My husband and I celebrated 24 years of wedded bliss yesterday. We always go away for our anniversary and this year when he asked what I wanted to do, I could only think of 2 things… I wanted to visit our son who attends college out of state and stop by some of my favorite quilt shops! We started our trip off by visiting our son in Wake Forest N.C. We spent a couple of days with him and attended church with him on Sunday.
Afterwards, we headed to Gastonia N.C so I could go to one of my favorite stores, Mary Jo’s Cloth Store.
This store has been around for many, many years and they have the largest selection of fabrics and notions that I have ever found in one place.
We also visited another favorite; Foust Textiles, Inc. in Kings Mountain N.C. They have the friendliest, most helpful staff of any place I have ever shopped. You have to be a professional with a tax ID number to shop here daily but they do offer a few days per year in which the warehouse is open to the public (check online for dates). You have to purchase fabric by the bolt, they do not cut so it is a great place to purchase fabric for quilt backings!
I bought 5 bolts of fabric, some thread and a roll of king sized batting. I also purchased a bolt of woven stabilizer because I use this on all of my customer t-shirt and memory quilts.
I’m also in the market for a new longarm machine. I want a computerized machine that has more bells and whistles than the one I currently own. I looked at the new Babylock Regalia but it wasn’t set up for sewing yet so I will have to go back and try it out another time.
The table is adjustable which I love because I am tall, 5’9 to be exact! It has a 20″ throat space which means I will be losing 2″ from my current set up, but with all of the added features I probably wouldn’t miss them. I’m determined NOT to buy the first machine that I love but to try out everything in my price range! This will be a test of patience for me because I did that with the machine I currently have and found out later I could have gotten a lot more bang for my buck if I had shopped around. I have 3 quilt shows on my schedule to attend in the next month so hopefully I will be able to narrow down my choices soon! I’m thankful for a husband who supports me and doesn’t mind hanging out in quilts shops on our anniversary!