Here in far northern California our local quilt shops come together annually and put on a shop hop. I know. . .big deal, right?. . .well, actually it's becoming just that. The Hop is made up of shops from Chico, Redding, Red Bluff, Paradise and Willows. Each year it seems the event becomes bigger and better than the one previous, this year being no exception. Each store had the cutest displays, projects and activities. My favorite was Morning Star Quilter's in Paradise. Aside from the awesome variety of kits they had available, they had a barbeque going and slices of juicy watermelon for all of us. It was all very a la block party. Very cool. Fire personnel were on hand collecting donations for some much needed supplies and quilts were collected for and given to the victims from this summer's devastating fires. Nice. The above is one of the kits I purchased to make this quilt.
Let Us Not Forget Our Felt Friends
When it comes to fabrics I tend to pick from two distinct groupings–shabby chic-ish (love the soft, floral pastels) and modern (bright, oversized patterns). However, I love the depth, color and texture of felt. . .soft, wool felt. These little gems were my pick at Honey Run. My plan is to make these great little cuties with them.