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December 30, 2010

I FOUND IT, I FOUND IT; A LONG AWAITED FABRIC TRIP; AND A GIVE-AWAY PRIZE...

I found the Anthropologie inspired duvet cover tutorial.  It's illustrated in two parts at Kojodesigns just in case some of you might start obsessing over this beauty like yours truly.  My great big THANK YOU goes out to them for sharing the how-to's.

Belated Happy Holiday greetings to all my blog friends!  I left home so quickly to visit my children for Christmas that blogging time was non-existent.  I did peep in on everybody while I was away though.

I FINALLY got to visit Mary Jo's Cloth World in North Carolina, and it was actually just that - a real CLOTH WORLD!  I have to use my favorite descriptive word - WOW!, and prices are fantastic.  With Ponte Roma knit's regularly priced at $6.95 it wasn't hard to haul a few pieces back home with me.  Woolens and wool blends were beautiful and also very reasonably priced, but the thing that held my attention most was the notions wall.  Things that I have only read or heard about can be found there (like the Fast Turn Tube Turner set, a serger pad with trim catcher bag, and permanent zipper and top stitching guides), and all at a 20% discount. (You do know that I'm a notions/sewing gadget fanatic!)  The sales staff was super nice and helpful.  I even got to meet and talk with the real Mary Jo now in her 80's who ,as the story goes, started the store in the back of her father's barber shop when she was a teenager.  I find her story so amazing, and even more so because she still works there every day!    What was intended to be a one hour trip turned into two, but was well worth driving 30 miles off my travel path for.  I do hope that I get to visit that store again, but if not I do plan on using their handy website to place some future orders.

Last but certainly not least, before Christmas I won Angie's (Quality Time) I Heart U give-away!  The package was waiting on my porch when I returned from my trip this evening.  My package included this marvelous book complete with patterns.


 A great Hot Patterns tie neck blouse pattern, and two party bags with notions (elastic, zippers, etc.)


Thank you Angie, you made my day!!!

14 comments:

  1. Wait a minute,Home Girl!!! I was in Mary Jo's on Sun., Dec 26!!! Don't tell me you were there on that day!!!!!

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  2. What wonderful treats!

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  3. You're welcome! I hope you enjoy them!

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  4. What a great holiday treat. Happy New Year

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  5. I'm salivating-I really want to go there! My preference for slacks is polyester gabardine but Jo-Ann's doesn't always have it. Too many craft fabrics and not enough apparel fabrics! Time for another trip to Mazatlan and that wondrous fabric store in Old Town.

    Happy New Year!

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  6. What a wonderful trip. I'm going to have to make my way there :) Congrats on the prize.

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  7. Happy New Year, Faye! Looking forward to seeing your knockoffs soon.

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  8. Mary Jo's is the most fantastic fabric store I've ever been to. Only been there a couple of times, but oh, what fun times they were.

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  9. Mary Jo's sounds great. I have the Sew Serendipity boo too. I've got plans for a late spring skirt. The author did a segment on Sewing With Nancy: http://www.nancysnotions.com/product/sewing+with+nancy/dvds/sew+serendipity+dvd/MoreInfo.do

    I'm so glad I found your blog. Have a happy 2011

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  10. I have enjoyed the happiness of winning in one of your giveaways - so I'm thrilled that you won such a great one, yourself!

    Happy New Years!

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  11. Nice Giveaway prize. I've always liked that blouse pattern.

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  12. I'm glad you found the duvet tutorial (and shared it)! Maybe I will get to make one for my bed.

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