Sunday, April 7, 2013

The Perfect Quilty Road Trip...

Wanting to make rapid progress on this redwork quilt after spending what seemed a lifetime completing the embroidery, I needed a red print for a narrow inner border. That mission coincided with an invitation from The Old Sewing Machine Man to join them on a visit to Cinnamon's Quilt Shoppe in Jacksonville, FL. Johnny Johnston will be teaching his class on the Featherweight machine at the shop, and he and wife Debra wanted to time the drive. Naturally there were quilters who were willing to "help" by riding along. So 6 of us spent a fun day, and I found the fabric I needed. This quilt WILL get done. Inner and outer borders to go, and then quilting.


The shop is delightful. It's been established for about two years, and in that time has developed into a large, well-stocked resource for quilters. There are rooms off of rooms, and each one is filled, like this one, with bolts of fabrics in a variety of styles and colors, patterns, and notions. Lots of samples help inspire shoppers, and the classroom is large and well-lit.


Shop worker Janice was busy and happy cutting fabric, and I had to take photo of these lively new arrivals. I found the Christmas print shown below to use in  Missouri Star- a block I'll make for our guild's opportunity quilt. It has just a bit of gold sparkle in it. The pattern is Prairie Moon's tutorial from My Favorite Block Quilt-Along. Of course I bought several more fabrics, and a handy needle threader. Fabrics and quilting gadgets are just too hard to resist! We followed up the shop stop with lunch at The Metro, which we all wanted to visit having seen it on "Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives". I always say I'd have loved having Guy Fieri in my class when I taught 7th grade. He's such a live-wire now I can only imagine him in Middle School. We enjoyed the food, and the entire day! 



5 comments:

Valerie said...

Beautiful!

Robbie said...

Love your red work/embroidery!! IT's wonderful! And you taught Guy in school!!! Who knew!!! You'll have to tell me more! I must have missed that chapter in your life!

Nancy said...

Oh Nancy, I love that red work/embroidery quilt.....Gorgeous....

Sounds like you had a great adventure and found wonderful fabric as well.....

Jan said...

Your red work is beautiful! I'd never have the patience for that, I'm all about fast and easy. Your project from your previous post looks more like my style. I certainly admire your fortitude in sticking with a long term project like the red work. Well done!

Brown Dirt Cottage said...

Great Redwork girl!!

Oh, I LOVE quilty trips!!!