I blame ya'll!

Benton, KY(Zone 7a)

Well, when I was dyeing up all of the fabric for the charm swap, my niece came over (she's home from college for the summer) She went nuts over the fabric and so, for her birthday, I told her I'd make her a quilt. I have the top done and I'll quilt it on the machine next week. (I'm not wasting handwork on a dorm quilt)

I'm binding it in yellow and have a light purple backing.

Now, I've got to make quilts for my other niece and my nephew...

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Benton, KY(Zone 7a)

I met Kathleen and JustmeLisa at Hancock's Thursday Mom came too, so it was a mini-Roundup...we shopped and I got fabric for my other niece's quilt...she prefers pink and green prints.

Thought you all would like to see the 'cathedral of fabric stores'...

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Benton, KY(Zone 7a)

There's about 3 acres under roof. I stuck to the quilting side...I get out of control over in the upholstery fabric section.

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Benton, KY(Zone 7a)

You name it...it's there...

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Benton, KY(Zone 7a)

We went to Rafferty's after and had lunch.

L to R Me, Lisa, Kathleen and Mom

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(Karen) Traverse Cit, MI(Zone 5a)

Oh my, I would never dare to go to this place. I can spend a couple hours wandering around JoAnn's, I would be days in here.

Fleming Island, FL(Zone 9a)

Love the fabrics in that quilt..............................
If you run out of neices/nephews to make quilts for, feel free to adopt me!!!!!

(Barb) Manchester, NH(Zone 5a)

I'd want to be next in line too!!! That is a stunning quilt Melody. I just love those fabrics.....
And thank you for hte pictures from Hancock's. I have ordered form them and was thrilled when my fabrics came. Nice materials.....

Marietta, OH(Zone 6a)

Thanks for the 'looky-see', Melody! I think that calls for a spot on my Roadtrip list!!

(Pat) Kennewick, WA(Zone 5b)

I was sad when our Hancock's closed... I would be in HOG HEAVEN to be able to shop Paducah

Cocoa Beach, FL(Zone 10a)

OMG I had time to kill when we visited an iris hibridizer, had no idea we were so close to SUCH a fabric store. Love your quilt top, wonderful cheerful colors. I am currently working on a sumer project for my sister, embroidering two dozen tie dyed tee shirts with their business logo. I have finished and delivered half of them and hope to get them finished this week and delivered to free up the sewing room for my winter/Christmas quilt blocks. I'm assembling them into a quilt for my granddaughter that turned 16 today.
A bit of advice for that college girl's quilt, embroider her name on one of the squares to discourage theft. Our group learned that when we made a couple of quilts for a Rutgers student.

Longboat Key, FL(Zone 9b)

OMG stunning stunning quilt. So special with all your own fabric ideas.

TU for pix of Hancocks. I get fabric from them I gathered that they are quite LARGE

(Pat) Kennewick, WA(Zone 5b)

I was trying to explain to my Sweetie about Hancock in Paducah, and he said "Oooooo like Cabellas for women!!"

Longboat Key, FL(Zone 9b)

Yep, Hancock's of Paducah, well loaded. Lots of $$$ too.

(Barb) Manchester, NH(Zone 5a)

Pat - that is it in a nutshell!!!! And very well put.

(Marion) Havana, FL(Zone 8b)

LOL at your hubby's comparison Pat.

Beautiful quilt and group of ladies, Melody.

Oh my, hummm, maybe we need to just plan a quilting retreat and all go visit Melody. LOL

(Pat) Kennewick, WA(Zone 5b)

Ya, he's Keeper. He encourages me to sew and buy flowers, to do the things he knows nurtures my soul. He'll invite me into the studio he is remodeling to READ my novel while he works!! LOL... I rarely can do that. I try to find something useful to do. This afternoon I'm using a wrecking bar and removing old molding, carrying out equipment that is no longer needed in there and other "miscellaneous" work as I can find it. I try to make it a safer, cleaner environment for him to work in. when I run out of stuff I can do, THEN I just keep him company.

Lexington Park, MD

Melody what a great quilt and just love the colors.
I would get lost in that Hancocks for sure.
Thanks for sharing.

(Marion) Havana, FL(Zone 8b)

He definitely sounds like a keeper Pat. My late hubby used to bring a pillow into my sewing room and read lying on the floor (never mind I had to step over him to get to my iron) just to "be company". There really are (were) some good men out there!!!

I dreamed of going to Hancock's, woke up in a cool sweat from all the money I spent in my dreams-----money I don't have I might mention. LOL

(Pat) Kennewick, WA(Zone 5b)

Oh Marion, you ruined a GREAT dream by worrying about money! LOL

I try to get my Sweetie to sit in front of the door so I can move around in my sewing room when he's in there. We've bought him a music stand and a couple of used musical instruments so now he can practice while I sew. It's so nice to have him near. (and NOT in front of my ironing board!)

Benton, KY(Zone 7a)

We're having a Roundup on Lake Barkley next month....come join the fun and I'll take you to Hancock's and the Quilt Museum (Mom has complimentary tickets)

(Marion) Havana, FL(Zone 8b)

ROFLOL, Pat if you have seen the pile of fabric in my dreams, you would have worried too! I give new meaning to the term "fabriholic".

Melody that sounds like loads of fun but alas I need to go back south and spend some time with my Mom.

(Barb) Manchester, NH(Zone 5a)

Can't manage Canada and Kentucky the same year. But Paducah is on my list!!!!!!

(Marion) Havana, FL(Zone 8b)

Barb, we might have to have 2 penny jars!!! Actually, coffee cans but who cares---one labeled Canada and the other currently says Costa Rica but it can be changed in a heartbeat! LOL

Ottawa, ON(Zone 5a)

Melody that quilt is awesome!! OMG I just love the fabrics...brings back memories from the 70th (I had t-shirts like that...lol)
I need a quiltstore like that here!!! You litterly could spend days in there it seems.

Marion put all the pennies in the Canada jar so I get to see you next year!! But then again we could also meet in Costa Rica...that is one place I would love to visit!!

Can`t wait to see Barb in 5 Days!!!!

Benton, KY(Zone 7a)

I'll share a story with everyone...

The Quilt Museum featured a Russian artist several years ago. There was a reception and they had her work featured in one of the galleries. After the reception some folks were showing her around Paducah and thought she'd like to visit Hancock's.

When she went inside, she froze, and finally began to cry. They thought she might be ill, but no, she said that the riches were overwhelming. She had no idea that such a fabric store existed.

(Pat) Kennewick, WA(Zone 5b)

WOW!! I'll bet it was that overwhelming though....

(Marion) Havana, FL(Zone 8b)

That gave me chill bumps Melody. Says alots about lives in different countries, doesn't it.

Thea, Costa Rica is a favorite place for my daughter and me. We first went with a tour group in 2007 and then in 2009, my daughter was awarded a scholarship to study at a school in Manuel Antonio for 3 weeks. I joined her when she was finished and we toured for another 10 days. Canada does come first however!!!

Orlando, FL(Zone 9a)

What an awesome quilt! And of course I love LOVE the colors!

Phoenix, AZ

♥ the groovy colors on that quilt :)

Oracle , AZ(Zone 8b)

Yeah, far out!!!!

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