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Quilty Day!

Monday, July 9th, 2007

I had a really great quilty day today! I’ve known that the quilting pirate works at a shop not all that far from here for quite awhile. I’ve been wanting to go, but the thought of taking Erik on a car trip longer than 10 minutes, then dealing with him in the shop has been a strong deterrent. But when she told me that the shop, Patches, is having a 25% off sale on fabric this week I knew I had to get my butt in gear and get out there! How can I resist quilt shop quality fabrics at those prices?

Mike often telecommutes on Tuesdays, so I thought I would head out there that day sans toddler, but this week he doesn’t get to telecommute. That meant I was going to have to take the boy if I wanted to get in on the fabric action.

So off we went, with a plan. I needed to get fabric to compliment my BOM blocks and my Birthday Blocks. Not only that, I needed serious help picking out something that would go well with all the blocks. The colors? They are sort of a mess. It was time to call in the professionals.

We got to the shop without any problems and I had a grand time looking around, though it would have been even grander if I didn’t have to chase around an extremely busy, curious little ball of energy. I could just see him tipping over bolts and pulling patterns and notions off the wall. He wound himself up good, running in circles around the counters and up and down the ramp. I’m sure everyone heaved a big sigh of relief when we walked out the door. Quilt shops and toddlers don’t mix. At least I knew the Quilting Pirate so I didn’t have to be quite so embarrassed when he wanted up on the cutting table and “helped” her cut out my pieces.

I’m so glad the owner and the Quilting Pirate were there to help me! I think both quilts are going to turn out great with the fabric choices. Here’s a couple of sneak previews. I really must get my mom’s wall hanging done before I tackle these two tops. I have quilting ADD. It feels like I never finish a project because I see other things that look more fun and get excited about them while leaving an almost finished project in the dust.


Mmmmmm. . . lucious

I told myself I was absolutely not going to buy any unnecessary fabric. Once I caught a glimpse of this collection I decided it was necessary. The two at the end don’t actually belong to the collection, but I might use them in the quilt anyway. Current plan is maybe a Drunkard’s Path or some kind of circle motif. That could change.

BOM fabric

I’m going to set off the blocks with a very thin strip of black. I think it will make a very purty quilt. (I have a total of 16 blocks)

Birthday Block sashing

I had no clue how to finish off this quilt. I got these blocks in the birthday block swap (I rec’d a total of 15) and they are all so different that I was overwhelmed. The Quilting Pirate picked out the yellow/orange combo for sashing and I can’t believe how well it goes! I never, ever would have picked out those colors but it really works!

I need to go back to the quilt shop. Need, I tell you! And I need to go when I’m all alone so I can drool over all the patterns, fabric and notions that I will spend way too much money on. I guess it’s a good thing it’s a wee bit of a drive. If it was closer I would be living there and Mike would have to take on a second job to support my habit.