Tuesday, February 17, 2009

More Shopping!!!

I seem to have more supplies and ideas than finished art. Yes, I have been shopping. I NEEDED to visit the greatest quilt store in Dallas, TX, Quilts ‘n More . It is located in historic downtown Midlothian, Texas, just 30 miles south of the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex. I met 2 of the 3 owners Kathleen Allen, Jean McKinney (twins). It was the friendliest place and every fabriholics dream!

I was very controlled with my spending, but I did join the Block of the Month Club that meets the 1st Saturday of the month. Listen to this! The first Saturday you pay $5 bucks for the material for your first block. If you show up the next 1st Saturday with your FINISHED block, you get your next block free! So if you show up with your finished block each month, at the end of the year you will have a quilt top for $5 (in my case $10 - since I got started late I had to pay for my January and February blocks)! That is awesome! Here are the few things I purchased including my January and February block kits: Yummy batiks from their gorgeous selection, Moda "urban couture" precut 6" blocks. These blocks include several different fabrics and are great for quilting, and for small faric projects. I have already created a handful of little hearts that I have embellished with beads and stuff (lol) for my dollies. I also picked up a couple of small paper piecing kits to try my hand at paper piecing.

So I left the quilt store and my new friends and "lo and behold", there was a thrift store right across the street! Here are the goodies I found there. First, a new magazine holder for $2 bucks. Now I can organize SOME of the mags and books I have purchased since I moved to Texas. If I feel really industrious one day I may get out the gesso!

Here are my other thrift store finds. Two square wooden frames with mirrors; small silver-plated serving tray; a silver-plated compote and swan; a brass candle holder that will become a stand for a dollie and (in the foreground) a little metal candle holder that is headed for the rust bin.

An since I had to pass by Hobby Lobby anyway, I stopped in and picked up a few miscellaneous items.

The two little stamps (i.e. flourish and the bird), I actually grabbed out of the $1 bin at Michaels last week. I figured I would throw those in so you could see them.
You Stay Creative...I better GET creative with all the stuff I'm collecting!


pinkglitterfae said...

sounds like you had a fabulous day! nothing wrong with buying more supplies, lol! It makes us happy, and we eventually use them :-)

thanks for introducing me to Nancy Wilson, I'm going to look her up at my library :-)

Sue said...

What a wonderful day! Nothing better than going to thrift and arts and crafts stores and finding treasures! Thanks for sharing your goodies with us!

hanne~ said...

wonderful thrift store finds, lucky you :)

Beeshebags said...

The BOM you've joined sounds great, wish they had ones like that here in Australia...would be good for the poorer quilters as they wouldn't be having to pay lots of money to enjoy their favourite pasttime. Will be keeping an eye out for progress pics, seens as though you should have started them by now....any chance of a pic or two of the heart stuff you've done for your dollies please? Hugs Naomi from Adelaide, Sth Australia