There are a number of quilt shops in the area where my mom lives, but I try not to visit them while I'm there. My mom never sewed, but she is well acquainted with my love of quilting as I never walk into her house without lugging at least one quilt in my arms when I visit. She encourages me to hit the quilt shops, but I really hate to take time away from visiting with her while I'm there, so although I have poked my head into a couple now and again, I rarely do. But when I am back on the road and headed home, my self control wavers and I have a hard time not stopping if a quilt shop happens to come into view. :)
The trip is over 500 miles one way and that already makes for a pretty long day so although I love to stop, it also adds hours to my time on the road. I drive right by the shop I'm sharing with you today. Sew Special Quilts is a Baby Lock - Bernina quilt shop, right on the corner of 1604 and I-10, coming into San Antonio, Texas. It's a small shop, with one side dedicated to their sewing machine sales, but they have a good selection of fabrics:
They do not carry 30's or Civil War fabrics, but they have lots of fun prints that would make cute baby and toddler quilts, with fresh, bright bolts of color lining their shelves:
They have a good selection of thread:
And patterns that I did not take the time to really study this time around. Their classroom is right through that doorway:
The staff is friendly and helpful without being pushy and the store is bright and open:
I was in a bit of a hurry, knowing how much road lay ahead, but I popped in to look for some coordinates for this:
I found these 3 pieces at a little quilt shop in Lamesa on the way down and I fell in love with the plaid. I think it'll be cute in a baby quilt although I haven't a clue what pattern I'm using yet. And with prices between $3-$6 per yard, I just could not resist.
At Sew Special Quilts, I found these fabrics from Sundrops by Corey Yoder that have all the same colors so I brought those home, but now that I have them home, although they do coordinate, I'm not sure they have the same feel.
The plaid has more of a country feel while the Sundrops are more modern to me. I see 2 different quilts in my future.
I'm sure glad these road trips don't happen too often. I'd be more broke than I already am!