Thursday, November 7, 2013

East Coast quilt shops visited!

While away at our summer home, aka: soon to be our year-round home, we decided to make a special effort to visit a few "local" quilt shops. Yes my husband comes along; he's even been known to suggest or point out certain items he's found while cruising the store! He's a wonderful quilt store shopper in-training! :)

But first, I attended the Fibre Arts Festival in Amherst Nova Scotia and had a chance to meet with the wonderfully talented Jennifer of Sister of the Brush, a sister blogger, longarm quilter, fabric dyer, and a great artist, for a quick introductory visit. We had a great chat, albeit too short, (my husband waited in the car). Plans to meet again just wasn't in the cards this trip unfortunately! However we will be together again soon...

The Fibre Arts Festival (see Jennifer's post!) included a quilt show by the Cumberland Quilt Guild as well as a small vendor's mall. This is where I made my first purchases. The Fabric Cupboard is a quilt shop located in Moncton, NB. I haven't been to this store yet but plan to rectify this in the next few months. I hear they have quite the selection of wonderful fabrics.

These stripes may of course show up in my De Deauville A Cape Cod:

And who doesn't like a few more Valdani threads? Just picking up colors I don't already have.

The Zonta Arts Bazaar vendor and Fiber Artist (Rug Hooking) Felicia Knock was selling some wonderful wools. These I bought in 1/2 yds:

These are some of her hand dyed 100% New Dorr Wool and they're 1/8yd cuts. Aren't they beautiful? and sooo soft!

Visiting with friends in Riverview, NB, I had a chance to check out The Covered Bridge Quiltery where I found a beautiful display of this quilt: "In The Meadow We Can Build a Snowman" and I just fell in love with their colorway! Since they have a "NO PHOTOS PLEASE" policy, I can't show you their quilt although she let me take a picture since I was buying the pattern which happens to be a BOM (block of the month) since ended. Their colors were darker 

They used a combination of cottons and wool flannels so I helped myself to some of their plaids. Did I tell you that I love plaids?? It's really a passion!

On display in the shop was a Christmas table runner I knew would make an excellent gift for someone special. They even had kits made; such a cute design on the bag!

The runner is found in Disa Designs book. I came home with 3 of her books... I fell in love with her adorable Santa Polka Dot pattern while cruising Pinterest last year... perhaps I can make one this year?? 

These 2 half-yards are meant for backgrounds in Yoko Saito's Quilt Mystere for Quiltmania. One of them was used for the church in "In The Meadow" quilt.

By the way, if you get to The Quiltery, whether on the website or in person, have a look at their Quilter's Homes and Quilter's Garden BOM quilts going on now. Specifically, look at the wonderful quilting done by Penny Bubar. She does fabulous work which you can also view on her FlickR page and drool some more!

Next day trip was spent on the island! Prince Edward Island that is! We love to trek over there any chance we get so on this day, we were headed west to the town of O'Leary to visit The Quilt Gallery & Fabric Crafts N' More. You can also like them on Facebook to learn all about their sales, promotions etc. They have a wide variety of beautiful quilts for sale displayed in a "room" at the back of the store. I was on a mission to find the yardages below which appeared in "In The Meadow" quilt. 

And of course I'm always on the lookout for architecture and landscape fabrics. This time, it was mainly textures in fat quarters.

Perhaps the most surprising thing about all this shopping is that it fit in our suitcases! :)



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