Saturday, April 30, 2022

First Shop Hop

For the first time in almost 3 years, I went on a quilt shop hop! It was so exciting! Of course I went with my quilting mentor Louise as we have been doing this shop hop for as long as it's been happening.

The last shop hop was in 2019 and we were delighted that there are still 5 quilt stores that survived covid and were open to visit on the 2022 shop hop. 

Most people here wear masks because we don't want to give or receive covid. Here we are in front of the shop hop quilt called Square Box by Sewl Sister. Every store made the same quilt with a different "background" fabric. 

This is the version of the shop hop quilt that Louise is going to make... "someday". She collected all the Fossil Fern fabrics and the pattern and is ready to sew. This quilt has navy blue as the background fabric which gives the quilt a different vibe.

And you will never guess who I saw at the first shop... my friend Christine! We met at Quilt Canada in 2014 and we continue to randomly see each other at quilting events. It was so serendipitous that on my first quilty outing since before covid Christine was there to greet me! That made me so happy 😄

In preparation for the shop hop, I reviewed one of my all time favourite blog posts by Maggie at Making a Lather - the stages of grief of a quiltaholic. My fabric is not yet at the point of breaking through walls, and in fact has been greatly reduced over covid lockdowns, so I was very cautious to make only necessary purchases which include batting, backing and background fabric.
Thank you to the quilt shops and to the organizers for a wonderful event full of demos, door prizes, and inspiration. 


Karen - Quilts...etc. said...

looks like you had fun! covid numbers in my state is so tiny right now very few are wearing masks - if the numbers start to go back up I will be putting mine back on but I have a feeling very few others will - have fun on all your shop hop stops

maggie fellow said...

I have never been to a shop hop - I don't think we have any quilt shops close enough to each other that we wouldn't have to make motel room reservationsLOL - so funny to see my post mentioned and thank you

Angela said...

So great that you got to enjoy the shop hop! Thanks for posting about the stash breaking through the walls! I was just thinking about my ridiculous stash yesterday. Mostly it fills me with joy but yesterday I was feeling shame. I will let that go!

Deanna W said...

Lucky you to be able to go on this shop hop. I was thinking of doing it but my daughter came home instead. I could've done the hop and then went to her house...but this is better.

Wendy Caton Reed said...

Oh what fun! Just to get out with friends is enough but adding new fabric to the mix is the icing on the cake!

Cheryl's Teapots2Quilting said...

All of our shop hops around here stopped before a few years before Covid. After the first few shop hops, I'd take a list of what I needed so that I didn't overspend.