Ye Olde Fabric Shoppe


There are so many things I want to learn in my life. Eric always laughs at me because once a week I come up with another career I think I’d like to try out (nurse, midwife, occupational therapist, physiotherapist, osteopath, psychologist, food scientist, dietician, GIS specialist… just to name a few). Don’t get me wrong, I love the job I have, but wouldn’t it be fun to get to try all sorts of careers?? In my current position, I spend a lot of time listening to others talk about their work experiences, and guaranteed, after every meeting I decide that I would like to try their job out some time.

This spills into my hobby list too. I’ve always wanted to learn to play the piano, learn more about photography, and take pottery, quilting, and (more) ballroom dancing lessons. I want to learn how to cook different kinds of food, garden better, and I always want to try out the newest fitness crazes (you know, pilates, hot yoga, zumba, drum fit – this is a total Baynton trait). I just don’t have enough time in a day to learn it all! Maybe that’s what retirement is for 😉

As you know, I started learning to knit when I was 15 or 16, and I’m learning to sew, so those can both be crossed off of my list. I’m starting to play a bit with crochet, but again, the time thing is just getting in my way.

Back in May, when Eric was taking his paternity leave, I decided I was going to try my hand at a very basic quilting project. Of course, I haven’t had time to start it yet, but I have my materials ready to go. We made a quick trip down to Ye Olde Fabric Shoppe in Stratford. I just love going into fabric stores and spending hours (yes, if Maddy will let me, I will stay for hours) exploring all of the different fabrics. I usually don’t come home with anything, but the visit itself is enough to satisfy my fabric obsession.

I had a great time at this place. It’s a quaint little quilting store full of friendly people. I chatted for a bit with an older woman who has been quilting for years, and she gave me some tips for my first project. I decided to pick up a pre-packaged project to make it easy on me – a table runner.

Best part of the trip? When I went to pay, they told me that I also got a free pattern (Friday and Saturday special).

Think I’ll just hang on to this bad boy until I’m ready to use it!


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