Sunday, February 21, 2010

Road Trip.....

Sorry I have been slow in posting the past week. Lots of "stuff" to do for the local guild caught up with me. We are going to have not one but two workshops this March with Laura Wasolowki. This may be the first time in Guild history we have had so much interest in a workshop that we added a day so more members could have a chance to get a seat! Needless to say the taking reservations and payments for the first class was a bit wild and hectic...then adding another day (which ment some folks on day one now wanted to change days) made me brush off old worksheet skills...

We also had a roadtrip yesterday up to the One Stop Shop Hop in Lancster, South Carolina. Got to say planning things with this quilt guild is like herding cats. I hope everyone had a good time...I know my carload did! There was a button vendor there that had some beautiful and unusual things. And a girl can never have too many buttons! They were like little pieces of art....
Of course if there was a scotty dog button it went directly into my basket....
After the One stop we drove over to Mary Jo's in Gastonia. One of the quilters in my car was new to the area and it was her first MJ trip. Shannon was awed only for a few moments then went right to work hauling bolts of fabric over to the cutting table! It helps she had a specific project in mind...the rest of us MJ veterns wandered aimlessly buying a bit of this and a bit of that...I got some solids that are about 1/3 yard for less than a dollor each from a scrap bin and scored almost a yard of Kaffe for $3 on a remnant table. Since I only needed one thing (8 yards of backing fabric) most of my time was spent rummaging any box that looked like it may have some fun sale items in it. So how is it I still had a really large bag of fabric when I left the store?! Oh, well....If you are ever in the Gastonia area visiting Mary Jo's you shouldalso add Charlie Rector's Long Creek Mills Thread shop at 108 South Webb St. It is about 10 minutes from M.J. and is to thread what her shop is to fabric. Just standing at the door and taking in all the rows and rows of thread in all the wonderful colors is worth the trip. But bringing home some of those colors is even better. It was only $2 for 3000 yards of cotton thread. So I am now stocked up in all the basics and then some!

And for some more eye candy...this is a Piece of Cake quilt pattern two of the members of my guild are working on....

15 comments:

Loris said...

Wow! great score on the buttons and thread. Love the scotties!
A good reward for your cat herding efforts and handling the class scheduling. Sounds like a wonderful guild. Wish I could take that class too. I'll catch Laura on the west coast sometime.

BUMBLE BEANS said...

I should show you a picture of me in my scottie dog phase.. I must have been 15?? I send you an email.. good chuckles.. Looks like you scored some goodies! that piece of cake quilt is a pretty piece of work... I've been seeing some lovely ones around blog land latlely... Hope your well!

Marj said...

WOW! Looks like you had a good time. Sorry that I didn't see you at the One Stop Shop Hop. My Group of Cats, I mean Ladies, was there first thing in the morning.

Brenda Rose said...

A lovely day out for you. I love the scottie buttons... so original and cute, I enjoyed reading your post, thank you for sharing...
Wishing you a good day...
Brenda xhugx :)

sewprimitive karen said...

Oh, those buttons make me want to burst into tears, they're so darling, especially the scotties.

Tammy said...

I love the buttons. The doggie ones are sooo cute. Sounds like a good time. I was the lead of a bunch of Computer programmers before I retired and I always said they were like herding cats - love that expression.

julieQ said...

Yum on the button score! Very pretty piece of cake quilt your quilt guild member is working on, I love those bright colors.

Lazy Gal Tonya said...

sounds fabulous. cuuuute buttons. love that polka dot quilt.

quiltmom said...

Great buttons Sio- and I love the piece of cake pattern that your guild ladies are making- I have often thought about making it - It is just so funky looking.
Thanks for sharing...
Regards,
Anna

Rocky Creek Scotties and Java said...

All of the buttons are wonderful, but I absolutely love the Scottie buttons - am doing a search to see if they mail or how far they are from me.

bettina said...

all those great looking buttons and fabulous steal on the thread can't wait to book a vacation to south carolina

sewkalico said...

Sounds like a wonderful trip. I'd love some of those shops over here and near me!! (or maybe I shouldn't!!)

Melinda said...

I love that quilt you showed. I have been saving polka dots for this quilt someday. I also love the buttons and a trip to Mary Jo's is always fun.

Mary said...

I only stopped at Mary Jo's once when I was in GA but it was quite impressive.

I love that Piece of Cake quilt too and am impressed to see someone making it!

Stacey said...

Oh !! I Love road trips to Mary Jo's and Charlie Rectors Long Creek Mills too!! You can't beat his prices on those thread spools. I am always so torn between splitting my time for embroidery or quilting. There just isn't enough time in the day. Thanks for sharing.

Stacey
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