Thursday, December 28, 2006

It all began with a gift certificate. On Christmas, I was the lucky recipient of a gift certificate at my favorite quilt shop. That same shop has an after-Christmas sale where everything is 40% off -- not just Christmas items.
I had a plan. That's right -- had. If truth be told I didn't need a single thing, but I wanted to add a 'back-up' bolt of the aged muslin you see to my stash. That was my plan for weeks leading up to the sale.
Then I opened my gift and the plan went right out the door. It marched right on out with all the wrapping and ribbon that left that day. My mind began to dance with possibilities. I hadn't gone to the shop last week to pre-plan my strategy, to see what books would be great additions to my library, what thread colors would round out my collection. I went to the sale totally unprepared to make the most of my purchasing power.
Of course it was crowded, women everywhere, putting things in baskets, Christmas decorations, rotary cutter blades, fat quarter packs. They were laden with bolt of fabric waiting their turn at the cutting table. I managed to wander around aimlessly for 5 or 10 minutes before my shopping brain finally kicked in. I got the bolt of muslin I wanted, I found 3 other neutral fabrics to have on hand as backgrounds, a few pieces of wool, a Lori Smith pattern I have had my eye on for some time now, a fat quarter pack of Regency prints by Judi Rothermeil and some basting spray, and a wool star ornament -- for good measure. A lovely purchase that made me and the shop owner VERY happy. I must admit here that I went a bit over my $25 gift certificate, but it was worth it.

We traveled to my husband's hometown for the holiday and spent the day with his parents, aunt, sister and her children. We had a delicious meal prepared by his sister -- the flavor only enhanced by the fact that I didn't not lift a finger to cook or clean. Due to space limitations, we stayed at a hotel nearby. Our room had 2 queen beds. Here is Harper on her bed with her new Christmas baby. I'm sure if she got the chance to visit Santa now, she would ask for her very own big girl bed instead of a puppy cushion on the floor.

21 comments:

The Calico Cat said...

How cute - she does need a big girl bed!

Nice purchases....

KCQuilter said...

Wow, that's quite a nice haul from the quilt shop!! Way to go. Pupster looks pretty happy with his gift too LOL!

jpquilter said...

sounds like you did just fine - I am hoping to hit a quilt shop this weekend to see if I can add to my neutral/background stash for some applique projects I am hoping to do next year
juliann

Screen Door said...

I love your purchases, I think Harper just wants a bed--- anywhere close to you.....

May Britt said...

You did a great buying with your gift certificate. I wish my quiltshop would have such a sale. They do have one now, 50% on christmas fabric only, but I am done with christmas now. I guess fabric is much more cheeper by you than in Norway and then 40 % off....I envie you LOL

Angie said...

You go, girlfriend! LOVE your goodies...looks like a wonderful way to use that gift certificate. And of course you had to spend more than $25, when EVERYTHING was 40% off!! I'm surprised you don't have more on that table than you do!! I would have!! LOL Harper looks quite happy, with the bed AND his new toy. :) What motel did you stay in that allows pets? Oh, and I love your tabletopper underneath your "haul" too--have we seen it? *G*

Darlene - Dazed Quilter said...

OOOOHHHH - great goodies. I've been avoiding the quilt store sales but it's been very difficult. LOL The bolt of aged muslin was a great idea - something we should all have.

If Harper came to live with me she'd definitely have a Big Girl Bed. HMMMM - I'll get in touch with her directly! snicker

Jane Ann said...

I love how you said it took your shopper brain 5 or 10 minutes to get in gear. I'm like that too.

And I agree: nothing tastes as good as someone else's cooking! Sounds like a lovely holiday.

Bonnie said...

Mmmmm - that looks like a wonderful trip to the quilt shop.

Judy said...

Oh you were done for before you walked in!! No list on a sale day...totally done for!!

I love the aged muslin you talked about, very nice color and texture. Please share the name and manufacturere of the fabric in the center of the pic? would you? the one just under the sampler fabric. It's a fabulous background fabric...I must have some!!

Love the bundle too! I got quite enough to keep me busy and I hope to stick to my no fabric diet for 2 months! Oops, shouldn't have asked about that fabric above huh? Too late. I went today and spent my b'day money on Sulky thread at JoAnn's, but I do have my mom's xmas Gift Cert. from a new quilt shop to spend tomorrow!!

Carol said...

What a fun day! Harper certainly had a nice vacation...I think she probably needs a big girl bed.

Rabbit Stitchings said...

Sounds like some serious after shopping you did there! I know that was fun fun fun...

Well I am with Harper, she needs a big girl bed now! tee hee Just don't tell Bargun and Dakota I said that! VBG

Sweet P said...

Great job on using your gift certificate. I don't know if any of the quilt shops around here are having a sale. DH got me gift certificate to Fabric Depot and I'm waiting impatiently for it to arrive. I have my list made out - nearly all tools and notions and very little fabric.

Pupster looks very happy. Who wouldn't with a big bed to sleep in?

paula, the quilter said...

I like that dotted fabric. Harper does need a big girl bed.

Susie said...

Isn't it fun to have a g/c for your favorite store! Even better when they're having a sale!
I also vote for a big girl bed for Harper!
hugs!

Cynthia said...

lucky you that the quilt store had a sale on. You've bought some wonderful things there. I was also given a voucher for my favourite quilt store. They are still closed until early January but i know there won't be any sale on when they open again :-(

Dawn said...

Oh Libby, Harper looks so cute on her bed! And I"m drooling from your shop haul! Oh my! Those fabrics you got are to die for - all my kind of fabrics! And I made one of those little quilts from that Lori Smith pattern - did you ever see it and hear the story? I wonder if I can find it on my blog for you if you didn't, it is really funny. Well I think so anyway!

Dawn said...

OK, the story isn't on my blog - or I can't find it anyway. Well my husband is sick of all my quilts everywhere. So this quilt I made I put in a frame to hang on our bathroom wall above the toilet. So when I get Mark to go hang it Jenna our middle one starts laughing and says "Dad! Now you can look at a quilt when you pee!" He about died! Here are 2 links of the quilt:
http://dquilts.blogspot.com/2005/12/one-step-closer.html
and
http://dquilts.blogspot.com/2005/12/snow-fooled-me.html

Jenni @ Fairybread said...

Harper can come here for a visit and sleep on my bed. Looks like you got a lot of 'stuff' for $25 dollars. I have a voucher too - must go and spend it, but there won't be any 40% off sadly.

Faith said...

oohhhh your material stash sounds so yummy yummy and I hope you got loads more fabrics galore from that quilting shop. Im please to hear you are a dog lover too.
Now that I have a new second hand digital camera and experimenting with pictures I will take some pictures of my dogs so that you can take a peep. Being an artist and quilter they got rainbow dog leads for christmas and I can feel them saying no mum no mum we are not having a rainbow quilted coat too!! Instead they had two red coats from santa and they do look like santas little helpers when out for their walkies.
I love reading your blogs happy quilting and HAPPY NEW YEAR

Nancy said...

Beautiful quilts, so prim. I like your "haul", too. Nancy in MT