Western Washington Quilt Shop Hop

June 22 to 26, 2011 was the Western Washington Quilt Shop Hop.  I have seen this “hop” advertised in previous years, but I never made the trek before now.  This year, with my husband and daughter both working on Saturday, I decided I would venture out and use the “hop” as an opportunity to seek out and visit some new quilt shops south of the border.
There were over 50 shops on the list this year.  I only visited the 5 shops in the Lynden/Bellingham area:  Fourth Corner Quilts and Calico Country in Bellingham and The Needle & I, Folktales, Fabric-Etc, and Tangled Threads in Lynden.  I remembered to take along my camera, however, as I went to use it the first time I realized I forgot the memory card at home.  🙁 
I also stopped at Joann’s where I purchased the following black/white fabrics.  I have a plan in mind for these so they shouldn’t sit in the stash for long.

These are some of my other purchases.  I am saving animal skin fabrics to make a quilt someday for my daughter.  The blue fabric is for a Hawaiian themed quilt I have in the planning stages.  The Warm Tater batting is to make a few microwave baked potato cookers.  The Shape Cut ruler is something I have wanted for some time and I decided to use my 40% off coupon from Joann’s to purchase one. 

I also purchased a couple of patterns:

Summer Holiday: Quilt Shop Purchases

Of course when you visit new quilt shops while on vacation, it is impossible to leave the shops empty handed. There are always some wonderful treasures that follow you home!

This was a free pattern that I got from Quilters Haven. The pattern is for a nine patch quilt. I don’t necessarily need the patternto make the quilt, but I thought what was included on the pattern was cute. “Relax! This simple little baby quilt, unlike a baby, will not take you nine months to complete. But, it is the perfect pattern to make up quickly for the baby quilt you should have started nine months ago when your friend told you she was pregnant.”
I underestimated how long it would take to finish the handwork I took along on my trip. I found myself halfway through my holiday and without handwork. I headed down to the local quilt shop in Weyburn and picked up the supplies and pattern to make this cute wall hanging. This pattern is called, “Quiltmakers” and is from, The Freckles Collection. http://www.frecklescollection.com/old/

These are the fabrics that I couldn’t resist. First, the perfect souvenir of my trip, a collection of Thimbleberris fat quarters from the “Greetings from Canada” line. http://www.trendtexfabrics.com/?p=sec_2
The second piece of fabric was a fat quarter depicting jelly beans and licorice allsorts. I also picked up three thirties reproductions fabrics to add to my growing collection.
The fabric at the bottom of the picture was a chicken and wheat print from the “Cockle-Doodle-Doo!” collection by Bonnie Sullivan. I wanted fabric that depicted wheat to commemorate my visit to Saskatchewan, The Wheat Province. When I found fabric that had both wheat and chickens, I knew it had to come home with me.
I picked up this pattern from a Saskatchewan artist that features grain elevators.
This table topper pattern was designed by the folks at the Quilt Patch.
The Folded Snowflake pattern is from another Saskatchewan quilter, D J Richards. http://www.djrichardsdesign.ca/ I also picked up this book by Billie Lauder. This book was the inspiration for my recent challenge project. Sorry, no pictures yet. The reveal will be at our guild’s quilt show at the end of October and so I am sworn to secrecy until then.

My Patterns Finally Arrived

I ordered two patterns from my local quilt shop on May 3. The shop called Thursday to say that they were finally in. Whoo hoo! (That is Pamspeak for Yahoo!!!)

The two patterns were, “All About Me” from Atkinson Designs and “Charm Party Tote” from Quiltsillustrated.

This picture is not my quilt, it is from the cover of the “All About Me” pattern. I plan to use my collection of Halloween fabrics to make this quilt.

This is a picture of the tote from the cover of the “Charm Party Tote” pattern. I have 4 Moda charm packs–two from their “A Little Romance” line and two from their “Sonnet” line.

The “A Little Romance Line” is the softest purple/pink/green collection of fabrics. I started on that tote last night. I am determined to stay as close as possible to the directions on this first tote that I am making. I know the next time I make this pattern I will be making some modifications. The pattern lists fifteen 1/2″ buttons in the supplies required, but if it weren’t for the picture of the finished product, you would have no idea there were buttons on this tote. No where in the pattern directions does it mention when these buttons are supposed to be applied or where. I am applying buttons before putting the lining in the bag so I can hide my threads from the back of the buttons. Also, the pattern designer claims their motto is, “No wimpy bags!”. This bag is anything but wimpy if you make it according to the directions in the pattern–there is fusible fleece applied to the front and back of the bag, fusible fleece applied to the lining, fusible fleece applied to the inside and outside pockets. This bag will definitely be able to stand by itself when I a m done with it. Also, there is no closure on this bag. I am thinking of applying one of those magnetic purse closures to the bag this time. I am looking at other purse / bag patterns to see if there is a way that I can apply a zipper if I make this pattern again in the future.

Today, I am taking a break from working on customer quilts. I have been working on the WFC–that is Wacky FAB Challenge. I can’t show pictures as this is totally secret. It is a secret for the person that I am exchanging with and for everyone else. On the agreed upon date (or sooner if everyone is finished ahead of time), all FABs will log online at the same time and open our exchanges. This should be fun. There has been a lot of teasing and hinting going on–but no one is revealing what they are making.