Sadie and I participated in the Middle Georgia Shop Hop today. We visited all 5 shops and made it back home in about 8-1/2 hours with rain. We actually ran into a quilty friend from ATL at Bird House Quilts who was doing the reverse route! Sadie also met some new canine friends at the same shop, as well.
I basically make one big loop when I do the shop hop in a day. Down I-75 to Macon/Warner Robins to visit 3 shops, then cut across to Columbus and Hogansville before returning to ATL via I-85. Next year, I may try doing the shops down I-75 one day and the shops down I-85 the next day. I may save time because all driving will be on the interstate instead of back country roads, but I don’t know if it will necessarily save on mileage.
I did purchase the two shop hop blocks from each shop + a couple of items on my list. I selected a white-on-white print from my stash for the background fabric. I think it’s only fitting since this fabric came from a shop that was once part of the Middle Georgia Shop Hop! 🙂
Here are my notes on each shop:
Magical Stitches – Baby Lock dealer, awesome tool wall and brands of thread I can’t find in the ATL, traditional & batiks
Couture Fabrics – Brother dealer, wonderful selection of fabrics including lots of Riley Blake, Moda and tons of pre-cuts
Bird House Quilts – Bernina dealer, excellent selection of patterns, unique notions, Moda, batiks and wide backs
Sunday Best Quilt Works – No dealer affiliation, but offers machine service, well curated selection of fabric, patterns and notions, shop location is definitely off the beaten path
Hometown Quilt Shop – Juki dealer, vintage machines and notions on display all over the shop, traditional fabrics
All 5 shops offer longarm services.
If you are seriously in need of fabric, Couture Fabrics will be well worth the drive. If they don’t have it, drive 10 minutes to Bird House Quilts to see if they have what you need.
Be sure to support your local retailers!