Thursday was a long, but really fun day. I left my house at 6:30 in the morning and didn't get home until 9:30 at night. We went to four of the 6 shops on the hop and then had an unexpected stop near Richmond.
This is the first shop: Quilt Lizzy
It is a fun shop, chock full of Moda and lots of precuts. Look! They have all of Grant Park (one of my favorite lines by Minick and Simpson)
They also have two long arm machines and will happily quilt your tops for you! Here is a picture. There is lots of bright light in the shop, which I really appreciate.
It was a bit of a short drive to the next shop:
Our prize for being in a group was a certificate for $15 off any class. That was really generous, but she figured out that since we lived so far away, we probably wouldn't take a class, so she gave us a fat quarter, too. Here I found two pieces of fabric that I couldn't live without.
We finished in Boydton and proceeded for over an hour to Crewe. Along the way, we saw some evidence of construction and then traffic halted. We were sitting there behind several cars and we could just make out a flagman holding a stop sign. I speculated that we must have to wait for a pilot car. After a bit of waiting, we finally got moving. Sure enough, when we got back to the normal highway, we saw the pilot car. Two of the girls had never had that fun experience before and hadn't really ever heard of the concept of "pilot car." I grew up in South Dakota (home of 2 seasons: winter and road construction) and lived 4 years in Alaska, so I am well acquainted with them. But I'm curious. How many of you have ever had to wait for a pilot car?
We finally got to the next shop, Rose Patch Creations.
It was another short drive to the final shop.
I found things at that shop, too. See the great patriotic fabric that is sort of "cut your own jelly roll?" I haven't seen that before, so I got some. I think it will be neat to cross-cut the strips and use them for binding. The tan fabric is covered with stars. One of the other ladies won the drawing here!
By the time we finished here, it was after 4. We set off toward Richmond. On the outskirts, we encountered this:
After Hobby Lobby we stopped for a nice supper and then drove the rest of the way home. It was a wonderful day filled with friends, fabric, and fun. What could be better?
Have a great day!