Wednesday, May 11, 2011

The New Kid in Town

On Friday, my friend Julie-Julia emailed me to find out why I hadn't blogged about the grand opening of the new quilt shop, the Fabric Garden. You see, opening day was Thursday, and Julie-Julia knew I planned to go. And I did go. But when I got out of my car and turned on my camera, it told me the battery was dead. Curses! Foiled again!

And really, what good is blogging about the new quilt shop in town without photos? So I went back today, which was the first opportunity I had, with my camera (and recharged battery) ready, and I took some photos for you. Now, do you think I could have had the presence of mind to take a photo of the front of the shop and the two windows? No, apparently not. So I'll have to show you that another time. But at least I can show you the interior.

This first photo was taken several feet inside the front door, looking past the two cutting tables toward the register area at the back of the shop. (Yes, that's my red with white star fabric on that cutting table there. I felt I had to buy something to support the shop. Uh huh.)


This next photo shows the right side of the shop, where I suspect a lot of the newer collections will be kept. There's a long row of fabric shelves just to the left of the cutting tables above, and those bolts are sorted by color, so I think the shelves in the photo below will hold collections. The shop is, of course, still getting stock in, and actually sold quite a lot during their grand opening weekend. (Jill, one of the owners, is heading off to Quilt Market tomorrow, I believe.)


This area is the embroidery and wool alcove. As you can see, Gran couldn't resist adding some tea things to the shelf. This is the area that Gran will keep stocked with stitchery patterns, wool patterns, floss, perle cotton, and everything else we could possibly need for those times we want to do some hand work.


For its grand opening, the shop hosted a trunk show by Tracy Souza of Plumcute Designs, and I'll admit to buying one or two of her patterns when I visited on opening day. I thought this large pincushion was, well, plum cute!


So I bought you one too so you could help celebrate the grand opening! The kit has the pattern and fabric, but you'll need to supply the embroidery floss and stuffing (ground walnut shells are recommended). Are you interested?


If you are, just leave me a comment saying you want to be entered. I'll draw a winner on Thursday night to be announced on my Friday post. As always, you have to come back here on Friday to see whose name was drawn, because I don't email winners--I like to make sure the giveaways go to my loyal readers who come back day after day.

Thanks for celebrating along with the rest of us. And I'll tell Gran you said "hi"!

COMMENTS CLOSED AND WINNER BEING DRAWN--SOON TO BE ANNOUNCED!

57 comments:

Sunnybec said...

Yes please I would love to win this. Thank you.

julieQ said...

I am glad you have a new quilt shop...enjoy!!

Patricia said...

Good luck with the new quilt shop. Congratulations to the new owners.
Thanks for the giveaway.

Donna said...

Every morning when I check my e-mail I also have a look in at my two favorite blogs. Yours is one! I really enjoy your daily comments about life and quilting. Thanks for the chance to win!

Wilma NC said...

I'd like a chance to win that one!!! I read your blog every time you have a new post. I don't always comment though....

Sheila said...

I love pin cushions. Put my name in the hat! Sheila

ranette said...

I'm a loyal reader even though I don't comment much. Love the pincushion and the tour of the shop!

tpott said...

How could someone NOT love a great looking pin cushion. Its made from FABRIC, FABRIC whats not to like? I'm soooo envious that you have a new fabric shop in your area. Where I live we have 5 quilting fabic shops (great fabric/inspiration)and 2 Joann's within 50 miles. I don't fabric shop as much as I'd like anymore, yesterday a gas fill-up cost me $76 I drive an accord is that ridiculous or what. I'm going to have to resort to quilt-porn and pull out some older mags and just caress the pages. Thanks for thinking of us with a great giveaway! ;> Toni Anne

Tiffaney said...

What a wonderful shop.

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Tiffaney said...

I am one of your happy followers.

Mary said...

How fun to have a new quilt shop! I hope they do well, and for you, I hope they have lots of sales! Thanks for sharing.

Jody said...

Congrats to Gran the new shop is lovely! I would love to make that sweet pincushion, count me in please!

Sandy from Thimbleberries said...

Kim,
I was in the fabric store Friday and Saturday. It was great to see how busy they were. I also liked the pincushion and bought it, plus a lot more. I even signed up for one of the embroidery classes. Looking forward to the class in July.

Kim said...

How nice that you have a new quilt shop. Will you be teaching classes there? I could certainly use a new pincushion.

Peaceful Piecer said...

Thanks for a chance to win! My LQS closed and I really miss having a quilt shop to visit.

Diane H said...

Hey, Kim. What a pretty shop - thanks for letting us have a peek.

Marj said...

I would love to help celebrate the opening of the Quilt Shop. I am so happy for you to have such a beautiful place close to you. Thank you for hosting this giveaway for us that can't go to the shop in person.

AMKreations said...

What a beautiful shop...I love the set up!

kimland said...

ohh,too fun! Thank you for thinking of us (your royal readers) and treating us with the chance to win the pin cushion kit. A very fun pin cushion indeed! Thanks again for again for the chance!

Synthia said...

I LOVE pincushions, so I'd like to be in the drawing. Looks like a great shop!

PunkiePie (Jen) said...

Count me in! What a wonderful shop. I wish the shops near me were this fun and nicely decorated. The ones here are just stuffed with fabric, dark and boring. Nothing light, airy and FUN! Congrats to Gran on her new adventure in life!

Gwen said...

The shop looks great! Did you work out your class schedule? Is there a separate classroom area? What are you going to be teaching? When? Inquiring minds want to know even though I can't come. It's always fun to see your preparations and projects!

Carol said...

Gran is one of the owners? Wow, that's awesome. Looks like a nice quilt shop that I would enjoy going to. I love embroidery and would love to win this little kit. I read your blog everyday so I will be back Friday to find out who the lucky winner is.

Marie said...

Such a great shop - wish I lived near enough to visit. Thanks for the darling giveaway.

Deb said...

Would love to win it, it's really cute. Lucky you getting to visit a new quilting shop, we haven't had any in years!

Hooked on Quilting said...

What a beautiful shop! It must be the most exciting thing to happen - imagine your own fabric shop!! Heaven! I'd love to have a shot at winning the pin cushion!!! Throw my name in the pot!

Gloria

Quilt Hollow said...

I would love to visit this shop in person someday when I get back out to CA to see family. Oh yes....send back a hello to GRAN from Mary at Quilt Hollow will ya?! I've been wondering how she is doing....so much on her mind. Thanks for taking photos and your giveaway....fingers crossed here.

Shelley said...

Kim, I enjoyed the tour of Gran's place! I love making pincushions so please enter me!

Pam said...

You are fortunate to have a local quilt shop!

Ginny Worden said...

Looks like a cute shop, and glad to see you helping support the shop and the economy. Go Girl !

Cathi said...

Thanks for sharing the pics of the new shop. Very nice. Cute pattern. Please enter me!

charry0@hughes.net

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Don't you just love going to quilt shops? I love to see the samples they make, and to smell all the fabric goodness. Thanks for sharing. We've lost most of our quilt shops in our area.

Mary said...

Kim, this is so sweet of you. Thank you for the opportunity to win a kit for the pincushion.
Mary

Gran - Knot-y Embroidery Lady said...

Nice post! It was so good to see you yesterday!

debbie said...

Gran's new shop is lovely. I do like her decor using antique (looking) bakers cabinets.
Good grief! Those cameras! Mine tells me it's battery is Exhausted! For real, it says Exhausted. I'm exhausted sometimes too, but manage to push on. My camera reminds me of that friend that you're always there for, but when you call on her for help or company she's too tied up right now...or Exhausted!
Ohh, strawberries on that pin cushion!

Meredith said...

I'd love to be entered to win! Isn't it so nice to get a new LQS?

Jen in NY said...

Kim that looks like a great new quilt shop. I wish we had one like that around here! I'd love to be entered in your giveaway, thank you! What a cute pincushion!!

Sinta Renee said...

The shop looks so cute! I might have to make a road trip:) Traceys patterns are really sweet... would you please enter my name into the drawing... I NEED another pincushion (hehe).
Congrats to Gran and her partners on a wonderful adventure!

Carol said...

Oh yes m'am would I love to win that pin cushion kit and visit Gran's shop as well. Unfortunately I live too far away. Am a pin cushion fanatic of every shape and size. And I read blogs on Google Reader each morning and usually scroll through and pick yours as one of the first, if not THE first! always funny and a good way to start the day! from your house cleaning (and the mouse) to your cooking and projects turned out so fast, it's always a good read!

Amy said...

Ooo, enter me. And remind me where the new quilt shop lives... I may wrangle a business trip out there in the next 15 months...

Lori said...

I love exploring new shops and who doesn't "need" another cute pin cushion. Thanks for sharing.

Kay said...

Wish I lived close by so that I could visit this shop. It looks really inviting. Thanks for the chance to win the darling pincushion kit.

Sharon said...

Yes, yes please enter me to win the pincushion. Never saw a pattern for this one before. Looks like the new shop will be a great one once it is fully up and running. I'm sure that you will be giving them plenty of business to support your local quilt shop.

Delores said...

Looks like a fun, quaint shop. Would love to win!

hadacres said...

That is most certainly plum cute. No need for contests to bring me here everyday. Love to see what you are up to, with a new quilt shop in town & your partner in crime involved I expect lots of pics of your trips there. I imagine soon you will be giving classes there as well.
Where did the sunshine go, we are chilly on the coast today.

Winona said...

Kim, very cute. Please enter me. I read your blog every day. (grin)

Loveoffun said...

I enjoy your blog.. I would love to make that pincushion. A girl can never have to many pincushions.. :)

Sandy E-H said...

Looks like a very cute shop with lots of potential. I love Plum Cute Designs and would love to be included in your give away.
Have a good day!
Sandy E-H in Northern MN

Julie said...

I didn't buy the pincushion, so I am interested!

Julie-julia

Laura K said...

Oh I love the strawberry pattern. I am such a weirdo and I love decorating with fruit patterns. My old kitchen had a grape wallpaper border! I would love to win the kit and thank you for the awesome opportunity!

Anonymous said...

Read your blog every day and love all the news- quilting and other. Please enter me in the drawing for the cute pincushion kit. Thanks. Judy B.

Carol said...

Looks like a great quilt shop. I would love a chance to win the pin cushion/

rjk said...

New shops are soooo much fun! And of course a new pin cushion and the fun of making it are great! Hope I win.

Quilter Kim said...

Wow, having a friend as a quilt shop owner is great! Would love to win your giveaway, it is really cute.

loralie said...

looks like a fun place.
thanks for the giveaway.

Heartsdesire said...

Love the pattern, please enter me. How wonderful to have a new quilt store opening near you. Not only do I not have a new quilt store, I don't even have an old quilt store near me. Thank goodness for all the wonderful online stores.

Louisa said...

Hey - not sure if this is my first or 2nd post. Cute store - happy & bright. Happy bees. - Melanie