Showing posts with label quilt shop. Show all posts
Showing posts with label quilt shop. Show all posts

Friday, April 29, 2011

The Joyful Quilter is Now Online!


The Joyful Quilter is the quilt shop closest to my home.  I need to give them a special shout out because of something really nice one of the owners did for me recently.  Why will you care?  Because they also have an online shop now.  You deserve to hear about a quilting shop that has all kinds of great sewing and quilting things AND outstanding customer service. 

The Joyful Quilter's latest email update shows some prewound bobbins in gorgeous colors.  I love prewounds.  They last so much longer than the ones my machines make.   Instead of checking to see if these particular bobbins would fit my machine, I mindlessly sent an email asking if the bobbins would fit my PC420.  I should have looked that up myself.  After sending the email, I thought they'd probably email me back to do just that.

Instead, Jim Helm emailed back that he tried to research my question online but could not find the answer.  He even apologized for not being able to help.  How many quilting stores would have bothered doing that?

He's so right about the lack of information online. I love my Brother machines, but the company does not have this information anywhere online!  My manual lists a couple of model numbers, but they never match any of the bobbins I find in stores. 

I went to the store check out the bobbins, but I don't think they are going to work for my machine.  Too bad cuz they are so pretty and 100% extra long staple Egyptian cotton!

 I did, however, find this:
I've been wanting to make a new robe.  I'm making the center version which has a terry lining.

I also got a few sets of the center panel of this collection:
After staring at these whimsical owls for a few days, I've figured out what I want to do with it (baby boy quilt, bibs, etc.) which will require another shopping trip to The Joyful Quilter for some of the other fabric in the collection. Considering that these photos show only portions of the store,
 

AND it is only twenty minutes away, I'll leave the online shopping to you guys.  If you're ever in the Capital District/Saratoga area of New York, this store is well worth visiting.


Saturday, September 25, 2010

Keepsake Quilting

I made it.  I not only got to Keepsake Quilting, I went twice.

(It seems so unfair that Lindsey Lohan even looks good in her mug shots, and I can't even manage to get a good one out of the hundreds that I take on vacation.  I was squinting into the sun here.  Okay, okay, it's a shoddy excuse.  The good news is that should I be arrested I can save them money by sharing one of my many, many pictures that look like mug shots.)

This is the more catalog-ish view of Keepsake.
I got an okay to take some pictures inside from the person cutting my fabric.  As soon as the camera snapped, however, someone else yelled, "You can't take pictures of the quilts!"  The cutter smoothed things over explaining that I was just taking overall shots.  I was not willing, however, to stir up things by taking more than these two.  They don't do the place justice.


(I'm not talented enough to Photoshop those two quilts out, so, instead, I'm going to ask that you don't look at them.)


I thought I was only there an hour or so, but apparently it was long enough for Brian to not only visit the neighboring stores but develop close personal friendships.  When I finally left, he took me around to meet his new friends in each store.

I could not pass up the ducks.  They match my rubber duck collection after all.
These are some fabrics that just starting begging me to take them.  I am in an orange mood lately.  This has never happened before.  I'm going to be redoing the larger bedroom in yellow.  These should make a lovely quilt, etc.  I passed up the first fabric, blue with tiny orange leaves, requiring the second trip. On the second trip, I found the rubber duck borders.  That little trip alone was another $56.  

Oh, yes.  The lake and all the surrounding area was incredibly beautiful.  The lake is enormous! We've got to go in the summer next time. 
Tomorrow:  The Maker Faire!!  

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Lake Winnepesaukee (aka Keepsake Quilting) for Our Anniversary

Happy anniversary to us!  We are going to Lake Winnepesaukee FINALLY!  I've been trying to get there for more than 20 years.  It's not THAT far from Upstate New York, and it has been just a bit off the routes we've taken for a number of vacations further north.  It was often on the list of places we would stop on the way to or from other places.  Something always got in the way.  We were running late, the kids were too tired, we'll do it the next time.  My reason for wanting to go there:  Keepsake Quilting.  I so want to see that store.  Their catalogs are eye candy. 

I guess when the sole purpose of the trip is to get to this lake, we might finally make it there.  When the hubster said we were going there, I was ecstatic.  He remembered.  He knew how much I wanted to go to Keepsake and was doing this just for me.  I had days of this fantasy.  Then I mentioned where we were going to someone in front of Brian.  Turns out Keepsake was not actually on his list of reasons for going there. Too bad he said that.  He had sooo many brownie points piled up before I found out he really wanted to go to the lake.

Be that as it may, I am going to Keepsake and to what I understand is a lovely lake to celebrate our 27th anniversary.  I shall post pictures of the too many fabrics I'm going to buy.