Sewing is a lot like life...sure, there are patterns for just about everything, but in order to love what you do, or love what you make, you have to change the pattern to make it your own regardless if the change is a fraction of an inch or the length of a yard. And more often that not, those choices you make to change the pattern do not work out exactly the way you hope. It can be frustrating and challenging, and sometimes you have have to rip it all apart at the seams and start completely over. Which requires patience. A lot of patience. But in doing so, you create something that is far more rewarding, and far more beautiful, then what you started with.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Try your local Quilter's Guild!

Several of my posts lately have been about topics I am positive are mundane to most accomplished sewers....what to do with scraps, etc. However, another challenge for me as a novice sewer is just how to locate local quilt shops in my area outside of the big box national stores. My stepmom has a huge book that includes local quilt shops in all 50 states, but since I do not travel as much as she does I've been looking for local resources. While I had been trying to google using the search string "quilt shops in plano, tx" I was still only receiving a return of the big box sites. So instead, I try googling "quilter's guild in plano, tx" and voila! I got a return of my city's local quilter's guild that has ALL the local quilt shops, which is JUST what I was looking for!

Today I tried my first shop off the list....The Quilt Asylum in McKinney, TX and look at these lovelies I found on clearance! (Awesome store if you are in the area!)

I got one yard of each of the above, I may use these for the exterior of another Birdie sling?

I got three each of these Fat Quarters, but what you can't see is that on the back they were marked down 40%, so I got each one for a $1.50. Score! I especially love the greys and purples. No plans yet, but I couldn't pass these up!
How did you find your favorite quilt store? Or how do you find new ones?

1 comment:

  1. My mom just recently picked up quilting again and she is loving it. :) I was thinking of you last night when she was showing me all her fabrics and combos.