Saturday, March 1, 2008

The Greater Atlanta Quilt Shop Hop was such fun!

I am now back to DD and DSIL's house in Marietta after completing the Greater Atlanta Quilt Shop Hop - 13 shops in 2 days! What fun to take the tour with a bunch of like-minded shoppers!! I am SO glad I took the bus tour that was organized by Sarah at Intown Quilters. It was well worth the $100 to have John do the driving; I definitely want to do it again next year and I expect to see some of the same ladies on the tour next year. I met Shirley, Martha, 2 Mary K's, Diane, Anne, Deborah, Lucretia, Bonnie, Bess, Thea and Thea's mom, and others. We shared our purchases, our projects, and our lives during the long drives from Decatur to Covington, Conyers, Jonesboro, Newnan, Hiram, Lawrenceville, Duluth, Sandy Springs, Marietta (3 shops) and Holly Springs. Each shop had made a quilt using the same blocks, and each shop gave us a pattern for their block. It was so interesting to see all the different quilts made with the same blocks. At Red Hen Fabrics I saw Sandie, the woman who quilted my Van Gogh's View and shared my happiness about her quilting with my friends on the bus - and gave out some of her business cards. I even met a lady at one of the shops who had read my blog entry yesterday or this morning about going on the bus. An unexpected treat was meeting Aunt Philly at Stitchin' Time - the creator of Aunt Philly's Toothbrush Rugs. She was demonstrating her method of making these quick, completely washable rugs and some of us bought her pattern or her CD, or a starter kit -- and I practicing making it on the bus back to Intown - sure made the trip back go fast! Now I've got quite a few fabrics that will be "seasoning" as Lucretia says while I plan for their use. Maybe at least one of us will even be one of the prize winners.

Add to all the fun of the Shop Hop the fact that I have seen, or will see, my mom, 3 of our kids and their spouses, all 3 grands, and a friend of a friend back in Lexington - it will have been a great extended weekend. Only one thing could have made it better - if DH had been along for the trip so he could have seen the family too.

8 comments:

Debbie said...

Oh sounds like I missed a lot of fun! I knew it would be like that but just couldn't do it this year. HOwever, I've already made plans to have enough funds to do the bus next year for sure!

Amelia said...

Oh what fun you had...I bet it takes several days for your mind and body to come down from this emotional wonderful high you just experienced.

Meeting all the new ladies who share the same interests is an added bonus!

Moneik said...

Oh what fun! Your bus tour was amazing I'm sure. My mom and I did that 2 years ago and got to go to the Thimbleberries studio and the Gathering Friends shop. So much fun in such a short amount of time.

Deb (vtquilter) said...

That sounds like lots of fun! Glad you had a good time.

Sandra said...

Sounds like you had a good time. I have never been to a shop hop.I think I have been missing out.

Connie said...

That sounds like an awesome shop hop and tour! Those times like that spent with like minded people can just be so relaxing and fun!!

Phyl said...

wow~ i wanna go next time!

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