Friday, July 16, 2010

Vegas Spoils!

I just got back from Las Vegas early this morning, about 1:30 am to be exact. Even though I am a tad tired-the trip was awesome. The weather was clear, sunny and 40+ °C. But that didn’t stop me from dragging my boyfriend to a few quilt shops around town. Two of the stores were close enough to taxi however; it makes more sense to rent a car. This gives you adequate trunk storage for all your purchases. I visited the following three quilting shops:

Christmas Goose

The Fabric Boutique


Based on website alone, Christmas Goose (CG) and Quiltique would have been my favorite but after visiting all three, they were all good with pros & cons to each.

Christmas Goose- was the closest to our hotel (The Orleans’ Hotel and Casino) and the ladies working were very friendly. The store was clean, well organized and had a lot of cutesy items. I bought a kit based on the pattern Girl's Best Friend Lap Quilt by Ellen Replogle (book: Laps from Fats for Family & Friends) and a couple small notions. The only con for me was that they carried a lot of wool products which really isn’t my thing.

Fabric Boutique- I’ll have to admit, based on the website, I didn’t have high hopes for this store. But I was so wrong. This was an amazing little store with up-to-date designer fabrics. Every month they have a special; July was 20% off any “blue” fabric. I bought a FQ from the entire line of Blush by Basic Grey for Moda along with enough fabric to make backing, binding and background for the pattern Split Medallion by MARIN & COLUSA . The only downside was that they didn’t have a lot of kits-which I am a huge fan of.

Quiltique- was the furthest but it had the largest selection of fabrics and kits. I loved this store; everything but one cranky sales lady. I bought a Quilt Journal (to keep track of my projects), patterns, a few FQ’s and Another Brick in the Wall by Carolina Patchworks kit. Almost every sample quilt on the wall could be purchased as a kit with identical fabric. There were tons of antiques and nic-nacs around the store that were for sale too. They also have a huge back section that is 50% off fabrics (greats for backings).

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