Quilt Shop Hop--Day 1

It was the weekend of the Western NY Quilt Shop Hop! This is the first time I've done an "official" shop hop--not just hopping in a car with my Mom or a friend and hitting a few shops we wanted to visit. This one was organized by the shops themselves. We have a little "passport" that gets stamped at every store and at each shop we get a gift of four 2 1/2" strips. When we complete visiting all the shops in the time allotted, our names gets put in for a drawing for several prizes and we get the pattern that we can make with all the strips. Some shops also gave away other little gifts (tootsie rolls, granola bars--you know, things to keep you going). Several of my guild-that-is-not-a-guild peeps decided we'd make a road trip on Saturday, but we knew we wouldn't get to all of the shops on the list in one day. So we decided we'd visit some of the more local-to-us shops on our own before Saturday.

So, for me, Day 1 of the Shop Hop was a solo flight on Thursday evening when I hit two shops nearby while my daughter was at her lessons. I started at my "home base" shop--Betty's Quilting, Etc. (Spencerport). Love my shop!

And I discovered that Betty's now carries a wide variety of my new love, "Stonehenge." Ahem. Let's just say I stocked up. Here's my stack to be cut on the cutting table. (I don't claim the blue in the far right corner, although I was admiring it!)

OK--probably not smart to do at the first stop on a shop hop that includes about a dozen stores. But if I'm going to throw my committed support behind a shop, Betty's is the one I've got the most vested interest in keeping open!

I left Betty's and headed a bit down the road to Country Treasures (Brockport).

Country Treasures, as you can tell by the window dressings, isn't just a fabric/quilt shop, but also a really wonderful gift shop. But also a wonderful fabric shop. But also a wonderful gift shop. But...

Well, you get the picture. I love this store. She doesn't carry a ton of fabric but enough. Lots of Moda. Mmmm. I restrained myself, however, and just picked up a little bit of (Moda) wool for felted wool projects. Pretty pretty colors.

So here's just a couple of glimpses of what Day 1 added to my stash.

Stonehenge! Love it love it love it. Can't wait to use it.

In addition to the Stonehenge, Betty's had this great ombre (gradated) fabric. I bought three colorways--this is a black to very very light gray. Can't wait to play with it. The other two colorways I purchased were both neutrals. My daughter has now asked me to go back and buy this in blue. How can I deny my daughter? (But she'll have to wait. I need to build up the quilting budget again.)

Quilt Shop Hop Day 2 will be posted tomorrow. After 10 hours of driving and shopping, I need to put my feet up and regroup!

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