Getting ready for the annual quilt retreat I go to every year I found myself short of a variety of orange fabrics. As with most of us, I collect fabrics in my favorite colors and growing up in the 70′s has left me with a bit of distaste for orange. So, of course, it is my son’s absolute FAVORITE color. Heading into my local quilt shop the night before I leave, what I found was more than I expected. Lots of orange fabrics (without flowers – since it is for my son), a shop full of inspiring new patterns, the perfect color of variegated thread, and a nice chat with the owner of my local quilt shop. One quick stop reminded me of all the things I love about quilting.
Starting tomorrow and running through the upcoming weekend (June 20-24, 2012) is a perfect opportunity for you and some friends to remind yourselves what you love about quilting. It is the 15th year for this event where quilters and fabric-o-holics can take the time to visit 54 quilt shops in Western Washington. This years fabric and blocks were especially creative. Once again, Wendy had the fun of putting them all together in a quilt, and I’m sure you will agree it is very lovely.
At each shop you will receive a free kit to make a block, your passport stamped, and a chance to visit with other quilters and hear about all the participating quilt shops. What fun this would be to do with a quilting friend. The inspiration is free. There is more complete information on their web site - www.washingtonquiltshophop.com
If you are unable to participate this year, make plans to visit quilt shops on your vacation. Next week I’m heading to Kentucky for a family reunion. Not only is Paducah on my must-do places, but every quilt shop I drive by. Are you planning on a “stay-cation” this year? You know, the type of vacation you just stay home and do the things you never get around to? Don’t forget to visit a quilt shop. Maybe one you haven’t been to before. You just never know what wonderful inspiration awaits.