Most of us arrived at the retreat on Thursday, some driving 16 hours to get there! We almost lost Jane and Vanessa in a series of road closures, but they made it. Whew! On Friday we headed up to SR Harris Fabric Outlet in Brooklyn Park. Their building is 30,000 square feet of fabric goodness. If you are in the Twin Cities area and haven’t been there, plan to spend the better part of the day shopping. Really. The pictures on their website are just a hint of what’s there. Be prepared to cut your own fabrics (and put away the bolts you’ve pulled!) because the staff only cuts if you need 5 yards or more. If you have questions, ask an employee or even another shopper. After all, fabric shoppers tend to be kindred spirits and quite willing to share their knowledge.
Some of the girls after shopping at SR Harris. From left: Sarah, Vanessa, Jeri, Steph, and Jane. This photo also shows a small corner of the front of the store. Thanks to Michelle for the picture!
We were a little worried about maxing out the suitcase weight (and space capacity!) of some of the mamas who flew in, so some of the goodies traveled home via USPS. Flat rate boxes are fantastic! I’ve added a scale to my list of things to bring to our next retreat so we can judge suitcases better and keep them under the airline limits.
This is a medium flat rate box. It weighed over 14lbs and had 36 yards of woven fabrics/quilter’s cottons in it. Tons of wonderful in that box!
After spending the better part of the day at the fabric store, we stopped to get lunch and also popped into a Jo~Ann store to get a fabric marking pen. I found out later what that was for, but don’t worry, I’ll tell you. Probably tomorrow. :p
I’m in a shopping kind of mood.
Fabric.com has Amy Butler fabrics on sale this weekend.
Ooh! The Forget Me Not comes in voile! Maybe a lightweight skirt or top for summer?
I love the colors in the Gypsy Caravan line. I wish Spring would hurry up and get here, I’m so over cold and snow. Think a charm pack would give be enough for a patchy skirt?
I should stop now, before I also add all of these to my cart…
But really, wouldn’t they be great for sewing room accessories? Machine covers, pin cushions, a little bag for sewing on the go? What would you make?
You can still get an additional 30% off clearance fabrics with the coupon code posted on their site!
Are you sewing this weekend? What are you making?
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