Before I get to the shopping part, I thought I'd post a photo of my prettiest quilt, probably ever. I made this I'm guessing 18 years ago, and gave it to my mother-in-law. Whom we just visited btw, so I took the opportunity to take the photo. There is a label, a very pretty one which no doubt has the date, but I didn't think about photographing that ~ oh well.
This was inspired by a Marsha McClosky pattern, from her book A Dozen Variables. Its 100% hand quilted, employing my usual favorite motifs of flowers, petals, and cables.
While I was at it, I thought I'd shoot a pix of this little sampler quilt I made, from Lori Smith's book, Fat Quarter Quilting. My mother-in-law promptly "stole" it from me after show-and-tell during one of our visits. I'll no doubt "steal" it back some day.
OK, on to shopping. On our way to San Diego, we stopped in Temecula. Unfortunately, the wonderful Quilters Coop has closed, which makes me very sad as I LOVED that shop. However I did take the opportunity to visit the Temecula Quilt Company, which I had never been to. Its a little off the beaten path and quite humble looking, but lots of great goodies inside.
I was really itching to procure a bundle of Judie Rothermel's Dressing Gowns, but their supply was down and only had six out of twelve selections. They did have this little tiny bundle, and some cute pattern booklets. One bundle will make one pattern from the booklet, so I bought two of each, one for me and one for "Mom". They had lots of wonderful repro fabric, but I limited myself to only four fat quarters, as hubby was patiently waiting in hot car outside.
Meanwhile, I was still jonesing for more of the Dressing Gowns. When we got home I went ahead and ordered some half-yard cuts from The Old Country Store, who has great prices and great service. Two days later, they arrived. Here they are, in all their glory:
I can't wait to cut into these and make something wonderful - I have no idea what at the moment.... I actually entertained the thought of ordering some actual yardage. Wouldn't one of these prints make a darling little shift?