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Saturday, February 7, 2009

Whimsy and More!

Today's show and tell is Whimsy Cottage
I first met Nancy, owner of Whimsy, at a Utah Shop Hop - quilt shop owner's retreat. Most of the owners of the shops that were involved in the Utah Shop Hop came and spent the night sewing, talking and laughing. The next morning we drew names of those who had completed the Shop Hop tour and packaged up all the prizes.
She was located in Heber at the time (2002) and had a house next door to her quilt shop that she rented out for quilting retreats. I have pictures of that gathering somewhere, I'll have to dig them up and post them! Oh, at that time I was an owner of Sew Sweet, a quilt shop here in Tooele.
Anyway, Nancy was so fun and a gracious hostess and I seemed to really gravitate toward her eclectic, take it or leave it, artsy personality. A few years later she sold the business.
Now that her children are grown, she is once again amazing us with her vibrant fabric offerings - Yeah!!!
Upon entering the shop, you see the colorful batik fabrics and displays.
Looking to the right you see bright colors and inspirational samples.
Looking toward the front you can see the charming apron displays. Behind you (no picture) is a great selection of black and white fabrics. Do you remember the fun 'Undies' fabric I bought? I got it here!
Cutting area and check out
OK, so what did I buy?
I saw this ADORABLE box of note cards and thought it would be perfect for my secret sister Valentine Swap! The box looks like a shoe box and inside are 10 note cards in the shape of shoes!!
Gotta have ric-rak for a table runner I'm doing. (for my project of the month goal)
And this piece? It was a NR purchase! (No Reason!!) It just 'spoke' to me!
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Here are some links to things I think you would enjoy:
Candace of Squash House Quilts is approaching her 100th post!! She is having a giveaway to celebrate! Go check it out!! I have enjoyed getting to know her through our blogs and swapping cottages!
Hey Jane and anyone else who is ready for spring! Take a look at the exquisite photography Carla has on her blog documenting a caterpillar's transformation into a butterfly! While you are there, look around, this lady's got a fun sense of humor!!
Here is a tutorial for a folded hexagon yo-yo. I think I might make up a few as 'bling' for some basket liners I've made.
OH, and to you Japanese novelty fabric fans who are in the Salt Lake area, Pine Needles at Gardner Village has about a dozen or more bolts of the irresistible stuff! And they have tea towels, the plain white cotton kind. I've been looking for these everywhere! How do I know this? Umm, yeah, I was there today. I hate to mention it because I forgot to take my camera! I'm kinda liking this 'Quilt Shop Reporter' gig! I will post my purchase sometime soon.

12 comments:

Pat said...

You are lucky to have so many nice quilt shops near you. Thanks for these tours...and thanks for the links at the bottom of our post today, too. Have a nice weekend.

Carla said...

Those look like great shops! I'd give anything to own one. Thanks for the shout out!!

Micki said...

Love your blog! Thanks so much for visiting mine, and I will be following yours. Thanks also for providing a wonderful tutorial. I will be definitely trying that.
Micki
In Ireland

Sherri said...

Love the quilt shop reporter gig...and thanks for the link to Candace's blog...I'd never been there and it's a great blog!

Simply This and That said...

Having fun visiting your blog for the first time. I saw your list for 2009, and had a little giggle. I too am hoping to get to bed before midnight, mod podge, post tutorials, write some patterns, LOL. Too fun. Good Luck! ooxx`jodi

Lynn Douglass said...

I enjoyed looking through your blog, and I love your taste in fabrics! I'll add you to my blog roll, so that I can come back and visit again!

Kaaren said...

Thanks for the shop tour. I'm so envious as the closest shop to me is 65 miles away! I just love reading your blog. It's always chock full of info and thanks for sharing.

Jane's Fabrics and Quilts said...

Boy would I love to get into that shop, and I have been to carla's I was totally amazed!! Enjoy your day, Jane

Julia said...

Hi Mel, Looks like a great shop ..all the little craft/fabric shops around here seem to be closing down...signs of the time!
Julia ♥

Dawn said...

Gardner Village is such a fun place to visit. I love to eat at the restaurant there and visit Pine Needles.

Tessa said...

Wow, what a great shop! I wish we had good fabric shops close to where I live...all we have is Joann Fabrics!

Joanna said...

UT really is spoilt when it comes to quilt shops. Yes here in NH we have Keepsake Quilting, but that's 1.5 hours away, and they don't carry the stuff I like. There are a handful of other shops, but nothing close, and nothing like in UT!

I loved Whimsy Cottage - I haven't been to the new location though. I went to a couple of retreats at the old place - great times!!