Monday, September 20, 2010

Stash Dash Part 1...

Well it's that time of year again here in central NC.  Stash Dash time.  The annual pilgrimage of quilters from one gorgeous fabric store to another where we can ogle new fabric, enjoy discounts and win door prizes.  There are 8 stores participating this year and for those intrepid travelers who make it to every one, you have the chance to win a great grand prize.

Although I've joined in for several years, I've never made it to all of them within the allotted time.  But this year for the first time, they've extended the Stash Dash from 3 days to a whole week.  And I've got my schedule planned out to make it to all of them!  On Saturday, Jan and I headed out to the first 3 - Whistle Stop Quilt Shop, Carolina Sew-n-Vac, and Quilts Like Crazy.

Whistle Stop is a small quilt store in a small town, Selma, NC.  Distance wise, this store is by far the furthest away so we decided to hit it first.  Connie, the owner, has outdone herself in preparing for the crowds of Stash Dash.  Her shop was filled with shop samples, kits and new fabric.  I picked up charm packs of 2 new fabric lines, Clermont Farms and Maison de Garance.  I also picked up a couple of very quick patterns, Greta and Dora, by Me & My Sister Designs.  Each of them can be made in an afternoon with 1 charm pack and a small amount of other fabric.

Purchases from Whistle Stop Quilt Shop

Our next stop was Carolina Sew-n-Vac.  My machine is in for repairs and I was hoping it was healed by that time.  But no such luck.  However, I did participate in a demo for one of the BabyLock machines and started making a scissors case.  I also picked up another can of 505 spray as I used the last of it up on the pincushions I just finished.  If you've never tried it, I recommend this spray for not only embroidery but sewing as well.  It's a temporary adhesive and dissolves after a few days.

Stuff from Carolina Sew-n-Vac

After a nice lunch, we hit our final store for the day, Quilts Like Crazy.  This quilt shop has been under new ownership for about a year and a half and they've made some fantastic changes in there.  For one, they carry a lot more fabric and the personnel are also very friendly.  I finally broke down and purchased the Schnibbles Times Two book by Carrie Nelson.  If you aren't familiar with Schnibbles then hop on the bandwagon and check out Miss Rosie's Quilt Co.  I also picked up the Sweet & Simple Pantograph packet in the hope that it will encourage me to use my quilting frame more.

Purchases from Quilts Like Crazy

And at the last moment before checking out, my eye caught this fabric.  It will work great for several different things - tree trunks, wood grain, animal fur, etc.

Landscape fabric

And that completed the first day of Stash Dash for me.  This saga will continue on Wednesday when I plan to go to 2 more stores.

Until later...

"The Lord reached down from above and took hold of me; he pulled me out of the deep waters"
Psalm 18:16 (TEV)

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