Friday, January 29, 2016

Friday Favorites: Quilt Shops & More!

Hello! As I mentioned earlier this week, I had a wonderful time visiting the Road to California quilt show in Ontario, California last weekend! My earlier post shared some of my favorites from the show.

Today I thought I'd share a little bit about some of the other aspects of the
show...first is the cute Alexander Henry fabric created especially for the event. I purchased the print in canvas for a future ironing board cover!

On Saturday we did a little shop-hopping. The first stop was Primitive Gatherings in Murietta. I've been to the Primitive Gatherings shop in Wisconsin, and so I was really looking forward to seeing the California version.
Lisa's California shop did not disappoint. While a good portion of the store has the same feeling as the Wisconsin shop, there is also a terrific supply of bright and modern fabrics, including lots of wonderful Bella solids!

The staff was super friendly and helpful, and I had a great time making sure I got to see every area of the shop!

Our next stop was the Temecula Quilt Co. in Temecula! This beautiful shop was organized and a treat for the eyes. It is a smaller shop, but every area is beautifully curated, and there are lots of fun goodies at every turn.

You'll find lots of inspiration and more in the well-lit shop. We were able to meet the owner, too, and she was especially nice. She even recommended a restaurant in the same shopping center for our lunch; we loved our lunch at Aztek Tacos...I will definitely have to eat there again one of these days!

Our final stop for the day was the Needle in a Fabric Stash shop--a bright store with terrific personnel and lovely fabric and displays. Again...I loved this shop also and will definitely stop by again!

I also want to share some of the goodies I found in California. One of my first purchases was these Creative Grids Non-Slip Rotary Cutting Circles. I actually purchased these from Annie's booth at the show. She uses these circles to round the corners of her bags and other quilted items. I'm constantly looking for bowls, dishes, and spools of thread to round my corners, so I thought these would be really helpful. I also plan to use them as templates for an upcoming project.

I bought a few paper pieces, too. I still love my 1" hexies, but I thought it would be fun to have some smaller ones on hand as well. And the 1" honeycombs will work with my hexies!

Back at Annie's booth I also purchased some of her wonderful zippers. I always buy the 30" or 40" double slide zippers which I can use for 2+ projects each (Annie also sells additional zipper pulls to use with left over zipper pieces). I feel like this is a really economical way to purchase zippers since I can almost always divide the cost by two or three depending on how many items I make with it. I also love the way these zippers look in my projects. They are a bit wider than your traditional zippers and are easier to sew with.

And, I purchased just a little bit of fabric...Carkai by Carolyn Friedlander in ivory, some neutral Cotton + Steel, the lovely Art Gallery "Maker" fabric, and two fun kitchen prints for oven mitts (for gifts).

Finally...I couldn't go home without a little bit of perle cotton. I found some colors that perfectly matched my Fig Tree wools. I know there is a lovely Aurifloss collection to go with the wools as well, but I just couldn't pass these up!

I'd say that's a pretty big group of Friday Favorites! Have a wonderful weekend! Thanks so much for stopping by!


Vicky said...

The hardest part of moving to another state was missing the R2CA show. Maybe next year! Sounds like you had a wonderful trip!

Hildy said...

Great goodies you've bought! I love the colors you've picked (low volume, aqua, green and yellow) so fresh and sping-y would make a great quilt.

Jane said...

Fun little treats you found!! Sometime could you do a blog post on wool and projects? I am wanting to get into this as I think it would make s great "take along" project but need some ideas and tips (from the best!!)

Tammie Smith said...

I love all the little purchases and photos! Glad I get to live vicariously through you and your blog.

Karen said...

Thanks for the share! I had to laugh when I got to the end because I am sitting in Ohio Amish Country waiting to do a shop hop in the morning, and my bag is packed with my Fig Tree wools so that I can look for matching perle coton. :-) BTW, I attended Winterquiltfest last week in Utah and again told many people where to find my hexagon bag pattern.

Anne / Springleaf Studios said...

What fun a and what a nice haul of goodies.

Helen L said...

Fun trip! You certainly have more self control than I would if I were at all those places!! :-) And I was buying some pearle cottons yesterday for my fig tree wools too, but I didn't think of bringing them on the little trip I took to Sacramento, so I used some Fig Tree Cottons and tried to do an educated guess! :-) What are you going to do with the wools? Did you get the woolies patterns that Joanna made? I asked for them for my birthday and will use them there. Have a great weekend!! Hugs, H

Jane said...

I am doing my search this morning on zippers from Annie. They look great, nice and wide and the colors are fabulous! Here is my question before I order. Why do you choose the double slide vs. the single slide? Thanks for your help! Jane

Janan Doster said...

I just love those FigTree wools and that Aurifil floss!!
I bet it stitches like warm butter, SMOOTHE!!!!!!!

OPQuilt said...

This brings back fun memories of our time tripping around Temecula--a great day. Come back again and we'll take you to the garment district in LA and Michael Levine's!

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