Greetings from sunny -- err -- stormy Cape Cod. It hasn't exactly been beach weather since we arrived, but if you know me, you know I'm not really a big fan of the beach anyway. Regardless of thunder, we're having a great time visiting with family, catching up with friends, and eating lobster - yum! Plus, rainy days are perfect for playing tourist. When I found myself sans children for an entire afternoon (thank you, grandparents : ) I decided to "pamper" myself... with a trip to the quilt shop to browse without time limit or whiny voices. And it was glorious!
Though the staff are not the friendliest bunch, Tumbleweed Quilt Shop in Barnstable MA is still my favorite local quilt store, and as long as you know your own way around fabric, you won't be disappointed. They have an extensive assortment of books (including foreign language patterns), a fabulous array of 1930s prints, lots of designer collections (fleshed out my 2wenty Thr3e camera fabric set), a large variety of flannel (I'm always on the lookout for adorable and unique receiving blanket and Santa pj motifs), batiks, Kona solids, notions galore - pretty much anything and everything and all with an excellent range of selection. What Tumbleweed lacks in warm "glad to have you back" charm (oh, how I miss thee, Quilt & Sew at Golden Threads of Trenton, Kentucky!), it more than makes up for in quality and variety.
Then today my mom had to pick up her sewing machine after having it serviced at Murray's Fabrics in Orleans MA, so I tagged along and added just a few more things to my "vacation stash." They carry a very limited selection of fabric (that runs a bit pricey even for locally), but lots of notions and sewing machine accessories for Janome and Husqvarna Viking, in addition to servicing many types of machines.
So even though vacation is going swimmingly, with new fabrics for projects in my arms, I'm sort of anxious now to get back home and sew!