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Thread: 3 state shop hop

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    3 state shop hop

    My husband and I just spent a week traveling from south west of Houston to Branson, MO. We traveled by way of quilt shops - about 12 in all. My plan was to get fabric to make a souvenir quilt using a pattern called "five and dime". For that I needed one focus fab and 12 fat quarters - we tried to get 1 or 2 fqs in each shop. I also wanted to pick up FQs in red/white/blue and in black/white/red. Somehow I end up making several things each year with those colors.

    So how did that work out? I ended up getting
    4 kits - one each for a grandboy's preschool nap quilt and 1 each flannel boy/girl that were just on too good a sale to leave behind. (The grandboy quilt kit/pattern has a fleece back, no batting, and you cut various size strips of 6 different fabrics and stitch and flip them. The pattern's already packed in the car and I don't find the name online. When I get it made, I'll share.)

    2.5 yds of 108" backing for $10 total - that's for the back of the souvenir quilt - the shop owner had it for one of her own projects and decided not to use it.

    all the fab needed for the souvenir quilt - this blog shows the pattern - it looked like a great one for a collecion of fat quarters. http://allwashedupquilts.blogspot.co...02/5-dime.html

    about 10 fqs in red/white/black

    8 fqs plus another yd of red/white/blue

    about 7 1-yard cuts of different things that will fit in somewhere

    a book that lists quilt shops all over the US and Canada - The Quilter's Travel Companion
    http://www.quilterstravelcompanion.com/

    I'm leaving for a quilt retreat in the morning and hope to get the top pieced for our souvenir quilt. My husband loves helping me pick out fabrics so it's rather a hodge podge of fabrics, but should be fun anyway.

    This was so much fun! Did you know there's a quilt shop in an old church building? White Chapel Fabric in Western Grove, Arkansas. One that's letting go of fabrics and going to sell machines only? It's a Stitch in Humble, TX . ($3.99 for all bolts and 60% off everything else.) One where neither clerk spoke a word to either of us while we were there? NOT naming that one! (They were recovering from a show that had just ended.)

    EVERYWHERE we found great shops and most had super friendly and helpful people. Can't wait to hit the road again!
    So many quilts, so little time.

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    Sounds like you had a great trip. Like the 5 and dime pattern, think it will really be great in the black/red/white.

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