Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Findings

After we arrived at the Oakland airport and were safe inside our rental car, my mom whipped out a folder containing mapquest directions to all the quilt stores she could find in the greater Bay Area. Even I was a little overwhelmed. :)
We managed to hit a few (not all - mainly for my sister's sanity, although by the end she was the one suggesting we hit one or two more.) This one was my favorite of the 7 or so we stopped at during our trip. And turns out we didn't even need mapquest for this one after all - it was only a short block and a charming-walk away from our hotel in Carmel.
A very sweet little shop (emphasis on the world little) that exuded charm and personality - as did the owner, Nancy.
No big collections of fabric lines, only a few well chosen bolts, plus lots of ribbon and trims.


I couldn't walk away from this place empty handed. Also, the day before at the beach I saw a girl carrying a vintage log cabin quilt, probably made in the 40's out of pinks and reds and turquoises and greens - it was fabulous - and I am totally kicking myself that I didn't stop her and ask if I could take a picture. (I think I was a little flabbergasted that she was going to actually put that beauty on the sand and sit on it!) But I did vow that I would make one of my own. So seeing these fabrics with that quilt fresh in my mind, I decided I needed to give them a home.
Nancy also had a beautiful dish of antique Czech glass buttons sitting on her cutting table. They were calling my name too, but I only adopted three. They are so pretty. Don't ask me what I'm going to do with them, but if you have any suggestions, I'd love to hear them.

8 comments:

Jackie said...

What a cute little place! I just am in love with all the trims. I love to collect buttons too, and those are fantastic. I usually say to myself that I will use them on a bag or something of the sort, but really am never sure.

Nedra said...

I'm so jealous you got to spend some time in Carmel. I was raised not too far away and I love to browse the little shops. Next time I go home I will have to go see "Findings". I love the wonderful buttons! And the trims!

The Quilt Buddy said...

What a cute quilt store! Great fabric choice and I can't wait to see the quilt!

Lisa @ Life with 4! said...

what a great little shop! I like the small ones the best anyway, i get totally overwhelmed in a huge fabric warehouse. I need hours in the big stores because i just wander... i can be so flaky and change my mind a million times!
the fabric you chose is so pretty. can't wait to see what you decide to do with it!

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

The glass buttons are so beautiful. I guess if you made a bag for yourself, you could put one of the beauties on the front. Otherwise, just keep them til something comes to you.
I did not realize Carmel had a choice of fabric shops. The times I have been there with my husband, so we did not concentrate on quilting. Sounds like all of you had a lot of fun.

Laura Lucille said...

Oh, my! I want to go to that store.. No wait...I NEED to go to that store.

V and Co. said...

oh my i thought we were friends! why was i not invited to this wonderful place?! ;)

Nanette Merrill and daughters said...

I wouldn't be able to not steal everything and run out of the store! Just the sort of places I wish we had locally here.