Not being a quilter of small stash, I knew I didn't need to participate extensively, but I thought it would be fun to do some visiting and support my local quilt shops. On Saturday I decided to take a drive to Bright Hopes Quilting, located across Lake Pontchartrain - a shop I only visit a couple of times a year.
I had a great time checking out all the fabrics and projects at Bright Hopes, but in the end came away with some fat quarters and just a little bit of yardage. I know I've mentioned before I have a weakness for blue and white, so it was easy to snap up the top group of fat quarters by Dear Stella. The bottom two light blues were just because a blue and white quilter always needs a range of shades, right?
I also snapped up this watermelon fat quarter packet because it reminded me of summer. The gadget at the bottom is a luggage tag that swings open to reveal a miniature mending kit - a thank-you gift from the shop.
Since I always seem to making scrap quilts, I also got two white on white prints (if you click on them you should be able to see the design) and this great Moda multi-colored batik. I love that batik - I hope I don't kick myself for not having purchased more!
After my shop hop stop, I took the back roads to our camp in Mississippi. It just so happened I passed a Hobby Lobby store on that leg of the trip. We don't have any HL stores in New Orleans, so I usually try to stop for a quick look when I am in the vicinity of a store. Usually I'm disappointed, but on Saturday I really lucked out!
I had been wanting a blue & white porcelain vase for the dining table at the camp. There it was at HL - AND - it was 50% off ! The hydrangeas were 50% off, too!
But wait - there's more! This cute blue & white lantern was also 50% off, so it came home with me, too! I was a happy camper, let me tell 'ya!
The Laissez les Bon Temps Rouler (Let the Good Times Roll) Shop Hop continues next weekend. I'm looking forward to a little more shopping and hopping - wonder if I'll be just as lucky?!