New England Shop Hop – Part 1

The All New England Shop Hop is going on right now. You can find out more about it here. I took some time on Tuesday while near NH and visited 3 shops. We are running between raindrops all the time these days, so I was glad to avoid any downpours. The magazine is your passport and I am aiming for 10; the scope of New England is quite large, and doable in 2 months if work hard. I won’t be able to do that this year. But on to the goodies and what I did do so far!

My shop visits in NH

My first stop was Nashua Sew and Vac. This shop is very familiar to me, as I have purchased and maintained machines there over the year. A visit there for machine service is one of the best decisions you will ever make. I purchased a storage box for thread and a yard of the striped shop hop fabric. I heard that one was scarce, so I wanted to have some to play with. I have my eye on a Pfaff Passport 3.0 for a travel machine when I am done downsizing the other 2 machines, and will purchase there if I can.

The second stop on my journey to me to the All American Quilt Shop. This was a new shop to me, very cute with lots of great blenders, and some fun prints! NH has no sales tax…always nice when purchasing. I bought 2 yards of sky blue and 3 fat quarters. They had a goodie bag that had a fat quarter, seam ripper and some snacks. SO Impressed with that effort!

The final stop was my HandiQuilter dealer – Bits N Pieces. I am familiar with their shop – there is always something I need. I wanted more of the water fabric for the ferry pillows and bought 2 yards plus 2 other fat quarters.

Quilting on Hold

I do hope to sew again this weekend. I had hospice training Thursday and Friday and am also doing a little more PT on my ankle so I will be in good shape for Ireland in mid-October. I need to formulate a plan for our Bee challenge and enter the quilt before the 16th, so my thinking cap is on.

Coming Up on My Blog

Ultimate Travel Bag
Yoga Quilt #1
Diatom Quilted
Tips/Tutorials on the 22nd

Linky Parties

Fabric Stash

I sold one quilt never accounted for, and I purchased 6.5 yards on this little trip. Still in negative territory…but there is a Tuesday shopping trip on the 19th!
Fabric in this month: 6.5 yards
Fabric out this month 8.75 yards 
Fabric in this year: 68.25 yards
Fabric out this year: 97.75 yards
NET Fabric: -29.5 yards

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  1. September 15, 2023 / 8:37 AM

    Hi Kathleen! Wow – how fun. I am hoping to hop next year in our state fun. That fabric with the moose and bears is really cute, and I’m glad you could find the water fabric before it’s gone. I need to find a good place for machine service. My LQS has serviced my machine several times but there are still issues which I just put up with. I didn’t know you had an Ireland trip coming up!! How exciting. We loved visiting there and would go again in a heartbeat. Happy Friday to you. {{Hugs}} ~smile~ Roseanne

  2. September 15, 2023 / 8:59 AM

    What fun, a shop hop in NE sounds heavenly!

  3. Cocoa Quilts
    September 15, 2023 / 10:13 AM

    Hope that ankle heals well before Ireland!!! You will have a great trip!! Love all the goodies!!!

  4. September 15, 2023 / 11:08 AM

    It’s nice that the hop lasts for so long and gives you time to travel a bit. And I spy a future post that I’m really excited to get to see! 😉

  5. September 15, 2023 / 9:08 PM

    Would love to be tagging along with you on the shop hop! Will be fun to see what you create with your goodies!

  6. Eva
    September 16, 2023 / 3:20 AM

    How nice to travel, I think we all miss that. Selling a quilt is a fortune, and it will make another person happy and give cosy comfort. Our shops are not so customer orientated and give goody bags. We are more in a customer service desert.
    Happy weekend!

  7. September 16, 2023 / 7:41 AM

    Looks like a good haul from the Shop Hop, Kathleen!! I haven’t participated in that type of event in many years. I have fond memories of the fun and excitement.

  8. Vicki in MN
    September 16, 2023 / 8:09 AM

    I used to do a little bit of shop hopping before gas price went nuts! Our shops never had any good sales during the hops. But they used to have great free fabric bundles if you completed that section. Have fun creating with your new additions.

  9. September 16, 2023 / 8:19 AM

    I can’t imagine a place I’d love to shop hop more!! How fun!

  10. lee
    September 16, 2023 / 9:55 AM

    How fun! Enjoy the time!!

  11. September 16, 2023 / 10:21 AM

    I hope your ankle recovers fully in time for your trip to Ireland, Kathleen! I have never been there…so exciting for you! The shop hop looks like lots of fun! Glad you didn’t let the rain slow you down! 🙂

  12. September 16, 2023 / 10:27 AM

    I love this sort of thing Kathleen. Sounds like you’re having a great time. ☺️

  13. September 16, 2023 / 11:24 AM

    Oh my that sounds like so much fun, Kathleen. I enjoyed reading your descriptions and am envious. Do keep up your Physical Therapy…you do want to be in top form for Ireland!

  14. LA Paylor
    September 16, 2023 / 11:40 AM

    I LOVE shop hops. Is the shop fabric the bear one? How nice to have a shop nearby you trust with your machine. LeeAnna

  15. Nancy @ Grace and Peace Quilting
    September 16, 2023 / 7:26 PM

    You’re doing great on your fabric tally, Kathleen! They sound like fun shops and fun purchases! The striped print for our MN shop hop always sells out fast, also. Looks like they gave you labels from their shops, too?

  16. Anne
    September 19, 2023 / 4:22 PM

    How do I get the current New England Shop Hop Magazine? There is a pattern in it, that I would like to have? Please answer.

    • September 19, 2023 / 5:28 PM

      You can purchase from a store that has them. I will check a few for you tomorrow…just finishing part 2 today.

  17. Anja @ Anja Quilts
    September 20, 2023 / 9:19 PM

    This sounds like a great shop hop. Have fun!

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