Friday, March 11, 2011

TGIF!  Too bad it has to be a work day...but these past days have been a bit different.  Sue and I have been taking in two to three shops during a long lunchtime to get in all 16 participating in the 2011 Cruisin' Quilters Shop Hop.

Thursday we got to Aretoy in Oceanside, Quilt in a Day in San Marcos, and Starry Night Hollow in Encinitas.  All three shops are quite different.  Aretoy is the newest of the three where I picked up this pink jumbo rick rack that I'll use to enhance the binding.  If you've not done this before it really adds something special.  I'll walk you through it when it's used.  At Quilt in a Day we had to be a bit quiet...Eleanor was filming in her studio!  There were all kinds of specially priced hard to resist, but I was good--my Stash Report on Sunday is already going to suffer!  Finally Starry Night Hollow had a cheddar that I had to put in my shopping cart along with an animal theme print that will find it's way into Kourageous.  Sort of hard to see the FREE blocks each shop had available; a horse, flamingos, and a turtle find their way into my studio as part of this year's theme "Its a Zoo Out There!"

Today had Sue and I at Fat Quarters Quilt Shop in Vista first where I looked at some of the newer Bonnie Blue patterns, but didn't get one.  I've got so many patterns already that I want to make...I was successful in resisting for now, but don't know how long I'll be able to hold out on two that are still in my mind hours later.  Next up was Quilter's Paradise in Escondido.  This place has a huge selection of batiks.  I did find two yellow/black/white prints that will be perfect for the Block of the Month that I started at Cozy Quilt Shop during this run.  We had lunch just around the corner and then headed to the last shop on the hop, Bits and Pieces also in Escondido.  Here I found for my BFF Kerry two blue canvas Janome Sewing Machine travel bags.  These are the best.  Kerry got both of her daughters at various times Janome Sewing Machines and wanted the canvas bags for them too (the tapestry bags just aren't as nice).  Anyway we've both been looking and by chance I asked and they had them!  I did find two animal theme fabrics for Kourageous here too!  A good trip at Bits and; Pieces.  These three shops offered their FREE blocks; a lamb, panda, and a chicken.  The Zoo is complete!  Passports were turned in here finishing the 16 stores in the 2011 Cruisin' Quilters Shop Hop in San Diego County.  Wish me luck that I win the GRAND PRIZE.

Enjoy your Friday, what's left of it.  I'm off to dinner with DH.  We are going for sushi!  Hey that could be a theme for next year's Cruisin' Quilters Shop Hop..."From your Aquariam!"  or maybe "Let's go Fishin'!"  What do you think?


Marj said...

Thanks for sharing your adventure. I hope your passport is picked to win a prize, that would be awesome. Best wishes for good luck!

Cathy said...

Wow...looks like you had a great time. I hope you win. Thanks for sharing. Hugs

Kathie said...

Boy you had a busy week at all those shops, sounds like a great time.