Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Sisters' Day Out
I picked up Brooke at 10:30 and in less than 20 minutes we were in Georgia at Sew Bee It Quilt Shop.
It was HEAVENLY. We stepped into the place and couldn't move. I said "Wait" and then loudly sang an operatic trill which certainly was out of character, but so perfect for the situation.

Now this is a quilt shop! And there is even a yarn section! I am full of exclamation marks, but it so deserves it.
I confess. I bought fabric.
I felt I was low on pastels. Yes. That's it. I was low on pastels and needed just a few to round out my stash. I was thinking pink but aqua and green seemed to attach themselves to me. It may have been that zig-zaggy fabric that led the way. And I usually prefer a geometric over a floral, but I couldn't resist letingt that limey green print in. It was half price after all. There was an entire room of just half priced fabrics. But mostly I went for the Kaffe Fasset Rowan stuff. 

 I have added some of my hand dyed solids to the selection and see they coordinate perfectly. I found I had a three yard piece of hand dyed pastel stripey to compliment the stack of new fabrics. Dee-licious. I have been wanting to make a girly-girl colored quilt and now I have all the necessary ingredients.
Brooke couldn't believe I would buy the pink and blue duckies below. I think they are so sweet.

The bubbles and X's
were $1 each. I had to rescue them. Orange dots on blue. What's not to love?

There is also a classroom, equipped with wonderfully familiar Janome machines. Hmmm. Both Brooke and I got ideas. Notice the Sandi Cummings type quilt on the wall? Small world. No?
I would like to thank all of you who sent me lovely compliments on Full Sails. Words of encouragement are so appreciated. And to answer a few questions: I use heavier threads for quilting. #30 weight cotton usually. Not machine quilting threads per se. Madeira Tanne for example (discontinued). And also Sulky #12 weight which is really heavier, but very soft going through the needle.
I never zig zag over my edges. Never. And I use a self-threading needle to pull the beginning stitching threads through to the back. My machine pulls them through and clips them (1/4") at the end of the stitch line. Janome 6500P.


  1. Yum! I was on a kamikaze shopping trip myself yesterday with a friend. I started talking to a gal in the yarn aisle, and she told me I had the shopping addiction... which is when you have shelves full of supplies at home, and you're there filling up your cart with more.... oh, well! There are worse afflictions than that, right? ☺

  2. I knew it! I get no credit whatsoever for you discovering that wonderful quilt shop in Georgia, unless ESP counts. Last weekend that shop popped into my head, and for the life of me I could not remember the name of it! But I remembered how to get there (sort of). I told myself that when I remembered the name I would pass it on to you, but you beat me to it! It IS heavenly--and in such an out-of-the-way place! Who would suspect? They also have a Web site at (I'm going to bookmark it!)


  3. What a great way to spend a day. Being with your sister and going to a quilt store jammed packed with stock.Some of my best times are when my sister and I are together doing quilting stuff.

  4. diane9:21 AM

    I don't see any duckies. Is the picture missing or is it my computer?

  5. diane9:21 AM

    I don't see any duckies. Is the picture missing or is it my computer?

  6. I found the duckies - do I get a prize :)

    What a shopping trip, I wish I had been along just to enjoy the fun and excitement. I wonder how far away from NC that shop is - may be worth an overnight visit. Hmmm!!

  7. Wow, a quilt shop that actually stocks a good assortment of Kaffe fabric!! I usually have to shop online for mine.

  8. hey melody-

    if you like sew-be-it, venture further south and visit Intown Quilters in Decatur GA...

    let me know when you go and i'll invite myself to tag-a-long! :) i was just there yesterday....

    marietta GA

  9. That looks like a fantastic shop! I'm surprised that you bought fabric but I think that after all the QAWM you've been doing your stash must be getting a little depleted. :-) Don't you just love Kaffe Fassett fabrics? Their colors are so rich and saturated - perfect for a hand dyer! Have fun with all the new goodies!

  10. Sounds like a great expedition. How fun to get excited about store-bought fabric! And you found some treasures! Can't wait to see how they get whipped up with your lovely hand dyed stuff!

  11. This is the shop we all, I mean ALL, of us dream about.
    Fabric, KF fabric to boot, and yarn.

    The next best place to heaven.

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  13. Sew Bee It is a wonderful shop full of fabulous fabrics. Looks as if you found some wonderful colors to "round out your stash". I am so enjoying your blog and you have inspired me to learn to dye my own. Will let you know how it turns out.

  14. Zieknits6:35 AM

    Gorgeous quilt shop! /sigh I need a quilter's day out with a good sister-friend.

    I confess, your definition of "pastels" made me smile. Yep, those are Melody-style pastels, all right!


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