Memories of Our First Shop Hop

December 4, 2017

I started quilting when I was 13.  I picked it up again when I was in law school -- we lived right next door to Cactus Quilt in Tucson.  I made quilts from time to time.  I taught my 5 year old how to quilt.  But I really didn't get back into serious hobby quilting until a couple of years ago, after my then 12 year old and I went on the Louisiana Shop Hop.  She is a very good consumer.  I'm more timid.  But we had a great mother-daughter trip.  It led to our six week adventure last summer (when Just Wanna Quilt began as a project).  


But as I was looking at old pics for something else, I came across our pictures in the hotel when we put all of our stuff on the bed.... so much fun.   As we've interviewed people, they've talked about the shopping and gathering aspect of quilting.  We're going to have to look more into that.  The building of one's stash, of course, but also the community it creates - whether that's family or friends shopping together.  It's something social.  We want to understand the social/consumer/economics of quilting.  Shop hops, quilting tourism, guilds, shows ....all of it.  It's fun to be at the beginning of a project.  There is so much ahead of us.  A bit daunting too.


So, here are pics of our haul from that first shop hop in Louisiana.



That's the fabric that turned into this quilt!  






 So, I look at this pile.  We still have a couple of projects to finish.  But we'll get there.  One turned into a baby quilt present.  A couple are still in progress.  I have no idea what happened to that pink fabric!  Hmmm....




We also got the "Pluto is a Planet" panel.  An old panel that still had Pluto on it.  The kid has always be pro-Pluto.  So we, bought it.


Here it is in quilt form:



 I'm not sure what to do with the outside border yet.  But it's coming along.


And then, there is the stash from Quilt Market/Festival.  I tried to be good.  I was there to observe, to gather contacts.   But that story will have to wait for another time.


4 quilts completed/nearly completed

4 quilts outstanding - one in progress; two 

Fabric not used yet: crawfish green fabric 









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