Friday, August 7, 2009

Lazy Days of August Shop Hop

With six shops to visit we started in Eugene at Piece By Piece Quilt Shop, and worked our way up the Valley ending at the Pine Needle in Lake Oswego. Each shop had a mystery item to find, a sort of fruit either real, picture, fabric, etc. After finding the item, we received a stamp in our passport and a pattern for a block in the Indian Summer quilt, designed by Karen Stephens at the Speckled Hen Quilt Shop in Wilsonville. Thimbles and Thread in Junction City had a darling fall version of the quilt on display. Greenbaums in Salem made a table runner out of the nine-patch and snowball blocks, and Karen's completed quilt hung at the Speckled Hen. The Pine Needle displayed a pillow made from the center block. Grandma's Attic in Dallas gave us the friendship block in a plastic pattern bag to keep all the pieces. The quilt consists of five different blocks and Karen gave the sheet with assembly instructions. I noticed that Piece by Piece had colored patterns to give out; all the rest are in black and white. That means we have to come up with our own colorway. I don't know when I'll get to this one. It is very simple, great for beginners, and it shouldn't take very long to put together. The weather was nice and cool, a little sprinkle of rain early this morning on the way to Eugene, but the rest of the day was cloudy. Traffic was a mess in Portland from 4:00 on. We skirted around and after taking cousin Patty home, we arrived home in time to go for a bike ride around Dundee. After riding in the car all day, only to get out six times, it felt good to get a little exercise before retiring to the sewing room for the evening.

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