In an effort to continue catching up, my next two posts will be about quilt shops I got to visit while in Florida over the holidays. See, my parents just moved to Florida from Arizona. I like to scope out the quilt shops where they move to so that I know what to shop for when I'm down there. My favorite place in Tucson was The Quilter's Market. I loved their selection of brights and batiks. Well, Florida is another great place to shop for brights and batiks!
One of my first stops was Three Crafty Ladies quilt shop on Sanibel Island. What a cool shop!
The first thing I noticed when I walked in was all the shop samples. I think it's fun to shop in towns other than your own, because the style of the quilters can be so different. I took lots of photos of the samples, and the owner said it was okay for me to. But please remember, she asked, these are copyrighted patterns and to respect the copyright. :-) I loved all the pattern, color, and quilting on this one!
The interesting thing about this quilt shop is that it was much more than a quilt shop. They had so many different craft supplies for being such a small shop. For example, look at all these cross stitch patterns they had.
Papa Pea started admiring the cutting table. I've been sort of complaining about how wobbly my table is and how there is no functional storage underneath it. He saw this and asked if he should build me something like this. I said, "Um, YEAH!" But only about half as long. My studio wouldn't support one this long. I liked how it had a piece of glass that sat down in it so you could take the cutting mat off and do other projects, like painting, and easily clean off the table. I also loved all the storage underneath. (There were open shelves on both sides.) So, we took measurements, and I've made some sketches. I think I'd add a couple of drawers across the top as well.
I really liked these recessed panels on the end, too. Makes it look like a fine piece of furniture. But after further consideration, I think I'd put pegboard here, from which to hang rulers. What do you think?
This was a really fun place to shop. Totally worth a little extra effort to get there (i.e., a $6 toll to get across the bridge). I would really encourage you to stop there and check it out. There was a very sweet gal at the shop who told me she had just bought it from the previous owners. She was taking ownership in a couple of days. It was December 30, I think when we were there, and she took ownership on January 1. I will definitely be seeing her again!
If you want to keep up with their shop, here's how you can:
You can check out their blog here: http://threecraftyladies.blogspot.com/
You can Like them on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Three-Crafty-Ladies-LLC/282643711784215?sk=wall
I ordered this chicken with a cilantro sauce. OMG, it was so good! And next to it are mashed potatoes with corn and shredded cheese, with more cilantro sauce on it. Definitely not on my diet but soooo good!
It was a good day. I'm ready to go back. Anyone up for a field trip?
Until next time,