I knew that I would visit the Stitchin' Post quilt store in Sisters, OR, I just didn't realize I would visit it twice. I not only loved my visits to the Stitchin' Post but it solved all my problems. I had forgotten to order the kit for my Friday class. Uh, oh, naughty quilter.
How did I forget? I really have no idea, I just wanted to wait a bit and suddenly I had missed the day by over a month. YIKES!
I have been receiving emails from the Stitchin' Post for over a year so I was delighted when we approached the doors. Actually that's as close as my husband got, he took my picture and waited in the shade. He's seen quilters in buying frenzies before.
I entered and first thing I did was breathe in deeply. I even like the way quilt shops smell. Then I tried to take it all in, I didn't want to miss an opportunity
to spend money like a fool to carefully select some fabrics.
I needed three solids for my class. One yard and a half of a light, the same of a dark and a half yard of a contrast, pop fabric. That should be easy enough, yes?
Fortunately, they had a whole wall of solids. So many delicious choices. I chose a blue, a grey and a lime green. I got extra fabric of everything but the blue. Of course I had to return the next day when I decided I wanted to make more blocks!
The cutting area was well organized and efficient. Everyone who was working was friendly and efficient. Plus all the people in line were chatty and entertaining.
It was a pretty heady combination - fabrics that I wanted to own, personable employees and examples of all kinds of things to sew. I don't create many garments any more but this display had me rethinking that choice.
This duo of quilts really piqued my interest. The owner of the store, catalyst for the show and quilter extraordinaire had her latest book on display. The samples lit up my brain, naturally I had to buy the book.
I had my solids, a book, a bag to put it all in and heck what else did I NEED? I was able to fling a few more items in the bag before I checked out. I was lucky part of the store was yarn, it limited my debt!
Here's my loot, I love it all. I was able to use the bag as my carry on to get my new hat home. The blue, grey and green have darling quilty tissues on top. Achoo!
Somehow 3 distinctive charm packs ended up on the counter. They wanted a friend so I got a roll of solids. I might need them for class, who knows?
You have to be bold at a quilt store, buy it all.
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I love quilt stores, here's a link to a recent visit to another one.