Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Material Girl

At the beginning of the month, I was in the Portland, Oregon/Vancouver, Washington area for work.  Since I was traveling by myself, my evenings were my own.  Yeah!  It's not that I don't like my coworkers, but going out to eat and sitting in a bar every night is just not my cup of tea.
 
I had received the monthly newsletter from my local quilt shop.  They are participating in the Row by Row Experience.  Quilt shops in the US, Canada, and Europe create patterns for a quilt rows and make them available for free in their shops.  The idea is that when you travel you should find the local shops and stop in for their patterns.  Once you've collected a few, you stitch them and put together in a quilt reminding you of your travels.
 
I had time to kill my last night before I hopped on the red-eye home, so I checked out one of the local stores.
 
Oh my!  I was in heaven! 
 
Fiddlesticks in Vancouver, Washington is my idea of the perfect quilt shop.  The owner, Cheran Bee, made an old workout facility into a cozy, artistic, delightful place for me to spends wads and wads of money.  She uses old, antique furniture to display both bolts of fabric for sale and quilts, showcasing what can be done with it all.
 
That wall of fabrics in the first photo below is all batiks, my favorite, and that wasn't all of it.  Did I mention I was in heaven?  'Cause I was. 
 
If you saw my basement, you know I don't need fabric.  But really, I just had to have those three purple and teal batiks.  Besides,  that's all the I could fit in my suitcase.  I'll save the rest for another trip!
 
 
 
 
 
'Cause we are living in a material world
And I am a material girl
You know that we are living in a material world
And I am a material girl
 
   
AMDG

5 comments:

  1. You're making me think about maybe trying to get my quilt project back out!

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    1. Excellent! You'll post photos, right???

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  2. I love that idea about the traveling quilt! It makes me want to become a for-real quilter. Maybe next 4th of July you can teach me how to use a sewing machine. :) I took a quilting class when I was pregnant with the oldest and made a baby quilt all by hand. I have used it with all of the kids (and used it well!) but you'd never know it by the look of it. I'd love to make more. Maybe even a big one for our bed.
    That store you found looks like a place in which I could spend a whole lot of time.

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