Thursday, January 31, 2008

Blame It On Omaha!

On a very innocent trip to Omaha recently, I spotted a much-loved quilt shop, Country Sampler--right on the road we were traveling. Did I have a choice? I don't think so!!! In we go (DH is really a good sport about such things as destiny and fate). I am always blown away by the shop samples there and always come away inspired and with a lighter wallet. Their version of the Sunshine Quilt from Strip Happy was done up in the Madeira jelly roll strips. So drawn to those dusty aquas right now. I may have to purchase another jelly roll or some FQs so that I can make it in darks and mediums and not many lights. I'm sure those lights could find a home in another quilt someday LOL! (Note to Moda: Sure wish you'd cut those jelly roll strips with straight edges rather than pinked edges so one could have a true 2 1/2" measure.)















To add further insult to injury this week, I purchased Simple Seasons (with a Christmas gift card--so there!) and Happy Hour. I have wanted both of these books for a while now and since I was in the boost-America's-economy mode, I plunged ahead. Also, Cotton Candy (another jelly roll quilt) is now at the flimsy stage. Originally I thought this would be a spring quilt for my bed. However, I was less than enthralled with it after it went together so I will now finish it as a cuddle-up couch quilt. No matter how hard I try to get out of my dark prim color range, it just never seems to please me. I may need a 12 step program!!!

9 comments:

Becky said...

I LOVE that store. My husband cringes everytime we visit his grandparents because he knows exactly where I'm headed. Did you know there is another VERY cool shop right across the street in that strip mall? Log Cabin Quilt Shop. Both places can do a bit of damage to the wallet.

Libby said...

Nothing like a little retail therapy to ease being 'road weary' *s* I've not yet purchased a jelly roll, but I'm right there with you on the pinked edges - I don't care for them in the charm packs.

Susan said...

Looks like you had a lovely break in your trip. I never noticed that they used the pinkers on the jelly rolls, too.

Jacquie said...

Passing up a quilt shop...my husband speeds up a bit with hope in his eyes, but alas...the car always seems to find its way. Great purchases! I did the support the economy thing with a Happy Hour purchase as well. I REALLY like this quilt. So pretty!

Darlene said...

Great purchases! Love the finished quilt.

I'm with you on the pinked edges on the Jelly Roll strips! Yuck!

Barb said...

I have the "Happy Hour" book ~ working on the quilt on the cover. My blues are a bit more bold but I'm loving it!

Marcie said...

I just broke down and bought the Kim Diehl book too. Love her stuff! The quilt you made is darling. Maybe you will like it better when it is quilted. I love that block!

Rabbit Stitchings said...

Excellent choice on books!

Karen said...

Oh, I don't have it but I love that Happy Hour book so much. You made great purchases! And what a nice husband.