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Saturday, October 23, 2010

Back from a "Shop Hop".....

There's nothing like a little trip away "with the girls"... three of "my peeps" and I left yesterday morning bright and early to have a little get-away trip and visit a few "new to us" quilt shops....
We headed upriver and our first stop was The Christmas Crab Quiltery in Woodstock. I was the only one in the group who had been there before and we spent over an hour checking out all the wonderful fabrics, books, patterns, notions and kits. One of the "new to us" items we saw there was "green batting"- made from recycled plastic bottles. You can read more about Quilters' Dream Green batting here. Joanne carries a full range of sizes in this batting, from crib size to king.. Monica bought some to try out - I can't wait to hear how she likes it.
After a yummy lunch (I had a tasty Thai Chicken Soup to warm me up) we continued up the beautiful Saint John River valley to Grand Falls. This is Monica's hometown so she directed us to a delightful small but well stocked quilt shop there, The PinWheel Quilt Shop. Again we spent a good hour or more combing over everything in the shop and we all came out happy with our bags of purchases- fabrics, patterns, threads, even the shop's "mystery block of the month". What fun! Here are Susan and Monica posing outside.... I can't believe I didn't even get a group photo of the four of us. I guess the rain and wind and colder temps than we were prepared for had something to do with that...
We visited Plourde Machine A Coudre in the Mall where we picked up a sewing machine caddy on wheels for a friend and looked over their stock of Janome machines, before continuing on to Edmundston to spend the night in a lovely new Best Western Hotel. A bottle of wine, a lovely dinner (in Quebec!) and lots of stories and laughs.. it doesn't get any better....
This morning we crossed the border and checked out Mardens in Madawaska, then travelled down to Presque Isle for stops at Mardens, Lowes and the Aroostook Mall. All in all a fun road trip with great friends. Thanks Carole for doing all the driving!! We'll have to do it again, for sure!!

Peace,
Linda

"A friend is a gift you give yourself." ~ Robert Louis Stevenson

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Sounds like fun. Linda G

Riel said...

Oooh, sounds like fun. I haven't been to Presque Isle in years, since I used to live upriver. How does the Presque Isle Mardens compare to the Calais one? I have been to almost all the southern Mardens and besides the new Scarbrough store, I think the Calais Mardens has the best selection and for sure the best clearance section. I am curious about the northern ones though.

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