Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Third Annual Mother – Daughter Trip

My daughter and I went on our annual trip to the Mid- Atlantic Quilt Festival 
in Hampton, Virginia. We always have so much fun spending time together, talking,
 shopping for fabric, and looking at quilts.

We were not sure she would be able to go this time because of her surgery, but I did all the driving and there were lots of places for her to sit and rest. She did get tired; and we did not spend as much time as we usually do, but we still had plenty of time to spend some money!  

Some of the fat quarters I bought.


Vintage ticking, batting and woven pieces.

Lots of new fabrics, wool and thread.
We are now inspired to be at home and start creating!  
I am off of the road now for a little while. 
I got back just in time for the ice storm we had here yesterday. 

Ice coating the trees and deck 

  I brought back some other goodies besides fabric and wool. Trips are usually planned around favorite antique shops and other places I like to stop at. One of them is Lone Star Mercantile in Fuquay-Varina. She always has great fabrics, some antiques and wool. The wool is what I stopped for because I have fallen in love with Polly Minick’s new red and blue wools. The red check is what I used on my Patriotic Snow Ball. 

I found this great old snow shovel there.

Snow shovel from the early 1900's.
  It will be nice hanging in our stairwell and also would be fun to hang by the door at Christmas with a red bow 
and some greenery! 
The next stop was at The Collector’s Antique Mall 
 in Asheboro, NC. 
It’s a favorite place of mine with 
great antiques and good prices. 
On my last stop there I saw this little sugar bucket 
and passed it up. 

I kept wishing I hadn’t and guess what? It was still there,
 even though I had to hunt for it 
because they had reorganized their booth. 
Also found a grain sifter in great condition. 

Both were 20 % off and they were good prices to begin with.
 I placed my new little sugar bucket on top of my firkin stack for now. I haven’t decided on where to put the sifter yet. 

Now it is back into the studio and back to work. 
Snow and ice are expected the next couple of days.
Hope you are staying warm and cozy as I am.
Spring can't be too far away now!


  1. Oh my but I am almost green with envy at all your wools and fat quarters you bought, not to mention the old shovel and sugar bucket!

    1. The quilt festival is my one big splurge of the year!

  2. Now you have your work cut out for you and i know that you will create some lovely things with these.
    I sure could use your shovel today. We've been dumped a huge snow storm on us here in Ottawa. There's a lot of digging out to do.
    You had a very good shopping spree.

    Have a great weekend.

  3. so great you got to go, and she is doing well too,
    love the firkin stack, and the shovel!

  4. Morning Louise,
    What a fun outing with your daughter...I don't have that fun - all boys and I don't think they'd go with me if I
    I drooled over all that fabric - and your great other treasures.
    Hope all is well there.

    1. I've been very fortunate that my daughter and I are great friends and have a lot of the same interests. My son is a lot of fun to shop with (when it is for him), but would never ever go to a quilt festival!

  5. oh Louise, your a girl after my own heart.. i love the same things you do!! i love your fabric finds, the yummy wool and the gorgeous vintage ticking!! But you know what i really love most of all.. it's that darling sugar bucket and wow i LOVE your stacked display. The snow & grain sifter are simply wonderful too!! I can tell you thoroughly enjoyed the outing with your daughter.. i'm a tad jealous lol!!
    Thank you for stopping by my blog and leaving such lovely comments :))) cheers...Marian x

    1. So glad you came to visit Marian!!
      I knew by following your blog that we do like a lot of the same things!
      I love your work. Please come back and visit again!