Callie and CC found themselves a new toy the other night...
I also have some new toys! Mom and I went on another little road trip last week. First stop was The Quiltmaker's Shoppe in Manchester, IA. I actually remembered to take my camera...but forgot to use it!!!! One of these days I will remember to take it AND to use it. Baby steps, you know. This is a really nice little quilt shop - I have been here a couple of times before, but it's been a few years. They have a nice variety of fabric - Civil War repros, 30's prints, batiks, lots of Kansas Troubles, a nice baby section and more. They carry a lot of notions and patterns as well. Here are my treasures from that stop. Can you tell which ones were not my choices?
We ran across the street to a nice little tea room for lunch. We both had a salad that had chicken and lots of fruit on it - really good!
The next stop was Quilter's Quarters in Lamont, IA. This is a large shop in a wonderful brick building, out in the country. Imagine my surprise when we got there and the building was EMPTY!!!!!! I could not believe it. Again, I hadn't been there for a few years, but I hadn't heard anything about her closing her shop. This place used to have TONS of fabric! So sad. Not sad enough to go home, though! We were close to Independence, IA - so we ventured on. You will never guess what we found there....QUILTER'S QUARTERS! She moved! The shop has the same name and the same feel to it. I knew when we walked in the doors that it had to be the same owner. Still a really nice shop, all re-done with super-high ceilings (again...no pictures!) and lots of space. She has loads of fabric - some oldies, but goodies with great prices. She also now carries my jewelry - so if you are in the area, pop in and check it out - there is lots to look at - here are the ones that made their way home with me.
Again...can you pick out the one that Mom made me (twisted my arm) buy? I think it will be pretty obvious if you enlarge the picture. If you haven't already noticed...Mom and I have totally opposite taste! Her choices will make nice jewelry, though - if I can keep her from stealing it all!
You know that I love presents, right? Well...I won another blog giveaway last week. How exciting! The blog is The Silver Thimble. Be sure to check out her website too - she has the coolest pattern for a tree skirt. I had seen it on someone's blog a while back, but had no idea what the pattern was. Somehow I stumbled across it on her site - I was so excited - I am now the proud owner of that pattern! The book that I won from her blog is:
Last Saturday I received month 6 of my Civil War Chronicles. I actually cut them out and finished them over the long weekend...
And lastly some quick pics of recent jewelry. You will notice that some of these are a little outside my box! Aunt Nancy gave me a nice selection of hand dyed fabrics awhile back and you will see that I used some of them in this batch. Sorry it's sideways - you know I am challenged.
That's all for now - hope you have a great day!