Friday, June 1, 2012

Trouble Makers:)

You may know them, you may not---- either way they both know how to shop!

Mama Sparks (Pam) and The Adventures of the Empress of the Universe (Freda).  Guilty as charged!  hehehehe

I have to admit, it was a lot of laughs and I know Freda said on her blog that it was 10 hrs.  Scary enough it felt like 5 or 6 maybe.  It flew by.  I am wondering how much damage I could do in more than 10 hrs.

Hope Freda doesn't mind that I snatched her pic.  I asked her,but I was too antsy too post this to wait for her to respond.  Just keeping it real folks.  Forgive me Freda;)

Ayden and I had a 1hr and 1/2 drive like Freda so we left fairly early thinking traffic would keep us busy.  Not so much.  Ah well Ayden got to run around for a while before Pam and Fred arrived.  Then it was into the Wish Upon A Quilt shop.   Sounds oh so magical and inviting doesn't it!! Probably my favorite one to date!

Ah...the simplicity of this one really made me smile--love Aneela Hoey fabrics!

Ayden was thrilled!!!  This little man did wonderful THE whole entire day!!!  The ladies at the shops kept him smiling, some of them gave him stickers and he enjoyed playing with the toys at each stop.

Now you see him........................................................................................................................

Me,Pam and Freda
And now it is just the ladies!!

Anyway there was a vast array of fabrics to choose from in designers and cuts!  Lots of bins to rummage through.  I had to behave.

Next was the Bernina World of Sewing where I picked up some Joel Dewberry, Nicey Jane and Riley Blake fabric.  Pam and I shared some of the Joel Dewberry and she gifted me with my half ;)  She is too sweet!! 

Off to lunch at The Cheesecake Factory.  Pam has a pic of the food I ate which was Asian Lettuce Wraps which were delicous all the way around and Ayden had  a cute pepperoni pizza with little pepperonis on top.  Here is a pic I found online jsut in case you wanted to drool right now;) Messy,but oh so good!

After our bellies were full it was time to hit the 3rd shop which was Elegant Stitches or rather my next favorite shop located in Cary.   I think the ladies that worked there really enjoyed Ayden fully:)  Their play area was quite fun too!  Outside thrre was a water fountain and a great play area.  Here is an article and video of the playground Ayden played on. ( I thought Ayden did very well on the red play set even though the lady in the video made it sound tricky overall.  I think supervise and you will be ok.)

4th shop was  The Whistle Stop where they had a cute butterfly quilt, but no pattern.  The next day I managed to retrieve the pattern online over at the Moda Bake Shop.  It will be a future "to do " quilt for me.

The 5th and final quilt shop The Quilters Nest yielded nothing jumping out into my hands,but none the less it was still fun browsing.  Ayden took a liking to the shop worker and they played together for awhile.

If you haven't met up with a fellow quilter/blogger--oh you must---right now--do it and you won't regret it for one second!  Such a treat!!!!!!!!!!

The loot to add to my stash of goodies at home---eek!!!


Prince Charming Tula Pink
Nicey Jane Heather Bailey
Strawberry Tea Party Michael Miller
Aldo to Zippy Jenn Ski
Punctuation American Jane
Innocent Crush Anna Marie Horner
Rainy Days Riley Blake
Habitat Jay McCarroll
Hushabye Tula Pink
Modern Meadow Joel Dewberry
Backyard Baby Patty Sloniger (Pam talked me up on this one--sorry Pam!)

Equals one happy camper------------ME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

New friends.  New fabric.

Well why the heck not!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



Sheila said...

What a great post, Sara! Looks like you all had a great time. Thanks for sharing the adventure :D

Linda said...

Oh, I've been in all those shops! That brings sweet memories to mind of when we lived in Raleigh a few years ago. Sounds like so much fun!

Jessica said...

Ah I wish I lived closer to you!! Awesome - I'm glad you had so much fun. And I LOVE Cheesecake Factory :)

Terriaw said...

How fun! I have always wanted to do a shop hop. Cheesecake Factory has the best lunch food, don't they. Love the loot you brought home with you! Especially that last print on the bottom with the critters on it.

craftytammie said...

Love it Sara! what a fun day, and wow is Ayden a good kid! No way would I be able to take mine along! love all the fabrics you got, can't wait to see what you make!

Lucky Duck Dreams said...

I told Pam next time she came to NC she would have to come farther west to Winston. We have lots of quilt stores and I give her the shop hop tour. It doesnt sound like you made it to Thimble Pleasures in Chapel Hill-your car would probably have exploded. LOL!

Mama Spark said...

It was a great time and I loved meeting both you and Ayden! Fabulous!!! Can't wait to come back and do it all over again.