Tuesday, April 24, 2012

I took last Tuesday afternoon off so I could take my mom out for lunch.  We went to the brand new Olive Garden and had a great lunch.  After lunch, we went to the local vacuum repair shop to pick up mom’s vacuum that had been in for repairs.  It just so happens that the vacuum repair shop is also a quilt shop.  

Mom walked right over to the first display table and fell in love with all the pretty fabrics.  She’s never seen the jelly rolls, layer cakes, charm packs or fat quarter sets and didn’t know that there is such a thing as fabric designers.  While she loved all the fabrics, she could not believe the prices (this particular quilt shop owner keeps her prices about double what other shops are).

Mom asked me to take her to Hobby Lobby because she’s never been in one before.  I figured the day was all about her, so we went to Hobby Lobby -- and JoAnn Fabrics and then Walmart too.


Mom put herself in the motorized cart and took off!  I tend not to follow too close when she’s driving the motorized cart because she’s not that great of a driver -- oh, but she assures me that I don’t need to worry because she’s better at driving her car!

Next thing I know, she’s pulling bolts of fabrics and stacking them in the cart and ordered one yard of each.  On to the yarns and then through the art supplies.  She cruised through the entire store and filled her cart.  

I kept asking why she needed all this stuff.  After all, she hasn’t sewn, knitted or crocheted in years, never did any artwork, scrapbooking or beading and quit cake decorating when she retired.  She would only say that she wanted it.

It was the same when we went to JoAnn’s and Walmart -- more purchases.

14 different fabrics!  “One yard of each, please.”

My camera didn’t capture the colors of these very well, but these are my favorites.  I just love the owls and those little birds.

Three fat quarter packs and eleven remnants!

Much to my surprise, these all ended up in my stash!  Mom decided I just had to have these fabrics.  And all that other stuff she bought will be distributed to my sisters and mom’s granddaughters.

Mom thoroughly enjoyed our lunch and shopping that day and I guess that’s what matters.

I stitched this Lizzie Kate design and finished it into a magnet for my sister’s birthday.


I found a project to use some of the plum floss I won from Victorian Motto Sampler (here).  I am trying to decide if I want to use this stitched piece for the Box Finishing class I’m taking through one of my yahoo groups.  

My other options for the Box Finishing class is the Spring Basket (here) piece or stitch another design, but I don’t have any other particular design in mind.

I recently heard -- again -- that visualization is helpful when one is working towards a specific goal.   I also heard that it's been proven that if one visualizes themselves working out, they get the benefit of the workout as if they had actually done the workout.

Have you ever sat down with your stitching and have the TV on?  Of course, I think we all do, right?  I usually get more out of the program when I'm stitching because I'm a better listener and my mind is more alert than when I'm not doing anything except sitting in a trance in front of the TV.

So, since I don't seem to have enough hours in the day, I've decided that when I sit down with my stitching I'm turning on a workout program and take advantage of that visualization technique to get the benefits of a workout while I'm stitching!  I figure it's a WIN-WIN!  I'll let you know how it works out.

Doggies love their sunshine!  Snickers is enjoying sunning herself in the early morning sunshine.  I had to take this pic from across the room and I'm surprised she even looked in my direction.  She's feeling better with disc problem in her back, but she has a respiratory infection that  she is now being treated for. 

Hope you all have a great week!

Until next time,
Happy Stitchin'


  1. Sounds like you and your mom had a busy but fun day. Beautiful stash additions. I hope snickers gets better.

  2. boy did you and your mom look like you all had some fun shopping. wish you and your mom the best on finding projects to do with your new found fabric

    congrats on your finish also

  3. Love all the fabrics you got, your Mom did good!I was at my Walmart today and noticed empty DMC bins again. I'm so excited that a local store will have floss to buy so that I don't have to travel 30 miles to buy floss!! Your finish for the magnet is really cute! I'm in the box class too.

  4. LOL @ your mom going crazy in the craft stores. I'm glad she had a good time! (And you benefited too!)

    I'm sure whichever project you decide for the box class will be great. :)

    Snickers.... I just want to cuddle her up! (Shhh... Don't tell Celeste I said that)

    Visualizing a workout, eh? Yes, do let us know how that works out, lol. I could use some of that!

  5. What a lucky girl. The fabrics are gorgeous as is your stitching.

  6. How wonderful you were able to enjoy a day with your mother and that she could enjoy herself so much.

  7. Oh Pam, your Mom is adorable! You are so blessed to have a Mom like her. She knew exactly what she wanted and was doing. :) Glad you both had a great time at lunch.

    I like the birdy fabric, so cute.

    Snickers is just to cute! :)

    Keep us posted on the visualizing workout. If it works out I'll see about joining you. lol!

  8. Glad to hear you and your Mom had a great day.


  9. You're mum had a ball that day and just imagine her basket getting fuller and fuller whilst you were wondering what she had planned. Your plum floss looks lovely on the Victorian sampler and sets it off lovely.

  10. I am so glad you had a good time with your Mum and those fabrics are to die for. I like the Plum floss piece a lot.

  11. cute finish.
    Those fabrics are awesome!


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