Sunday, September 20, 2009

Catching Up Sunday | A Few Things I've Been Meaning to Post

Another Sunday here in the country. Chilly again this morning. I was smart enough to close the windows before bed time last night. No frozen toes peeking out of the blankies!

Sundays are usually my day to play catch-up. If the phone doesn't ring and call me into work, I can finish what I've been working on over the last few days. I have a few things I've been meaning to share with everyone over this past week. One of them is that great quilt shop I visited in Binghamton, but you'll have to wait a little later in the post for that.

First off, check out these great sunflowers sent to me by Diana of Hidden Farm Primitives. I've been following her blog for a while now and happened across her website after she placed an order from mine. I mentioned to her that we should do a trade sometime and these appeared in my mailbox a few days later. What a gem you are Diana! I've been working on a THANK YOU package for her and am still finishing it up.

My DW and sons spent the day yesterday over at Gaga and Grampa Mark's house in a canning frenzy! Every year they get a few bushels of tomatoes, corn and apples. They spend the entire weekend making corn for freezing, canned pasta sauce and canned applesauce. They love it. I just try and stay outta the way! The pasta sauce is great and it usually lasts us all winter and into the summer.

While I was home watching the phones for the FH and trying hard not to accomplish anything, I started a fall place mat project. Our entryway needs cleaning (it's full of leaves), the dining room needs to be spackled because we took the wallpaper down, carpeting needs to be taken up in my new quilting space, etc. I have a list a mile long. Like I need another project to start. I haven't even started that Schnibbles quilt yet!

Anyway, I was going through some of my FQs and grabbing all the fall prints. I just signed up for a Fall FQ swap over on Swap-Bot. Of course I got side tracked when I was ravaging my FQ stash. I got to thinking how nice these would look as simple place mats. I cut some of them up as strips and this is what I have so far. I made 2 and have 2 more to go. I may get them finished this weekend.

Enough of my ramblings already, I want to tell you about the shop my Aunt and I visited last weekend. It's in Johnson City (a suburb of Binghamton) and it's called Sew Many Quilts. This was my first visit and we were the only folks in the store. We got the whole place to ourselves!

Here are some photos from their web page. They really have put a lot of thought into the store. They have a wonderful newsletter, a ton of classes with a giant classroom and they even give you a discount on your birthday! They also have a reward program that issues you gift certificates as you spend.

I plan on making this shop my go to place for fabrics. They have many of the modern designers as well as traditional prints. Lots of Moda precuts and quilt kits. The ladies that were there working were very friendly and helpful. One of them had taken a class with my Aunt so they had lots to discuss. I wandered around and found several things I just had to have!

Venture over to their website and check them out!

Here is their address:
800 Valley Plaza
Johnson City, NY 13790

Enter it into your GPS and go for a visit!

Happy quilting,


  1. What wonderful sunflowers you received! Reading about your projects to do reminds me that I'm supposed to be working on a few things myself....

  2. What a wonderful surprise to get those lovely sunflowers.

  3. Love your sunflowers Ryan- they are so fun- would look great in a bowl or on a glass plate.. Very nice thing for Diana to do- I will have to go and check out her blog.
    Your new fabric strata is looking great - can hardly wait to see how the block makes up.
    Nice you and your aunt had such a great visit to the Quilt store- having a fabric store that you love the fabrics, and where the staff are welcoming make it the best place of all to visit. Together with great samples -those are the primary reasons I would choose to return to that store again and again.
    Warmest regards,

  4. i love those sunflowers... i'm jealous.. i want them!! & that shop looks like lots of fun!

  5. Love the sunflowers....

    That shop looks awesome!!

  6. What a nice surprise to get in the mail! You rremind of me... all those home projects waiting nto be finished and me sewing away!

  7. Ryan, great sunflowers! I would stay out of the way too when people are canning, I say out of the house it gets WAY to hot in here.

    The shop looks wonderful but seeing how the GPS says it's 2090 miles and 31.5 hours to get there from here I don't think its happening this week ;O)

  8. When you make it to Johnson City, if you go in the fall, find your way to the Cider Mill in Endicott (hopefully you are taking your kids.) they will love the fresh cider and donuts. they get to see how things are made!

    I miss that, and Nirchi's pizza and Lupo's speidies. ;) When I get back to visit, I'll have to check out the store...


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