Sewing Weekend with Val – Part 2

I don’t like football. I don’t really like sports. And I have zero interested in the Super Bowl, except for the fabric sales. Every year, a ton of fabric shops do a huge Super Bowl sale. One in particular, Prairie Point, does their Fat Quarter Frenzy. I’ve never done it before, but my friends have and they invited me this year. We arrived at 11am…the store didn’t open until 1pm. There was a short line already. By 1pm, it was a very impressive line.

Waiting in line was actually fun. I hadn’t seen the ladies for awhile, so it was good to catch up. They’re all so fun. 🙂 And I got a lot of English Paper Piecing done. Val helped. Well, I kind of coerced her into helping/learning. We waited in line for two hours, but it felt more like 30 minutes…we were having a good time.

When they opened the doors, it was a mad house.

We were warned before hand…and given instructions. Don’t think. Just grab. And that’s what I did. I rushed into the room and just started grabbing fat quarters. I would grab two of the same print for some reason. And I’d grab anything that looked like something I would like, something I would remotely like, something anyone else in the group would like, something anyone else in the group would remotely like, and some that NOBODY would like. When we were satisfied that we had seen every piece of fabric that was left, we piled in a corner, dumped our bags out, and started sorting through what we wanted to keep. These were very tough decisions. Val and I were sticking to 20 fat quarters, which was the minimum. 20 for $25. Everybody else really wasn’t. In fact, Debbie bought 118.

Fat Quarters


That’s what Val and I got. Well, there’s a half yard cut of the gray chevron in there that I needed to finish one of the quilts I started.

Fat Quarters

I loved looking at them…and petting them…and sorting them.

Fat Quarters


I call this “My Basket of Happiness.” I didn’t get all of those at the fat quarter sale, but most of them.

After I was finished admiring all of my fat quarters, I finished my star quilt which will be revealed later. Val finished place mats she is making for a coworker who is getting married.

Val's Place Mats


I LOVE this fabric. She got it from a fat quarter pack from Joann’s. It doesn’t feel like Joann’s fabrics. I think it’s from one of their better quality lines. She was able to get them all pieced and turned, but they still need to be quilted.

Val's Place Mats


She bought these four fabrics at the fat quarter sale. They were perfect for the backs of her place mats. I really really like that gold.

Marty's Block


I started playing with more wonky cross blocks. Marty gave me this block before the fat quarter sale.

Wonky Cross BlocksI laid all of the ones that I have out. Like I said…I mostly played with stuff this weekend instead of actually accomplishing anything. I’m still waiting on a few blocks, but that’s OK. I don’t think I’ll be working on this until April.

And if you think the weekend was over there…not even close. We went to a concert on Sunday evening! Val and two of her friends had bought tickets to see Ed Sheeran. One of the two friends bailed the night before and her other friend got sick on Sunday morning. I took one of the tickets since the concert was at the Midland (like two blocks from my place) and I like Ed Sheeran.

GREAT concert! He’s fabulous. Amazing. Wonderful. Talented. It was awesome…except for the teen girls, which was pretty much the entire crowd. We couldn’t figure it out. That wasn’t the crowd we expected at all. It made us feel really old. And then we figured out why it was teenage screaming girls…Ed’s opening for Taylor Swift’s tour that starts up soon. Yup, light bulb moment for us. But despite the screaming teenage girls, the concert was very very enjoyable.

And I have to tell you something kind of cool. My sister texted me a couple of weeks ago and asked if I had heard his song “Kiss Me.” I hadn’t, so I Google it and listened to it. I liked it and I told her so. She said she was thinking about using it for her and Dustin’s first dance at their wedding. I told her I thought it was a good idea.

Ok, now go and Google “Kiss Me by Ed Sheeran.” Listen to it. Now Google “Kiss Me by Ed Sheeran meaning.” Watch any number of videos that show up for it. He wrote the song for his friends/his parent’s friends who got married at like age 55 after realizing they loved each other after a ton of years. He explained all of this at the show and then he said something like, “So this is for anybody who realized that they loved their best friend.” Well, if you know Robin and Dustin’s story, you would understand why my mouth dropped open and I immediately texted Robin and told her she HAD to use that song as their first dance song. Dustin and Robin became REALLY good friends. Dustin REALLY wanted to date Robin, but she never would commit. She said she didn’t want to ruin their friendship because he was her best friend. We all disagreed, but we couldn’t convince her. Well, after a few years and a series of events, Robin realized that the person you marry should be your best friend…and now they’re getting married. So it’s perfect for them!

Anyway, the concert was the perfect end to the weekend. And now you can understand why Monday was soooooo hard.


  1. Kim’s avatar

    What a sweet story about the song! I hope they dance to it too. I’m glad you had fun at the fat quarter sale – I think everyone did. It’s all about the adventure, oh, and the fabric too. 🙂
    And I see my quilt block in your collection – how cool!


  2. Lesley’s avatar

    That’s why I’m so excited about that quilt. I’ll be able to look at it, pick a block, and think about the awesome person who made it!



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