Sunday, December 20, 2009

The Haul

So it's about time I showed you all my USA shopping! I did pretty well, but maybe not as well as I would have liked given the strict weight limit for flights; I was already over their weight allowance!

While I was in Las Vegas I hired myself a car (a bright blue PT Cruiser) and headed over to Quiltique. Absolutely loved this shop! It was huge, well set out, and had a massive assortment of fabric. And the staff, recognising that I looked a bit overwhelmed, were lovely. There I bought some Rouenerries red for Red Velvet, some more red for the backing, and some Glace for the backing of the FQS Mystery BOM.

From there I drove over to The Christmas Goose. I found this store a bit smaller and not as bright, though they still had a very good range (but not a huge as Quiltique). There I picked up some white muslin, the Last Minute Patchwork book that I've been coveting for quite a while, a few Miss Rosie patterns and some Gypsy Rose charm packs.

Recognising that my suitcase was a little full, I sent the two lots of backing fabric home. Then when I got to New York, I went to The City Quilter. This was a good find in NYC, a city that you don't usually associate with quilting. The shop is tucked in down the lower end of the city, but despite being a small shop had a pretty good assortment of fabrics, patterns and notions. I managed to get the final fabric for Red Velvet; the border fabric that the other two shops had sold out of. I also got some Sweet fabric to be the border of Mini Jelly Filled, a Mill House Inn jelly roll, and some cute fat quarters (some of which went to my friend, the mum of little Noah).

I was also lucky enough before I left for the US to make the most of the free shipping offered by Hancocks of Paducah, and ordered an Aster Manor fat 1/4 bundle which arrived while I was away. Lucky I didn't have to carry that around!

Keep in mind this is just my fabric haul; no one told me everything in the US is so cheap! I got jeans, t-shirts, jumpers, purses, a new bag, three pairs of sunnies and lots of other goodies for less than half what it'd cost here in Australia. I went over with one not-quite-full suitcase, and came home with two that were full to the brim!


Carol said...

Kate I'm so glad you had such a great visit. You got some wonderful fabric treasures. What FUN!

clare's craftroom said...

Oh it is all so beautiful , love your new fabric !

Anonymous said...

You did really well! You'll love that book. I have it... LOVE all your fabric.

I can't wait to see what you do with all that!

Chookyblue...... said...

oh love the should have sent some more parcels home in the

Christine said...

WOW. You found some great stuff. We must have similar tastes because I love it all. Have fun with your purchases.

maria said...

I went to the City Quilter too, it was a few years ago now. There wasn't as many lovely fabrics available for quilting then.

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