Each day Mom and I spend a lot of time on the phone, saying things like "One of these days we're going to..." and "When the weather gets nice and chilly let's go to..." and all kinds of cool idea-starting sentences like that. But we never actually do any of the stuff we say we're going to do, bc one thing or another always comes up. That is, until this past Friday.
What a glorious day we had!! (Did I just say glorious?) Friday was FINALLY "one of those days" and the weather was FINALLY nice and chilly (and quite rainy, which only added to the fun!). I started out the morning by getting my entire house cleaned in about 12 1/2 minutes, then headed to Mom's house to pick her up...
Our first stop was Country Sampler, where beautiful quilts were in abundance and the sparkling Christmas decorations were beginning to make their appearance. After getting ourselves up to our necks in dangerous inspiration, we had to make a detour and drove to the portrait studio to order Breanna's senior pictures (missing that appointment would have cost me a bundle, since the studio would have assumed I ran off with their proofs). Then it was off to Panera for our usual chilly/rainy/yucky-day fare: Sierra turkey sandwiches and broccoli-cheddar soup. Mmmmmm.....
After lunch it was time for our second quilt shop stop: The Quilted Moose. It never ceases to amaze me how many bolts of fabric those ladies cram into that place. There must be thousands! Millions, I say! Mom and I picked out backing fabrics for her two stockings (both by Carriage House Samplings - and they are GROSSLY stunning), and then we decided that it was about time I got back into quilting. ARE YOU LISTENING, KIM, my threadhead friend up north???
Yes, I bit the bullet. I actually took the plunge and bought $9.99 worth of fabric to tease my inner quilting demon. (Okay, so $9.99 doesn't exactly qualify as a quilting demon, but I'm learning to restrain myself. Besides, I just purchased senior pictures, remember?) Believe it or not, my choice in fabrics wasn't anything CLOSE to what I normally gravitate toward: toile, rich reds, beautiful berries, birds, etc. Instead, I went with the most. obnoxious. halloweeny. fabrics you've ever seen. Try not to shriek:
I actually discovered Moda's charm packs!! They're so cool! Lots and lots of little 5" squares to do whatever you want with! Mom got me started on them bc she made the most beautiful table square out of a pack she bought a couple of years ago. And since the girls are always tired of my using the same colors all the time in my stitching, designing, etc., I decided to do what they're always begging me to do: "Go really crazy bright, Mom! Do something funky!" So I dared myself to buy the "Pumpkins Gone Wild" squares. And then my wonderful, loving mother, seeing my hesitation over actually paying money for something with orange in it, decided to soothe my neutral-loving soul by purchasing another, different set of charm squares for me - in colors (and patterns!!) - I would definitely swoon over:
BISTRO!!! Have you ever seen any fabrics more delicious?? They're soooo meeeee!!!!!!! Look at the little coffee beans up at the top! Look!! Mmmmmmm... I feel a caffeine buzz coming on. Thank you, Mom!
Of course, at this point we headed to Starbucks. Wouldn't you have?
Next stop: Weathered and Worn, in Papillion. One of our favorite shops! They were having an early Christmas open house, so we just had to stop in... they carry my favorite candles there (Keepers of the Light), and I also discovered a new favorite: a company called 1803 Candles.
One of the funniest things happened while visiting this shop, btw. Mom and I both fell in love with these tiny, silvery, wire Christmas trees... so I secretly bought her one, and she bought me the same thing!
Here's an up-close picture of one of the jingle bells. I don't know why, but I just loved this photo:
We had to leave Weathered and Worn in a hurry bc I was going to be late picking up Soph from school if we didn't. But we had such a blast, and I'm so happy we were finally able to do all the stuff we keep talking about doing!
Tomorrow I'll share the finished project I made with the charm squares. Mind you, it's been a verrrry long time since I attempted any piecing, so pay no attention to my seams. But I had fun (despite all the orange), and I'm ready to down a pot of java and get busy with the rotary cutter!!!! Okay, maybe I'll down the pot of java after I'm FINISHED with the rotary cutter. Yeah. That's a better idea.