We took a little road trip on Saturday to Seward, NE, a smallish Midwestern town about 31 miles northwest of Lincoln, NE. My hubby has taken up quilting in retirement, so we both enjoy occasional outings to our local quilt shops, each of which has a unique personality and a totally positive vibe.
One of our local quilt shops, The Cosmic Cow, is operated by Rich and Roxann O'Hare. http://www.facebook.com/pages/Cosmic-Cow/149605151761698 Rich is one of our region's premier longarmers, and Roxann has an artist's eye for color and design. Her fashion sense is upscale hippie chic. She's also a fantastic teacher. The shelves are full of bolts and bolts of beautiful, high-quality quilting fabric. Their store in Lincoln has become a must-see destination for busloads of quilters who come to visit the International Quilt Study Center & Museum. www.quiltstudy.org.
In July, Rich and Roxann opened a branch store in Seward, which they named---The Udder Store. (Did I mention they also have a sense of humor?) We decided to take a little drive through the countryside to check it out. They've done an incredible job renovating the place, which has beautiful hardwood floors and a tin-tile roof. Bright colors and fabrics mixed with antiques and dozens of display quilts create an eclectic but welcoming environment.
I found some beautiful brown floral Valori Wells fabric for $5.00 per yard, and added some coordinating brown and cream fabrics. I also found a fun assortment of fat quarters (18" x 22" pieces of fabric) for $1.50 each. Finding high quality quilting fabrics for $6.00 per yard is always something to celebrate.
But wait, there's more!!! There were brown paper fat quarter mystery grab bags left over from the grand opening, with 13 fat quarters for $10.00!!! That's like 77 cents apiece! $3.08 per yard!! My hubby suggested we get two. (Who was I to argue?!!) I was a bit apprehensive as I opened the bags to see what we'd purchased. But Roxann doesn't sell ugly fabrics, so I figured it was a pretty safe bet. The oval photo above shows our 26 super bargain fat quarters! Yeah! I even found some Fall Pantone colors in the mix – from Coffee Liqueur to Honeysuckle. http://www.pantone.com/pages/pantone/Pantone.aspx
After a delicious lunch at the corner café on the courthouse square, we headed back on a beautiful sunny end-of-summer day, my shopping bag bulging, and my mind racing with potential new projects.
It was an Udder-ly enjoyable day!
LeAnn aka pasqueflowerhttp://www.etsy.com/shop/pasqueflower