I was up even before Michael was out the door this morning—had to get ready to go Quilt Shop Hopping!!! We had a car full this morning, Mom, Peggy, Gina and me—rolling out at 8:30 heading for Port Lavaca and the Beefore it’s a Quilt & Gifts store. A perfectly delightful store! We were amazed at the crowds in the stores—today was the first day of the shop hop and this store was packed with shopping women!
Bet you non-quilters are asking “what in the world is a shop hop?” Quilt shops in surrounding areas use these shop hops as a means of getting more customers to visit their shops. You are issued a passport and each quilt shop on the tour will stamp your passport. For this shop hop you must visit every shop on the passport to be entered for the prize drawings—a Janome sewing machine, gift certificates to the various shops, etc. There are six shops participating in this particular shop hop. In Montana you do not have to visit every shop to be entered in the drawings.
Each of the shops (except one) gave us a gift bag and were also giving away door prizes as we shopped. We are sending Gina and Mom out to buy a lottery ticket—Gina won two door prizes, Mom won three!! Peggy and I won a big fat zero! The shops all had great food treats too, (except one)!
Lots of talking and laughing going on! We were hesitant to go all the way to El Campo but once we entered the shop there—we were thrilled we had made the effort. What a cool shop! All out welcome from the owner and staff—great goodie bags, beautiful fabrics—what more could a girl want??? There Ms. Niki—more Grandma photos!
Our last stop was in Rockport and that shop gets an upside down smiley face! No sense of welcome, none, zero—so guess what—we spent no money, none, zero there!
We were four tired women pulling into the RV resort this afternoon around 5pm. Rollie was kind enough to let Princess Emmi out around lunchtime today or I really would have been in trouble. As it was she voiced her displeasure at being left home alone—loudly!
OK—now that you know what a shop hop is—let’s answer some questions—Angie wanted to know what password program I was considering—LastPass. And yes, Angie, the majority of my exercise does consist of walking Princess Emmi but a few times a week I also try to do some type of stretching exercises such as yoga plus some sit-ups.
I received a lot of good suggestions about classier names for the quilting trailer—thanks to all of you and I think Vera had the one I liked best—“the quilt studio.” I call my un-finished basement room at home the quilting studio and I guess the trailer is my “mobile quilting studio.”