Shopping Local??


Monday my mission was to get a range hood for the new house.  I need white and I needed 30″.  I went to a local town where three different places that sell appliances.  I thought the odds were good that one store would have one.  I do like to shop local when I can but sometimes it’s difficult and honestly sometimes not worth the hassle.

I stopped at the first place.  All workers were on their cell phones.  When someone did come to help I told the guy what I needed.  White-in stock-30″.   He was rude and not helpful but assured me that yes they had what I needed.  I bought it…or at least I thought I did.  I wrote the check and paid and then oops.  They don’t have it in stock.  They could have one there by Wednesday.  They have other stores and one of the other stores had one in stock.  I could come back Wednesday.  I wanted it today.  I didn’t want to drive a half hour back to pick it up.

The second store I stopped at I walked in and said I need at exhaust fan for my stove-white-in stock-30″.  I was told that they were call range hoods…not exhaust fans and no they didn’t have one.

The third store I stopped at I walked in and said I need at exhaust fan for my stove-white-in stock-30″.  The don’t have them in stock but their other store has them and they could have it there on Wednesday.

I stopped at another shop I walked in and said I need at exhaust fan for my stove-white-in stock-30″.   They were happy to write up a ticket for me for a stainless steel one.  I need white.  SORRY.  Again they could order it and I could drive back and pick it up on Wednesday.

I called a fifth store.  It was an appliance store in the opposite direction.  I said I need at exhaust fan for my stove-white-in stock-30″.  After waiting on the phone and wondering if I had been disconnected I was again told that they could order it and I could drive over and pick it up on Wednesday.

I get completely frustrated with local stores that don’t have what I need but then suggest that they can order it for me and I can drive back and pick it up….Don’t they know that I can order it for myself and get it delivered to our door-typically with free shipping and I won’t have to drive to get it??  I want to shop local.  I tried five stores….I ended up on Amazon and ordered it and you guessed it!  They will deliver it to my door on Wednesday and I don’t have to go pick it up.  I have had this experience more than once.  After a customer hears this same line again and again, how long does it take until the customer simply gives up on the store and just orders for themselves?

In my world, my time is precious…my money is precious.  I spend $6 in gas to drive to town.   I wasted two hours of my life.  I was left feeling frustrated.  For me, experiences like this make me wonder how long small businesses will be able to stay open.

School Bus from our Book Country Girl Modern


Each day we have been featuring one of our quilts from our book Country Girl Modern.  We’ll tell you the back story on each of the quilts over the course of a few days. If you are interested in pre-ordering our book, you can find that information here.

This is School Bus.  I love this fun scrappy quilt.  This one took a little bravery on both Kelli’s and my part.

The design process for this started with a quilt block.  Originally I was trying to come up with a jelly roll quilt.  We were thinking about doing a Moda Bake Shop project and for them we are required to use a pre-cut of a Moda fabric line.

My block started simple…The I got thinking about redesigning to use a layer cake and then I thought-how about a fat quarter bundle instead and then I threw out all those ideas.  The blocks I was trying to make just weren’t friendly with the amount of colors in the line but by then, I was hooked on the fabric line.  My blocks just didn’t make good use of a pre-cut.  Then I thought DUH!!!  Why not just go with yardage.  BINGO!!   This is their line Barcelona…but you certainly don’t need a fabric line to make it as it’s all scrappy oranges and blues with a constant yellow and constant background.

After having the initial design I showed Kelli and she added to it.  She said she thought the yellow blocks needed a black square in the center so I changed that.  We ordered the fabric and Kelli took it home.

A week or so later I got a phone call from Kelli.  She said- “I hope you don’t hate me.”  I said- “no.  I don’t”  She said- “I got an idea for the quilt and I just changed it and that’s how it is.”

At this point I didn’t care at all.  We were behind and we just needed a finished quilt top and I needed to get it on the quilting machine.  Besides, I trust Kelli.  When it comes to fabric and designing, she has a good eye.

This is how the quilt came back to me.  Originally the white squares didn’t go out into the border.  There wasn’t the small tiny outer border that she added and the wide border we had originally had on the quilt was gone.  I love the result.

School Bus
From the picture above you can’t really see the fun that black and gray polka dot gives to the quilt. I just love it.  The colors are very different from my usual and I like that too….

As for the name of the quilt.  In a round about was my Hubby named it….for that story, you’ll have to read the book!

This is just one of the eleven quilts in our book.  If you’d like to order an autographed copy of our book check out this link to learn how to order it.  Stop back tomorrow and we’ll feature another quilt from the book.

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