Last Saturday was a lovely day and I decided to go on my own little Quilty Shop Hop. I picked a couple places I'd never been, jumped in the car and headed out. The only plan I had in mind was to hit a few of the shops on my list with my eyes open for batiks, some white fabric & a pair of pinking shears.
I started by heading to Richmond, NH - a town I'd never been to, but it didn't seem like it would be all that hard to find. It was a bit of a challenge as I gave DD "Jack," my GPS for her PA trip and it was still with her. I had checked out how to get there via Google Maps and, again, it seemed easy enough. About 3/4 of the way there, the road I thought I was supposed to take was OBVIOUSLY not the one I needed, so I went on, hoping I'd see something that I remembered from the directions. I ultimately did and just before I was about to stop for directions, I came upon my first stop: Pickering Farm Quilt Shop.
The first thing I noticed was how much bigger it was on the inside than it appeared on the outside. Here's a view as you walk in the door: FILLED with fabric and quilting goodies! Diana, a very kind and wonderful woman, greeted me immediately and as I was a "first timer" filled me in on what I would find and then set me loose to explore.
|I particularly like those blues on the bolts in the lower left corner!|
|One might expect to find fruits at a "farm"!|
|I am VERY into batiks and kept coming back to this lovely section.|
|You'll notice gorgeous fabrics, LOTS of patterns and wonderful quilts all throughout the shop.|
|Loved these bright fabrics!|
I thoroughly enjoyed my stop there and it was a great place to begin my day. I walked away with some Hoffman batiks to get me rolling. I will definitely be back!
From there I found my way into Keene and made a brief stop at both New England Fabrics (always fun to see what they have) and Joann's for those elusive pinking shears, with, I will add, my 40% off coupon! :)
Then it was back on Rt 9 for a stop at one of my favorite quilt shops: Quilted Threads in Henniker.
Well, they've "come a long way baby" to where they are now and it's MARVELOUS!
|They were out of stock on the pattern for this bag, but I'm on the list for when it comes in!|
The highlight for me was seeing a quilt I am at the VERY beginnings of called "Over The River and Through the Woods." Some one had actually made one and it was on display - it was soooo cool! I'm still working on the stitching, but I've seen how wonderful it will look someday!
I got some stunning white on white for the borders of my next quilt for DD's coach... but that's another post.
I was tempted to head home at this point, but something said, "oh go on... just one more..." so I took some back roads and got myself over to Bedford for my final stop of the day at The Quilt Patch. What a little gem! The owner, Sue, greeted me warmly and we jumped right into quilting conversation. She had some wonderful little sets of batiks, my fabric of the day, so I tucked those into my bag along with some ideas and information that she was kind enough to share.
|Looks a bit like that blue I saw earlier.|
Like my other shop stops, I will definitely be back!
Here's my "stash" after the days travels: some batiks, those pinking sheers and a lovely piece of white! It was a great day and I can't wait to go back!
Where would you go if you could create your own shop hop? Hey, what's stopping you, right?
Go have fun!