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Vacation 2015 Part 1

July 2nd 2015

I look forward to this vacation every year

Sunshine Skyway bridge

and it seems that just like that it was over.   Sigh….

 But it was a productive trip, that’s for sure! Once I arrived, the first thing I did was to set up my sewing corner.

vacation sewing spot

This year I decided to start the Swoon quilt (for me) in three colors (Swoon Sixteen) with my Scrumptious fabric by Bonnie and Camille. It took me the first two days just to select and cut the fabric. I love this part!

scrumptious fabric selection

I got a new hat, I love the beach but the sun is potent, so hats, umbrellas and sunscreen are a must! Not my best picture but you can see how I feel in my HAPPY place!

the red hat

Although I did do a little jig whenever I finished one of these, I didn’t just go to sew.

swoon block 1

I also read and enjoyed the sound of the waves. (Instagram has it’s advantages)

insta vacation

Of course one of my favorite parts is just walking along the beach

shadow beach

and see the sun set.

sunset 2015

I was glad that my printed patterns arrived just before we left for this trip.

patterns sort

I made sure to bring some along to visit some local quilt shops.

Rainbow’s End Quilt Shoppe in Dunedin Florida was a new stop for me. It’s the biggest quilt shop in Florida I hear. It had three cutting tables and a back room filled with Christmas fabric. Go ahead gasp!!!  I grabbed some, of course, as extras for my Instagram Christmas Swaps. They had full lines, lines you can’t find online and tons of Riley Blake and the floor sorted by color. I’ll definitely be back.

christmas fabric

I also visited my usual stop at Country Quilts and Bears which is always buzzing with classes and I came home with a stack of FQs. I also stopped by Happy Apple Quilts and Crafty Threads where I picked up a little something for my #BeachBound Swap.

flip flop fabric

Visiting those shops provided a great opportunity to get some on my designs and it was very encouraging.

patterns

On the next post: Quilt National, souvenirs and two more Swoons.

It’s all in the packaging

October 7th 2014

I love a beautifully wrapped package. You know what I am talking about, the one that is too pretty to open, the one you want to put somewhere so you can look at for a few days. The one that looks like it came from the Better Homes and Gardens issue you wish your house looked like.

Today I just wanted to share with you some of the “packaging” that arrives when I order fabric from some of my favorite shops on Etsy.  I really appreciate it when they take the time to make it so pretty, it makes it an enjoyable experience for me. And if they took such good care in the wrapping, I can be sure that the fabric was cut precisely, accurately and folded just perfectly, and it is! This is probably my favorite of all. This package is from ChristmasJul  she also has a shop called Runnstitch  (Run ‘n stitch) This is a Christmas present ready to go and the gift is the wrapping. The genius behind this is Kathi Riemer.

christmasjul

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Runnstitch

This special package comes wrapped in a re-purposed pattern from Jennifer on Fabrics on Mill St. Did you see that ribbon, bow, invoice and attached card? I didn’t open it for a while, I didn’t want to break the package.

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One thing I have been careful to do is collect the business cards from Etsy shops I have purchased fabric from so I keep coming back and give them my business.  I try to look in these shops first for whatever I want or need. (You can see the card with ribbon still attached) and a heart on some of my favorite shops.

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The Fabric Shoppe has simple packaging which is just fine! I am a total repeat customer there, the yardage is cut just perfect and it looks pressed too. : ) The customer service in her shop is “superb.” Once I had bundle stay behind when the other fabrics were shipped, I contacted Jodi, and the hiccup was resolved immediately. Thank you! She is awesome, very busy and has an eye for fabric. Have you seen her fabric bundle pics on FB?  Who wouldn’t want them all?!?!  Oh and shipping is at light speed! Did you know she has a Color Stash Club too? You get a bundle of a different color every month and you can select the size bundle you prefer: FQs, half-yards or full yards. How fun is that?! Sign up here.

fabric shoppe

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This lovely little number is from the StitchinStash.  All my FQ bundles arrived neatly like this, all done by Julie.  I want you to know I asked her a hundred questions about color matching and collections and she answered them all. She was so patient with me, thank you!

stitchinstash

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And they come in these adorable pink bags to boot with a bit of washi tape, love it!

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Unfortunately, I did start this packaging documentary a little late and some of my other “go to” shops I don’t have pictures for. But the other awesome shop I love, great selections, good customer service and personal attention is over at Maggie Anne’s fabric, look up Maggieanne on Etsy. She will even create bundles for you as she has for me. Thank you!

maggieanne

This is my most recent from The Busy Bee Quilting, a new shop I just discovered.

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So if you are searching for great fabric selections, bundles, customer service and pretty packaging, check out some of these wonderful Etsy shops. And the prices are competitive, try them out and you’ll soon see why I am addicted to love shopping there.