|Old Town Quilt Shop, Orcutt|
Retracing? Unacceptable! Time-consuming and ecologically unsound!
This year, we were determined to do all nine shops north of us--well, north of me--in one day, thereby eliminating the need to retrace. Then we'd finish up over the weekend again.
(Btw, I don't have a photo from every shop this year, not to play favorites, but because some of the pics just didn't turn out.)
|What I bought there this year|
|Checkout at The Quiltery, Paso Robles|
|Quilters Cupboard has some batiks|
I have a cooler! I would BYOL (bring my own lunch) and even a thermos with iced coffee. No stopping at Starbucks this time around.
I got to bed earlier than usual the night before, but had trouble sleeping, due to excitement and knowing the alarm was going to go off way too early for me.
I lay there awake, thinking about a certain annoying person I have to deal with, and a fun new project I'm going to do, and reminding myself, "Don't TRY to fall asleep, that just makes me tense, just rest," and then, "Since I'm awake, I might as well get up and email so-and-so and get that off my to-do list."
Anyway, my shopping judgment may have been affected by lack of sleep. Because I had a particular quilting project in mind, and I knew I needed 1/8 to 1/4 yard of 15 to 20 different fabrics, because it's a Bargello kind of thing, so naturally I really needed 1/3 to 1/2 yard of each fabric in order to:
1) allow for beginner quilter boo-boos
2) have some left over for another project?
3) give myself an excuse to shop more.
4) all of the above.
|So does Sew Fun have some batiks (like, a lot!)|
|More batiks at The Cotton Ball!|
|And Betty's in SLO|
I did pretty well with focusing on batiks for my intended project.
Occasionally I got distracted.
|Who can resist these adorable fairies?|
|The only danger is that Mom might feel compelled to play those notes!|
Seriously, despite our mildly mad rush, we found some very pretty fabrics that go well together.
I ran into a couple of acquaintances along the way and I hope I wasn't too rude in not stopping to chit-chat for long. We were on a mission! (No offense, but for us, this was a quilt shop RUN, folks, not a quilt shop walk!)
|Batik dragons! From The Cotton Ball|
I was home before nightfall and able to go for a walk to stretch my legs. Bravo to Elisa, Best Driver in the West!
Last night, before stumbling into bed, I had just enough energy to spread out my newly acquired stash on the floor; if I unfolded each piece, it would cover the whole living room. I see I did a pretty good job of homing in on my required colors, but maybe repeated a few tones more than necessary. I didn't really keep track as I shopped.
There are a few gaps in the color palette I need for the intended project, so I will do my best to focus, focus, focus as I finish up the tour.