Saturday, February 4, 2012

Connect the Blocks - Now!

My good friend (and fellow Sew Ho) Peggy has finally opened her online quilt shop called Connect the Blocks!
Last fall at Quilt Market in Houston, I had the privilege of touring all the fabric vendor booths with her and "helping" her choose fabrics for her store. Peggy's got a great eye for color and is an expert at working with batiks. Which is good, because she just happens to be specializing in them - along with cute notions and quilty/gifty stuff that you won't find anywhere else. And right now, she's got the neatest BOM - very unusual and colorful!
Hang on - you know how Weston, Missouri is the Home of the Largest Ball of String? Or how Austin, TX is the Home of the Largest Urban Bat Colony? Or how Murphys, CA is the Home of the World's Largest Gold Nugget?*
Well guess what Connect the Blocks is home of: the 40" yard! Apparently Peggy's mathematics education was lacking in content, or she, like me, was busy ditching class with the girl who liked stuffing half a dozen Fizzies in her mouth til they foamed out of her nose. But either way, Peggy thinks a yard is 40" and that's how she's selling fabric! Which means a half yard is 20" long instead of 18" and a FQ is 20" x 22" instead of 18" x 22!" Do you think I should tell her? Nah...she should have paid more attention in school!
And guess what? I was her first customer! As soon as she told me her website was up, I placed an order. And this is what I found in my mailbox 3 days later:
And inside...wrapped up all pretty like with a thank you note...
And in the round fabric Bali Box...
Gorgeous 1/2yd cuts of Bali Batiks. I can tell that just from the folded edges. I don't think I can bear to un-spiral these.
And in the pink tissue paper:
More batiks! And some bling for a shirt or tote! Cute cute cute!
I highly recommend Connect the Blocks!
*Oh. And if you didn't know about the Homes of... you're not spending enough time Here!


Reeze Hanson said...

OMG Diane, I wondered where all your "kook" knowledge comes from. Now I know. Hey, my inlaws live in Weston, MO and I have never seen that big ball of string!!?? What gives? AND I was Peggy's second customer and got a lucious pile o batiks in the mail. YUM I love the new shop!!! Way to go Peggy!!

AnnieLiz said...

Aw shucks, Diane -- thanks for the vote of confidence! Your photographs look awesome, as always. And I can't wait to see what you do with those fabrics; I love the colors you chose. :D

Charmaine said...

Looks like you'll be having lots of fun!

Unknown said...

Weston has the largest ball of string?! I lived on Fort Leavenworth for 2 years and never knew.
BTW - you have a great sense of humor. I visited a few of the "weirdo blogs" you listed. FUN!