Since it is the first of the month, it is a good time to talk about Fab Shop Hop. It is a great way to find more quilt shops on the internet. You sign up --- it's free. You will have a list of links to go to where you will look for a bunny. There are about 150 shops on the list. When you find the bunny, you click on it and go back to the Fab Shop Hop site and register it. The site will keep track of where you find bunnies. To get the top prizes, you have to go to at least 120 sites. I have won $10 gift certificates several times -- at least every other month that I have played.
You can keep track of your favorite shops. Most of the shops will have specials just for the shop hoppers.
Some months you will receive blocks to quilts that you can download. The directions will be posted at the end of the hop.
There are free patterns and newsletters. A couple of our locals participate -- StudioKat Designs in Advance and the Batik store in Wytheville, VA.
I like the fact that I can get inspiration from all over the country. The latest products and fabrics are presented and displayed. Most of the sites have free patterns and other quilty-sewey information. They have blogs you can follow or emails that you can get with their special advertisements.
Hop on over and check it out!