Friday, September 24, 2010

Stash Dash Part 3 (Finale)...

If you're tired of reading about my Stash Dash adventures, don't worry, this post wraps it up.  Unless of course I win one of the prizes.  Then I'm sure I'll talk more about it.

I'm not sure if I've mentioned before what a math oriented person I am.  It was definitely my favorite subject in school and although I rarely do complex mathematical equations any more, I constantly have numbers running through my head.  For example, there were 8 shops participating in the Stash Dash this year so each stop represented 1/8th or 12.5% of the total.  So after Day 1, I'd gone to 25%, Day 2 was 62.5% and Day 3 I completed 100%.  Is anyone else like that or am I completely alone?

I also count all my errands on a given day.  Yesterday, I had 12, although 5 of them were quilting related.
  1. Gas
  2. Bank
  3. Recycling
  4. Sew Unique
  5. Bernina World of Sewing
  6. Wish Upon a Quilt
  7. Pei Wei (lunch)
  8. JoAnn's Fabrics
  9. Sam's Club
  10. Carolina Sew-n-Vac
  11. Acupuncture
  12. Groceries
It doesn't bother me to make so many stops in a day, but it does tire me out.  On the other hand, it woulf drive Mr. Quilting Bug completely bonkers to have to make half that many stops.  I'm thinking it's mostly a girl/guy thing (with the exception of Jan).

So back to the Stash Dash.  I went to the final 3 stores on my list: Sew Unique, Bernina World of Sewing, and Wish Upon a Quilt all of which I'd been to multiple times before.  Although Sew Unique did just move, but only next door.

The new store for Sew Unique is very bright and open, but I consider them mostly a machine dealer.  Although they have some quilting fabric and notions, that's not their main interest.  However, I did find a couple of Daiwabo fabrics that will be great to use for applique.  I picked up a yard of each.

Daiwabo fabrics and Moses

I made the trip to these stores by myself so I didn't linger too long in each one.  I must say that the Stash Dash is a lot more fun when you do it with friends, but the timing just didn't work out for this final day.

From there I went to Bernina World of Sewing.  They also sell machines, but still carry a large selection of fabric and notions.  They gave everyone a free fat quarter for coming in and I also picked up a couple packages of batting.  The Quilter's Dream Cotton is my favorite brand of batting.

Purchases from Bernina

Then I went to Wish Upon a Quilt.  They carry tons of pre-cuts so I always feel like a kid in a candy store when I go in there.  Surprisingly though, I didn't buy any of those.  I picked up a cute owl panel to make a charity quilt next week and also a Sewline box to hold my assortment of quilting pens/pencils.  (I'm always digging around for them.)

Purchases from Wish Upon a Quilt

After I turned in my Stash Dash card, it felt good that I had finally completed one and that I had in some small way supported my local quilt shops.  But I wasn't done there.  I then headed to JoAnn's to pick up some border fabrics for more charity quilts I'm planning to make next week.  (In case you don't know, I'm going to the beach for a week with my quilt bee to make quilts for InterAct.)

Sashing and border fabrics from JoAnns

Do you see how much help my cats are?

Although not technically Stash Dash related either, I also went back to Carolina Sew-n-Vac.  I brought my sewing machine to them a week and a half prior and they were able to fix her up good as new.  (Or so I hope.  I haven't actually tried sewing on her yet.)  And while there, I couldn't seem to resist an Origins charm pack and a yard of a coordinating print (to go with the Greta pattern I picked up earlier in the week).  I also bought some more bobbins for another machine.

Moses and purchases from Carolina Sew-n-Vac

Tomorrow I need to update my Stash Report.  I know it's taken a hit this week, but I'll use a lot of fabric for charity quilts so I hope it will balance out.  These Stash Dash posts will be invaluable as I try to figure out how much fabric I actually bought.  Hmm.  I have a feeling it's going to be more than I think...

Until later...

"Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry." 
Ephesians 4:26 (NIV)

1 comment:

  1. That is great that you live so close to so many quilting stores! I just placed an order from Wish Upon A Quilt. I love their online store, I can only dream of how great (and dangerous) it would be to live in driving distance! As is, I have to wait about three weeks for my order to come in, but I just cannot justify the price to have it send quickly.
    I think customs like to hang onto the fabric for a while and admire my selections! It could be two months this time, I ordered Fandango!!