I couldn’t help but notice that our recent trip to Austin had a color theme.
Everything from the exterior paint at Buffalo Exchange (one of my favorite chain resale clothing stores) to the clothes I bought there, to the record Matt bought @ Antone’s Record Shop, to the fabric I purchased, to the business card of Stitch Lab had an overall… “spicy” feel. It felt very “New Delhi.” (Or what I imagine New Delhi to feel like!)
I’ve been drooling over this cute little fabric shop for years on-line. I never actually thought I’d get to visit it! It’s a super cute space in an old house.
They have seating on the porch in case other members of your party get tired of waiting (there’s also a Mexican restaurant within walking distance in case you’re friends want to have Bloody Marys while they wait for you…) I didn’t take any photos of the interior, which was super cute! But you can visit Stitch Lab’s website here and see/read all kinds of fantastic things!
As for my pocketbook, well, it was restrained from over-spending (my large “stash” from home whispering to me that I didn’t NEED any more fabric!) What I did manage to walk away with were some of these goodies:
Seems as though they had some fabric totes left over from a recent shop hop, so I got lots of free goodies with my purchase! I love the temporary tattoo I got with a seam ripper illustration and their logo “no regrets.” ( How classic is that?) The lovely girl who helped me also gave me a map of all the local shops in the area for my next trip!
One of the fabrics I found looked like different nature scenes; many were of the beach. (upper left corner, below)
I appliqued some flowers on one block. But the thing I was really stoked about was how the nature-scene fabric worked with my Pattaya Slum Ministries T-shirt:
I love visiting fabric stores in new cities. For me, walking away with a fun souvenir to use in an upcoming (or existing) project is the perfect way to remember a trip. I already have pieces from Fancy Tiger in Denver mixed into this quilt. Now every time I look at it, I will see a piece of Austin too!