Jul 25, 2012

Mini Quilt Shop Hop Adventure

I had a lot of fun on my mini quilt shop hop!
I left the house at 10:00 a.m. and returned home at 3:15 p.m., and drove 81 miles.
I decided to buy something at each store, making it a bit of a scavenger hunt :)
My first stop was Beverly's in Citrus Heights, about a 15 mile drive from home. Beverly's is a craft store with a large quilting section.  It is a chain store, so I wasn't shy taking photos.

They had lots of Vintage Modern, there were other colors too.

Look at all the bolts of quilting fabric.  They had a lot of it arranged by color.  Pinks, oranges, and on the end aisle next to the orange, are Dr. Seuss prints.

Dr. Seuss minki....

......and lots more minki!

I really liked this owl and woodland section.

Nothing but dots and stripes.

They had a pretty good selection of Amy Butler fabrics.

I spent a lot of time at Beverly's.  We have one in Rocklin too, but not quite as much selection as this one.
My purchase was a Clover l/2" bias tape maker.  If I fold the bias tape in half, it would also be l/4" double fold bias tape. 

My next stop was Thistle Dew Quilt Shoppe in Fair Oaks, about a 5 mile drive.  Fair Oaks is a teeny little town surrounded by lots of other towns, so it isn't in the country.  There are only about 3 blocks of shops, vintage stores, a ribbon shop, a candy store, a couple of antique stores, and two or three little cafes.  There is a park that takes a block and has all sorts of chickens roaming around.  There are many different types and colors of chickens, they all look exotic.  Last December, Mabulane (my daughter in law) and her daughter (my grandaughter) Neo went to the park.  When Mabulane got out of the car and walked on the grass, all the chickens came running towards her.  It startled her, but they left her alone.  It was funny!  
Neo is quite nervous around animals, so she had to be held and had a very worried look on her face :)  This is a photo from December.

Here is a photo of the Thistle Dew Quilt Shoppe.

This shop had some cute fabric.

I bought a Clover brand awl, and fabric with scissors :)

The next stop was Quilter's Corner in Sacramento, another 8 mile drive.  See my cute little convertible?  I drove with the top down the whole time but every time I stopped I put the roof up so that the car wouldn't be burning hot.  It was in the low 80's when I left home, but the temps quickly rose to the high 90's.

This store had a lots of fabric, and they specialized in carrying the largest selection of civil war reproduction fabric in Northern California.  I have a box full and don't really need any more.

I really like this self of Lakehouse Pam Kitty Morning fabrics.

I was really excited to see these John James embroidery needles.  I have been looking for some for a long time.  I also bought some straw needles for applique and 2 yards of Amy Butler fabric (half price) to back my great granny quilt (I will show you pictures soon).

My last stop was the Country Sewing Center, a 21 mile drive to Elk Grove.  I had no idea where I was going, I just set the navigator on my phone and drove.

This was my favorite shop, the fabric selection wasn't any better than the others but I liked the layout of the store.  

I bought a yard of the blue Amy Butler fabric.  I love that print.  I have it in pink and just had to have some in blue.  I bought two pieces of "sewing" fabric and some Aurifil thread.  The saleslady said, "Oh, you're an Aurifil girl".  I guess I am!

The saleslady was so friendly and very knowledgeable.  I asked her if there was a way to get back to Rocklin without going on the highway.  She drew me a little map and I got to enjoy country roads for a while.
I drove by a huge vineyard that went on for about a mile.  I just stuck my arm out of the car and took the picture!  lol

This is a really pretty entranceway to a house, or a mansion!

I had a great day, and am glad I was able to share it with you.

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  1. Thanks for sharing! Felt like I went on a shop hop too :-) Very fun...and your DIL and granddaughter are beautiful.

  2. I truly appreciate the content of your blog.. Keep going.

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  3. What a fun day! I would have loved to sit next to you and kept your company :)