Then I dropped off the two finished quilts at the sewing center and bought a little more red fabric for the binding on the third bright quilt. I also bought some batting. Speaking of the acceptable B's, me and my mom had a funny conversation about them the other day. I was saying that I was going to have to take Nines to the Stitcher's Garden in Franklin, Tennessee when we have our mini-retreat in June for our b-days. We are meeting at my mom's for a few days of sewing, shopping, eating, and gabbing. My mom has volunteered to watch the kids. Nina is still debating which of hers will make the trip. Anyway, if any of you have ever been to the Stitcher's Garden, you will be able to back me up when I say it is overwhelming. Fabric piled everywhere - barely enough room to pass in the aisles. But the staff seems to know exactly where to find anything you may want. I was saying that I didn't know if I would be able to go there and stick to my no-buy resolution. My mom said she would be shocked if I made it that long. Thanks for the vote of confidence! Then it hit me - B's are free purchases, right? Batting, backing, backgrounds, borders. This little retreat will be for our birthdays. Surely a Birthday fling is a freebie, right? OK, somebody agree with me please ! Come on! Birthday starts with B! If I make it all the way to June without buying anything, I may have to take a mini-retreat from my resolution! Especially if I get birthday money!!!
Nina always laughs at me when we have one of these girl's day out, because I tend to over plan them. Nina just sits back and relaxes because she knows I have googled everything, Mapquested it all, and have the day all planned out. One time I even googled quilt stores for Nines when she was going on a family vacation in north Georgia. I just figure why spend our day wandering around a strange town, getting lost, when we could look up a map, get to the stores quicker and have more time to shop! I have already started looking for "THE BEST CHINESE BUFFET IN NASHVILLE" for us to eat at in June. Chinese food or a nice little tea room with yummy chicken salad sandwiches is always a requirement for a girl's day out.Since Nines shared the remains of her antique nine-patch, I wanted to share one of the ornaments she made for me using part of the quilt. She is right - the nine patches are tiny. Nines made me 5 or 6 of these - but this was the only one I could lay my hands on.