Sunday, September 30, 2007

Shop Hop - Part 1

Here is what you all have been waiting for! The Shop Hop posts!

As you may remember, I spent the Friday evening before the hop mapping out our route and printing everything out on Mapquest so that Maddy could navigate. I also had my little book with notes of what I was looking for and yardages for the Big shirt and the Very Badley bag. I was very much prepared for our trip!

Maddy met me at the Crayons 2 Computers building and we left around 11 AM to drive to the Quilt Box in Dry Ridge, KY. I had no idea what I was expecting, but I was a bit let down by the shop. I don't know if it was the single lane driveway with curves, bends and no way to get out of the way if someone comes up the opposite way or the fact that it was the first day of the hop and the workers were already acting frazzled. I do not think that I will return to the shop on my own because of this and because it is so far from my house. Maddy was able to get her passport there, but they didn't gice her a free fat quarter for signing up and they didn't have a little holder for her papers either. And we were not given a pattern for the block from their store. Needless to say, I didn't buy anything from this shop.

Once we left the Quilt Box, we drove into Burlington to Cabin Arts. This shop was in a little log cabin and it was so cute! They had so many bolts of fabric though, that it was stacked 10-15 deep in some areas and it was tough to walk through the rooms if someone else was also in the room. It also made it difficult to see what was on every bolt. I was able to buy some fabric here and Maddy got some, too. I also got a picture of the shirt that one of the workers had made for her husband. It's amusing!

I plan on making myself pants and pillowcases of my men. Eventually, they will probably been my dream men. :)

I had also gotten some miscellaneous fabrics to use in my I Spy quilt.

Once we left Cabin Arts, we went to the Quilt Bug in Indiana. I got a few patterns there - Little Charmers I and III table runners. This is also the shop where I won the door prize from. We didn't hang around this shop for too long.

We left the Indiana store, drove back through Kentucky and went to the store in Amelia in Eastern Cincinnati - Victorian Quilt Shop. I figured that we would be in and out quickly because I have not always had such great experiences in the store. I was very pleasantly surprised that day. I found the line of dog fabric and bought a few of them. I also found some interesting other fabrics. I am not sure what I will do with the dogs, but I think that they are so cute!!

Also, since we got a 20% discount on one book, pattern or notion at each store, I bought at least a pattern or book from each store.

We hit one more store on Saturday before we gave up. Tune in later and I will continue the update on the Shop Hop! :)


Moneik said...

Sounds like you had a great time on your shop hop. I'm hoping my aunt and I can do one this weekend. We'll just have to see though.

Jen said...

Wow, you really got some fun things. A few weeks back between my mom, Maureen and I we picked up all of thsoe little charmers patterns. I also just got a purse pattern by that same person as yours. Your fabric is WAY fun. Now, somewhere in the world there is an ironing board cover where the mans clothes dissapear when ironed. I think it was shown in one of the Quilters Home magazines....that would be hilarious for you to have!!!

Heather said...

Love your man fabric.. I have some for an apron kit that I got on my quilt run