Saturday, November 3, 2012

Cross-Country Shop Hop

It is in his pleasure that a man really lives; it is from his leisure that he constructs the true fabric of self.
Agnes Repplier, American essayist (1855–1950)

Five women jumped into Dad's car and set off at 9 A.M. for a day-trip shopping adventure. We covered a lot of ground from Stratford to Shakespeare to Kitchener and on to St. Jacobs before heading home eight hours later. The hours flew bye as quickly as the clicks on the odometer. What fun we had perusing stashes of 'fat quarters' seeking out gems for our current projects or inspiration for future projects. I discovered some pharaonic-themed fabric that can only be described as exquisite. I will enjoy mulling over an equally exquisite design perfect for them.

Each shop offered a unique inventory of cotton fabrics and patterns so all five of us looked forward to each stop along the journey. What's more, as we collected a stamp in our "shop hop passport", we received a gift of a small piece of fabric that combine to make a lovely Christmas tree. What a nice touch!

To the shop keepers who put on such a fun marketing event: Thank you! I'm sure they climbed under their own quilts this evening and fell fast asleep.

If you happen to find yourself in the neighbourhood, stop by:
Ye Olde Fabric Shoppe, Stratford
The Quilt Place, Shakespeare
     **and be sure to stop at Rose Marie's Family Restaurant for hearty home-cooked meals at very reasonable prices.
Creative Sisters Quilt Studio, Kitchener
Reichard's: The Quilter's Store, St. Jacobs
Although it didn't participate in this year's Shop Hop, I can also recommend Quilt Essentials, located at 1340 King North in St. Jacobs.

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