Category Archives: Weekend Wanderings

I Found A New Local Quilt Shop

Rhubarb Pie is once again on the menu.  I have a nice chain of green patches to snip apart and I managed to start on the pink & green patches as well.

Rhubarb Pie Quilt green patches in a pile

The serpentine quilting was going along nicely, but as usual I got busy and it’s sitting there taunting me. Pink Paws has claimed it as her spot while I either sew or type.

Pink Paws

Driving in a neighboring city, I happened to pass a quilt shop that I had heard about.  So of course I turned around and visited The Scrappy Quilter. What a nice surprise! It’s not a big shop, but they have carefully selected fabrics in the newest and trendiest lines. They have an almost complete selection of 50wt Aurifil (orange spool) and carry other machine quilting brands as well.

Rarely do I walk into a quilt shop and purchase several items without a list in hand. Impulse shopping is fun! Haha.

The Scrappy Quilter just happened to carry the small and medium sized See Your Stuff clear storage bags. I purchased the large one in lime green last summer and absolutely LOVE the thing. I love it so much I bought each of my sewing sisters one in different colors.  I digress. I bought the small one (6″x8″) as it’s perfect for carrying small sewing tools like my thimble, thread, needle case, etc.

One of the displays was of a quilt made with 1930’s fabrics. As y’all know, ‘30’s are my thing. Naturally I purchased the pattern. And the Tri-recs rulers to get the shapes used in the pattern.

The pattern is from the Gingham Girls and is called Diamond Lane. You can purchase it from Diamond LaneCreate For Less  on clearance for 1/3 what I paid for it. (No affiliation, they just happened to have the cheapest price I could find.)

My final purchase was a product that I stumbled across in March, but hadn’t yet ordered from Amazon. I had seen Bosal’s In-R-Form Plus, a unique fusible foam stabilizer over at Crafty Gemini and it intrigued me.

Before I purchased the foam, I wanted real reviews and first-hand experience from quilters who had actually used the stuff so I put it out there to the Quilting group administrated by Carol Ann Ferrari-Rogers. Here are some of the responses I received:

“Love it! Used it in purses, some only on bottoms, but it makes them stand up!” – Connie G.

“I’ve used it for a tote bag. It’s awesome! Runs through the machine real nice and holds its shape very well.” – Monica E.

“I love it!! I use it on the chubby charmer pattern and the sides of my bag stand up on their own instead of just flopping over.” – Victoria L.

As soon as I make a project with it, you can bet I’ll write a post with photos.

I will be heading in that direction more often, so The Scrappy Quilter will definitely become my LQS (local quilt shop).

Do you have a local quilt shop that you would like to share? Or have you used the In-R-Form Pluse? If so, what was your experience with it?

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My Updated Quilting Bucket List

I have been gone most of the summer up north helping my parents and visiting as many quilt shops as I could squeeze in. I finally made it home two evenings ago and now I am sorting through my quilt purchases and attempting to create a blog organizer so that I can share with y’all the many wonderful things I saw on my trip.

Vintage Hankie Quilt

While getting myself organized I updated my list of quilts that are in UFO stage, need to be quilted, or that I have the fabric sitting here waiting to be made up. The list is alarmingly long, so now that it’s hit the triple digit temperatures, it’s time to hibernate and sew.

1. Farmer’s Wife Sampler Quilt
2. International Quilt Block Swap Sampler
3. Lemon Drops Turnover Swap
4. “For Anna” Stack & Whack
5. I spy
6. Pony Club Sampler x2
7. 1930’s Irish Chain
8. Junior’s Sweet Things quilt
9. 1930’s Grandmother’s Flower Garden
10. Diamond 4-Patch (need to finish hand-quilting it)

Needs to be quilted:
1. Autumn Squares
2. Herringbone Scrappy
3. 1930’s Baby Butterfly
4. Ben’s quilt
5. Red & Tan Double Stack Layer Cake
6. Red & Aqua Christmas jelly roll race
7. 1930’s Grandmother’s Fan
8. 1930’s 9-Patch
9. 8 Point Star
10. Dresden Plate

Want to Make (In no particular order):

1. Beach Fabrics Chevron (I plan to make it similar to the one in Jenny’s video)

2. Green Blog Quilt
3. 1930’s Pink with 2 1/2″ squares
4. Farmer’s Market Baskets (my inspiration is at Crooked Tail Crafts)
5. Farfalle (birthday gift from a great friend)
6. Rhubarb Pie Quilt
7. Scrappy Trips
8. Amish With A Twist kit
9. Amish with a Twist II kit
10. Modern Vintage
11. Hearts/Valentine’s Quilt
12. Christmas Granny Squares
13. Batik Shadows
14. Green Irish Chain
15. Nautical Quilt with a Mariner’s Star
16. Pink Paris novelty fabric using Shenandoah Quilt Pattern
17. 1930’s Periwinkle
18. Thanksgiving Strips (no pattern decided, suggest one???)
19. 1930’s Butterfly (can be found on McCall’s Quilting website)
20. Dancing Leaves flannel kit (pattern can be purchased here)
21. Yellow Strips Chevron quilt
22. “For Emma” using 1930’s strips from a swap
23. Patriotic strips quilt
24. Patriotic squares quilt
25. Lemon Meringue Pie
26. Stolen Rainbows
27. Batik Strips
28. Flying Geese
29. Taffy Treats
30. 2014 Texas Row by Row
31. 2015 Row by Row
32. Tropical Squares

How many quilts are on your bucket list? Are there any on the list that really challenge you? Please share in the comments.