Monday, June 9, 2014

All Iowa Shop Hop

In June the quilt shops in Iowa are having a statewide shop hop. At each stop you get a stamp in your passport and a 5" charm square of a Kona solid. Saturday I convinced my sister to go with me to the first five shops on my list. I'm slowly converting her into a quilter. Mwahaha. 

I signed up to teach a class at my local community college this summer, but there weren't enough people enrolled for the class to be taught. They've asked me to try again this fall and I've decided to teach a Jelly Roll Race quilt. I want to show how a basic JRR quilt can be embellished with applique so I got some low volume prints for some flowers and a yellow that will either become a sun if I find some friends for it or will be the center of my daisies. The blue solid in the background is a fabric I found at a shop that specializes in "hard to find" fabric. When I read the description I was expecting to find fabric lines that are a few years old and have gone out of production. Instead I found fabric that looked to be from the 80s and 90s and was so not my taste. I was so excited that she had this solid (left over from last year's shop hop) so I could still support her store. Even though it's not my taste I'm sure somebody loves her fabric a lot.

My husband loves monkeys. I've decided to start collecting monkey fabrics with the intention of making him a quilt someday. I'm not sure when someday will come or what the quilt will look like, but I found some really fun fabrics.

Finally I got the theme fabric for this year's shop hop. I really love the cheater blocks that are printed at the bottom of the map print. I've got a couple of ideas bouncing around in my head for what I'm going to do with those. There are also two accent fabrics for the shop hop this year. I got the grey version since I don't do a lot with tans right now.


  1. I LOVE the theme fabric, wouldn't that be awesome if they did that for every State, like California could have bear claws for the border since the bear is on the State flag. Have fun shop hopping.

    1. I was wondering if other states did shop hops and whether they had special fabric made. I know that the star is called the Iowa Star, but I can't figure out what the other blocks are.

  2. What great shop hop fabric! It'd be fun to have it for all the states. I see on the selvage it says Iowa though. Great cheater blocks too. We've had I think three nearly state wide shop hops so far this year but nothing like this :)