The fabric collection this year is really striking, the colors are vibrant, and I'm really looking forward to making these blocks! This collection is the bunch I got for Tara who was unable to do much of the hop. I realized later that I forgot to get some pink and yellow for myself. I'll have to go back to one of the local places and pick up a couple yards.
On Thursday morning, however, Cammie & I met up with Sharon, Linda and Miss O for a little Shop Hopping fun. We started in Mount Vernon at the quilt shop there, then traveled across Hwy 20 and down Whidbey Island to Oak Harbor and Freeland. We then got on the Mukilteo ferry and wandered down to Bothell and then up to Everett for a quick stop there. We wound up the trip with stops in Smokey Point, Arlington, and Stanwood. Lucky #8! After driving about 150 miles, and dropping them off at their car, we headed back home. No shop-hopping on Friday, but we aren't going for the Full Monty--all 52 shops--so there wasn't any pressure to try to get all of them.
Linda drove down Saturday morning with her husband, who was on his way to check on his elderly father further South, and we packed up in the car with Cammie. We started in Bellevue and worked our way down to Kent, where we found this very creatively installed toilet. It wins the There-I-Fixed-It award for the year...because taking the toilet back and getting a narrower unit would be too much trouble. We then swung South to Puyallup, where we got turned around more than once due to street fairs and one-way streets; then to Tacoma where two more shops are located. Then over to Olympia and South down I-5 for several more shops on our way to our Southern-most point, Vancouver.
We hit the road again and got slowed down by a multi-car accident in Tacoma. The warning signs overhead said we should move to the left lane as the right three lanes were blocked. We did as the sign suggested and as we got closer, we got stuck in that lane, not moving, about 12 blocks away from the accident. Other cars were racing up the other three lanes, cutting ahead of us, which meant we weren't moving *anywhere*. After not moving for more than 15 minutes, I left that lane and merged three lanes over to exit at 85th St. as so many other cars were doing. We spent the next five minutes or so driving the city streets and merging back onto the freeway, rather than sitting for hours in the traffic jam. Little did we know that about a mile later, we would arrive at another multi-car accident moments after the fire truck arrived and pulled behind the crashed vehicles in the far-left lane. We carefully maneuvered around the fire truck and continued on our way. We finally arrived home at 12:30 a.m. and after a quick bath, fell asleep quickly.
The next morning, I told Cammie that she wasn't going to come with me today--not that I don't love her and enjoy her company--but it was a day for me and Linda to do a bit of hopping and get the last 9 shops on our passport stamped so we could turn them in. She ended up going to a movie with her Dad and had a blast.
We were going to start in Ballard, but we missed the exit, so we decided to start at Pike Place Market's store, and were lucky enough to find a spot in a 30 minute loading zone. We were there for about two minutes and arrived just as the shop opened. We thought we were an hour late, but forgot that the hop started at 10 a.m. on Sunday, not 9.
We then zipped down to the ferry docks and got in line for the 10:30 ferry to Bainbridge Island, which was unloading as we pulled up, and we were able to board the half-full ferry. I took this picture as we were pulling away from the docks, which includes the new tourist attraction...a ferris wheel. "Ooooo....ahhhh...."
I found a line of fabric at a Tacoma store that originates from Denmark. I thought this fabric was very pretty, and I got a giggle out of the name written on the side. I took this picture for my friend, Johann, and sent it to him. I think we can safely say that this fabric has his name written all over it.
It's been a long weekend and I'm a bit behind on sleep...so off I go!