Crimson Tate started our quilt weekend in Indianapolis

My husband loves to drive and I love to passenger. (That's a verb, right?) We both like weekend trips and last weekend we had a great one. After a 3 hour nap on the drive, Crimson Tate started our quilt weekend in Indianapolis.

re indy 1Who is Crimson Tate? It's a store on Massachusetts avenue in Indianapolis and my favorite Modern Quilt Store. Yes, all modern!

I have not been here for 3 years so I was pretty darn excited. My husband was very excited that there was parking right in front. re indy 2Now was his time to nap and mine to shop.

The store is pretty cozy but since everything is fabulous it takes time to peruse all the merchandise. And you have to have time to wipe the drool off your face. All in all, you need at least an hour.

I was pretty psyched to see the Letters from Home display. I have been keeping an eye on the development of this fabric line but to touch and feel it was very cool. My infatuation with fabric is sensorial but I resisted rolling around in it.

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Here is my haul, safely tucked behind my seat in the car. Two full bags of goodness. Some I know what I am going to do with it and others, I have no idea.

When fabrics beg to come home with me, I have to indulge them! All of this indulgence was pricey but worth it. In 1975 I bought a townhouse and my mortgage was less than half of what I spent. But I will have these fabrics and the wonders they produce forever!

We had lunch across the street. Meatballs or rather MEATBALLS. A restaurant devoted to meatballs, one of my favorite food groups. re indy 5

Onto our hotel as a quilter has to have a place to sleep. We asked opinions on Facebook and searched on Yelp and chose The Alexander. What appealed to me was the description of the art throughout the hotel.

Wow, I was not disappointed. From the moment we walked in the art was right there impressing us. What a tremendous unifying theme for an edifice.

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Our hotel room extended the Wow factor with sleek lines and great decorating. In the evening the city view was spectacular. I hope my happy face shows how pleased we were.

It's about 3 hours from our place to Indy and we lost an hour.  We had shopped, eaten lunch and walked around. We had explored our hotel and suddenly it was beyond dusk.

We decided to eat in the restaurant in the hotel, The Cerulean. It was an inspired decision. We had quite the memorable indy 7

My favorite parts of a restaurant meal are the appetizers and the dessert. My entree was the fettuccine which was fine but that cheese board, wow! That chocolate dessert, yum!

What a great end to our first day of our getaway. We knew we had lots of quilt adventures yet to come. Wait until my posts on the TWO quilt exhibits and one modern quilt show we were able to catch.

re indy 4But first don't you want to see my fabrics all spread out nice and pretty? I thought so!

You can see that I got a fat quarter collection of the Letters from Home and the pattern. I also got a backing, green fabric and a fat quarter bundle of low volume fabrics for a 2017 goal, a new king sized quilt for our bed.

I also got backing fabric for a transportation quilt I want to make. And there are words and letters in all colors just for fun! I can't forget Santa, he's a potential back for Henry's Christmas quilt.

Quilt weekend with fabric plus chocolate? Life is darn good.

Sew happy!

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I wrote about Crimson Tate three years ago. You can read that post here.

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