Saturday, August 15, 2020

ADK Stash Enhancement

     While in the ADK, I always shop at a small quilt store. For a small store, they have a very nice selection of outdoorsy flannels that I buy every year to make pillowcases for Christmas presents. I also buy a selection of batiks and choices for border fabrics. I spend a chunk of money there. The owners are capable and nice, but are always silent and you can only get one word answers out of them. No music, no friendly atmosphere. I try to look past that and keep them in business. This year, having little outside contact with quilt people, I tried engaging them in conversation about anything. Nothing. All the time during two visits while cutting all the fabric, no talk. It drove me a bit nuts. I crave small talk from shop owners about what they are up to. Here is the fabric.
Batiks and some border fabrics as well as some neutral batik for mask linings
Pairs of flannel fabrics for pillowcases- cuff and body, photo muddied the colors
Hoffman water ombre fabric, just had to have after staring at lakes all week.

9 comments:

Cheryl's Teapots2Quilting said...

I don't get why some people don't chat, especially shop keepers. Glad you had a nice trip otherwise.

Quiltdivajulie said...

I worked in two different quilt shops at different times, both actual owners were "Chatty Cathy" types (which actually drove me a bit bonkers because they never stopped talking, especially the one who talked non-stop about all her other customers and not always in a friendly manner). Some of the other workers were introverts like me who didn't like small talk and found it easier to work without talking. It takes all kinds I guess.

Joyce Carter said...

That is totally weird. Most of the shops I have been to, the sales person is friendly and talkative. If their prices are very good or they are the only shop in town, maybe they feel like talking to the customers is not necessary.

A Left-Handed Quilter said...

Lovely fabrics! It's odd that the owners aren't talkative. My favorite fabric store was on my way home from work - and I would stop in two or three times a week to "browse" - my version of "stress relief". I knew the night staff and they always greeted me by name when I walked in. You know you're in trouble when the staff knows your name - LOL - ;))

The Joyful Quilter said...

You purchased a lovely selection of fabrics, Linda. OMG!!! That water ombre' is gorgeous! Do the shop do mail order?

Shasta Matova said...

Pretty fabrics! I especially like the batiks. I am an introvert too, and maybe they don't feel like they have anything important enough to say.

Debbie said...

Love that ombre fabric. So pretty. You can always send me a note to chat:)

Mystic Quilter said...

You certainly did gather a lot of fabric to add to your stash! The strange manner of the shop folk would definitely be very unsettling.

Alycia~Quiltygirl said...

Oh that is frustrating - but at least you tried to get them conversating!! Love all the cool fabrics!