and if you go to each shop that is participating in the "hop", you'll get a free pattern for a tablerunner. And guess what? This is the tablerunner I made and it's the free pattern that you will get if you stop into FireflyQuiltShop.
And, if you click on the link above for Firefly, you will find the list of shops that are participating. It's called the "Sew Close to Home Shop Hop" and it's on now through this Saturday.
My tablerunner design was born this past winter when I was sketching designs just for the fun of it. I enjoyed using 5" charms for that candlemat I made last fall and started playing with some in batiks. And this is what I ended up with! If you are interested in a kit for this project, just contact Janice at FireflyQuiltShop (the pattern is not posted on the website, you'll need to e-mail or call the shop if interested in the pattern/kit). The pattern is free if you stop in the shop. It will be available for sale at the end of May and will include another flower design and an autumn leaf for applique. I have finished the applique on the runners and am ready to do the quilting.
I have really enjoyed working with these batik fabrics. Actually, I enjoyed it so much that I have a full-size quilt design in my head that I really want to make. I'm just trying to figure out where I will find the time to do it. :-)
Later this week, I'm planning to visit the other shops that are "hopping". I got my card marked at Firefly last Friday and then went over to River City Quilts, too. The last shop hop that I did was in 2000 when I did the Twin Cities Shop Hop. It's time to do another one, even though the cost of the gas puts a serious dent in the dollars I might spend on fabric. :-)
Of course, I'll share photos if I find pretties that you all might like to see.
Have a sweet day!