Where do you shop for fabric if you are near Gulf Shores, Alabama?
Just over the border in Pensacola, Florida at A&E Pharmacy!
This was my second time here, as I was also in this area in January of 2014, so I knew what to expect –and I couldn’t wait!
You can read that flashback HERE.
In anticipation of this trip I had posted to Facebook “Rumor has it there will be a stop at A&E Pharmacy on my way to the airport” And while those who KNEW what was in store were clamoring with shouts of “Hooray!” Those who didn’t….well, they assumed I had contracted some Deep South Ailment and was off for medication!
While it might say A&E Pharmacy on the sign, there are actually 3 sections to this wonderland!
Mardi Gras Supply Headquarters!
Holy Moly Mother-load of Beads and Baubles!
This is Mardi Gras Weekend in the south, and it’s all about the beads, baby! You can find every kind of beadery ever imagined here. And folks were buying by the case load!
Mini Moon Pies by the case too!
What? You didn’t know that it is an Alabama thing to throw Moon Pies as people during parades? I guess the full sized moon pies could really bean someone if they weren’t watching, so mini sizes are a bit softer upon hitting their mark! LOL!
Cases of Moon Pies in every flavor imaginable! This could definitely cause a problem should I be a Moon Pie addict. Luckily I’m not!
However, I can’t resist trying on hats!
What do you think? Should this one come home with me?
The pharmacy section!
And yes, it is a real full time pharmacy. So this is one stop shopping here…get your Moon Pies, your prescription filled, and shop for fabric while you wait!
And the best thing EVER? Your credit card statement will simply say “A&E Parmacy” No hint of a fabric purchase being made, whatsoever!
Entering the Fabric Fantasy Side!
Donna, Lois and I head straight to the sale aisle!
In search of Kaffe? They’ve got it!
They’ve got miles of everything!
Donna amongst the dots!
Oh boy! We’ve been spotted!
Signing autographs and posing for photos! I love it. “This one’s for my sister, she is going to flip!” The staff was so helpful, they gave me the “guild member discount” even though I didn’t have a guild card with me.
Just a bit of stash enhancement!
It started with the sea creatures as a memory of this trip. Love the blue on white, but that lead to more neutral shopping – the tic tac toe with hearts from a valentine line, just because!
The green and the orange? I bought a yard of each, perhaps to use as constants in a quilt down the road. Love this Kaffe print, and the green was just slimy enough of a color to need to come home. And the orange mini pearl bracelets? Well..you know me and my orange fetish!
If you find yourself near Pensacola, you need to stop. You NEED to experience this!
So here I am on Sunday morning –with a to do list as long as my arm and none of it includes SEWING. Rats.
Many of you know I have a set of specialty rulers being released along with my new book in September. Today is the day I do “hand model” shots and samples to send off to C&T for photography. They don’t have to be perfect, they just have to give THEM an idea how to place things so they can do the professional shots.
I think I’ll be cutting into this new fabric for my demo pieces. These ARE the fabrics that will show up in the professional photos both in the book and with the rulers. A fun fun way to remember my time in Gulf Shores/Pensacola in February of 2016!
Quiltville Quote of the Day!
Mistakes are part of being human. Appreciate your mistakes for the precious life lessons they teach you. Unless it's a fatal mistake, which at least others can learn from!
When it comes to quilting, mistakes can lead to new opportunities that turn out better than we ever expected!
Oregon or Bust quilt from my book Scraps & Shirttails II
I’ve already checked in for tomorrow’s flight which boards at 4:50am for Atlanta and then on to LAX. Urgh. It’s the traveling there that is grueling, but I can’t wait for what is waiting for me on the other side of this journey. Southern California sunshine!
Have a great Sunday everyone!