Monday, October 12, 2009

Shopped Till We Dropped and More POTC's


Boy oh boy did we have fun shopping in Pennsylvania last week! I purchased 44 yards of fabric and a pair of scissors. The fabric is mostly reproduction, one Asian, some 1930's, Kaffe Fassett and a handful of allsorts. I also purchased 200 thread count muslin for Dorothy Bakers Sweet Nostalgia and some fabric from a line called, Kansas Winter to make a pattern my sister bought for me in California, called Ringing in the New. Oh, and background stitchery fabric for Over the River and Through the Woods, but was unable to find a nice blend of black and tans for the rest of the quilt. I'm thinking this is going to be a challenge.


Another challenge I face is finding red fabric for Aunt Millie's Flower Garden. I'm very picky when it comes to red and it has to be just the right shade. I didn't find anything in Pennsylvania and wonder if maybe I should consider another colour? But, I do love how it looks in red! I also purchased 5 yards of muslin to back stitchery blocks and I think I found a suitable fabric to go around my Shades of Autumn POTC blocks. It's the green fabric in my shopping bag. Photo above.


We also stopped at Boyds Bear Country to see the bears. Sadly, the museum was closed for renovations. It would have been fun to see the old bears. I didn't find any new bears to add to my collection. They seemed to all look the same, just with different outfits.

Isn't it interesting how quilt shops display fabric? Some shops group fabric strictly by colour. So, if you were looking for a specific collection (new line) of fabric, it would be scattered throughout the shop according to the colour of the bolt. Not so good if you like to purchase by collection. Other shops display by manufacturer. So for example, all Moda fabric would be grouped together. Not so good if you are looking for a specific colour, but good if you are looking for a collection by a specific manufacturer. And, some shops group by types of fabric. Like batiks, reproduction, 1930's and new fabric lines. In most cases, they also have a large collection of fabric grouped by colour. That would be the way I like it best.


All Hallows Eve - POTC Block 7


Indian Corn - POTC Block 8

Just eight more blocks to go for my Shades of Autumn POTC quilt. My fingers are crossed, that the green fabric I purchased in Pennsylvania will work well with my blocks. Still, I will first go through my stash and see what else I may find. Plus I need to select a fabric for the little squares.

Until next week.....happy quilting!

Karen

P.S. Thank you Teresa for the Blog De Oro award!

P.P.S. Today is Thanksgiving here in Canada, so Happy Thanksgiving to all my fellow Canadian bloggers and followers!

 
 
 

19 comments:

Cathi said...

Happy Thanksgiving to you too!!
Your shopping trip sounds fantastic. Love all those fabrics.
Your Indian Corn POTC block is fabulous as is All Hallows Eve. Hope you show the blocks against/beside the green.

Janet said...

Wow you know how to shop, I can't imagine that much fabric on one trip, lol. Happy thanksgiving to all Canadians.

Fiesta said...

Happy Thanksgiving Karen. Enjoy your lovely purchases.

Funoldhag said...

Karen, what a fun, productive shopping trip you had! Just being in a great shop with all the beautiful fabric makes a quilter feel on top of the world. Enjoy all your good stuff. Your new blocks are really pretty, too. You will have another beautiful quilt on your hands. And, Happy Thanksgiving! Do you celebrate with a big dinner? Carol

Crispy said...

Oooo pretty fabrics!! I don't mind how a quilt shop is layed out as I tend to buy what ever catches my eye and I love just strolling around. Your POTC's are just BEAUTIFUL!! I can hardly wait to see it all finished, no pressure...just excited LOL.

Crispy

Gail said...

Happy Thanksgiving! Enjoy the day. Perhaps there will be time for sewing another block to go with the lovely ones you've shown us! I hope you find the fabric you're looking for, I know just how frustrating that can be!

Susan said...

It looks like you had a great shopping trip! That stack of fabric should keep you busy for a day or two! ;o)

Lee said...

What a haul of fabric. I didn't realize you are in Ontario so the drive to PA was a long one, but looks like well worth it. I enjoy seeing all of your accomplishments. time to get my turkey in the oven for tonights feast! happy Thanksgiving to you too!

Lisa said...

44 yards???!!!!! Wow, you are the Fabric Shopping Queen! That trip sounds wonderful, and you'll have lots of fun with all that fabric.

quilt32 said...

Enjoyed hearing about your trip. I'd love to see all of that fabric in person.

Hope you're having a great Thanksgiving.

Quilt Hollow said...

Your an awesome shopper! A great fabric collector!

Carrie P. said...

44 yards. Wowee!! How much fun was that shopping trip!!! So glad you had a great time.

Purple Pam said...

What a fun time for you! I like the fabrics you purchased. Now you must get busy and start sewing them all up into a project!

belinda said...

Woo Hoo...FABRIC....now you're my kind of shopping partner!!!

Debbie J said...

Happy Thanksgiving! You had a very nice shopping trip. I hope you find the shade of red you are needing! Thanks for visiting my Angel Scraps Quilting Blog. Blogs like yours really inspire me to keep working hard. I only have a limited amount of time to quilt and get frustrated at how slow I am sometimes. I love your list of projects, done, in progress, thought about, etc. Might add a progress list to my side bar. Debbie J.

Dorothy said...

Sounds like you had a successful shopping trip to Pa. DH and I are hoping to get down there at the end of the month.

Zlaty said...

What a fun trip you had! I live in Pa and I see you liked our shops! :)

I have never been to the Boyds bear museum either. My husband's last name is Boyd but they are not connected to the bear company! :))

Happy sewing with your new fabrics! Are you gonna square up those blocks, just curious, I love them!

Zlaty

tooznie said...

The blocks are really neat looking, I'm pretty sure I haven't seen them before!

Robin said...

I'm loving your POTC blocks! They are just lovely. And so much fabric! Mmmmm... fabric. :)