Nine Patch that I found a surprise for Susan from out west. Never thought I would find this fabric at Quilter's Nine Patch.
|Undercover Quilts & More - Shop Hop quilt.|
|Then zipped down the highway to Guelph where we hit Greenwood Quiltery|
|Their gorgeous Shop Hop quilt.|
Looked at the clock and YES - we have time for at least ONE MORE SHOP.
|Off to My Sewing Nook in Caledonia|
|The Sewing Nook Shop Hop quilt|
So while we are in the store, we can hear music. Nope - that isn't a radio - it is someone playing live. We asked and realized that the store next door is a TATOO shop. Apparently he plays music when business is quiet? The big joke is - both stores are into NEEDLE ARTS. Ladies - just make sure you walk into the right store!!!!!
|My Sewing Nook AND the Tattoo shop!!!!!|
After we left that store - we looked at the clock and we looked at the next store. Hmmm - do we have time????? Well - we put the pedal to the metal but as we approached we decided that we would have just a few minutes in the store and so we would save it for another day. Eight stores - 430 KM. I know - the craziness just doesn't stop!!!!! But we had a load of fun!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Just when I thought I was good for Halloween fabric - look what they did!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
|YES - this is Halloween fabric, but it doesn't scream Halloween!!!!!!!!!!!! We found this at Ye Olde Fabric Shoppe in Stratford. Oh my - I could have purchased a LOT, but I restrained myself.|
|In case you want to track some down for yourself. Check out this link|
Isn't that just the coolest Halloween you have seen. How about it Carol?????? Did I tempt you????
Now here is a very RARE site. This is my account at the library. I had books out, but I haven't had a chance in weeks to read anything so I finally returned everything a couple of weeks ago. I have ZERO books out!!!!!!!!!!!!
Carolyn asked me what I put on the back of my postcards. Have a peek. I have a big stamp with the image of the mailing side of a postcard.
|I use the big stamp and STAZ ON ink|
I pre-cut pieces of muslin about 4 1/2" by 6 1/2". I stamp the image onto the muslin.
For the filler I use TIMTEX fusible on two sides. Then I take the muslin and fuse to one side and the postcard face is fused to the other. Trim to 4 by 6 and finish the edges.
|The back of the postcard.|
So where am I in my license plate collection frenzy???? I actually have FIVE in my hot little hands. Three are in the mail and there are five that people have purchased for me and I am picking up at some point over the summer.
|License plate collection|
I know - how old am I????? Oh - come on - it is nice to have fun with something and this has been great fun. Good thing I won't be here this summer because I think it would be cool to collect them all (27 in total for Ontario) and hit all the stores (82 in Ontario). I know - what can I say - I am OBSESSIVE!!!!!! DH thinks I am a lunatic!!!!!!!!!!! And maybe he is right.
I'll keep you up to date on my collection as it expands. Oh by the way - if you go to Country Patchworks - the web site says they have TWO plates - NOPE - they only have one. The other was a mistake.
On that note - I have so much to do today, I had best get started.
Have a good day.