I have not been aggressively searching out the local quilt shops. I think it is because there weren't too many on Oahu and so I got out of the habit of visiting brick and mortar shops and into the habit of online shopping. I have made it to a few. On Tuesday, at my bee, some of the ladies were talking about the "big fat quarter sale" at one of the shops. I hadn't heard anything about it or even that the shop existed. Two of my friends very nicely invited me along and so I went.
I guess I was thinking that the fat quarter sale would consist of the clearancing out of the tired, picked-over fat quarters that the shop had left over. I was game to go along though, to see the shop. I was informed that it is located inside an old mill, and out in the country along a beautiful drive. On the way while visiting and admiring the countryside, I was thinking that I really only needed a little bit of green and some purple for my stash. Of course, I always collect red, blue, and creams, but I figured I probably didn't need any more...
The day was absolutely gorgeous! We arrived a little after the opening time of 10am, but there were already a number of cars in the parking area.
This is the shop, isn't it cute? The mill dates from before the Civil War! There is now only a replica wheel, but I guess the original grinding mill is still in the basement.
You can see a bit of the stream that once turned the wheel down behind the wishing well.
The porch was all decked out with quilts!
When we got inside, the first thing that I saw was a sign that said, "free ruler if you purchase 100 fat quarters." I got a chuckle out of that, thinking that it was pretty unlikely... Oh, was I wrong! No, I didn't get a ruler, but I did have fun! The shop has been cutting fat quarters for weeks, preparing for the sale. They are normally $3 each, but for the sale they were $1.50. The first room was full of reproductions: Jo Morton, Barbara Brackman, you name it! The samples were awesome, too. I didn't take any photos inside because I was too busy shopping and looking. I started loading up and then went upstairs. More treasures awaited! Lots of Moda: French General, Minnick and Simpson, Primitive Gatherings, Kansas Troubles, etc. By now I gratefully accepted a bag that the staff was handing out! There were two different levels of lofts, making for three stories total. Ladies were everywhere, but everyone was sweet and polite. I didn't miss out on anything I wanted, ha ha. Again, there were so many nice samples and quilts everywhere. The one disadvantage that I encountered, as did others, was that the light was pretty poor inside. Sometimes it was difficult to see the color of the fabrics. One of the ladies I rode along with had brought her flashlight. I will have to remember this trick next time I go. (and there will be a next time!)
By the way, I discovered that the shop was featured in last year's Autum Issue of Quilt Sampler.
After an hour or less, I was ready to pay.
I wanted some greens, and I found plenty.
I also found some nice blues.
Can you see the words on the top one? Respect, Liberty,--all sorts of patriotic words. I love it!
Lots of creams/backgrounds. You cannot have too many of these!
Reds and browns. Yummy!
I also found some purples. And double-pinks. And cheddar.
I took these photos on my back deck. I couldn't help getting some of the pretty fall colors in the shots. I think this weekend is probably the peak of our color. It is so great to drive around and see all the gorgeous trees!
Have a great day!