Was it just my own mom, or did yours, too, prolong the agony on Christmas Eve? Before we could open gifts, we had to have every dish, pot, pan, and cookie sheet washed, dried, and put away. There were a lot of them because she had been making Christmas cookies all day long.
I’ve read from your comments that a lot of you have been wondering and waiting patiently for me to unwrap and reveal my loot from my 2016 Quilt Minnesota Shop Hop. Click here to find a link towards the bottom of the page that lists all the posts about that fun trip.
Let’s see just what snagged my line and made me cast my credit card to be netted and put in that cool treasure chest pictured on my last post. First up is the FREE STUFF! ’cause we all love FREE!
Each of the 72 participating shops provided every shop hopper with an 8″ finished pattern designed by their shop.
Each shop on the hop also gave each hopper a 5″ square of the 2016 Quilt Minnesota Fabric.
Here’s some close-ups of my favorites. Did I take the bait or keep on swimming by? You will find out on the next post whether I was able to catch any or regret not having pre-ordered. I can’t reveal all my woes or I’ll have nothing left to write. In the meantime, I have loads of free and almost-free stuff to reveal.
All of the participating shops on the hop were also participating in the Row by Row and I used this opportunity to collect the patterns from all….
In an effort to keep organized in the beginning of the hop, my husband and I each used a gallon zip-lock plastic bag to hold our patterns and fabric squares. We were delighted to receive this vinyl and canvas zippered pouch as our first incentive prize as it held our patterns and fabric squares nicely. We could be seen emerging from the car with the pouch in hand heading straight for the shop door.
Hingeley Road Quilt Shop in Floodwood, MN went above and beyond in providing us hoppers with patterns. They’ve published several quilt pattern books and gifted each hopper with a 40 page book which includes 15 quilt patterns including one that I have my eye on to use with those new Quilt MN fabrics. This was in addition to their fabric square and 8 inch block pattern! Thank you Hingeley Road Quilt Shop. I look forward to seeing you again.
Many of the stores provided us with bottles of water, coffee, fruit (bananas and cuties), snack mixes, granola bars, chips, cookies, candy and chocolate. We appreciated those sweet little treats for us weary shop hoppers. Some of the shops also gave us fun little freebies to take.
There was a shop that included a thank-you with my purchase.
The Metro section was giving free charms with a $10.00 purchase and I netted some.
The incentive prizes from each section were a really big catch.
It’s official; we are now part of the SWAT TEAM!
Now onto the really good deals that seemed ALMOST FREE.
The best deal I found was at DeAnn’s Country Village Shoppe in Litchfield, MN. They were having a sale in their demolition room (clearance). So for just $3.00 per yard (that’s correct—no typo), I was able to catch two excellent quality backings for quilts. However, this could also be the “fish that got away” as I wish I would have bought even more!
I was working on a project before we left and this text print would be perfect. So I reeled it in and said I’d take all that was on the bolt! It was a whopper at 8.5 yards.
In case you’ve been thinking that I’ve just been lying around resting since we got home, I will let you know that I now only have 3 yards of that text print left.
But that’s another upcoming post with an interesting story that I will warn you will require a box of tissue.
I only bought 3 fat quarters on the trip this year compared to the 125 I bought last year.
Each store in the Central Section had a special Dollar Ditty promotion. If you spent $10.00, you could purchase the promoted item for just one dollar more. I purchased some of them. Since the policy was one ditty per person, I did what every devoted quilter would do. I divided my purchases in two so my husband could also buy some.
Finally, some of the stores even gave us “invitations” to come back. How can I say no?
Coming up next: A look at which of the 2016 Quilt Minnesota Fabrics didn’t get away. But first I have some zucchini that needs freezing and now the crab apples are ripe enough for making jelly.
What I Learned Today:
- Free is always fun!
- Life is too full of regrets. Fabric at $3.00/per yard is an incredible deal. I should have bought more. Next time shop more so there are less regrets.
- I still worry about perfect seams.
Question: What was the best deal you ever found?
Tuesday to Connie at Freemotion by the River for Linky Tuesday
and Sew Cute Tuesday
Wednesday to Lorna at Sew Fresh Quilts for Let’s Bee Social (button on the sidebar)
and Silly Mama Quilts for Work In Progress
and Friday with Busy Hands Quilt for Finished or Not Friday (button on the sidebar)
and Sarah at Confessions of a Fabric Addict for Can I Get a Whoop Whoop?