Jack and Jill went up the hill
I just realized it’s been a whole week since I posted!
As much as I like shopping at JoAnn Fabrics, I’ve been trying to find some small, locally owned fabric shops. I prefer giving my money to a non-chain, and smaller stores tend to have more interesting — and sometimes better quality — fabric choices.
I found a store online called Calico Corners and hunted it down last week only to find out that it’s a national upholstery fabric store, and not a “mom and pop” quilting fabric store like the name suggests. Calico Corners? How misleading! I have a few more fabric stores on my list to try, but most of them close at 6 p.m., which means rushing from work and fighting traffic. I’ll get there; it’s just not going to be as easy as swinging by JoAnn’s on my lunch break.
I ended up shopping for the first time at Hancock Fabrics, another chain. I’m not sure if all of the locations are the same, but the one in Tampa wasn’t very impressive. Many of the fabrics are old-fashioned (and not in a cool vintage way) and just not my style. However, I did walk out with two fabrics that I hadn’t seen elsewhere, including an adorable nursery rhyme print.
I finished my cousin’s (a.k.a. “my best customer’s”) dolphin pillow, which she received this week and promptly named “Delphine.”
She ordered this to go with the octopus pillow that she purchased from me last month. I hope they look great together.
A friend of mine ordered this apron and asked me to make a matching bib. It’s a very cute idea. I’ve never made a bib before, but I’ve figured out the design. In my head. The next step is seeing if my idea works in real life, which I’ll do this week. Wish me luck!