For a Mystery Bus Shop Hop!
Our first stop was a familiar store, Thimbles & Things. We had stopped there on our last bus trip. We were in Orillia, Ontario.
|Look at the cool designs on the window.|
This year they had expanded the store and I was able to see into the workroom of the Longarm quilters. (The threads were beautiful) The shop has beautiful fabrics and many notions. I was able to pick up an Angela Walters book. I met one of the LA quilters and found out she was a big Angela Walters fan and was going to be taking some classes with her soon. I was so jealous, but I'm not ready for that level of class yet so I can wait. The store is stocking many newer patterns and fabrics. I saw Jenn Ski fabric and rulers from Jay Bird Quilts. They also had patterns from Zen Chic. The Quick Curve Ruler from Sew Kind of Wonderful was coming soon.
I saw this beautiful modern quilt by Abi Jane patterns. The quilting on it was fantastic.
There was a small wall hanging that showed off a lot of quilting techniques. This is a good idea for me to try and use when I am ready to quilt for other people!
I saw the next quilt and had to give it a try, so I picked up the pattern. It certainly will use up my scraps. It is a paper piecing pattern and ends up at a 26 1/2" square.
|Its like a log cabin diamond.|
We turned at Cookstown and I knew we were going to one of my favourite stores.
|The shop is in both of the buildings.|
|This is just 1 aisle!|
|I think the blocks end up 1 1/2' wide! Oven mitt? Hot pad?|
|Merry Chutney is the pattern name|
We jumped on the bus ready for our third store. We played some games and tried to guess closest to the total we had spent at each store. ( At the end of the day there was close to $9000.00 spent. Then we arrived at the third store. I have seen this store's booth at the Creativ Festival and was intrigued to see what they had to offer.
|The store front doesn't indicate what is inside.|
We were at Sew Sisters in Toronto. The store is bright and has lovely quilts hanging on the walls as well as antique toy sewing machines.
|This quilt has yo-yos and small squares with little houses around the border.|
There is a discount room and they were demo-ing EPP in another room.
|http://www.sew-sisters.com/sew_sisiters_quiltpatis.asp My sample will make the flower up to the orange ring.|
I saw this next quilt on the way out the door and took a picture.
|Don't you think they'd be cute as little monsters?|
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