Thursday, January 24, 2013

Local Fabric Shop . . . kinda . . .

Today was the day we were all supposed 
to shop at our local quilt shops . . .

Well, I had to work . . . in an office.

But . . . this past weekend I was visiting my family north of Boston
and we (I) did a little fabric shopping.

We visited Portsmouth Fabric Company, one of my faves!
Whenever I go north I try to con the family into a trip up to Portsmouth.
(There is a great brewery there too!)

This shop is a distributor for Kaffe Fassett,
so they  have all the new lines, but they also carry all the
golden oldies that I love.

The colors and yumminess are almost overwhelming!
I'm not even going to admit to how much I stocked up!

I usually stick to the fabric, but the quilts caught my eye this time around.

Then I turned the corner and saw a little "show" by this quilt artist.

Beautiful appliqued paintings of scenes under the sea.

I just love these!
And they remind me of a block that Helen did for one of our Bees.

It wasn't all fabric shopping . . .
I saw this lovely little cameo in a consignment shop.
I didn't buy, just taking the picture was enough.

While my aunt and uncle looked at couches at the Crate & Barrel outlet,
I found fabric!  Haha.  I always do!
I got four yards of Marimekko fabric for some backings.
Retail $45.00 a yard.  I paid $5.95 a yard!  Score!

We also did a bit of walking around Boston too.
This is Faneuil Hall with all the twinkling lights.

So while I did buy fabric, it wasn't "local" to me per se.
I'm hoping to do a little of that this upcoming weekend! Hehe.
What are you doing this weekend?


  1. Love the appliques and great find on the Marimekko!

  2. Oh Lisa, what a post to envy. I don't know what I'd do if I went to that shop - all those KFs, my head would be spinning and then the Marimekko at $5.95/yard - did you see my post a week or two ago about visiting the store and refusing to pay $53/yard for the stuff no matter how much I love it!? I was glad to read that you were out and about at the weekend as I've been wondering how you are doing this last week or so. Only one more week to the next guild meeting :)

  3. I actually visited this shop some time ago and purchased some Nancy Crow fabrics in water of which I used in that Bee block you mentioned! I need to go back there again.