It's 2:30 in the morning and I've already been up sewing for about 2 hours. I really need to get back to bed, but I really wanted to blog first or else I never will.
I've been working on this cool Mod Sampler quilt from Oh, Fransson. I just finished sewing the sashing in the first two rows. There's something so satisfying about finally having all the raw edges of my squares all enclosed in the crisp white sashing.
I wanted to make some good progress because my mom is coming up today to take me on a fabric shopping spree for my birthday. I'm very excited about this! Last weekend I dragged the kids around on recon mission (everyone knows how fun it is to take your kids shopping). My goal was to find Alewives Fabric which a little over an hour north from where I live. Every time I look up a fabric that I like on a designer's site and use the various "Where to Buy" features to find shops near me that stock it, Alewives comes up, so I've been wanting to check it out for quite a while. Oddly, both Google and the GPS built into my Blackberry put me exactly at another fabric store. How weird is that?! Alewive's address is 10 Main St in Nobleboro, but I ended up at 10-ish Route 1. I was quite puzzled when I arrived. Just that morning, I had looked at Alewive's website and thought there would have been at least some mention if they were in the process of changing their name, since I ended up at a shop called Maine-ly Sewing. I drove by it once then decided that I had come all that way, I had better go in. It was very nice with a good selection of designer fabrics and just a huge selection overall, but I couldn't get past the hurdle of it not being what I expected. Still puzzled, I asked the clerk if they used to be called Alewive's, and she said, "Oh no, they're in Damariscotta Mills". Oh right, duh, Damariscotta Mills. The clerk didn't offer much in the way of directions, and since she seemed a little insulted by my question, I didn't bother to ask. Thank goodness for my trusty little Blackberry (I know it's not an iPhone, but it does the job). I googled Alewives again, got better directions, and used my GPS to finally find Alewive's, and I was in Heaven! (When I got there, the Alewive's manager says that happens ALL the time, so if you go, don't necessarily trust your GPS or Google Maps - look for route 215 instead of their mailing address.)
They had just an unbelievable selection of all the cool fabrics I've been seeing on the web but really wanted to see in person. They even carry Merimekko. Not that it's in my budget right now, but they did have some $6 fat quarters. They had a nice little place for the kids to play with a basket full of toys. The salespeople were not pushy at all. They went about their business which that day was rearranging some of the fabric and cutting fat quarters while I circled the store 3 or 4 times trying to decide what to get. They had a bunch of Oliver + S patterns done up. The pictures on the patterns have never really appealed to me, but seeing the models was a different story. They were adorable. When I go back today, I think I may buy one. They (Alewive's) also have a free pattern for a shopping tote where you use fusible vinyl to make it waterproof. Very intriguing. I'd like to try the fusible vinyl concept to make some reusable sandwich baggies.
I ended up getting a nice fat quarter 10 pack - mostly of Heather Ross's Mendocino collection - mermaids, kelp stripes, sea horses, and fish. It's very cute. I usually like to match up fabrics myself, but with the kids in tow, I couldn't really focus. Plus it didn't help that I didn't even really have a plan in mind for what to make. Alewive's also had a great selection of already matched fat quarter packs, so I took advantage of that and added 2 more, so I'd have enough for the Mod Sampler. I'm hoping to buy the fabric for the quilt back and binding today.
The kids were really good while I shopped (and never once did the salespeople get annoyed at them taking over the toy area), and since they had to endure an over-an-hour-long car ride and another hour or so worth of shopping, I had promised them we would checkout nearby Pemaquid Beach. It was very beautiful, but Hurricane Bill was apparently off the coast so there actually was no beach. The water was all the way up to the grassy sand dunes and the waves were crashing up onto the pathways to the beach. We hung out there for about an hour anyway. My 10 year old and 8 year old played in the water with their Boogie Boards while my 2 year old who didn't like the cold water to touch her and I stood watch. There were lots of other people swimming, too, but there was talk of dangerous rip tides, so my conscientious 10 year old and I were a little worried about that, but my not-a-care-in-the-world 8 year old had a blast.
The idea was to pretty much repeat the same day today except that it's really pouring rain right now, so the beach part may be out. Oh well, all I really want is the fabric!
Okay enough - gotta get back to bed.