The past few weeks have been utterly CRAZY! I love my job and I love it even more when we are preparing for an event. This time of year is all about Shop Hop.
The Greater Atlanta Quilt Shop Hop takes place in March each year and Intown Quilters (where I teach and work) is one of the participating shops. Shop Hop is an organized event with a group of quilt shops. People visit each shop during the event, taking a passport along with them and having it stamped at each destination. After completing the passport, they leave it at the final shop and are entered in a drawing for some big prizes. (In years’ past, the grand prize has been a BabyLock sewing machine!) Even if people don’t “hop” to all the shops, they can still enter in a prize drawing at each shop they visit. All the shops have special things like goodie bags and free quilt patterns for the occasion.
This year’s Shop Hop theme is Quilting…It’s Our Passion and IQ’s theme is Modern Meets Traditional. That means lots of samples and items relating to that theme. It’s been lots of fun planning samples, pulling together goodie bag items and figuring out cool displays for Shop Hop.
I even got inspired to design a quilt! Here’s a little sneak peek:
I named it “Dial-a-Quilt” and couldn’t be happier with how it turned out. OK, maybe a wee bit happier: the actually basting and quilting parts are not my strength (it may have been suggested to me that I take the machine quilting class at the shop) but I can live with it.
The quilt uses one of my current favorite fabrics (the vintage telephone print from Melody Miller’s Ruby Star Sparkle line for Kokka), green and blue blenders and the prettiest Essex Linen from Robert Kauffman (medium aqua). It’s based on a traditional log cabin block (one of my faves!), which I thought made it a good fit for our Shop Hop theme. Even cooler? The boss liked it enough to have me make kits of it to sell during Shop Hop!
I’ll post the full quilt once Shop Hop starts and maybe a link to the online kit after it’s over (if there are any kits left). And be sure to say “hi!” if you see me during Shop Hop!