Thursday, October 23, 2014

Shop Hopping

One of the fun things I get to do when I travel for my REAL job, is check out the quilt shops in the towns I visit for work.  This past summer, I started pulling up Facebook on my phone and doing a check in for which ever shop I was in.
My Husband, being the intelligent, good-looking, fun, fine, upstanding man that he is, suggested I blog about some of those shops I visit.
Soooo, here is my first post about a FUN little shop I visited just last week.

Well, first I should tell you I was NOT on a trip for work last week but travelled home to Vermont to check on my mother who had fallen and broken her arm pretty badly.  But even though I went back to see her and spend some time with her, I still managed to go to a shop.

Enter - Sunny Laurel Sisters - Colchester, Vermont

I told my sister I had seen this shop listed on the  site.
She hadn't heard of it, so we went to check it out  (sorry Kim, they were out of their license plates). What a wonderful little quilt shop!  We got there just a couple of minutes after 5:00pm (they opened from 5-9pm) and there were people waiting to go in!  We loved looking at the lovely array of fabrics and some adorable Patchabilities wall hangings that were made up. We met Nicole and April (two of the sisters) and felt right at home.  Of course we saw some items we just could not do without!  Our most fun find was a very small hexie template!  We each purchased one (along with other items), went home, cut out hexie's, and created little ornaments.  Being quite pleased with our ingenuity, we felt the need to return the next day and do a little show and tell.  We also brought her some to keep (both the small shown below and the larger ones).  We like to share ideas!
Nicole and her sisters are expanding their store into a larger space in the same shopping plaza BUT their new space overlooks Lake Champlain!  We are so very excited for them!
If any of you are ever in Vermont, be sure to look them up.  You can check out their website at:

When I was packing for my trip to Vermont, I grabbed a couple of patterns I had purchased and wanted to show my sister.  One pattern was for a tuffet.  You know, "Little Miss Muffet sat on her Tuffet, eating her curds and whey . . ."   The pattern was not written very well but I slogged through it anyway because I thought it would be so very cute!  Diane and I worked together as a team and this is what we came up with:

It is very cute BUT, needs to be puffed out on the sides!  My sister said she would never make another one.  I am thinking there is room for improvement so the challenge is on   :)

Well, it is getting late and I am still battling jet lag! Guess I will say goodbye for now!