Shopping

Liquidation Sale

My daughter-in-law let me know that a Joann Fabrics store in our area is closing.  They are having a liquidation sale and she and her sister found some great deals.  I drove out there and found some wonderful deals too!!!  All fabric is on sale by the bolt only but at 40 to 75% off it was well worth the visit.

While shopping, I found out that two stores within 45 minutes of my home are closing (both having liquidation sales).  A super store is being built to replace the two smaller, older stores.  I am very excited about the opening of the new store and can't wait to see what kind of Grand Opening festivities they are planning.  I love shopping at new stores while everything is fresh, new, clean and orderely.

A Little Help

A good friend of mine broke his ankle and cannot drive.  He is making some special table runners for a dinner at his church and needed some additional fabric.  Since he cannot drive yet, I offered to take him to Joann Fabrics.  I had fun helping someone else spend their money!Wink

Driving At Last

Finally, I am free to drive and start returning to some normal activities.  I got in my car today and headed right for a Joann Fabrics store (I know...big surprise)!

My grandson is visiting this week and we needed to pick up some more of the flame fabric for the quilt we are going to make together.  We keep running short of fabric because he decides on other uses for some of the pieces such as pajamas!!!  While we were there, we found several projects to add to our cart to work on in the next few days including coloring T-Shirts and some new fabric markers.

After Joanns, we did some gerneral shopping to pick up a variety of items and, of course, a couple of toys!!  We ate lunch out, then headed home.

More Fabric

DragonfliesDragonfliesThought I'd show the fabrics I bought at Troy on Sunday.  This beautiful Dragonfly fabric has a rich blue bachground and a touch of metallic gold on the maroon, green, brown, and blue dragonflies.  My sister and I shared a bolt of this same print on a tan background from a previous shopping trip.  She couldn't go with me this time so I thought I'd surprise her with the blue version!!!  I think she's going to love it.

Quilts for Kids

Quilts for Kids is a terrific organization.  I have talked about them in other posts and I'm sure I'll mention them again!!  I believe in what they do and help as much as I can each year.  They are the group that will send you a kit to make a small quilt.  You make the quilt, (you are welcome and encouraged to include one or more of your own quilts too!!!)  mail it back to them and they give it to a child in a hospital in the United States who is suffering from a life threatening illness. We all know how quilts can comfort us,  imagine how a quilt can comfort a sick child.

JoAnn Fabrics

Have you been to JoAnn Fabrics lately?  I had not been there for awhile since things have been so hectic around here but I did have a chance to stop in today.  I was shocked!!! The entire store has been reconfigured.  They are carrying some new/different items but most noticeable was the new design and layout of the store.  Although I don't know where things are yet, I love the openness and ease of moving through the store.  I wonder if all of the JoAnn's stores have been redone.

Quilters' Travel Companion

Years ago when my daughter lived in Texas and then Washington, I bought a book called the Quilters' Travel Companion.  This book listed quilt shops all over the country.  It gave descriptions, maps directions, addresses and phone numbers. 

When I flew to visit my daughter in Texas, I took the book with me and found quilt shops near her home and visited as many as I could.  It was a great way to find shops, gather new fabric and meet really great people.

Price of Cotton

There has been an awful lot of talk lately about the price of cotton skyrocketing.  I don't like it anymore than anyone else does.  Everything is going up except my paycheck.  I work in Illinois so our income tax just soared and my take-home pay dropped.  When you look at the big picture though, I'm am grateful that I have my job, my health, my family and my quilting.  I count my blessings everyday.

Avalanche!

I opened my mail and saw the newest edition of Keepsake Quilting!  I got a fresh cup of coffee and sat down to browse through this catalog.  Their catalogs are always filled with treasures and great ideas for new projects. 

Bargain Books

I want to let you know about a great sale.  Bargain Books is having a 1/2 off everything sale today!!!  They have some great quilt books and every other kind of book you can imagine.  You can go to www.bargainbookstores.com and use their store locater to find a store near you.  Have fun!  I know I willWink.

Happy Quilting,
Laurel

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