It is always fun to go shopping. It is especially fun Quilt Shopping! At Quilt Shops the staff are friendly & helpful; and if you are a ‘regular,’ it can be like visiting with friends.
While Quilt Shopping, you can meet & visit with lots of interesting people. At one store in Pennsylvania, I met a lady from Australia who was taking advantage of the large selection of fabric. She told me that “back home” she didn’t have quilt shops like we have.
BUT, on a Shop Hop the fun is so much more! There are a number of shops working together. There are door prizes. There are lots of fun & beautiful fabrics and the shops have lots of samples & kits. A Hop can become a Mini-Holiday, especially when you get to spend some quality car time with family & friends.
My DH and I like to take several days and do the Quilters’ Quest in our area. We take our time, enjoy the drive/scenery, eat out & visit lots of friendly shops/shoppers! This year I had a special time visiting the three ‘Western’ shops with my Cousin, Karen, a new quilter!!
This year, the Quilters’ Quest Shops’ Projects included 10 Free Quilt Patterns – a different one at each store. Each store had a Strip Set – a package of Ten 2-1/2” fabric strips. If you spent over $30, you got one set free, or you could buy a set for $5. Collect all 10 different Strip Sets and use them to make one of the featured free patterns. Each store offered a finishing kit for their quilt.
DH has a number of ‘responsibilities’ during the Quilters’ Quest. One is to take pictures, so we can later remember what we saw!
I’ve got the Strip Sets – Now what will I make with them!
Tomorrow – More Fun at the Quilters’ Quest – Scavenger Hunt.