Sunday, November 16, 2008

Vacation Haul

We visited Mountain Stitches by Susan. Her shop was smaller than the other shop we visited but she has a great selection. Lots of patterns. Susan is super nice and we spent some time talking to her and her husband. She is in the process of setting up a long arm business as well. You can tell that she really loves quilting.
G and I went to the Cherry Pit which is a lovely quilt shop. They had a great selection of fabric. I fell in love with this yellowy Moda fabric. The other fabric was from the $4 yard bin and I'll use that for practice. I've had 2 Ravelers send me a generous amount of scraps so I picked up the scrap book for inspiration. I think I'm going to practice on doll quilts for my nieces. At least that is the plan! I picked up 2 patterns - the infamous Yellow Brick Road and the Star Quartet. The Star Quartet is way beyond my abilities and will be for some time but G had been looking at it and said he really liked it. I realized I had looked at it several times too so I picked it up for future use!
The only yarn shop in the area is The Smoky Mountain Spinnery. She has some lovely spinning fibers. I don't spin and even after visiting a well stocked spinning store I don't have any interest. I'm not saying I'll never have interest but at this moment I don't see it. She also had a lovely selection of yarns and I fell in love with this Cascade Rustic. I love black and heather grays.

This is the second November we've made a trip to the Gatlinburg/Pigeon Forge area for vacation. Both visits we've done an excellent job of staying off the "strip" and staying away from the touristy type attractions and the outlet mall shopping. The photos above are truly all we bought other than 2 hiking trail books from the park store. I don't consider the yarn and quilt shops as tourist attractions though I'm sure they do get a lot of out of town shoppers.

The Smoky Mountain National Park is where we spend all our time other than a quick late lunch or early dinner. If you've never been there, I can't even begin to tell you how beautiful and peaceful it is here in this park. It's always so hard to leave.....


candyschultz said...

Jackie, thanks for stopping by. It looks like we have some things in common. I will favorite your blog and try to stay in touch. I am working on a second sock which looks to be just a bit too small but it might fit. The sizing is a pain. I never had this trouble with sweaters.

Bea said...

Nice haul!

Christina said...

I love your blog. I also like to hike, but can't get hubby to enjoy it. Your have great taste in fabric.

Tom in Tennessee said...

Jackie, do consider a spring visit to A Mountain Quiltfest (March 11-15, 2009) in Pigeon Forge.

There are more than 65 classes/seminars and great displays. Quiltfest is sponsored by the city of Pigeon Forge and co-hosted by the Piecemakers and Sevier County Quilters Guilds. The 2009 event is the 15th one, and it's a real treat.


Nathan Carter said...

Tell G that he has great taste. I work at Glad Creations, the designers of Star Quartet. You should check out their website.