Archive for August, 2015

Row by Row: Central Illinois

August 30, 2015

Of course, I had to visit some quilt shops while I was home. Didn’t have time to visit all the shops in surrounding towns so I picked two that had nice row patterns and that I’d never been to before. I’d heard about them from a couple of people I met at my first Jinny Beyer Hilton Head seminar. Who would have thought I’d meet people from my Illinois home town down in South Carolina?

I would like to have stopped at the shop in Arthur, IL but I didn’t want to cut the timing too closely. I needed to get home in time to have lunch and relax before changing for the wedding and driving there. There was more driving involved than I would have liked because one shop was an hour east of town and the other an hour northwest of town.

First I drove to Paris, IL to Lori’s Pins ‘n Needles. This is a good sized store for a small town. I picked up the kit for this one because of the embellishments. How could I pass up their license plate? And, the background with writing on it?

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I picked up a few fat quarters in my color scheme.

I picked up a few fat quarters in my color scheme.

The second shop was Stewarts Sewing Machines in Mt. Zion, IL. This is a much smaller shop than Lori’s. I got a newspaper print, a texting print, and a coral for my shop hop default color scheme.

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Surprize, I went to a third shop. It was a few blocks from the wedding venue. The wedding was at 5 p.m., so how could I not go to the quilt shop first? Main Street Quilt Company is in Shelbyville, IL. They had two row by row patterns, one applique and one pieced. I got the kit for the applique because it had the printed sign for Lake Shelbyville. That meant I could get the pieced pattern free. I managed to resist buying other fabric.

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The day after the wedding I headed up to Chicago to visit my brother for a few days. Of course I stopped at a coupld of shops on the way. One had a license plate I had to have and the other had a cute pattern.

I keep getting the name wrong on this store: Sew Sassy in Urbana, IL. It’s in the Lincoln Square Mall which looks to be on it’s last legs. Not many stores or customers. It’s a nice little store. They were out of license plates so I had to have them mailed. I graduated from University of Illinois so was happy to pick up the block I print.

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Not much further up the road was Kathys Needle And I in Rantoul, IL. She has a dog thing, specifically scotties, going on. I picked up some a tractor advertising print and a dog rescue print.

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How cute are these guys?

How cute are these guys?

I considered stopping at a shop closer to Chicago but their web site was broken and I was kind of shopped out.

Happily Ever After: The Finish

August 30, 2015

While I was talking to Becky about the shopping trip she mentioned that they had samples in the store. Could I do a scalloped border? Oh, crap. Well, I’ve never done one but, yes, I can do that. I sent her pictures of the 2 types of scalloped borders: serpentine which is easier and what I think of as the Baltimore album border which is harder to get the binding right. She said the serpentine border was fine. Good. I’ve also never done bias binding before so not having to do the tight turns was a relief.

The design we chose is simple but getting the squares lined up evenly across the sashing with no match points can be a problem. If they don’t line up, it shows. I found someone’s blog where they had done the same sort of design. Instead of squares with long sashing on the diagonal rows, she framed each square so that when two were sewn together, the frames were the width of the planned sashing. I did that.

I don’t have a decent design wall so I used my bed.

The squares laid out on my bed for color and print arrangement.

The squares laid out on my bed for color and print arrangement.

I used these numbered pins to label each square. Since the pins didn't go high enough I had to get creative and use multiples that added up to the number I needed. In hindsight, I should have just pinned a piece of paper to each block.

I used these numbered pins to label each square. Since the pins didn’t go high enough I had to get creative and use multiples that added up to the number I needed. In hindsight, I should have just pinned a piece of paper to each block.

I made a chart to keep me on track. I  marked off each row as it was assembled.

I made a chart to keep me on track. I marked off each row as it was assembled.

The diagonal rows, ready for final assembly, laid out on the bed.

The diagonal rows, ready for final assembly, laid out on the bed.

The finished top.

The finished top.

I have the Sue Pelland Leaves Galore rulers that I thought I could easily use to mark the serpentine border. I was sadly disappointed. The rulers don’t come with instructions. I do have the book that is the “manual” for the rulers so I dug it out. There is exactly one page talking about how to do a serpentine border. A lot was left to the imagination or knowledge I didn’t have was assumed. I futzed around for a while trying to come up with something that would make the right size curve. Finally, I gave up and threw myself on Linda’s mercy.

Linda came over and coached me through marking the serpentine border. I was anxious and some harsh words were said at one point when I couldn’t follow what she was telling me to do – I needed a minute to think before continuing. I wanted the outer curve to be centered on the point of a square and the inner curve centered on the point of the setting triangle. Becky wanted the top edge to be straight because it would be easier to sleep with.

I had a roll of exam table paper that I bought years ago after Karen Kay Buckley lectured at my guild and recommended it for borders. I cut a piece as long as the quilt and marked a line all the way down to indicate the width of the border as if we were leaving it straight. It’s been a while now so I’m not sure I remember exactly what we did. I think we marked a line for the center of each outer and inner curve.

The first thing Linda had me do was figure out the curved corner. After we got something we liked, we tackled the side curves. We did use one of the leaves galore rulers to draw parts of the curves but I couldn’t just draw around the ruler edge. We had to adjust to get the curve we needed to fit.

Linda made me draw all the curves along one side and around a corner on the paper before we touched the quilt. We laid that on the quilt and made sure everything fit and hit where it was supposed to. Then, we made a plastic template of the outer curve with half an inner curve on each side. It took us about 3 hours to get to that point – a good time to break for lunch.

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The plastic template on the quilt. The ruler is to make sure the template is lined up properly.

After lunch I used the plastic template to mark the border on the quilt so it could go to the quilter. I used a pencil for marking because i didn’t want to take a chance on marks showing after the quilt was bound. It had to be marked before being quilted so the quilter could fit the quilting design properly. Whew! Finishing that was quite a relief.

When I give a quilt like this, I like to include an insurance appraisal so the recipient is properly appreciative of the value of the quilt. Phyllis Hatcher is my go-to quilt appraiser.

The quilt hanging at the appraiser's.

The quilt hanging at the appraiser’s.

Back of quilt hanging at appraiser's.

Back of quilt hanging at appraiser’s.

In the following detail pictures the white fabric looks pink from the lavender back because of the way the light was shining through the back of the quilt.

Detail of border quilting.

Detail of border quilting.

Detail of quilting in printed squares.

Detail of quilting in printed squares.

The happy couple's names.

The happy couple’s names quilted in.

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The wedding date quilted in.

The label.

The label. The wedding vow fabric at the top was left over from my parent’s 50th wedding anniversary quilt.

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The finished quilt being shown at Sew and Tell at Genie’s house.

Nothing more to do until the day of the shower. The bride’s mother saved this gift to be presented after all the other gifts were opened.

The bride-to-be reading the card.

The bride-to-be reading the card.

Taking the quilt out of the bag. It's folded on the diagonal, burrito style, to prevent permanent creases.

Taking the quilt out of the bag. It’s folded on the diagonal, burrito style, to prevent permanent creases.

The mother of the bride pointed out special things like their names and date and the mouse fabric. Apparently, I didn’t get a picture with both of them.

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I had never met the groom. At the reception, Rachel introduced me as the person who made the quilt. Matt surprised me with a big hug. I got another big hug the next day at the family brunch.

This is my second finish for 2015.

Row by Row: Maryland to Illinois

August 26, 2015

At the beginning of August it was time to travel to Illinois to deliver the wedding quilt and visit my parents. I found some shops I had never visited to break up the 700+ mile trip. it’s pretty much get on I-70 and turn right when you get to Illinois. Except that now we’ve got I-68 across western Maryland which connects I-70 (east and west) and I-79 (north and south). I-79 goes north and connects with I-70 just outside Washington, PA. This route eliminates the Pennsylvania turnpike which is a toll road.

My first stop was Four Seasons Stitchery in Grantsville, MD, off I-68. It’s in an old building that looks to me like it could have been a school once upon a time. This store was a combination cross stitch and quilting shop. It looks like the quilting has taken over and pushed the cross stitch into a small corner.

Half-price pumpkins.

Half-price pumpkins.

My next stop was 2 stores in Morgantown, West Virginia, off I-79. First was Sew Special South which was downtown. It is what I call a machine shop. They had one wall of fabric. I found a blue and white stripe for binding.

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The second shop, Country Roads Quilt Shop, is one I plan to visit on future trips. It is in an old glass factory, reminds me a lot of Savage Mill near where I live. This shop had a large bay full of 19th century repros, a large bay of batiks, a bay of modern prints. Someone at this shop is obviously a fan of Edyta Sitar which makes me a fan of the shop. I’d had my eye on this tree pattern of hers so picked it up. Their row was a beautiful garden of appliqued flowers. Unfortunately, their pattern is in black and white.

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There was nowhere to stop in the short distance I was in Pennsylvania so the next stop was From Past to Present Quilt Shop in St. Clairsville, Ohio. My friend, Polly, collects and lectures on what she calls creepy quilts. I keep an eye out as I surf the web for things that interest her. She also has me noticing fabrics like the print below. This one has spiders on it so i might have to give it to Polly. I don’t know if I could stand to use it. Maybe I could cut around the spiders. Yes, I have a spider phobia. Aren’t the ducks in their row cute?

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Next stop between 3:30 and 4 was Creative Fires in Springfield, OH. This was the only shop on my trip where the people weren’t very friendly. I probably won’t go there again. I liked the way they spelled out Ohio on the ship sails in their row. I found this very soft patriotic flannel to use as a back.

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When I left, it was just about 4 pm. Could I get to the next store before they closed? When do they close, anyway? I was in luck! Stitching Nook didn’t close until 6 pm. Plenty of time. Another customer was in the store when I got there. She had just come from Springfield, Ohio where she lived and was on her way to Bloomington, IL. Lots of chatting occurred while we shopped. I couldn’t pass up this Aunty Acid print.

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That was the last of the Row by Row shops for the trip since it was now 6 pm. The rest of the trip was uneventful until it came time to exit the interstate around 8:30. Many residents of my hometown get off at the first Illinois exit and take the back roads, commonly known as the shortcut. I don’t like to drive the back country roads in the dark after a long day of driving. It’s narrow 2 lane road, lots of curves and hills and wildlife. According to Google maps, the shortcut actually takes a few more minutes than continuing on the interstate to the Greenup exit and taking the highways. I should have taken the shortcut.

Summer, of course, means it is road construction season. The right lane was closed and by the time I got to the exit it was almost full dark. As I got close to where the exit should have been I saw a gap in the barrels and took that to be the exit. It wasn’t. I came upon a row of barrels blocking my way so steered to the right to go around the barrels. Bad move. What I couldn’t see was the trench along the side of the road. It was immediately obvious that I had at least one flat tire. I was just hoping that a flat tire was all I had to deal with. Upon cursory examination in the dark, it looked like one flat tire was the extent of the damage.

The dead tire. Hard to see the big hole that was torn into this one. Notice the wheel damage.

The dead tire. Hard to see the big hole that was torn into this one. Notice the wheel damage

Not flat but missing a chunk of the tire wall. Notice the damage on the wheel.

Not flat but missing a chunk of the tire wall. Notice the damage on the wheel.

While I was getting ready to call AAA for service, a policeman stopped to see what the problem was. He told me someone that morning broke an axle and did a bunch of other damage. While I called AAA, he moved the blocking barrels out of the way so he could leave. While he was there an 18 wheeler cam trundling through the fake exit. His tires were wide enough that he just rolled over the trench. I didn’t feel so bad now that I wasn’t only person who fell for the fake exit. I believe the policeman eventually blocked the fake exit.

Nearly had a bad failure to communicate with AAA. I called the number on my card. For some reason I assumed I was talking to someone familiar with the area (I was tired). I couldn’t understand why she didn’t seem to know where I was or recognize town names. Then she said, “You’re in Maryland, right?” I replied, “Yes”, because I live in Maryland. Then I said, “But not now!”. So once we got our locations sorted out – she was in Delaware – she had to transfer me to someone in Illinois who would know who to call. That took a very long time. Meanwhile, my phone said it was worn out and if I didn’t plug it in, it was going to shut off. I’d had it plugged in most of the day, don’t know why it ran out of juice. I plugged it in and turned the ignition to accessory mode. Then, I got worried about running the car battery down so had to run the car.

Finally got to talk to the Illinois AAA and, more hurry up and wait for the tow truck driver to come. He had trouble jacking up the car to get the spare on because the side of the road was so soft. Sigh. He finally got the car jacked up and got the spare on. By this time it’s 9:45 or so. Get to my hometown around 10:30, haven’t had dinner and everything is closed, of course.

I had an appointment at 8:30 the next morning to get the inside of the car cleaned. After that I had to deliver the wedding quilt to the bride’s parents’ house so they could see it before we gave it to Rachel at the shower that afternoon. Then I stopped at the tire shop to see about getting repairs. The tire guy was impressed when he saw how scraped up the wheels were. Of course, the tires I have were discontinued. Fortunately, he found a compatible pair in stock. While only one tire was flattened, the other had a chunk missing from the wall of the tire. So, 2 tires and an alignment was all I needed. Whew! Dodged a bullet there. I had to wait a while for someone to drive me to where my parents live. Got there in time to have lunch before taking mom to the wedding shower. Got to pick my car up after the shower. What a relief!

Happily Ever After: The Beginning

August 26, 2015

Attention, readers! We interrupt this Row by Row travelogue to bring you a post about actual quilting! Margaret, I hope you think this is interesting, even though you’ve heard a lot of it.

Around the middle of March, while talking to my mother on the phone, she said, “Oh, Becky’s daughter is getting married this summer and she wondered if you had a quilt top she could have quilted for a wedding present.”

Say what? Becky and I met in 7th grade and were BFF’s through junior high and high school. We went our separate ways but have remained friends. She still lives in our home town so every time I go home to see the folks we try to get together. So, why did she ask my mother who knows nothing about what I’m up to in quilting instead of calling me? Mom thinks quilting is boring so I try not to burden her with too much quilting talk.

When I saw Becky at Christmas she told me Rachel had a boyfriend but didn’t say anything about marriage. I called to find out what was up and what she had in mind. Apparently, the kids were going to get married next year but, since they are in their 30s and want to start a family, they decided sooner was better. Becky thought a quilt would be a good wedding present and would mean more to Rachel if someone she knew made it.

I only had one queen size top ready for quilting so sent the picture.

Mystery for the Millenium designed by Judy Hopkins.

Mystery for the Millenium designed by Judy Hopkins. The stars in the corners were my idea to replace simple cornerstones.

This was not acceptable. Becky said it was way too dark and busy. Busy? Bonnie Hunter’s Grand Illusion Mystery is busy. This is just blocks with sashing and cornerstones. Becky was picturing something with white and pastel. And, she mentioned “modern prints like zig-zag”. OK. Becky has a vision and I’d better find a way to tune in to it or she won’t be happy. She is very strong-minded and knows what she wants. Keep in mind that Becky does not do needlework or crafts – that’s just never been her thing – so she doesn’t know about “modern” quilting. But, since she was describing a “modern” quilt, I sent some pictures to see if anything struck her fancy. Her only comment was that the last one was better and might work. “Might work” isn’t good enough so I mocked up the simplest quilt possible in EQ – large print squares with white sashing. I did one straight set and one on-point.

Straight set

Straight set

On-point set

On-point set

These were more what Becky had in mind. Whew! She chose the on-point setting. Did I say Becky has good taste? Of course, that’s a little more complicated than the straight set but it is a nicer look. Now that we had a design, I did a little more work and sent her this very long email:

There’s a lot of info here and I’m sure it will be confusing. I’ve given 3 options for size. Pick a size, then follow that option for the fabric amounts. Print out the picture from the previous email and this email and take them with you to the shop. The people there will be able to help you. You should expect to be overwhelmed in the store. If you have any questions, please call. My cell number is 410-746-7647.
 
A queen mattress is 60×80. A yard of quilting fabric is about 36″x40″. Quality quilting cotton averages around $11 a yard these days. Jo-Anns is generally not considered to be quilt shop quality which is why I said don’t go there. 
 
The total amount of fabric for the quilt will run around $250. Maria charges 3.5 cents per square inch for custom quilting and 1.5 cents for completely computerized. Based on what she did for Colette’s quilt, this will end up as semi-custom – somewhere in the middle. Then there’s the batting and thread cost. So, $250-300, maybe. Could be less than $250. Just don’t want you to be surprised at the total cost. 
 
I plan to get an insurance appraisal which I’ll pay for. An insurance appraisal is what it would cost to pay someone to remake the quilt, not what it could be sold for. Without an appraisal insurance companies consider it a blanket and pay accordingly. Colette’s quilt appraised out at $1500. This one won’t be that high because it is a simpler design but it will be considerably more than a blanket from walmart. 
Size options for the quilt. I would choose 3 or 1:
1. 41 10″ squares will measure about 94.5″ square. This size gives a 17″ drop on the sides and a 14.5″ drop on the end (quilt laid over pillows but not tucked under). 
2. If you want it longer, that adds 2 rows to maintain the symmetry because the last row should have the same number of squares as the first row. In that case, using 10″ squares of color, it would be 94.5×111″ long which gives a 31″ end drop which is twice the drop of the sides. This would allow a pillow tuck but would probably still be longer than the sides. This version needs 50 squares of color.
3. Using 9″ squares of color would be approx. 87 x 103. This would give a side drop of 13.5″ and an end drop of 23 which would allow a pillow tuck. This uses 50 squares of color.
How much fabric for the colored squares:
1/3 yard will yield 4 squares of color.
If you choose 13 fabrics, you need 1/3 yard of each. More than 13 fabrics is great but you still need 1/3 yard of each. Fewer fabrics will work but then some will need more than 4 squares so would need 2/3 of a yard for those. If you find some fabrics you like but not enough, I can fill in here based on what you pick.
How much of the white fabric:
The computation is a little more complicated because of the on-point setting and that it is one fabric so we have to get enough in one fell swoop. The software I used to mock up the quilt overestimates but I’m not sure how much because I’ve never used its estimates before. For example, for option 3, the program says 14.5 yards. My back of the envelope calculation came up with 7 yards. I always round up from my calculations because too much fabric is better than too little. I don’t usually work with an exact finished size in mind, so I get anxious about my calculations for a specific size. Unfortunately, my friend Linda who helps me with the math isn’t available right now. I’ll check with her when she gets back in town.
Here’s what the software said for the white:
Option 1: 15.25 yards
Option 2: 15.75 yards
Option 3: 14.5 yards
Those are absurd numbers. I recommend we split the difference between the software and my rough calc. Go with 10 yards. I think that should be plenty for any of the sizes. Double-check with the shop people. I’ll reimburse you for the extra that isn’t needed for Rachel’s quilt – I can use it for something else. If you don’t find anything you like that is big enough, let me know ASAP and I’ll start looking here.
Fabric for the back:
Regular quilting fabric is about 40″ wide. That will have seams in the back to make a piece big enough. There is fabric made especially for quilt backs that is 108″ or so wide but there aren’t so many choices. That doesn’t require any seams unless the back needs to be wider than 108″. The backing for a quilt has to be about 6″ bigger on each side than the front.

[pictures of batik backings carried by my quilter omitted]

Please choose something for the back that isn’t a directional print. That can require a different set of calculations to keep the print going top to bottom depending on how the fabric is printed and which size option you chose.
Option 1:
40″ wide needs 9 yards.
108″ wide needs 3 yards.
Option 2:
40″ wide needs 10 yards.
108″ wide needs 3.5 yards.
Option 3:
40: wide needs 9 yards
108″ wide needs 3.25 yards.
In the meantime I had to get on my quilter’s calendar in order to get the quilt finished by the end of July. I had trips in April and July and Maria was completely booked up for June and July. So, I had to get the top to Maria by May 1st. That meant I had the last 2 weeks of April to make the top. By this time it is the end of March.
Becky asked if she should go to Jo-Ann (there’s one in town). I said “NO!” and explained about fabric quality. I sent Becky to Stitch & Sew Fabrics in Arthur, Il, the heart of Amish country, because they have a wide variety of fabrics. I debated about sending her to Main Street Quilt Company in Shelbyville, IL, because it is more modern. In hindsight, maybe that would have been the better choice but I think the Arthur store is larger. It all worked out. Becky took a friend with her to help with the shopping. Here’s what she sent me:
Becky chose these fabrics.

Becky chose these 15 fabrics plus the white background.

The fabrics arrived in early April. I called and left a message that they arrived and please call me. She called and asked if they were horrible. I reassured her that she did a great job, I just wanted to hear about the shopping trip. They spent about 2 hours choosing fabrics before she started to get overwhelmed. She understood that I wouldn’t be able to use everything she picked and was fine with that. Her husband thought the quilt was going to look exactly like the mock-up. He can’t visualize the design with different fabrics. Becky said she’s hung enough wall paper to visualize how something is going to look which is good for the quilt collaboration. She didn’t choose a backing and left that up to me since I now had the fabric. Sneaky.

I decided there were some gaps that needed to be filled in and a few fabrics needed to be replaced. I had a class at Patches that Saturday and found a couple of possibles there. The following Monday found us at Bear’s Paw for Mimi’s grad class. I found a great fabric for the back and a lavender polka dot. Becky mentioned lavender a lot and also mentioned polka dots.

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The backing fabric. I don’t think the picture does it justice.

I felt we needed more options so I called Patty and we went shopping. We visited Quilters Studio in Fairfax, VA and Capital Quilts in Gaithersburg, MD which are both a more modern focus. When it was all said and done, I had these fabrics to add to the potential selections.

I added these as potential selections.

I added these as potential selections.

Becky’s choices and mine all together:

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If we were doing a scrappy quilt with dozens of fabrics, everything would work. But, with a limited number of fabrics with large pieces, the choices have to be more precise.

These 2 fabrics from my stash were eliminated. The colors just weren't quite right.

These 2 fabrics from my stash were eliminated. The blue looked a little dull and not quite the right color next to the other blues. The green seemed to be a little too dark.

I think the problem with the check was the scale, looks too old-fashioned compared to the more modern prints. The one on the far right looks very 30s, which again doesn’t fit with the more modern prints. The middle one was again a style issue. I would have left it and the check in if I hadn’t found good replacements.

Becky sent these. I think the problem with the check was the scale, looks too old-fashioned compared to the more modern prints. The one on the far right looks very 30s, which again doesn’t fit with the more modern prints. The middle one was again a style issue. I would have left it and the check in if I hadn’t found good replacements.

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I substituted the more modern check on the right for the gingham on the left.

I substituted the more modern swirl on the left for the one on the right.

I substituted the more modern swirl on the left for the one on the right.

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The more modern dot prints on the left were substituted for the 30s looking print on the right.

One of the fabrics Becky sent had 8 different prints across the width of the fabric. While the color and style were right, the amount of each print meant that a square cut from it would look pieced which isn’t what we were going for and wouldn’t look right with the rest of the squares.

The top 2 fabrics substituted for the bottom fabric.

The top 2 fabrics substituted for the bottom fabric.

One of the prints Becky chose was a multi-colored swirl. It had blue in it but there were no blues in what Becky sent. Because this is a wedding quilt and men usually like blue, I felt we needed to add a little blue to “man” it up a little. Rachel is an elementary school teacher and Matt is in construction. Becky wanted words and numbers so this helps with that.

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A couple of the fabrics Becky sent had gray in them and the walls of the couple’s bedroom are gray. Patty and I felt some gray was called for. I found a dog paw print which is appropriate because they have a dog. Normally, I wouldn’t choose fabric with a background that is the same color as the sashing but this word fabric was too awesome to pass up.

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The dark gray was nixed by Becky and I was ok with that. I only got it as a possible because it was words.

There was a dark multi-color floral print in Becky’s choices. They picked it because Rachel likes Monet and they thought it looks impressionistic. I didn’t use it because it was too dark and just didn’t go with the style.

The final line-up.

The final line-up.

Row by Row: Lancaster County, PA

August 13, 2015

On July 8, Patty, Linda and I went Row by Row shop hopping in Lancaster County, PA. Many of the stores are very close so we were able to do 10 stores in one day. Unbelievable!

Our first stop of the day was Weaver’s Dry Goods. I had been there many years ago. It’s a totally different place now. I remember it as being small and dark with narrow isles and bolts piled high – difficult to browse. Now it is large and brightly lit, with wide isles. The fabrics are grouped by type or style. Every time I turned a corner I found another room. Definitely on my list of places to go when on a hunting trip. I exercised restraint and only got the license plate.

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Burkholder Fabrics was the next stop. OMG, where has this store been all my life? This was my first time and it’s another that is going onto the list of places to go when on a hunting expedition. The store doesn’t look so big from the front but, like the engergizer bunny, it just keeps going and going and going.

Linda and I split a fat quarter pack of 30s fabrics. All FQ packs were 50% off!

Linda and I split a fat quarter pack of 30s fabrics. All FQ packs were 50% off!

Our third stop was Sauder’s Fabrics. This store is an old favorite. This is one of the stops on our guild’s fall shopping trip every year.

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A couple of farmer’s market fabrics and some great dolphins or whales, plus the license plate.

From there we headed to East Earl, PA to Family Farm Fabrics. I didn’t buy anything here this time. Patty did and maybe Linda did, so I didn’t feel like I had to.

The row pattern.

The row pattern.

After this it was time for lunch at Shady Maple Smorgasbord. Now we were properly fortified for the afternoon’s work.

Cedar Lane Dry Goods was a shop none of us had been to before and probably won’t again. It was a typical Amish general merchandise store with fabric. Again, Patty found something to buy but I didn’t.

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Family Farm Quilts (not to be confused with Family Farm Fabrics listed earlier) was 2 minutes away. This is a shop with made stuff to sell to tourists. I gathered that they recently started carrying fabric.

I found this cute elephant key chain.

I found this cute elephant key chain. I’ll probably use it as a zipper pull or purse decoration rather than for keys.

On to Kitchen Kettle Village. Patty and I went to the jam shop where I got some delicious gluten-free peanut butter chocolate chip cookies. Only 6 ingredients: peanut butter, sugar, egg, baking soda, salt and chocolate chips. No flour of any kind. With a non-sugar sweetener, these are almost healthy. I also picked up some kettle korn.

Zooks Fabrics is next door to KKV. Uncharateristically, Patty bought again and I didn’t.

Zook's row.

Zook’s row.

The Old Country Store is down the block from KKV. It has stuff for tourists in the front and the quilt shop in the back. I bought the row kit (can’t remember why) and the finishing kit (had a die-cut horse and buggy in it). Also got some of the cut umbrella fabric Patty found.wpid-20150714_103213.jpg

Five minutes down the road is Log Cabin Quilt Shop. It’s another with tourist stuff in the front and the quilt shop in the back. Look what I found here – the die cut horse and buggies. I didn’t need to buy the kit at Old Country Store after all. I got one going in each direction.wpid-20150714_102946.jpg

Another 5 minutes and we’re at The Quilt Shop at Miller’s. This place only has already made stuff for tourists but they had a really cute row pattern. It was a row of fish bowls, really nice proportions.

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That makes 10 shops in one day. We chose not to include Brubakers Sewing Center this year. It’s machines only. A good day was had by all but we were ready to head for home.

Total Row by Row shops visited so far: 21.