Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Shop Hoppin'!

Shop-Hoppin' - Pine Needles at Gardner Village - One of our favorite shops
It has been 10 years since our first "Shop Hop", and the girls and I decided to take a couple of days and join in on this year's crazy hop - no, make that TWO consecutive hops! The Utah Shop Hop included 14 stores, and the Beehive Shop Hop included 17 more.  In total, we visited 31 Quilt Shops along the Wasatch Front spanning 140 miles from Payson to Logan!  We had a blast.

It's hard to choose just one favorite!  We loved Corn Wagon in Springville, Gracie Lou's in Salem, American Quilting in Orem, Pine Needles at Gardner Village in Salt Lake, Material Girls in South Jordan, Quilter's Haven in Bountiful, Village Dry Goods in Brigham City, and My Girlfriend's Quilt Shoppe in Logan!  K& H in Kaysville and My Sister's Quilts in Riverton were new to us.  We even visited a couple of extra shops not on the hop: Harmony in Provo (loved this one!!) and Quilter's Attic in Bountiful.  Each shop had a fun activity, free patterns, treats, and drawings!
A Treadle Race at Quilter's Haven.  Chelsea won!
And we all came home with a bit of loot.  Chelsea can't wait to make her patriotic table runner, and Nicole found a sweet "Shadowed Star" pattern and began collecting purple prints.  She also found more plush fur to finish up the edges of a cool minky throw she's been working on.  Lauren collected some great scraps to build her stash and make more hand-stitched mannequin pin cushions and wallets.  I collected some notions and a few fat quarters along the way.

We also visited the train depot in downtown Ogden, which houses a train museum...

...and also had a display of traditional Hawaiian Quilts ranging from the 1890s to today, from a couple's collection - didn't get their names, but I'm so glad we got to see these quilts!

Hawaiian Quilts are typically two-color whole cloth quilts.  The patterns are cut out like a snowflake with motifs of leaves, fruit, trees, etc, and applique'd to a muslin or light-colored background.  The quilt is then hand-quilted in an echo pattern around the motifs.

This bed topper was made in the late 1890's

Here's one from the 1970's

This one was made in the 1930's

 Check out the hand-quilting and embroidered applique' stitch!

So lovely!
Such beautiful treasures!  A Hawaiian quilt is definitely on my list!

Chelsea won a book of patterns for bags, pillows and pincushions from Quilter's Attic, and Nicole won a gift package which included fat quarters, batting and some fun notions from The Stitching Corner.  Now, to get MAKING!!
~ the Momma

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