Saturday, August 13, 2011

CT Shop Hop 2011!

Look who is helping me post this entry! Miss Daisy Mae Duke is making it a little hard to type as my right hand is pinned down! My hand is making sure my little "pear shaped" kitty doesn't fall off my lap! Of course, hubby says to just dump her off, but I feel bad- she is so cute!

The CT Quilt Shop Hop 2011 is going to begin in a few weeks- 16 quilts shops in Connecticut are participating and it should be a really fun time! Of course, I am prejudiced. My favorite shops will all be participating and I designed the quilt for the shop hop! So, yeah, I am a little biased!

The hop starts September 8th and goes thru the 18th. At each shop, you will receive the directions for one of the blocks in the quilt. Some of the blocks are pieced and some are applique. For those of you who do not normally do applique, they can all be fused down- so easy peasey! Here is a preview of one of the blocks- Charter Oak.

The quilt is on display right now at one of the participating shops- Quilting by the Yard in Vernon. Laura at the shop did the machine quilting on the quilt- an amazing job too!

Most of the shops will be making their block. And some are making their own version of the whole quilt- so many possibilities! I can't wait to see what everyone does!

And a big Thank You! to Caroline Berman who tested the quilt blocks- she is great and you should see what she did with the blocks! Her quilt is hanging at Quilting by the Yard so be sure to check it out!

I am currently working on a table runner with the shop hop fabric and batik fabrics. I just love the border print I chose! Very different style from the fabrics in the quilt- which just makes it that much more fun! I haven't quite decided on the blocks I will use yet-I will post when it is done.

So, the rest of the shops are (in no particular order, rhyme or reason!):
The Yankee Quilter in Oxford
Lisa's Clover Hill Quilts in Berlin
Dot's Quilt Shop in Prospect
Close to Home- in Glastonbury, Orange and Southington
Quilter's Cove in Durham
Sew Inspired Quilt Shop in Simsbury
Colchester Fabric Mills in Colchester
Fabric Tree in Danbury
Quilter's Corner- in the Red Barn in New Milford
Yankee Cloth in Wallingford
Quilter's Dream in Willimantic
The Fabric Bug in Thomaston
Quilter's Alley in Ridgefield

What a great list! And there are a lot of other fun things to do as you shop hop- fun places to eat lunch, or breakfast, or dinner, great craft and knitting shops along the way. So make a day of it- actually make a bunch of days and have a great time!

See you on the road!

Let's go to the hop!

The CT Shop Hop that is!

Happy quilting!