After our fabulous lunch on the water at Chart House yesterday in Tampa –I was escorted to the haven of Lutz, Florida --
Home of Sweet Darling Quilts!
And a darling of a shop it is!
Great classroom space, groups that meet for workshops for quilting, or doing wool applique work, always friendly happy faces going in and out.
While some shops are huge and overwhelming, I felt right at home the moment I walked through Sweet Darling’s door.
You will find fabrics from a variety of genres from civil war to 1930s to Downton Abbey to brights and basics.
There is something for everyone!
And of course, I spotted out right away that there were not one, but TWO Singer 301As on display – BOTH BLACK!
Oh heart, be still!
((You can see one over my head in this photo – long bed…covet covet!))
See it? Perfectly at home amidst a rainbow of bolts!
Great displays and gorgeous samples!
Hello, 99k! You ARE a Sweet Darling!
And there it is – 301 #2! There ought to be a law against this…hahahah!
Oh, the temptation!
Don’t worry, I did some fabric fondling of my own to lower my heart rate!
Oh lovely wall of neutrals!
Take 3 of these and call me in the morning!
The black and white spider web definitely needed to join my black on white stash. And the charms? Well, don’t you know they are the perfect size for my H block project and a girl who visits Florida needs a bit of Florida to take home with her. This will add variety to the meager cabin stash. At least that is how I’m justifying it.
If you find yourself near Lutz, FL, be sure to stop in and tell them Bonnie sent you!
26240 Wesley Chapel Blvd
Lutz, FL 33559
I had a lovely dinner out with Terri last night. And because our wait to be seated was over an hour, ((Friday night, go figure!)) we ran across the street to CVS to stock up on quilter’s essentials for late night hotel room sewing:
Oh Yeah! I’m ready!
Now before you start thinking me a glutton..I’ll have you know it was one small SMALL handful of black jelly beans last night ---and ONE SQUARE of the sea salt caramel that passed my lips. This stash will last me the entire two weeks I’m here, but there is comfort in knowing some goodies are waiting for you in your hotel room in the evening.
No sewing got done by the time we got back though ---however, I did spend an hour just drawing lines on the back of black squares to finish all of the lozenges requiring black squares. I’ll sew them tonight. This is the trip I push this Lozenge quilt as far as it can go. It’s been a leader/ender for long enough and now needs to become primary! Once the lines are drawn, the sewing will be quick.
This morning did start out with a bit of a WHAT!??!
What’s wrong with this picture?
Who steals ironing board covers?? Do they really think I can just iron on bare metal with holes? I don’t think so!
I’ve left a note at the front desk for either a cover for this one, or a whole new ironing board, cover included.
So my students are going to just have to deal with a bit of suitcase wrinkle this morning ----unless they want me to whip off my shirt and iron it in front of everyone at the library – no – not going there! LOL!
I’m eager to meet my students and have a fun day with Cathedral Stars today. I just met Evelyn from Nova Scotia in the lobby when telling them about my naked ironing board. Oh, this is going to be so much fun!
Stay tuned for details!