I kept hearing about all the Hancock Fabric stores that were closing across the country and had a moment of panic! There is a Hancock store about 5 miles from my house and I purchase a lot of backing fabrics and notions there. It is my "ace in the hole". Well, I made a quick run to check it out yesterday and was reassured by a clerk that they were not closing and were, in fact, doing quite well, thank you very much. Phew! Glad to hear it. Well, to do my part to keep the store "doing quite well", I purchased the backing fabric for my Chocolates & Cherries string quilt, these lovely "spring-ish" FQs for doll quilts, some Kona Snow for embroidery, a new chalk marker, and a water-soluble marking pen. I ONLY did this to keep Hancock Fabrics afloat, you understand. Swamp land, anyone?
Also, yesterday while browsing my fave quilt blogs, I saw my name and blog mentioned on Patti's blog for the Thinking Blogger award. Wow, what an amazing thing! I was flabbergasted. Patti is one of my quilting idols!!!! Thank you, Patti, for such a day-brightener. I think that I am supposed to follow suit and list 5 more inspirational blogs. But I think rather than list individual blogs for fear of leaving someone out, I will just say that I nominate all the bloggers who stop by my blog and leave comments. YOU are my inspiration to keep blogging! It is just so fun to see what y'all have to say about my projects or suggestions you leave for my quandries or just feeling your friendship--all the way from the US to Canada to Europe to South Africa to Australia! When I started this blogging adventure almost a year ago, I had no idea the riches it would bring me.Spring is trying desperately to return to KC today. It is sunny, 50 degrees with just a light breeze. The birds are singing so loudly that both cats' ears are in permanent upright position. And today my company will be served barbecue from their favorite BBQ restaurant in the area so the only cooking I'll be doing is a pot of baked beans. Hope your weekend is sweet.