Tuesday, April 01, 2008

tuesday treasures

tuesday is my designated errand day this week, and after dropping off little man at school, running to grab some groceries (thank heavens for payday LOL!), and practicing my guitar for my lesson later that afternoon, i was finally off!

my first stop was quilted expressions, our local quilt shop. well, i say local even though it is a 35 min. drive because we have no quilt shops here in town. i hafta admit, even if local fare were available, it would be hard pressed to replace QE as my favorite shop! the ladies are so very friendly and helpful, and the fabric is as varied in style and variety as the quilters who visit.
i have visited many shops since beginning to quilt 10 years ago and the thing i love about QE is the variety. being eclectic in my fabric tastes, my stash ranges from civil war reproductions to romantic, to 60z and 70z retros, to bright and fun kid-friendly prints and QE never has failed to disappoint. also, the store is so homey -with walls full of quilts (kit available!), notions, and tons of class samples. i mean, what is worse than visiting a shop looking for inspiration and finding white walls....uck....who can get inspired by that!?!

well, my addiction to my favorite shop aside, today it had to be my first stop because i had to pick up my....

eric carle fabric! my tuesday treasure #1 and oh so yummy! can't tell i'm excited, can ya? hee hee! right into the wip box with you, my friend......

well, not possessing the self restraint to simply pick up my fabric and run, i had a little looksey around and found that the ladies had come through once again for me! there, on the pattern wall was the pattern for the double duty bag - a reversible diaper bag - that i had been wanting to complete since learning i was expecting.

i love the fabric! red is my favorite color, and the chocolate and blue will combine wonderfully to make a fun feminine bag for me while respecting the xy gender of my little matthew. score two treasures for the day!

as a whim as i was checking out i inquired about possibly getting some hand piecing lessons from one of the instructors. my beloved cousin is coming for a visit in a few weeks and normally we would schedule ourselves for some quilting r&r, but the classes that coincided with this visit just didn't ring our bells. seeing as how she and i have both wanted to learn how to hand piece a drunkards path (she had actually found a friend who was planning on teaching her but unfortunately her friend passed away recently) and seeing as how we had the time available, i thought where better to find a wonderful teacher? sure enough, the lovely lady who checked me out agreed to ask the owner and get back to me. what a dear they are to even consider! score three for the day!

add to this the beautiful spring weather we are finally enjoying, my successful guitar lesson (i did pretty doggone well with my sight reading, thank you very much!LOL) and then my lunch date with hubby the Lord has really blessed me with a very lovely day!

i truly hope that you, my friend, are finding treasures hidden in your tuesday, too!


Heather said...

ARG! My store didn't have all of the caterpillar collection left by the time I got there! I have to shop around. I'm thinking I'm not in love with that free pattern on andover.com.....any pattern ideas?
QUilter in WA
PS I went to college in Lynchburg (RMWC) I taught my roommate how to quilt one year, but your QE store didn't exist way back then.

Mrs. Mandy said...

dunno if you will check this or not, but the latest fons and porter love of quilting mag. has a super cute, and much more symmetrical pattern for the hungry caterpillar. it uses less fabric and i actually think i'll use this one in lieu of the other....hope that helps:)