In October of 2014, just shy of my 21st birthday, I started an adventure with my husband. The adventure: trucking across the United States. The goal: visit every quilt shop I can (at least one from every state) and bring home souvenirs. I wasn't able to make that goal in the 8 months we were out, but now I'm happily home and sewing more than ever :)
On our way back down to Texas, we stopped in Valentine, NE, which was a really cute little
town with a really cute little fabric store. The shop we visited was
calledCountry Fabrics and Crafts. They had quite an array of
fabric types, including some denim fabric that I got to patch some of our
In the back, they also had a bunch of yarn and needlepoint stuff
As for my quilt, I got this Corn Husker fabric, which is
slightly different from the other fabrics I’ve gotten so far, but I still
thought it captured the heart of Nebraska.
I also got this SUPER CUTE giraffe fabric, which I might
have to make myself some shorts out of. I didn’t realize it was thin and soft
until after we got back to the truck, unfortunately, so I only have ½ yd to
work with. Who knows, I might call the store and place an order for some more,
I love it so much.
They also had tons of needlework stuff as well as yarn and
wool, among other things. A few days back, we stopped in another small downtown
area and visited a secondhand bookstore. I got a few very informative, very
cheap needlework and quilting books, which I was pretty excited about. After
looking through them, I’ve decided to start some hand sewing stuff, which makes
a lot of sense being stuck in a bouncy truck all day. So along with the few
pieces of fabric I got, I also got all these other goodies:
Wow, I’m going to have a step mom. That’s weird, I don’t
think that’s really hit me yet...But anyways, I’m going to make some of those
bowl holders for her, and probably a couple for us eventually, too. The batting
also has a pattern for a potato-zapper bag on the back, might try that out too.
There are tons of microwave-safe things I can make, so I’ll see how much I like
these bowl holders and go from there.
I also finally got Operation: Pretty Princess started! I
only got a few pieces of Princess Aurora done before my machine decided it
actually wasn’t ready to be used…and the tension got off. I tried adjusting the
top tension and the bottom tension, but it’s just not having it. I think it’s
because it was unused for so long, since my sister (the original owner) didn’t
get into sewing like I did. So I’m hoping to run into another sewing center out
here so I can get it looked at and finally get some sewing done!
We’re heading back down to Texas now, so I probably won’t be
to another shop for a while. At least, not one in a new state :) Signing off
for now, talk to you later!