Sunday, 4 March 2012

Quilt Shop Hop on a Bus!

I just had the opportunity to go on a bus trip organized by 4 quilt shops. We started in Oshawa at the Ultimate Quilt Shop at 8 in the morning. We were sent off with a bag of treats and goodies. Then we drove to Uxbridge where we stopped at the Quilters Cupboard.

We watched demonstrations, had coffee and treats then we shopped. I tried not to go too crazy because I can go to this shop again but she had the Kate Spain fabric I wanted so I bought 2 meters and a Charm pack.

I bought wonder Clips for binding (they're on my quilt already) , a light to wear around my neck while sewing and a bias binding tool which can be used to make a braid quilt too!

 Then it was back on the bus and on we went to Orillia  to visit Thimbles & Things. As we travelled we played games, guessed how much the bus had spent and some of us won prizes. When we arrived we spilt into 2 groups. The store in Orillia is smaller and 40 women wouldn't fit so half had lunch while the other half shopped. I got to shop first :)

They showed us some very neat demos including using the acrylic templates (which I have in a drawer at home) to make beautiful quilts. I saw a quilt as soon as I walked in that was amazing and it was a Log Cabin pattern, I would never have guessed.

I bought a Log Cabin ruler and a book of all different Log Cabin quilts to make (including the one on the wall!)

Then we went to lunch while the other half shopped. Lunch was included in the price of the trip, we ate at the Mariposa Market and the food was great! I am a vegetarian so I always pack a power bar, cheese/nuts and an apple in case I can't buy a lunch especially in smaller towns who don't have as much vegetarian traffic in their restaurants. Our voucher gave us an entree with a soup or salad, a dessert and a drink. The girls at the Mariposa market were great, when there were no more tuna sandwiches (the only entree on the menu I could eat) they went in the back and made me one. So nice :) I had a sandwich and a chai latte and brought home my muffin. The meals were huge, a lot of people had doggy bags to bring home.

I bought a loaf of multi-grain bread and 2 cupcakes for Sharon and I to share. Did I tell you  gave up chocolate for lent? (I'm not Catholic but I needed incentive) Sharon has given up potato chips. Since we live together we don't eat them in front of each other if we can help it, so it is kind of like giving up 2 things!!!

Next stop after more games and guessing how much we spent we arrived at Millbrook later than planned but they were very nice and happy to see us. the shop is called, Quilts 'n Critters and is actually 2 shops. One shop has all cotton quilting fabrics and the other shop has flannels and gift ware.
Oops! A little fuzzy. I used my phone and I was in the middle of the street!
 By this time I was tired and had trouble picking out fabric. I do have a lot of fabric in my basement so I bought a book on paper piecing which I thought could help use up some scraps and a tool to clean the batting off my cutting board (I had been using a rubber finger but it wore out too fast) and I found 2 fabrics in the clearance section.

I was amazed at the money that was spent at each shop. I forget that my sister and I drive all over the countryside looking for neat things to do and shops to visit so I knew I'd be coming back. I also knew I had to use up some of my stash before I was on an episode of Hoarders!!!

We arrived back home at the Ultimate Quilt shop in Oshawa at 7PM. Shirley sent us home with a promise to give us a special deal next time we came in to shop because we were exhausted and she was too from having 3 bus loads go through her store that day. So more shopping next time I go in to her store. Hmmmm, what should I buy next? 

All in all I had a good time, saw new projects to inspire me to try new things, and I didn't have to drive all that distance. I definitely would do it again. Just let me get a few pay checks under my belt before I go again!

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