...and I'm back home! I couldn't believe the amount of tires strewn on the I-10. There was a tire like every half-mile! And pretty much any time you looked at the side you could see chunks and bits of the tires. But for all the blow outs... I've never seen one happen in front of me.
I went to a town that's 30 minutes away and checked out a WalMart copy-cat type of store, because I heard that they carried Thimbleberries! And yes indeedy, they do. I only got two, the blue and green on the bottom left side. I also got the sheep print, quilting fabric and ABCs cream at the store. A total of 7 yards for 20.58. :)
The reds are for a quilt a lady asked me to do for a baby that's due in October. I bought quite a few so she can select as desired. :) On the far right is almost 8 yards of white on white fabric that I got from JoAnn's. Can never have too much background! The cream on the left has the alphabet jumble around on it - very appropriate for a baby.
I had a horrible time at JoAnn's - due to overlapping emails and extra promotions, I had a total of 6 printed coupons, each with a different barcode. Usually I have no problems using them, sometimes I have to re-enter the store. A few times I got lucky and had them just give me individual fabric tickets all at once, saving me time from having to go in line each and every time. Well today some rude lady said that nope, you're only allowed to use one coupon a day, period. *gulp* But...but...but... JoAnn's is like 80 miles away! They've always let me do this before. I noticed that this lady also had two of the cutters practice measuring out a piece of fabric, pin the measurement spot, and then she measured it herself to make sure that they were EXACT. Not picky are we...
So in the end... I only got to use three coupons... and here's how:
- Coupon 1 - I used myself, on the 8 yards of WOW.
- Coupon 2 - I found a lady in the quilting section, asked her if she was buying any fabric... said nope, so I asked her if I could have her stand-in for me and get the cream shown in the middle of the picture. Since there was no line, she didn't have a problem with that. :) I also gave her one of my coupons since she didn't have one with her.
- Coupon 3 - I bought a pre-cut roll of 10 yards of batting and just presented the coupon to the cashier... not the drill sergeant lady at the cutting table.
For the red fabrics on the right side of the picture... I had to sucker up and pay full price. I did end up getting less than what I planned. All the other fabric was bought at the other store. I'm pretty disappointed about the whole thing... why email me so many coupons if I am not going to be able to use them all? I have aboslutely no JoAnn's or Hancock's locally - I'm stuck with WalMart and 2 quilt stores. JoAnn is going to be losing money from me at this rate.
Enough doom and gloom! :D I also went to a Organic food co-op, searching for bulk wheat for bread making, but alas, very disappointed in the store. I got lost trying to get away from the store. I wanted to go on Broadway, but somehow I got confused and had to keep driving until I saw another familiar street name - Speedway. So down Speedway I go... and I find the Bernina Sewing Center. Yay! :) At least I know where it is now and hopefully later this summer I'll get a chance to take my machine in for a cleaning.
After that was Trader Joe's. Oh how I wished we had one local too! Hrmm. JoAnn's or Trader Joe's? Ugh, I can't decide. :P But I got some Cod fish, wheat flour and I indulged in a quart of Goat Milk. Mmm! Although I'm sad, they used to be $2.39 a quart, and now they're $2.99.
And Costco. Whew... I spent the most money there, easily. More fish, toilet paper, paper towels (especially for when I put on/take off my contacts), girly stuff, contact solution, hearing aid batteries. Chicken, sausage, ground beef. Cheese, butter, cereal. Oh, let's not forget the 4 cases of water. They are SOOOOOOOO worth it in the Arizona heat. I don't take the time to be properly hydrated through the faucet. Bottles make it easier. 4 bottles a day and I'll have my 64oz. :)
So tomorrow then, I'll start quilting the Around the World. I'm planning to use light yellow thread. I still haven't decided what kind of pattern I should quilt yet. I figured once I sit down at the machine, it'll come to me. :)