Thursday, March 18, 2010

As American as...Shop Hop!

It's here! The themes have been chosen, quilts have been stitched, costumes created, shops decorated and everyone is ready for the 2010 Greater Atlanta Quilt Shop Hop!
My mom and I hopped today. We left the house at 8:30 this morning and arrived back home at 5:00 PM. In that time we visited five quilt shops, after a stop at AST to retrieve my camera.
Our first destination- Patchwork Cottage in Lawrenceville. What a sweet little shop! The theme at this shop was Best Friends and it was a perfect fit.

This is Mita, the owner of Patchwork Cottage. She is a wonderful gal and made my mom and I feel very welcomed. This is her very first shop hop! If you look behind her, you will see the Best Friends shop hop quilt, that bears the block of each participating shop. It is just beautiful. Don't you love that cut corner and peak at the top?

Some of the darling quilts that hang in Patchwork Cottage.

Mita even provided a place for best friends to gather and chat. A trip to the classroom revealed platters of friendship bread nestled in little fluted cups and cookies of all kinds. Yum! I think Mita is my new best friend.
Back on the road, we traveled to Georgia Sewing and Quilting where we met...Mark Twain of all people!!

He was quite the dapper gent and a lot of fun.

The staff were decked out in straw hats each with a sweet little Jumping Frog of Calaveras County. Cute, cute. All that was needed was a paint bucket and a picket fence and you would swear you were a part of the fabulous Twain legacy!

The shop hop quilt at GS&Q was adorable. Rendered in shades of green batiks, each block just jumped from the wall. A pretty good thing as they needed to keep up with that adorable frog!
Hopping back into Tula (Yes, I've named my truck Tula. The hubs was not amused) we drove to Marietta. First stop- The Red Hen.
When we turned the corner we discovered that a car accident had just occurred right in front of the quilt shop. Oh, no! No one was hurt that we could tell. Poor shop hoppers! Thwarted by a crunching blow. The police were there and we were able to swing around and make our way into the parking lot where we saw this-

Are you kidding me? A quilted van cozy! Eek! It was superbly done and just a treat to look at. I could not count how many blocks were in the quilt, but I could imagine the time and effort it took to create such an amazing thing! I wonder if that's what caused the accident?

Inside, we were greeted by Dog Heaven, the Red Hen shop hop quilt. Just a sweet, sweet thought beautifully created in fabric and thread.

I think these shoppers were in quilt heaven!
From the Red Hen, we ventured to Gabriel's, a sandwich and dessert shop on Whitlock Ave that is owned and run by Johnnie Gabriel, cousin to- PAULA DEEN! My mom had the Chicken Gabriel sandwich and I had a roasted vegetable sandwich. Oh, my goodness- we were little piggies and ate all of our lunch. Total deliciousness!
Fully sated we got back in Tula and drove to Tiny Stitches where we found popcorn and a nod to the movies. I loved this display saluting The Wizard of Oz. I think I need some ruby slippers.

We poked about for a bit and then we heard the familiar Southern drawl of...

Scarlett O'Hara decked out in her emerald green velvet curtain gown! She looked fabulous and was having a great time, even serving up popcorn to hungry and highly entertained customers. Lovely Oscar-worthy displays and quilts bedecked the shop and I left with a little bag of goodies that I will share later. I'll just say that it is some really sweet fabric and I cannot wait to cut into it. Or stare at it for a while.
Our last stop of the day brought us to Sweet Home Quilt Company in Conyers. You cannot get more Southern than a deep front porch and Sweet Home has one of my favorites. Decked out with quilts and happy shop hoppers, it makes you want to pull up a rocking chair and set a spell.

Once inside, we were greeted with the heavenly scent of cinnamon and spice. Why? Because it was all about Apple Pie! The foyer was set with a table, complete with an apple pie that tempted each passerby. Apple fabrics and a beautiful black, red and white shop hop blocks quilt completed the scene.

I love poking about old houses and, when they are filled with quilts and fabric, well, need I say more? You can tell that this house is very happy to have such wonderful occupants within its walls.

It's so happy, it grew an apple tree on the front porch!
So, that's our Shop Hop adventure in a nutshell. We had a lot of fun chatting with the staff at each shop, drooling over the exquisite quilts and dreaming of what can be created from what came home in our shopping bags.
Tomorrow, I'll share photos of A Scarlet Thread. You didn't think I'd forget, did you? I'll be working at the shop and I can't wait to be a part of the excitement of the Quilter's Disco Club!
Stay tuned............
PS- Click on each shops name and you will be taken to their websites.


A Quilter Awakens said...

I had so much fun Shop Hopping, and it was such a pleasure to finally meet you and "the other Karen." Karmen (I get called Karen a lot.)

Lynne Leavell said...

Shop Hop was a blast. This was my first year and we (Mike and I) hit 9 of the 11 shops. We did not do Buford and Decatur. My favorite was Quilts and Fixins and of course A Scarlet Thread. Great job done by all.

Nanette Merrill and daughters said...

This shop hop is not for those that can't appreciate hard work! I can't believe all that has gone into this!! So amazing.