Saturday, April 9, 2011

Shop Hop - The Big Loop

12 hours and 435 miles later....I have arrived home from the 8 most distant shops on the Treasure Shop Hop.   A HUGE Thank You to my BFF Emily, who was totally ready to be done at mile 250.  Unfortunately for her, I was driving her car at that point and convinced her to go the extra 60 miles out of the way to hit 3 more shops and saving me a 5 hour trip tomorrow having to double back to go to them.  She was a rather pleasant kidnap victim. (It probably helps that I drove the 300 miles on the winding mountains roads.)

This was my mission - batiks!  There are 28, 1/3yard cuts plus a fat quarter.  You all need to be impressed that several of them are pastel.  (I'm trying to get out of my comfort zone...) 1/3 yard is my favorite cut because I can cut a 2.5" jelly roll strip, then a 5" strip to be cut into friendship/charm squares, and I still have 1/8 yard left for applique.  As you can see...I was actively seeking purples to round out the stash.

The doorprize/hostess gifts were AMAZING!  In addition to water, cookies, and snacks were several patterns, home made soap, a seam allowance guide, a fat quarter of my choice, pre-cut triangles with a pair of scissors (!!!!), a glasses case kit, a tape measure and some random chunks of fabric.

I was a little distracted by some non-batik a fat quarter of red, red & black 5" squares, and pearl cotton in neutral colors.  I picked up some Thread Heaven for a give-away that I'm planning while I was in Oregon and didn't have to pay sales tax.  And the cute dotted scissors were from a brand new shop that just opened in Baker that wasn't a hop shop.  There were lovely fabrics - just not my style...but I couldn't leave without buying SOMETHING to help keep a new quilt shop going!

Each shop put together a block kit, of which $2 will be donated to Project Linus.    In all honesty, the blocks don't coordinate and I only like 3 of the 15 patterns.  I will most likely dump all the fabrics in one pile and make something entirely different.

One of the shops included some "grab bag" type items that neither of us are inclined to use.  These are free to a good home - first come first serve.

The blue is a panel that includes 10 different nursery rhymes - 6" squares to the edge of the gingham.

The tan and green fabrics are fat 1/8ths

The pattern is for a 42"x 42" quilt that includes piecing, applique and embroidery.

Now...I'm off to a hot bubbly and bed!


Ethne said...

Sounds like you had a real blast - and lots of fabric, goodies etc to boot - have fun

Quilter in the Gap said...

I would be interested in the nursery rhyme panels. I will gladly pay shipping if you would like.

Bailey said...

I totally feel ya on the blocks not going together well and not really caring for too many of them. 2 friends and I did the Oregon and Caldwell shop yesterday, will hit the local ones throughout the week and head up to McCall and Garden Valley next Saturday. I'll still get a block from each shop, my quilt group wants the patterns. If nobody in my group is going to actually want the block kits, we'll put them in a quilt top for donation to charity.