Monday, December 2, 2013

Shopping and More Shopping

I know some of you enjoy seeing pictures of my shopping trips. I took a break from my Christmas shopping and visited The Quilt Merchant near Chicago recently.

 


 
Funny - I have a similar antique headboard and footboard in my basement. I found it at a garage sale and have been waiting to refinish it for the last 15 years. Now maybe I won't . . . .
 


 
 


Don't ask me about this quilt -  other than the fact that it is so stunning, all I know is that it was a block of the month by Sue Daly.   Perhaps your local quilt shop can find the patterns for you.

 
I had to buy this pattern and some wool . . . .

 

 

Valerie, the new owner of The Quilt Merchant, is from France and she's a sweetie. If you are planning a visit to the Chicago area, be sure to stop in.  I really love the way she has everything displayed. (But none of my books, I noticed. What's that about, Valerie?? LOL. You really need to get on this one . . . . everyone loves Kathleen Tracy's books.)

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Then, on Black Friday, instead of hitting the malls, I went to that primitive craft sale at my friend Karen's home I told you about. 
 

 
She had so many lovely handmade things for sale.






 

This year Karen asked me if I'd like to display some of my earrings at her sale. Her husband Bill was kind enough to make me this primitive earring display rack! So cool.
 
Before the Thanksgiving holiday I had been busy making jewelry for friends and family. At the last minute my husband signed me up for a small booth at his company's Holiday craft show - which is tomorrow. (Sorry, not open to the public.) So I've been working feverishly in spare moments this past week trying to make enough items to fill a booth. I thought it was cute that he wanted to show off my handmade things to his coworkers. I've done craft shows before (years ago, before I got into the  book writing business) but never one showing my jewelry. It should be fun. If I am able to, I'll take and post pictures. Later this week I'll put some of the things that are left over on my Etsy shop
 
 



13 comments:

quiltgrannie said...

The Quilt Merchant is my favorite quilt shop! And your right Kathy, Val is a sweetie! Karen

Susannah said...

Kathy, I love this post and your wonderful pictures!

Susannah

Christine Feldstein said...

This shop seems wonderful. My son lives in Chicago, so I will give him the address and an idea for a Christmas present! Thank you.

Leeanne said...

Wow what a stunning shop!
Lovely photo's.

Louise said...

Thank you so much for posting photos of all the stunning quilts! Just what I needed. Your jewelry is very nice. Gee, wish I could hop in my car and get over to the Quilt Merchant. Maybe one of these days, I will visit my grand daughter and manage to get in there.

Ann in PA said...

Lovely photos of the Quilt Merchant - love your wool pattern. Wish I lived near Karen...sigh! Wow, what eye candy-a great shop, wonderful handmade Primitives, and pretty jewelry. Thank you for sharing.

Jacky said...

I particularly like the tumblers quilt and the circles quilt. Stunning!

Karen said...

Thank you so much for sharing your trip to the Quilt Merchant and the craft show at your friends house. So many wonderful creations. Your earrings are beautiful. Have a wonderful time selling your jewelry at your husband's office.

Peacefully Knitting said...

What an awesome shop and thank you do much for sharing. Love your Etsy shop too :)

sandi s said...

I would love to visit the Quilt Merchant one day. Karen's things are beautiful and so is your jelwery.

Carole Y. said...

I love that Antique Sampler quilt from Sue Daley (the one with the circles); I think I will ask Santa for this Christmas.

Irene Blanck said...

Thank you so much for posting photos of the Quilt Merchant and particularly of Val. I am a quilt designer and Val stocks some of my patterns (you can see them at the head of the bed). I was so thrilled to actually see them in the shop. I hope to teach there some time in 2014.

Anonymous said...

Thanks, Kathy, for a delicious tour of this shop!
Even though Chicago is a loooong way from Oregon, I'm now longing to see it in person-an absolutely delightful place!
Cathryn in Corvallis

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