Of course my friends and I went shopping while on the trip. There were several shops we throroughly enjoyed. One shop in particular, Charming Lulu seeemed to have a very clear idea of who they were and who their target customer was. The shop was full of bright color, spaciousness, and energy. The owner had a real knack for putting small fat quarter bundles together, and was so enthusiastic about her new business. The vibe in the shop was definitely young, current and bright. It was a real treat to stop in and discover something really unique.
Yesterday I finished putting the leaves on my first Idaho Lily block. Overall I am pretty happy with the block, and have to say I can barely see the machine applique stitches they are so invisible. I used a smoke colored Sulky invisible thread that is so fine, it is like sewing with a spider web thread. I could hardly see it to thread my needle! It truly disappears into the fabric.
THis new rotary cutter by Olfa has a cool feature. If you hate changing blades, you will love it. There are no screw and washer to fiddle with. You just push up the gold lever on the back side and the whole apparatus comes apart. The old blade drops off and you slide a new one on and push the lever closed again. I haven't tried it yet, so I will let you know how I like it.
Have a great Labor Day Weekend everyone!