A quilting friend of mine recently retired and is now spending her days just like me...focused on family, friends, and fabrics. When I retired awhile back, this Quilter Friend presented me with an armload of gifts, specially chosen just for me! She knows me very well as we worked together for over eleven years. She gifted me with pincushions, a journal all the way from Cuba 'cause she knows I love to write, a notepad 'cause I always make lists, a fabric-covered plate for "dessert", some yummy candies, a tote bag for my goodies, and a few other treasures. But the gift that went straight to my heart is the quilted table topper she made just for me!
Do you see my name on the Quilt Shop? How cool is that? Quilter Friend has done several landscape quilt pieces over the years and I don't have the patience, fabric, or skill to try it myself. She tells me the houses on the hill and the mountain in the background are the places that Woodworker Hubby and I will travel to now that we are both retired. Surrounding my quilt shop are the "smaller" mountains, streams, and valleys that all do their part in making Cape Breton such a beautiful place to live. Thank you so much, Quilter Friend, you are a special lady!
And for those of you who are wondering? No, I don't have a quilt shop, but she and I both agree that we probably have enough fabric in our stash to open one!
Speaking of fabric...again...I finally got to visit the Avonport Fabric Discount Centre. The shop is almost four hours away, but very close to where we were for the last few days attending my son's graduation...he is now a teacher and we are so proud of him! He joins his older sister in the teaching profession...kind of a family tradition, I guess, since Woodworker Hubby is a retired teacher and I also taught for many years before changing careers.
Back to fabric...after a quick hour in the shop with Woodworker Hubby helping me choose everything from fabrics to a magic wand for picking up pins, I left the shop with a smile on my face and a bag full of must-haves!
I am trying to build up my fabric collection to use in "civil war" type projects. Fat quarters are my pre-cuts of choice and the pretty pinks and the shirtings were just what I was looking for! I was going to take pictures of the shop, but realize that the shop's web site has better pictures than I could possibly take. Check it out by clicking here.
I probably wouldn't have purchased quite so much in Avonport if I had known the mailman came while we were out of town...this bundle of fat quarters was waiting for me from The Fat Quarter Shop. I purchased the fabric using the gift certificate I won awhile back thanks to Cyndi at Cut Up and Sew . The fabric is Beryl Fleur Rouge by Anna Griffin. I adore these blues, tans, and creams!
I joined a Monthly-Mini program at the Temecula Quilt Company. Every month I receive a little kit in the mail complete with reproduction fabrics. This month's kit that was waiting for me included a tiny little tumbler template to make a tiny little quilt! They even included linen string to "tie" the little quilt if I prefer. This should work up fast!
My third package was the second kit in the Prairie Women's Sewing Circle, Journey Two designed by Pam Buda at Heartspun Quilts. After I won a gorgeous little quilt kit from Pam ( you can see the finished quilt here) I became very interested in her patterns and decided I wanted to join a Prairie Women's Sewing Circle. My kits are prepared by Country Sampler Quilt Shop in Spring Green, WI. This month's kit is called Prairie Huswyfe and is about 28" x 28"...a perfect size for me. This is how my kit arrived...all wrapped up like a present.
So you can see I have all the fabric I need...my new motto is more sewing, less shopping! But please don't hold me to it...
I've been doing a lot of hand quilting this week but no finishes to show you yet. I did finish a little embroidery for my Garden Steps Stitch and Quiltalong designed by Clover and Violet. This is Block 5...pretty little flowers!
I guess I better get to my sewing corner now. It's a great day for quilting!