I didn't get a chance to post yesterday, because Sweet Pea only has half days of school Thursday and Friday this week due to parent/teacher conferences. That's keeping me hopping.
Because we had some free time together yesterday, Sweet Pea and I went to my LQS to check things out. The shop was having a "Michiana" Spring Fling...six stores in Michigan and Indiana working together for a shop hop. I wanted to join in, but given that this is finals week, I have a boat load of grading to do, and grades are due Tuesday, I figured I better not. I'll save my time and money for Shipshewana instead.
But, I dropped a bunch of cash at the quilt store...oops. I read another friend's blog the other day (Hi, Maggie), and she said she made a rule at the Chicago quilt show to shop until either her tote bag was full or she ran out of money. She said her tote bag was full before she ran out of money. Man! How do you do that, Maggie?! I ran out of money and my shopping bag wasn't that big! :-) Granted, I spent $50 registering for a class at the shop, so that was a big part of it. They are doing a Tree of Life project from Edyta Sitar's new book. (I have information on her book on my "Books I Love" page if you want to know more about it.) I am really excited for the class, because I have been wanting to do this Tree of Life project...it's beautiful, and I want to start getting to know some people here in town who quilt. It's been a little lonely since the move that way. And, this class is perfect, because school is out for me now, and I'll be able to do a class during the work day. I got to know Kathleen, the owner of the shop, a little yesterday, and I'm hoping I'll get to know more of the gals soon. I am excited for it. I bought these triangle papers to use for the class (I don't know what that little thing up in the corner of the package is. Hmmm....a crumb from Sweet Pea? Sorry!):
I have been hankering for some handwork lately. This quilt shop also has a great selection of little wool, projects. (You'd love it, Michelle!) I picked up this little project that I'll make as a gift for Sweet Pea's teacher. I hope she likes it. It's a little candle mat (or something) with an apple on it. I loved the variegated cotton thread/floss they had used on the shop sample, so I picked up some of that, too:
I really love all the colors of the DMC cotton thread/floss they have at this store. I decided I might need to start collecting them (yeah, that's what I need, another thing to collect!), because I like doing little wool projects so I have some handwork at night. I thought I better get something in which to keep all the thread that I'm going to collect, and I need something to keep my quilt stencils in. I looked around the shop, but their plastic containers were so blasted expensive (minimum $17-18 apiece). I went to Target after we were at the quilt shop and picked up these two containers...Perfect! And, together, they were only $10. Target really has a lot of cute stuff for storage, I think.
I have such a fetish for organizational tools and plastic storage containers. You'd think my sewing room would be really organized as a result, but it's not. I think it's because I have such a hodpodge of storage containers due to my fetish of buying them intermittently (instead of deciding what I need and buying a bunch of them at once). Maybe someday it will all come together for me! haha!
I picked up the last two months' worth of the BOM I started with this shop. You might remember this was the one I wasn't sure I wanted to continue. I decided to bite the bullet and do a couple more months of it. I'd like to have a quilt I can donate to a good cause at the end of the year, so I think this will be it. It's pretty, but I won't be that attached to it, so it might be the right quilt for that.
Sweet Pea was such an ANGEL while I shopped. She sat up at the front of the shop and drew on the chalkboard tablecloth they had at the kid's table. So, I asked her if she wanted to pick out a couple of fat quarters for her stash. She was so excited. She picked these two beautiful batiks:
Later, when we were at Target, she saw a new swimming suit she wanted. I was going to buy her a new suit anyway this year, so I let her get it, because they only had one of these suits. I just knew if we came back later, they wouldn't have it. She told me I could have her fat quarters if she could get the suit. Score one for me! ha ha. She's a good kid.
Well, I better run. I have lots of work to do before I need to pick her up from school. On tap for the weekend: Work on the BOMs pictured above and get more accomplished on the appilque BOM I am doing from Pat Sloan. We'll see what else I can get done. I'll update you next week. I have a couple of other cool things to show you next week, too. I hope you have a wonderful weekend and that you can get lots of sewing time in!
Until next time,