Sunday, July 18, 2010

Fabric shopping in Utah

So I love living in New Hampshire. Really I do. Nothing can beat it in the Fall. But we are seriously lacking in the quilt shop department. Utah on the other hand, has an over-abundance of fabulous quilt shops! And last week my mother-in-law and I went to 7 of them in 2 days. It worked out well for both of us - she gave me my birthday money to buy fabric, and she got someone to drive her to any quilt shop she wanted! She has failing eyesight and as such hasn't been able to drive for a while now. It was mutually beneficial! Plus we get on fabulously, and spending quilty time with her is always fun!

I didn't take many photos of the shops, but I couldn't resist this one in the parking lot of Piper's Quilts in Sugarhouse...They have the loveliest hollyhocks growing and it's worth a trip there just to see them! (Oh, and for the 20% off all fabric sale they have going on!)
This is my haul for the 2 days. First just haphazardly thrown on the table...and then sorted a little better...Fat quarters...half yards...2 yard pieces...
Why yes, that IS some of the out-of-print-impossible-to-find Flea Market Fancy fabric that sells for big bucks on Ebay and Etsy.
I'm tempted to go back and get the entire bolts. No I won't tell you where I found it!

I was excited to find some variegated Valdani threads at Pine Needles in Gardner Village... plus some pretty woolens...and from other stores, beautiful Riley Blake velvet Ric Rac...and a bag pattern plus upholstery weight Valori Wells yardage (50% off!) to use for the bag.
I am going to spend a few days with my mother-in-law again next week and there are several quilt shops we have yet to visit. Plus a couple of quilt shows. Stay tuned!

17 comments:

Cathy said...

Wow, fabulous haul...lucky you to find the rare fmf! Those hollyhocks are amazing and I adore that sign!!! xo

Suzy said...

Yummy!

anniebeez said...

Wow! What a bounty! I wish I had someone to go to quilt shops with!

Raewyn said...

What a haul - looks like you had a fabulous time!! Now its time to have fun planning and playing and sewing it all up :-)love that sign!!

Busy Lizzie said...

Sounds like heaven!!! I was positively drooling over all that. As you know we have a dismally expensive selection here. PS will be doing my first quilt soon. A friend is coming down from Whangarei to spend the weekend helping me make one!!!

Sandi said...

Hi,

Sounds like you are having a wonderful time with your mother in law and the quilt shops.

I love visiting Utah and checking out their quilt shops. Please give us a list of the shops you went and visited.

Quilts, Quilts, Quilts in Sandy Utah is one of my favourite places to visit and I love their needlework shop across the street.

Sandi in New Westminster B.C.

Teresa said...

Oh my goodness....you two are dangerous shoppers when together.

Mel said...

You can go fabric shopping for me anytime!! Love your selections!

Janet said...

What a load of loot! I love what you did get. How lovely to see the hollyhocks grouped together.

Nanette Merrill and daughters said...

It has been ages since I've been at Jeanette's store. Love the hollyhocks. I planted my own because of theirs. Only mine have just started to bloom.

imquilternity said...

Wonderful!!

Kelly said...

Fantastic haul!! Lucky you finding some FMF! Did your heart start beating really fast? (or is it only me that gets that excited? lol)I love the sign in the carpark too, very funny!

Joanne said...

Now THAT is a party !!!! FANTASTIC !!!!

Jess said...

My sisters would love that sign!! That's too cool!

wishes, true and kind said...

What fun! And I can't believe you found FMF!

em's scrapbag said...

Yes we Utah quilters are spoiled. Would have loved to meet up with you.

Sofia said...

Oh, nice! You're right about the quilt shops here in Utah. They have a very wide selection of fabrics there. There was a time that I opened a little business of selling quilts made from those fabrics. (Sorry, segue incoming) I got a payday loan. Utah has this firm that offers cash advances, payday loans, and some other loans. I used the money to start the little business. I didn't start the business to make it last for a long time. I wanted it to last for a short period only.

Anyway, thanks for sharing something about Utah's quilt shops! They're really awesome!