- Kerrie's Quilting, Lakeport, CA - A very small shop, though manned by the very pleasant owner herself. I selected a piece of the black and white Cotton + Steel typewriters since I'd run out of my previous-release typewriters, and they're one of those fabrics that I rarely know I need until I do, so they're nice to have on hand. Then I grabbed a couple of charm packs of Bonnie & Camille's new Hello Darling, which daughter-dear and I like to use for random patchwork now and then. Plus there were packs of photos from the Lake County Quilt Trail that I wrote about earlier, so that was fun.
- Quilted Angel, Peteluma, CA - Wouldn't you know, we happened upon this shop 10 minutes before their closing, but I quickly scanned the extensive fabric selection (can you say speed-walking?), and after the clerk showed me a project she was working on, I chose to purchase the same background as she was using - a gray metallic print from the Steel Collection by Gerri Robinson/Planted Seed Designs for Red Rooster Fabrics. I really like to keep 2-3 yard cutsin my stash for backgrounds on a whim. The clerk also mentioned that the shop had an exclusive Creative Grids ruler (2.5"x6.5"), and it sounded too useful to leave behind.
- Cloth Carousel, Winters, CA - After perusing the whole shop, I finally took some of Pepper Cory's peppered cottons to the cutting table, choosing some fog (light gray) and midnight (dark blue). It was as I was paying that the clerk and I started discussing the pincushions in the impulse-buy section right near the register, and I randomly asked her if she knew what was in the little strawberry pincushions used to sharpen needles. Of course she did, and led me back to the small jars of ground emory, which I couldn't resist purchasing as well, and I'm be back to say more on that later.
- Sewn Loverly, Wilsonville, OR - I really thought I'd seen my last quilt shop on vacation, but I found hubby had looked one up in the town where we'd spent our last night. The website claimed a stock of both traditional and modern fabrics, and even so I was pleased at how may of my favorites I found on their shelves. Funny thing. Almost every time I pulled out a new-to-me bolt to see what it was, it was Zen Chic Figures, which is last year's line but I guess I'd never seen it up close. So I used the excuse that my stash is low on blue (actually it is!) and chose a couple of prints, plus a mini charm pack for the paper-piecer in my life.
So I came home with some goodies, created a new project idea for myself with that emery, plus made some fun connections. Good times.
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