Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Mystery Ride

 
Our quilt guild sponsored a Mystery Ride this past Saturday. We met at 8am which was a bit early. We all decided our destinations were going to be farther away than usual. That's our bus in the parking lot where we meet. This photo was taken at the end of the day. Mary Rose is seen rushing to the car. We were all so tired by the time we got home!
 
 

 
 
It took us over 2 hours to get to our first stop, Quilts & Treasures in East Longmeadow, MA. We were on the Mass Pike for a good portion of the drive. We would have reached the store earlier but we stopped at a rest stop and it takes awhile for 40+ women to use the facilities and freshen up.
 
The quilt shop was nestled in a little strip mall. There was a consignment shop right next door and a few of us found some great bargains there. I had a great time walking around the quilt shop. I was looking for batiks and I found exactly what I was looking for. We all received a 10% discount so I went ahead and bought a few yards of 2 batiks.
 
 
It's hard to see in this picture but each batik has a subtle pattern. I think it will be perfect for the project I have in mind. 
 
 
 Here's a picture to give you an idea of the inside of the store.
 
 
 
They had some great tote bags and pocket books all made up with patterns inside. I had to keep myself from buying more patterns. I have a ton at home that I should have made already!! The owner of the shop demonstrated a new ruler. I didn't buy it since I have rulers at home I've never even used! It was a great shop with lots of wonderful products. I just wish I lived closer to it! We all received a little goodie bag with our purchase. The goodies included a newsletter, pencil and fat quarter! So nice to get a little gift!
 

Our next stop was in Shelburne Falls, MA at a shop called A Notion to Quilt. There was also a yarn shop at the same site that was called Metaphor Yarns. I had a great time here. We were able to eat our lunch in their large classroom. I bought some fat quarters and a cute little pair of scissors here.

 

Aren't they adorable?? I've already started to use the fat quarters! You'll see them made up in a block!
 
 
Here's a peak inside the store. They only had one register and the line was long the whole time we were there! I have a feeling everyone on our bus bought lots of merchandise at this shop. We also received a goodie bag made up of a coin purse and fat quarter. More fabric for my stash!
 
 
Here's the yarn I bought! I just love the bright pink that pops through with the lighter pink as well as the purple. It's sock yarn but I also have a book that uses sock yarn to make shawls. So many possibilities!
 
That's the trip in a nutshell! It was a long and tiring day but also great fun! I'm already looking forward to the next mystery ride!!
 


5 comments:

  1. Wow! Looks like a lot of fun. I love those scissors and can't wait to see the blocks you make up with your fat quarters.

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    1. It's always a fun time. I'm using the fabric for the EQ7 Summer Series. I'm hoping to learn how to use the software better and making a few blocks at the same time!

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  2. sounds like a lot of fun was had by all! I have discovered a quilt guild here and am contemplating joining up...Julierose

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    1. Hope you join! It's fun to find other people who enjoy the same interests. They offer a lot of activities I would never do on my own!

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  3. Sounds like you had a great time! How can you turn down fabric 1/4's (lol). That yarn is really pretty--love those colors--can't wait to see what you make of it..hugs, Julierose

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