June 22 to 26, 2011 was the Western Washington Quilt Shop Hop. I have seen this "hop" advertised in previous years, but I never made the trek before now. This year, with my husband and daughter both working on Saturday, I decided I would venture out and use the "hop" as an opportunity to seek out and visit some new quilt shops south of the border.
There were over 50 shops on the list this year. I only visited the 5 shops in the Lynden/Bellingham area: Fourth Corner Quilts and Calico Country in Bellingham and The Needle & I, Folktales, Fabric-Etc, and Tangled Threads in Lynden. I remembered to take along my camera, however, as I went to use it the first time I realized I forgot the memory card at home. :(
I also stopped at Joann's where I purchased the following black/white fabrics. I have a plan in mind for these so they shouldn't sit in the stash for long.
These are some of my other purchases. I am saving animal skin fabrics to make a quilt someday for my daughter. The blue fabric is for a Hawaiian themed quilt I have in the planning stages. The Warm Tater batting is to make a few microwave baked potato cookers. The Shape Cut ruler is something I have wanted for some time and I decided to use my 40% off coupon from Joann's to purchase one.
I also purchased a couple of patterns: