January 14, 2007
Winter Quaker Exchange
Now that Becky has received her package from me I can share a photo. I used a design from Le Quaker A Six Mains and stitched it with white on Colonial Blue Lugana. I then made a little cover for a small photo album. I had fun stitching this and deciding how to finish it. I've used parts of this free design for a couple of exchanges now and I like it a lot. Someday I want to stitch the entire piece for myself.
I drove over to Joann fabrics this morning to pick up some things to finish my Valentine exchange pieces and found they were going out of business. There was nothing left I could use in the needlework or fabric departments. With Walmart discontinuing fabric and crafts as well there is nowhere left near me to buy fabric. The big store in Shrewsbury is staying open but it's a long drive from our house. It surprised me that they were closing since Joann's was always busy. I guess people don't sew as much as they used to. When I was a teen I sewed many of my clothes and we had a huge fabric store the size of a large grocery store that carried every type of fabric you could want. I used to love their large wedding and prom section with all the beautiful satins and laces. A woman I work with has just learned to sew and buys most of her fabric on ebay. Buying fabric online just isn't the same as going into a store. I don't like not being able to see the exact colors or touch and feel the cloth to tell if it was good quality the way my mom and grandma taught us.