Oh dear! Did I have fun!!! The Quilt shops were lovely. We went to three on the way up to the Hunter Valley and three different ones on the way home. I can't show you photos of each shop individually because for some reason there was a glitch when I downloaded my photos and I think I lost some photos and some were downloaded out of order....I think. Anyway it can't be helped. I was so careful to photograph the front of each shop before I entered it so I would know what stuff came from where but that doesn't work now so I will just show you my shopping!!!
My favourite shop is actually the closest shop called Blueberries. They had a lovely store - beautifully laid out - eye candy everywhere! The next shop we went to was called Belmont Patchwork Heart. This was also a lovely shop but it wasn't as well organised as the first and that made it a bit hard to see all they had clearly. Lovely people though!
The third shop was a bit harder to find as it had recently moved premises. I am sure it will be worth a visit in the future but it was a bit disorganised at the time due to the move - they had just had new carpet installed - imagine the upheaval that had caused! It is a big store so I look forward to one day seeing it in a more organised state.
One the way home we stopped first at Black Possum Fabricss. It took us an hour and a half to get there and I thought it was all for nothing when I got there to find the door locked! Aggh. But as so often is the case in small towns I wandered next door to the dress shop and asked there if anyone knew what time they opened. Of course they did and though they couldn't explain the reason for the shop to be shut at that time they told me to ask the hairdresser across the road as that was the daughter. She came running and opened the shop for me! It was only a small shop but well stocked and worth seeing - maybe not worth a three hour round trip but don't tell my husband! Then we moved on to Onpoint Patchwork and Needlecraft and Quilt-Essentials. these were both lovely little country stores which have an obvious loyal following of lovely quilters. Both had classes or sewing groups going at the time and were apparently a lot of fun!
And now to the good part - my loot!!! Firstly a little reading.....
then a gorgeous layer cake of Rose Parade and a pack of 8 gorgeous bright fat quarters.
The purple and red are batiks by ? then some golden Urban Chicks, Punctuation (more American Jane) and finally Japanese spots in red.
These are Gyspy Bandanna by Michael Miller (green and red) and a Breath of Avignon by American Jane Patterns for Moda.
I know the bird print is Michael Miller but that is all and the butterflies are Wonderland by MoMo for Moda - yummy again!
Some Kaffe Fasset oil cloth Blossoms and shot cotton for lining maybe for the bag pattern that I bought at Material Obsession last week! I just LOVE those birds!
Yummy "Snippets" by American Jane Patterns for Moda - loving that citrus orange and the red was half price (which is still $9.50 here in OZ!!) and it is a 1930's Storybook pattern by Wyndham Fabrics
are these cute or what!
A meter of Just Wing It by MoMo for Moda - I already have a charm pack and layer cake of this range and love it! This is a twill so I am not sure what it will become or if it will still go into a quilt.....
Well, I did try to warn you that I may have overdosed a bit but that is it. I am now declaring an embargo on buying fabric! Unless I need fabric to compete a binding or border or for a specific purpose and there is nothing in my stash that will work I am not buying! Not until I get my UFO's sewn and am free to sew some of my new stuff (which will no-longer be new by the time I get those UFO's done!) I already have plans for several of the pieces that I bought while away - they were purchased with specific projects in mind - can't say what just yet as I don't want to spoil the surprise for the recipients! Hopefully you will see some finished bits in the near future!
Til next time - I had better go and start sewing - so for me and for you...hopefully, Happy stitching!