Saturday, May 21, 2016

Anniversary, a Yarn Shop, a Top Done, and Pets on Quilts!

John and I celebrated our 5th anniversary last Saturday, and mainly chose to just spend time together.
We went to the Tri-Cities, which is the closest thing we have to a big city in this corner of Washington, and wandered around the mall, Craft Warehouse, the motorcycle shop, and even went up to Prosser and visited the Sewing Basket.  I am pretty excited about the pillow case kit I bought, it's Coca-Cola fabric.  Their kit selection has grown immensely!  I only noticed because I managed to trip over a pile of them at one point.

As we were driving around I spotted a strip mall behind an Albertson's in Richland, and John said we should go explore the shops, as there was a specialty bicycle shop as well as a yarn shop.  The yarn shop was amazing!  Check this out:
They have a fabulous variety of color and type, I highly recommend visiting their website.  I linked the photos so you can click on any of them to be taken there.  And if you're nearby, I stop in and visit with the ladies and Winston the shop dog.  Nothing beats handling the fibers in person, or seeing the vibrancy of the colors.
We met Debra and Holly Folger when we stopped in, and Debra taught us about drop spindles, which I had not heard of before.  It was fascinating for me.

These vases and bowls are being made by a friend of Debra's (Robert Skiba is his name) and she's selling them for him.  I guess he was going to just throw them away... NOOO!  I'm so glad she talked him out of doing so.  I love this white and black one.  I ended up buying a skein of Merino Wool, the tag says "malabrigo" as the brand name.  I am not well versed in yarns, but I do crochet on occasion and this wool is SUPER soft, so I am making a surprise for my mom.  I have decided I want some red and green for myself, maybe enough to make a small lap blanket with, I am loving the feel of this wool.
My sister's birthday was Thursday, and I got the top of her quilt complete and given to her, as well as a pillowcase.  She got to keep the pillowcase, I made her give me back the top...
It was really windy after dinner, so this was Jen's initial way of displaying her quilt top.

She is only showing half of the quilt, it turned out to be a great size!  Lengthwise it will cover a person head to toe, sideways it can cover two people on the couch nicely.  She's excited for it to be finished up.  I just need to work on cutting out the pieces for the back.
Belle was helping me work on the layout for the back of Jen's quilt a few weeks ago, which reminds me...
Coming in August!  Click the picture to visit Lily Pad Quilting to learn more about the sponsors and their giveaways.  All you do is take a photo of your pet on a quilt, submit it to the linky party in August, then vote for your favorite after the linky party closes.  They also do random drawings for winners.  I was so fortunate last year, I was a random drawing winner for a $35 gift certificate to Abbi Mays Fabric Shop!  My favorite parts of the Pets on Quilts show is reading the funny stories, seeing all the different Quilt Inspectors, and all the amazing quilts.  Hopefully you will join in the fun this year!
Ok, I have laid in bed all morning, and the cats keep coming in and telling me to eat, so I best get on my way.  I'm surprised John has let me stay in here this long, he knows I have quilting to get done!
Let's all get out there and sew!
Or go soak up some sun!

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