So my daughter called me last week and told me she’d be in Charlotte today if I wanted to buzz down there and spend the day with her, and of course the answer to that question is always a resounding YES! Couple that with the fact that she was interested in taking in MaryJo’s and that’s a recipe for a perfect day! Just in case you’ve never heard of Mary Jo’s, it’s located in Gastonia, NC and it’s arguably the best all-around fabric store in the Southeast! If you can’t find something to inspire you or stir up your creative juices at Mary Jo’s, then we need to check your pulse!
I don’t know how things are in your hometown, but we just don’t have a really good all-around sewing store here in Winston-Salem, and it’s just a shame. Sure we have a couple of terrific quilting stores and thank goodness for that, but if you’re looking for something other than quilting cottons, good luck. JoAnn’s and Hancock’s just do not compare to a store like Mary Jo’s. Before the letters of protest start coming in, I know there are some really nice JoAnn’s stores in this country. My sister-in-law took me to an outstanding one in Rochester, NY. But our local JoAnn’s is a mess. It’s under-stocked and what’s worse, the sales help is generally surly. To me, Mary Jo’s is the DisneyWorld of sewing stores. I can literally spend hours just walking the aisles! Just look at this wonderful print I found within minutes of arriving!! The size of this panel is just about perfect for a Lollapalooza sample and the zebra print fabric will look so cool as the lining. I know just the way I want to cut the exterior to make the best use of this print! I’ll take a few pictures in case y ou want to do likewise!
THEN, as if that wasn’t enough, I heard THIS beautiful piece calling to me from under a display! Again, I think the Lollapalooza exterior is the perfect pallet for showcasing a breathtaking design such as this. I picked up this gold fabric for the lining. I’m not thrilled with it, but it will do, unless I come up with something better.
I’m so excited about these finds that I can hardly wait to get up to the studio to get started! Nothing like a fun day bumming around a terrific store with a terrific daughter to re-energize you, right?
So why not take a little trip to YOUR favorite sewing store, or maybe just check out Mary Jo’s on the web? You never know what you’ll be inspired to create!