Sunday, May 31, 2009

Back from Vacation

Wow! I didn't realize how long it has been since I last posted. I have been out of touch for two blissful weeks of camping, family visits, college reunions, and almost no work. No TV, no cell phones, and no internet! It was wonderful. I so appreciate the time away to recharge my creative batteries, rest my mind and body, and enjoy the simple joys of conversation, laughter, and friendship.

Of course I stopped at lots of quilt shops and here are some of my favorites:

Angies Nine Patch in Effingham, IL -- what a treasure trove of fabric, patterns & books, tools and gadgets, and thread. Prices are terrific and great customer service. And a sweet little antique shop on the back of the shop was an added bonus.

Satin Stitches in Columbia, MO -- this is just a great all around shop. Excellent selection of fabric, patterns and notions. Wonderful shop samples all around. And bags!! Wow did they ever have a great selection of bags made up with loads of patterns and accessories for bag making. They are also a Pfaff dealer and had some wonderful machines and embroidery "stuff". The staff is super friendly. Great prices on fabric too! All bolts are $2.00 off the retail price.

I love visiting shops across the country when I travel. I get so many ideas and see new things. I come back inspired and ready to sew!

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I'd love to know what you think! Thanks for sharing your ideas.