When I went to my brothers wedding a few weeks ago I had plans to shop hop my way across Texas and Louisiana on the way. I had my list of shops with maps on how to get to them and had figured where I could fit in 2 or 3 of them along the way depending on how my time was going finishing up with the shop in Vicksburg where we were planning to go after I met up with Susan. WELL best plans and all I ended up leaving almost 3 hours later than I'd planned which barely left me time to get to Vicksburg in time to pick up Susan where she was being dropped off by her son. By the time we met up and got her stuff transferred to my car and drove to the quilt shop it was about 5 minutes until time for them to close so we didn't even bother going in. I worked in retail long enough to know you're not always the most welcome customer of the day when you come in right at closing time! And even if that hadn't been the case we would have felt rushed and wouldn't have been able to enjoy our shopping.
Oh well. There's worse things to miss out on so we pulled our bottom lips back in and went on with the rest of our plans for the evening. We met up with our older brother, had a lovely supper at a local seafood place, and stopped by the dollar store for some playing cards to while away the evening with.
Next morning we got up, went out for breakfast, and then back to the room to play cards until it was time to get ready for the wedding. We were sitting there having just dealt the second hand when Susan said, "You know the quilt shop probably opens by 10 and we don't have to leave for the wedding until around 12:30. if we'd thought about it ahead of time we could have run back into Vicksburg (about 20 miles away) for breakfast this morning and been at the quilt shop when they opened." At which time we both looked at the clock (which said 9:30), looked at each other, laid our cards down and told our older brother he could either stay or come with us but we were going shopping! LOL!
I'll leave it up to Susan to tell you about her purchases but these are mine.
First up is this grouping. As is my normal habit if I shop with no particular project in mind I like to wander around a store until a particular fabric grabs my eye and then pull co-ordinates to go with it. On that day the caladium fabric is the one that caught my eye and hooked me in. Not knowing what I was doing with it I did my standard 3 yards of the focal fabric and 1 to 2 yards of each of the go withs. 2 of them are 1-1/2 yd cuts and the others are a little over 1 and almost 2 as that was what was left on each of those cuts. I've since found a pattern I think will be nice made from them. Just have to finish up a few other things first before I can start cutting.
These items also followed me home. The fabric on the top captured my fancy. I don't know why but I just had to have it. I love the colors which might show up better if you pull the picture up bigger. Don't know what I'll use it in but one day I'll find the perfect use for it. I bought all the had which was around 2 yds.
The purple and lime green print on the bottom was - once again - bought just because it's purple and lime green. I'm not sure why I've been drawn to that color combo lately but since this is the second purple/lime piece I've bought in the last few month I have a feeling I'll be collecting those colors for awhile and have already started looking for a pattern to use them in.
And the cat pattern of course had to come home with me to join all the other cat patterns I have waiting their turn to be made. Surprisingly I could not find a single cat fabric in the whole store except for a few of the 30s prints. Can you imagine that? A quilt shop without cat fabric!
So that was it for the shopping trip. And I haven't sewn a stitch since I returned although I did just set my machine up on the kitchen table so I can sew tonight. I have a top about half assembled from the cat fabric I bought on my shopping trip I talked about a few months ago. Hopefully I'll have that top to show tomorrow. I'm hoping that will jump start me back into a quilty mood as I've sure not had any motivation at all lately.
And if you've stuck with me thru this long post I'll also share a picture I took a few days ago. This is a vacant lot just down the road from me. We see deer here all the time but usually just 2 or maybe 3 at a time.