Sunday, July 21, 2013

Washington Shops and a couple of Projects

Hi Everyone,
How was your week and weekend? 
Did you get any quality quilting done? 
Well, I've been hard at work on a project
 and I am happy to say that I finished a top! 
This is called Autumn All Around 
and it's a pattern from
the Summer 2013 issue of Primitive Quilts.
It's 31" X 36" and has 94 "pennies". 
I love autumn/Halloween/Fall stuff and
this wool applique has it all! 
Now all I have to do is get it
loaded onto Gammill Bea!  :-)
How do you think it should be quilted?

Another project that I brought along with me is
Merry Merry Snowman. 
It's a Bunny Hill Design pattern and I bought it as a
block of the month about two years ago (oops).
In any case I did get it started, finally, and block one is now complete!

 I think I'm going to add black buttons for the eyes
of the snowman at the top.
 The french knots don't seem enough... 
what do you think?

So that's what I've been doing the last few days but I promised to finish filling you in about the shops that I visited in Washington so lets do that now...

Des Moines, WA

This is Country Carriage Quilts and this
is an AMAZING Shop. 
 It's about 15 minutes from
SeaTac International Airport
so if you're heading through there make sure
that you give yourself some time to go...
I promise, you won't be sorry! 
This shop is worth missing a flight over!
It's also a Quilt Sampler Featured Shop and
 as we take our tour you'll see why!
This is their sale area... Lot's of great kits and
$5 wool scrap bags.
Here's the contents of mine...
This shop has everything and
very cleverly and artfully displayed. 
There's a lot in this shop but you can see it all.

So, along with my bag of wool scraps,
I did find one more thing to purchase...
Another block of the month!
It's called Minglewood and here are a few shots
 of the sample they had hanging in shop: 
They had it hanging in a hallway so
I wasn't able to take a head-on shot.
Isn't it gorgeous?!?!  How could I resist?! 
 My mom couldn't resist either :-)
Anacortes, WA
In Stitches is in Anacortes, Washington which is
 as far west as you can get without a boat .
I understand that new owners have taken over
as the original owner retired. 

It's a nice shop with helpful staff.
Mt Vernon, WA
Last, but certainly not least, is Calico Creations
This shop has a lovely selection of patterns

And lots and lots of fabrics to choose from

It's well lit and the layout lets you see all their wonderful offerings!

But I have to say that my favorite part
 of the shop was the wool!!!
And as it so happened, my mom and I arrived
 just after the shop received a new shipment!
The only problem was how to choose
from the 100 or so colors? 

This is just a few of the choices!

Here's what I bought...

Aren't they GORGEOUS! 
These are Mary Flanagan Woolens and
if I had hit the lottery,
trust me, I would have bought
a LOT more.

Of course, I bought wool from other shops so,
truth be told, this is only about half
 of all the wool I acquired on this trip.
  I guess I better get started on some wool applique projects!

 So, that's my Washington Quilt Shop Experience. 
It was so much fun traveling from
shop to shop with my mom...
 we always have such a good time! 

 I still have to tell you about all the
INDIANA shops I've been visiting
so make sure you come back in a few days!

Until then,

Happy Quilting!



  1. Love the snowman square - perfect project for the dog days of summer :0)

  2. Hey girl...I've been to a couple of those Washington shop! :) Love that wool piece...great finish! I just posted pics of my new sewing rooms...hopefully, I'm back up and running now after the move!