I mentioned in an earlier post that I have finally been able to visit the fabled Mary Jo's Cloth Shop in Gastonia, North Carolina. Let me state that it is all that AND a bag of chips, as Anna would say. The Japanese-style fabrics above actually came from one of the vendors at the Barnful of Quilts that I visited the same day, but since this is a fabric post, I've included them, too.
The sheer number of fabrics is overwhelming and I limited myself to looking for things for two upcoming baby quilts. The next time I go, I will take a list.
This is a Robert Kaufman print that I just loved. One of the babies is a boy and the other a girl so I found inspiration for both.
These darling remnants were less than a dollar each. Not only is the selection incredible, the prices are 30 to 40 percent less than the average fabric store.
All of these photos were taken with the new Nikon. I'm still not thrilled with the focus, but I'm getting better.
The Internet is an amazing thing. Thanks to Google+, several art quilters from my area found me and sent me email. Last Saturday, they invited me to join them on a trip to visit the Barnful of Quilts on the Fox Family Farm in a gorgeous horse barn near historic Waxhaw, North Carolina. It was a perfect day and the barn and pastures were a perfect backdrop for the beautiful quilts.
This is the barn--lucky horses!
There were llamas to pet and photograph and one of the vendors featured articles made from the wool, as well.
The quilts displayed along the fence were for sale to benefit Samaritan's Purse, an international relief organization.
The horses vacated their stalls for the vendors.
The rafters were a great place from which to hang large quilts.
The exercise ring was the backdrop for some amazing quilts of the group called Fiber Art Options. Several of these artists are also members of PAQA-South as are my new friends.
My friends are checking out some of the beautiful work.
After we enjoyed the quilt show, we had some lunch, and then they took me Mary Jo's Cloth Shop in Gastonia. WOW! It's overwhelming and the next time I go, I'm making a list. This fantastic quilt and fabric journey also provided time for us to get acquainted. It was a lovely Saturday.