It was a bit chilly on the last day of the run. I managed to make it to my parent’s home the night before in order to leave super early in the morning. Our last trip was through San Diego County which is two hours away. This time we had a new companion with us, Porkchop! Normally during the shop hops I can leave my dog with my dad because my dad prefers to stay home and relax. Perfect for a senior dog who needs to pee frequently and sometimes wants to be alone outside or inside cuddling. However, my dad wasn’t home so Porkchop came with us.
We headed out at 7 AM. Our first stop was Cozy Creative Center in El Cajon. The shop’s staff were super friendly and made their own cookies for the run. That was a nice treat to start with. The store is super big and has lots of natural sunlight. The shop specializes in selling long arm quilt machines. Two neutral fabrics caught my attention. The first was a Disney print that featured the puppies from 101 Dalmatians. The second quilt featured a village with sewing names such as The Happy Quilter’s Inn. It’s cute.
The second shop was Memory Lane Quilt Shop. Last time I came here, I bought lots and lots of patterns. I think 10. Unfortunately, I have not used any of them. Maybe a goal for 2018? The shop is known for their high quality batiks (and popcorn). Every time, I come to the shop, it smells like popcorn. My mom always looks forward to this shop because of the popcorn. It reminds her of the Mexico of her youth, eating palomitas at the plaza. Back to the fabric…this shop sells fat -eighths so I bought two of them. The fabric isn’t very eye popping. But I liked it enough to want to buy. They will blend in with my other neutrals.
Off we went to Inspiration Quilt Shop in Valley Center. The shop is one of my favorites because it has a variety of novelty fabrics, batiks, etc. However, it does not have neutrals! I hadn’t noticed that before. This time I had a mission for neutrals so it was a bit of a downer. But it’s not the shops fault. All quilt shops need to be different and this one would normally be where I buy a kit or panels. They have great kits! I had a silly interaction with the cashier. She was curious as to why I would only by a fat quarter of this random fabric. It’s just text on a neutral. When I told her I was a Bonnie Hunter scrappy fan, she gave me a look. She is not a scrappy fan but her sister is. There really are two types of quilters, those that can scrap and those that can’t.
The fourth shop we went to was not part of the quilt run, however, they were giving away a fat quarter, if you came in. So off we went to Sewing Machine Plus! I picked this neutral fabric. It features various maps from around the world: London, Paris, Chicago, New York, etc. The shop had a good variety of fabrics and worth the visit if you are ever in San Marcos. I would definitely shop here again. The shop also sells machines, primarily embroidery ones.
The next two shops were uneventful. We went to Quilt in a Day where I bought Eleanor Burn’s book, Underground Railroad Sampler. I’ve been wanting to buy this book for a while. I think since Road to California. However, I kept holding off. I knew that since I had the money this time I could finally buy the book. In the past, I have bought from the shop but this time it was crowded. My anxiety kicked in and I had to wait outside while my mom stood in line for me. I left her with some money and guess what! Turns out the book was 50% off! I’m glad I waited. It was a nice surprise. At the Fat Quarter Quilt Shop, there was a fun little teardrop trailer. My mom and I took a photo with it. It’s so funny because this is exactly what I want to buy when I’m 40. I plan to travel throughout the county sewing, hiking, camping, visiting quilt shops. I want to do it all!
The “last” shop was the Quilter’s Cottage in Fallbrook. This is normally a nice shop. I was a bit disappointed because when we got there, we finally had our passports completed and we should have gotten a bar for our pin. If you look at the feature photo we are all wearing pins. Every year that you complete the run, you are supposed to get a finished bar. Sadly, the shop had run out of bars. Normally, it wouldn’t be a big deal because the same thing happened last year. However, last year, our last shop (a different shop owner), mailed us the bars once she got more. We were appreciative and assumed the same would happen this year. NOPE! It wasn’t going to happen with this shop owner. I had to call other shops to see if they still had bars available. Thankfully Sewn Together had some.
I had to shop really quickly at Quilter’s Cottage because we were going to go yet another quilt shop. I picked four neutral fat quarters. The first one reminded me of English forests with little foxes, hedgehogs, owls, deer, etc. The second was a newspaper print featuring The Kitten Chronicles. It was funny because it has a cat as an astronaut. The third had icons of pattern pieces. Think of the printed tissue paper. It was fun to see because my first pattern was for making Barbie doll clothes. I was horrible at it but I remember. The final fabric had food names and maybe recipes. I’m not sure.
We left in a hurry because we were going to Norco. It was on the way home so it wasn’t really out of the way. Of course there was traffic so it took us a while to get there. While in the car, I was able to figure out how many different types of fat quarters I had gotten for free and could be used for the free quilt pattern that was given to us. We can use this pattern to go with all the mini applique camping patterns that designed for the run.
By the time we got to Norco, I realized that I didn’t have have any of the green fabrics. I ended up buying them at Norco. This quilt will definitely be a wannabee quilt. I have a due date of my 40th birthday. I have a few years to go!
Yards of Neutral Bought: 2.25
Total Yards of Neutral: 11.375