Saturday, March 26, 2011

Atlanta Quilt Shop Hop 2011

Thursday through Sunday is Atlanta's Quilt Shop Hop.  I missed the past couple of years and really didn't need to go this year but a little retail therapy would be good about now and well, there's my excuse.  The theme this year is A Quilter's Tour of Homes.
Thursday, I stopped by Intown Quilters on the way home from work. Intown's style is mostly modern fabrics, Kaffe Fassett, Amy Butler, batiks, and a lot of fabric from Freespirit and Westminster companies.  Intown was decked out like a coffee & tea shop. 

I can never resist gray and purple fabrics and I found a couple of fat quarters and a cute-as-can-be pattern for an owl tea cozy. 

I may have to make several owl tea cozies.

On Friday, I took a half-day off work and zoomed up to Little Quilts in Marietta.  To get to the shop, you turn at the Big Chicken.





 There is so much traffic in the metro area you can take photos from inside your vehicle. Not that I know first hand or anything...

Here is Little Quilts. 
Little Quilts can be very dangerous on the pocketbook....


I always want one of everything when I go there.... 







The shop was decked out as a bee hive.  With a super-cute display at the front door. 



I found some Barbara Brackman Civil War Reunion fabric for my Civil War block of the week quilt.  Red for the sashing and the purple-y fabric for  ????? I don't know but I really needed some.  I also picked up a few fat quarters to use in the quilt.  Little Quilts has the most tempting little fat quarter bundles all tied with ribbon. 



Next stop was Tiny Stitches in another part of Marietta.  I really should have taken photos of the shop dressed up as a castle and the Queen herself holding court. Check out the photos on my friend Becky's blog (she has some great ones).
Oh good you are back. Tiny Stitches is a great shop to find any kind of fabric.  They have LOTS!  Whatever you are looking for, it is probably there.  I bought some Lilac Hill fabric to go with the jelly roll I already have. 

I had to hurry before traffic got bad worse Dante's seventh circle of hell nightmarish.  I zoomed around the eastern side of Atlanta in a big arc south to Conyers to visit Sweet Home Quilt Co.
Sweet Home was decorated as a school house.  Since I am there at least once a month if not every other week, it was challenging to find something that I needed.   But look! I found a little bundle of purple wool.  Isn't that handy? Goes perfect with Lilac Hill.  Hmm. Needed that.

Saturday I stayed home and sewed sewed sewed on Eventide. I am ready to be done with this quilt!

9 comments:

dianne said...

i have been very good at resisting Lilac Hill ... but it has two of my most favorite colors - purple and green - and i don't know if i can hold out much longer ... i love your shop hop goodies!

p.s. - who, me?!? oh no, officer, i wasn't taking a picture of the giant chicken while i was waiting for the cars in front of me to move two inches.

Michelle said...

Ahhh...jealous of your shop hop! It's so fun to check out different quilt shops...I would love to go to Little Quilts one day! Looks like you found some fun things!

Thelma said...

How polite of you to buy a little something at each shop! You found some great stuff. You are so lucky to live in an area where you can hop from shop to shop. It's pretty easy to pass up fabric when I'm shopping online, but in person, when the colors and the details are right in front of you.....wow, there's nothing like holding that fabric, sometimes you just can't put it down.

Karin said...

We will just not talk about Lilac Hill! I will blog about it..was just too tired from shopping and another unspeakable work week.

A Quilter Awakens said...

Good times! I am sorry I missed Shop Hop this year. Can't wait to see ya'll at April Thimbles. Karmen

A Quilter Awakens said...

PS Love the way the wool looks with Lilac Hill! LOVE LOVE

sewprimitive karen said...

Gretchen, did you go to Scarlet Thread? I want to go today but no no it is too too far pour moi. That is a really good shot of the Big Chicken! Your Lilac Hill assemblage is making me crazy, it looks so good.

Michele said...

Thanks for the tour of shops! I wish I could have gone too :-( I just bought a ton of Lilac Hill! I couldn't resist either! Thanks for sharing :-)

Heirlooms by Ashton House said...

I love your shop hop finds. And to be able to visit Little Quilts would be something out of dream to me! How lucky you are that you can go there in person. Thanks for sharing your fun day.