A while back I went into my local quilt shop looking for a fat quarter of teal to use in my "Autumn Flight" quilt.
You know how that goes. The shop is filled with brand new fabrics and a person just can't help looking. I was trapped, but it wasn't my fault at all! If the store didn't bring in so many tempting woven morsels I wouldn't have had a problem. So I blame it all on the management.
I discovered a wonderful display of Moda's new "Woolies" flannels. I should know better than to pet the fabrics. Oh, my. Sooo soft! What to do? Not my colors, but richly autumn. Not my style, but so very, very soft!
I argued with myself, but the "I want" argument shouted down the "don't need", and I walked out with a two half yard pieces of cream and a thick 10" layer cake of mixed colors.
It all screamed, "Winter!" And I thought, "snowball fight!" So that's what I'm working on now. One lap sized snowball fight quilt.
I'm becoming reacquainted with flannel. I really should have starched it before cutting! The looser weave that helps to make it so soft also creates flexibility that promotes stretching, and I'd forgotten how easily it frays I'll need to figure out how to reinforce the seams so nothing will come apart with repeated washing.
Part 2: Summer shop hop
Once a season four of us quilting buddies get together and head off along the highways of Nebraska on a shopping expedition. We became fast friends while teaching in the same school for many years. We take the day to enjoy the company and laughter of our crazy little group, and we are addicted to fabric and fun.
Last Monday morning we piled into Midge's van fortified with coffee and muffins and set out on our summer day trip. We had a specific goal this day. We hadn't been to Fremont and the fabulous Country Traditions for quite a while. Fremont is about an hour north of Lincoln on Highway 77. If you are a quilter traveling through Nebraska on I-80, this store is definitely worth the side trip.
|Country Traditions in Fremont, NE|
That's how long we stayed, too - over two hours in one store!
|Anne and Midge in the Civil War reproduction section.|
|Shelley at the cash register with Scott.|
We decided to come straight back to Lincoln to get lunch, and we wound up in the Havelock neighborhood. After a leisurely lunch we moved on down the street and dropped in at the Cosmic Cow.
|The Cosmic Cow|
|Shelley really didn't buy all of those fabrics stacked on the counter. Did she?|
Even though we'd only visited two stores, it was a fabulous day! The afternoon was wearing on and it had been a long day of shopping, so we went back Midge's house and visited for awhile before heading on home.
Can't wait till the next trip. We've already set a date in early October! I think we'll be traveling west this time. I do have the greatest friends!
And now I need to get back to my snowball fight!