My husband, Himself, not only plans, maps out the route and makes reservations for all our family trips, he also makes sure there’ll be plenty of stops at quilt shops along the way.
It’s fun to see what’s popular in other parts of the country and with one glaring exception, I enjoyed every single one of these shops. I won’t be naming my less than favorite, but His Awesomeness described it as something from a horror movie involving serial killer quilting grandmas. It was THAT bad.
These are fabric panels, roughly 5×7, that I’ll be putting into a quilt to commemorate our trip. I chose the Mardi Gras fabric as the border for the Louisiana panel. The other border fabrics I’ll pull from my obnoxiously large stash.
This was also the shop I walked out of carrying only a small bag which prompted The Diva to ask if I was mentally ill. Smart aleck.
I fell in love with this pattern.
Tennessee offered up the jackpot of shops and I hit ’em all, much to The Diva’s dismay.
They’re one of several shops statewide participating in the Row by Row 2015. As theirs lacked the dreaded a-word (appliqué), I jumped in. I’m planning to put these in with the panels I bought in Lake Charles.
Her row is Tennessee Tornadoes (paper-pieced, can I get a ‘hallelujah’?!?). And there’s that gentle reminder to quilt what you’ve pieced on her license plate. Not that I know ANYONE who needs to be told that. Ahem.
This was a nice shop, big and bright with something for everyone.
My literal thinking gray matter has a hard time with the abstract, but let’s see if I can remember the gist of this one. The arches are a bridge, blue’s the water (duh), the orange and black have to do with traveling the road to racial harmony and the musical notes are for Memphis’ rich music heritage. Whew. There was a lot of thought put into this one.
A little something from here, there and yonder made for a fun and successful F.A.R.T (that’s a fabric acquisition road trip).
I’m so ready to F.A.R.T. again.