My sister and I had a great time together on Friday. M is a busy woman so I don't get to spend much time with her. She is a mother of 4, has a full time job as a wound care specialist in a large hospital plus she is in school getting another degree so that she can teach. I am in awe of her. On top of all that she finds time to quilt too so it was a real treat to get to spend the day together. (I have a little sister, G. She doesn't quilt but she is my biggest cheerleader. I love G!)
We hit 4 quilt shops in and around Columbus. Each shop carries different fabric choices so if you go into one shop and they don't have fabric you like always try another one. Some shops carry all the basics and whatever is popular today, some carry the basics and reproduction fabrics or those that are more "country". I'm not sure how to explain this. What they carry is what their primary customer wants so each shop is really individual. One shop we visited was in Dublin, Ohio so they had tons of Ohio State fabrics as well as golf themed fabrics and St Patrick themed fabrics.
I kept to my strict list of just getting fabric for the Mystery Quilt. It was hard as so many fabrics were calling my name. Oh to have an unlimited budget! I want to add that I strictly buy fabric for my quilts from quilt shops. The fabric they carry has a high thread count and when you are making something that you want to be around long after you then you want the best quality fabric. This comes at a cost on the front end, fabric prices are high. A yard of fabric will run about $12.00 on average.
So how did I do at my shopping spree? I did great. I found so many great fabrics. I got 28 fat quarters (a fat quarter measures 18"x 22") this equals 7 yards of fabric.
Now that I have all the fabric I need for the Mystery Quilt I just need to sit back and wait for the first clue. This is the hardest part as I will not be home the day after Thanksgiving and won't get to start on my sewing until Sunday.