Sunday, June 3, 2012

Mystery Quilt Trip


The Tewksbury Piecemakers sponsors a mystery quilt trip twice a year. Although it was raining buckets yesterday, we went on our little trip! Only a few people know where we're actually going. We meet the bus in the morning and know we'll be home late afternoon. We usually go to a few stores and have lunch. This time was a little different and loads of fun!

Our first stop is The Button Box Quilt Shop in Wellesley, MA.

This is Linda and Marlene. We're sitting in the back room enjoying some coffee and goodies.

I'm having a little coffee here. It's still on the early side! Shopping was so fun at this shop.




They had some gorgeous fabrics. The store was set up by color which made finding a particular color or shade so easy! We could have stayed here all day! I did buy a few things!!


This is a table runner quilt kit and pattern by Ann Lauer. I had seen it in the Connecting Threads catalog but they were out of it by the time I ordered. I was very happy to by the kit as well! I've never tried bargello before so this should be fun!

I couldn't resist this book! It had some great designs. It's hard to find patterns and inspiration sometimes so I grabbed it!

Our next stop was at Wellesley College, They have some great green houses and exotic plants. I'm not into plants but I went in anyways. This is the only thing that caught my eye.
It was a rosemary plant!! I didn't stay too long. It was hot and humid.

We got back to the bus and ended up in Newtonville, MA at a place called The Paint Bar. We were told we'd be eating lunch here also. There were cold cuts, chips, cookies and cupcakes. I had a diet coke but you could actually get wine or even a mimosa! We found out we'd be painting here. We were all a little surprised. I have no artistic ability. I can't paint a picture to save my life but everyone was a good sport about it and we all gave it a try.

This is the picture we were all going to paint. I had no idea if I could do it. However, we had a guide! Our instructor guided us at every step of the way. Here is our group working hard.
Here is the finished product! Mine is in the middle.
Not too bad!

By the time we got to the bus, it was around 4:30. It seemed like it would be too late to make our last stop. However, the shop was called and they stayed open for us! We went to Fabric Corner in Arlington, MA. My phone was almost dead so I didn't take any pictures at the store. I did buy a few things.
I bought some backing fabric. It was a great price, 30% off! I also bought some charm squares which I plan on giving to a friend.

I was totally exhausted when I got home last night. We did get a little Make and Take project for the bus ride which I never made. I made it while watching TV.
Just a little tissue cover.

It was a long day but so much fun!


18 comments:

  1. Wow! what a fun day. I love the painting, you and the others did a great job. It's so fun trying something new. :) April @Little Mama Hen

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    1. I think we were all a little nervous but we all did pretty good! We all surprised ourselves!

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  2. Quilter's sure do know how to have fun! Where will you be displaying your new work of art? :-)

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    1. My husband thinks we should frame it and display it somewhere! I think he needs better glasses!

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  3. Sounds like a wonderful day was enjoyed! Love the artwork, you did great!

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  4. Sounds like great fun!! Nothing like visiting new quilt/fabric stores to make up for a rainy day...
    :--)) Julierose

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    1. You're so right! It was a great time!

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  5. What a fun mystery trip. Thanks for sharing.

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  6. wow...what a fun day spent with friends! Your painting looks great! Looking forward to seeing your bargello table runner, it's a lovely pattern indeed.

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    1. I hope it comes out nicely! It was a fun day! I hope to do it again!

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  7. I just saw this at Auntie Em's blog and was thinking that the painting with the FMQ squiggles might be yours! I asked Em would she rather paint or sew. I think I know the answer. :)
    It sounds like you all had a fun day despite the rain and such pretty fabrics and goodies you found!

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    1. It really was a lot of fun! I doubt I'll do much painting in the future but it was a fun thing to try!

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  8. What a fun day! I loved the paintings. Seems you were stretch a bit into other creative outlets. It would have been fun to do several quilt shop stops. I happen to love gardening. I have a total of 3 Rosemary bushes. One is like a bush, just brushing past it you can receive a wonderful aroma of it.

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    1. I didn't even know they had an aroma! We were definitely challenged when we had to paint yesterday! I think we all did okay after all!

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