Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Trips! From a Long Time Ago! And Fabric That I Bought!

So, a million bazillion years ago, I got to go to Jacquie's house, and it was awesome. Here are pictures, and a bit of narration.This is the road to Jacquie's house, it is windy and hilly, and not unlike Arkansas. She lives in the Arkansas part of Kansas, which I didn't know existed. Anyway, it was an ADVENTURE, and even more of an adventure when I got to drive out, later, during a rainstorm, in my Suzuki Forenza. Which is not a car that is build for gravel roads and bad weather, but I survived, and need to get back to the point, which is, THIS IS THE ROAD. A lot of nonsense already, and this is just the first set of pictures.So, Jacquie has a lot of fabric. I touched it all. Her house is AWESOME, also, and I didn't take pictures, but she has a giant front porch with these hammock-y swing things that I want to live in. Also, living in ArkansasKansas is kindof beautiful, and has lots of pretty views and such. Which I failed to photograph, because I was busy touching all her fabric. She is lucky I did not lick it.
This is Bruno, Jacquie's studio assistant. He is very helpful, if you need a small-horse-sized dog to lay on the ground next to you. This is a quilt that Jacquie is going to make and I am SPOILERING it! But she said I could, so. It has my birdies!!!This is Jacquie's machine, which is a thing to be revered.
So, h'anyways, we had a bunch of stuff, and sewed and chatted and it was fabulous, and THEN, two days later, I had one of the most fabulous fabric experiences of my life. If you live anywhere around the KC metro/Lawrence area, you know Sarah's.
I had been told FOR YEARS that I had to go there, but I never managed to get there until recently. I went with a few of my fab KCMQG kids, Jaime and Jenny, and we met Jacquie there. Drool, friends, at the massive stacks of fabric, and I just BARELY scratched the surface of all the boltage. Not bringing a wide angle lens was a sad mistake. I showed some serious restraint, and made out with a good selection of goodness for not tooo many moneys. It's an amazing place, though, and I know I could get lost in there for hours if I didn't have people to pull me out of fabric-touching mode.
Guild "Sewing Saturday" was a few weekends ago, as well, and I left the fabulous Harper's with a small set of FQ's as well. I still remember the first time I went into Harpers a few years ago, being totally amazed by HOW MUCH FABRIC a quilt store has. It was a news flash to me at the time, because I had never been into a TRUE quilting store, it was my baptism into the world of fat quarters and WALLS of all the quilting cottons I could imagine. It was joyous.
Long story short, I now have more fabric. Is anyone surprised?
PS: What is this hedgehog doing to this apple? No, do not tell me. I do not want to know. He is certainly confused.

20 comments:

Kristin said...

Yay, you finally got to Sarah's! I need to go in the next few weeks. Also, I have that letter fabric on the cream background. I think I might frame some of it in case I ever have offspring.

Kate said...

Oh. Dear. God. I want to go to there.

Caitlin said...

HAhahahhaahha you are just so amusing... I haven't had the pleasure of going to Sarah's yet, but it's on my list of must-sees. Jacquie's house looks like a fun place to wander around!

Sarah said...

I LOVE LOVE LOVE Sarah's. I liked going in there just to look around and soak it all in.

The hedgehog is so happy. Don't take it away from him. Or her. Whatever...

Carla said...

Lauren, You are so absolutely delightfully hilarious! Love your narrative. I love Sarah's....good thing I don't live in Lawrence or we'd be eating pbj's everyday and nothing else!.

Melissa said...

Oh my, you always manage to make me laugh when I read your blog! That hedgehog certainly is confused.

The photo of Jacquie's studio are awesome. I'd love to just sit in a corner and watch her work on a quilt. I love the way she's organized her stash and scraps. Lucky you!

I have to know what the two alphabet prints are. I have this love of text.

MR. GNOMES GREEN BLOG said...

Bruno is adorable, I want him so bad, he is soooo cute!

emily b said...

Oh my gosh. How did you ever leave Sarah's? I was drooling, just looking at your pics...I can't imagine being there in person.
Have fun with the hedgehog!
emily

rachel said...

I don't believe you. I think you did lick it. How could you not?

Vicki said...

I went to Sarah's this week, on my birthday!

How fun that you got to go to Jacquie's!

cynthia said...

if i had a friend with a bernina 820 i am not sure i could be her friend. i'd be too jealous ALL the time.

that store looks amazing. lucky gal.

Oil Cloth Junkie said...

Sarah's is my absolute favorite. All the fabric AND slightly cranky (but in a good way) women owners. I hang out there waaay too much.

Glad you finally got to visit the mecca. :)

crummyd said...

Ok, have to know what the fabric with the lettering on it is! Anyone?

crummyd said...

Found it -moda - keiki wee woodland

Bonnie said...

aw, no fair, I want to go to Sarah's! That is exactly my kind of place!

Robyn of Coffee and Cotton said...

What a great adventure. Made me miss living in the KC area. Thanks for taking me along :)

sewkatiedid said...

I've been to both those places and can certainly say Jacquie's and Sarah's are worth the drive...or flight.

Cheryl Arkison said...

Wow! That is a trip. I'm actually secretly planning a trip to the OK/KS area. These are things to keep in mind...

ArtGirl said...

awesome photos!! love your blog. you're funny!

KateKwiltz said...

Lucky you!