Saturday, June 26, 2010

Shop Hop!

On Thursday and yesterday a friend a I "shop hopped".

The Western Washington Quilt Shop Hop is a huge event held every year.
Shop Hop 2010
A theme fabric is designed especially for the Shop Hop (usually by In the Beginning Fabrics).
I'm normally not crazy about the fabric, but this year I'm in love!
It was designed by Julie Paschkis who does a lot of children's book illustrating as well.
(Her regular line for ITB is called Folklorica and I'm hoping to get my hands on some of that soon.)
Shop Hop Fabrics 2010
Participating quilt stores have to design a block using the theme fabric and coordinating fabrics. About 50 quilt stores normally participate.
They have to make kits for their blocks with fabric and instructions.
And then we hop!
At each store you collect a free kit and have your "passport" stamped. If you have more than 16 stamps you're entered into a drawing for great prizes.

We visited 22 stores, 18 of them on Thursday!
Phew!

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18 comments:

  1. That quilt looks absolutely fabulous! What a wonderful event!

    18 quilt shops in 1 day... Oh My Gosh... Anina, I bet you had a wonderful day!

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  2. So glad you posted this. I am going to just live through you since I am not hopping this year. That is amazing that you could hit that many stores in one day. Awesome!

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  3. My daughter and I did the shop hop yesterday! We got ten shops, all of area 2! I am loving the fabrics and blocks that I got! Amazing that you got 18 stores in one day!

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  4. I can not believe this, having so many quilt shops and being able to shop hop like that. This is really awesome! Are the blocks in the quilt the ones you were able to collect the kits for?

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  5. Wow, that sounds like lots of fun! There's nothing like that where I am, mainly because there are very few fabric shops, so to visit 16, I'd probably have to spend a week touring the whole country!

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  6. Quilt shop hops are like inviting an alcoholic on a pub crawl. I just can't start.

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  7. I've always wanted to try a shop hop. Your adventure sounds so fun. I'm impressed with how many shops you made it too. This folk fabric is really stunning! I haven't seen it yet, and I do love it.

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  8. wow !! that's a lot in one day!! I use to do the shop hops in florida. We did not have that many stores we had to visit tho. Ours were quite abit apart also. an when I say far apart i am talking 2-3hr drive. So to do 16 in one day.!! boy that would be awesome!! I really like the quilt at the top of the page. very pretty.!!

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  9. I can't imagine going to 18 quilt stores in one day! Wow!

    I love the quilt - the owls are a really nice touch.

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  10. Holy cow! 18 in one day? You're hard core! I feel lucky to have managed 4 (though I did have toddler and baby and husband in tow). :P I love the shop hop fabric this year too and bought a couple yards of the "border print"-- it is just too beautiful!

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  12. OMG 18 shops in one day....you are one kooky lady...

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  13. I love her fabric...hope you do get some in the shop!

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  14. I did the WW Quilt Shop Hop too, and had a great time! We did 17 shops in two days - enough to qualify for the prizes, and make a wallhanging with the blocks. I'm getting started today! This year's fabrics are wonderful - and coordinate with Julie Paschkis' new line, Oceanica. Her animals and colour-sense are beautiful!

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  15. Wow...that sound like a lot of fun! Can you get that fabric dirrectly or is it only availalble in the hop kits?

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  16. The great thing about living in kitsap county we have 6 shops right here at our figure tips, even though I believe one in particualar maybe having issues. And the best thing is I live in the middle the the majority of them. yeah! me!
    I love quilt shops!!!!!!!!!
    I did not like that material at first then I when I saw all the things that the shops had done with the materal I fell in love with it, this years shop hop material is great. Hope everyone got what they needed it may be hard to get later.

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  17. Oops I forgot the part about 13 shops in one day and finishing up the other three the next day and making a run back to another for yardage. We had a blast

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