Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Two Times Tula!

Sometimes the stars align and the moon really is in the 7th house...at least it was for me this week. On Sunday, Shea and I drove out to the Quilt Shoppe in Stewartsville, MO. (Thanks for driving, Shea!) It's a bit of a drive from KC, but so worth the trip. It's the home of the fabulous Tula Pink and owned by her mom (who, by the way is pretty great too.) Ms. Pink happened to be in residence on Sunday and we talked and shopped. The best part might have been seeing her quilts in person. The girl can make a quilt and we all know she can design fabric!
If that wasn't enough, the three of us met again later in the week at another fabric store in Lawrence. Some serious shopping happened for all of us. Between the two stores I picked up some pretty fabulous finds. Under and behind a few other bolts, I found these...ladybugs to die for. Sorry, I bought every inch they had.
Sarah's Fabrics in Lawrence actually has a few prints of the Neptune line...it may be the only store in the country that has those. I got my fav print that may work with some Salvador Dali-like fabric I found.
Kathy, Tula's mom, found me some fat quarters of Full Moon Forest. EEEEK! The stars truly aligned for me.
To top it all off we had lunch together and chatted design, fabric, and kids over gourmet burgers and truffle fries. Yep, I said truffle fries.
On top of all that, my niece's graduation gift is finished. I love this set. I think she will too. My finish number is growing...still working like a dog here. Lots left to do!!

26 comments:

Sonia said...

Wow, i LOVE your niece's gift! I am sure she will too! That ladybug fabric is too darn cute! I would love to go on a quilt shop field trip one day.

Lee said...

sounds like you had a wonderful shopping spree and lunch too!! the fabrics are all fabulous

BaileyGirl5 said...

What a great gift set! My thinking cap is whirring now.

live a colorful life said...

Treasures: fabric, good conversation, good food.

The ladybugs are too cute.

Your niece will be SOOO happy!

badlandsquilts said...

I did not realize the ladybugs or neptune were so hard to find, my LQS has both!

AllieKatMom said...

What an awesome day!

Cheryl Arkison said...

How many people got the 7th house reference? Sounds like an awesome trip! I want more details on those truffle fries.

jaybird said...

i'm beyond jealous right now.

Trisha said...

Sounds like such a fun time! Love your fabric finds.

Q said...

Love the set for your niece. It turned out very well. Nice fabrics as well, though I thought the lady bug was were like little aliens heads or something at first glance. Then I looked at it again and read your description and finally saw how it's a ladybug :P.

patty a. said...

I have never seen the ladybugs in any other color than the brown background with the green ladybugs. I will have to look and see if they have any of the other colors at Miller's Dry Goods in Charm Ohio this weekend when I work the anniversary sale. The other colors would be great to have in my stash for baby quilts. The graduation present - it is all to pretty to even think about using! Beautiful job!

Poppyprint said...

Is the 7th house the one with lots of shelves for fabric? I am an astrology weenie and know nothing....except that I was born on the cusp. ouch.

Great fab finds and the grad gift is deluxe!!!

kelly lautenbach said...

There are benefits to driving down to KC from Omaha- stopping in stewartsville is one of them! :)
Loving the graduation gift. I've got a date with my sewing machine to make potholders and I think you've given me the inspiration I need. :) Thanks! :) See you next week...

Marta said...

That gift set is just amazing :)

Sarah D. said...

Love, love, love the ladybugs.

Miri said...

Great set...lucky niece! Love your new fabrics!

I just posted that I've joined the Spring to Finish Challenge. Thanks so much-this should really help get some things finished!

Michelle @ Periwinkle said...

Just wanted to tell you that I Love the set of placemats that you did for your neice, they are just great! m

Cheryl said...

The shop I work at has Neptune AND Full Moon Forest!

Trillium said...

Very nice scores! I love the graduation gifts - perfect for a new graduate.

wishes, true and kind said...

Great fabric finds, and look at those gifts for your niece! Fabulous!

Darcie said...

Fabric goodness, indeed! I can't say that I'm a real ladybug person...but that fabric is just to-die-for!!!

Glad you're having fun...I love hearing about it!

Lauree said...

i wish that i was your niece. i also wish that i had checked my blog comments. thanks sooo much for replying. i am so sad that i didn't see your comments earlier. i would love to know some tips about the fractured quilting. thanks so much.

lolokay at gmail dot com.

i am so excited that you are part of sewmamasew now too. great stuff last month for quilt month.

--cheers

Susan said...

What fun! I have a lot of those fabrics in the mini selvage quilt that I am working on!

MightyMom said...

Can I clam the ladybug fabric on the basis that Sonshine's teacher's nickname is miss ladybug and I must make her a gift ????

Can't blame me for asking!!!!!

Maybe I can find it online somewhere!!

Cute kitchen set!!!

Barb said...

congrats on finishing the gifts, they look wonderful.
I love that selvage on the Neptune fabric, would buy it for that alone!

Rebekah said...

That is such an adorable gift set!