I've been sketching ideas for Make-a-long #2 and I've decided on a theme, farm. Not a hokey Old McDonalds farm but a cool simple farm... think Scandinavian, Shaker, Amish, that sort of vibe. Yesterday I headed over to my local quilt shop, The Quilt Merchant, for some supplies and inspiration. I love that this store is so close to me. It's a gorgeous shop. When I first moved here I was so excited to discover there was a quilt shop 5 minutes from my house! Then I was a little disappointed that it's not the hip and trendy sort of shop with all the latest designer prints but I soon realized why the The Quilt Merchant is such a treasure. It has a very specific focus that they do beautifully -- reproduction prints, traditional quilts, wool, needlepoint kits that I'm determined to do one of these days (I think maybe this). The shop is styled so well, all decked out with antique desks stuffed with wool and finished quilts laying on beds. It's like being in a warm cozy home which is so funny because the shop is in the middle of the ugliest strip mall ever. (But it is a strip mall full of treasures, a great bike shop, delicious pizza, great greasy burger joint. I've learned to never dismiss a strip mall.)
I never walk out empty handed. I have a new stack of options for the toys' outfits I have sketched and a great orange wool for my duck's beak.
Also! I discovered the coolest thing. This quilt was hanging on the wall (and I'm kicking myself that I didn't catch the designer/pattern info. I'll get it next time -- here it is! Crab-apple Hill's Over The River and Through the Woods) and I was so intrigued by the embroidery. It's so crisp and thin and I couldn't figure it out. The gal working said it was done in a backstitch or stemstitch with 12 wt. Sulky thread. That's why it's so thin, because it's not floss. I love this! And I love how the words look. I'm going to play around with it and maybe see if I can some up with something for the Make-a-long 2 story using Sulky. I'm not sure it'll jive with my style but I'm excited to give it a whirl.
And thanks Quilt Merchant gal for letting me take photos. Of course! she said when I asked. I was so glad I had my camera. I love it when places let you take photos. Makes up for all the cranky no-photo policies you run into everywhere.