Along with the shorter days, cooler weather, and falling leaves comes the Harvest Shop Hop in Kern County. Fabric shops in Porterville, Tehachapi and Bakersfield take part and put on charming displays of fall and winter projects. This is a small hop, but loads of fun just the same. Rhea and I are always game for a road trip.
There are 5 fabric shops that usually participate, but this year Cherry Berry Quilts was involved in a horrific fire and was unable to join in the fun. I've been told they have secured a new building and are working hard to return to business as usual.
First stop was at Dunkin' Donuts to plan out our day over a cup of coffee and a yummy doughnut.
Next was 5 Heart Quilts & Fabric where we started the hop. We have our cards stamped, register for the gift basket they are giving away to one lucky winner, and mosey around the store looking for bargains and inspiration.
Next door to 5 Heart Quilts & Fabric is the Tehachapi Valley Arts Association, Inc. Galley 'N' Gifts shop. Although not part of the hop, they are a fun shop to visit, and Rhea and i stop there wach year. Tehachapi is home to a large group of talented artists who display and sell their work in the shop. This year what caught my eye was a witch's hat covered with autumn foliage.
These lovely ladies are 2 of the artists from the community and they volunteer at the shop.
Next stop was Debbie's Fabrics. I could not believe we spent nearly TWO hours in this shop! I won't say how much money we spent, but I will say we had a great time!!
I was looking for unicorn fabric and Rhea was looking for novelty fabric for her kids' pillow project. We found exactly what we were looking for at Debbie's.
There are always so many cute things in this shop. They have a huge selection of panels and wool and the patterns that go with them. Needless to say, this is one of our favorite shops!
The employees at ThimbleTowne were dressed up like scarecrows. What fun! They had a bobbing for apples game where Rhea won a fat quarter and I won a $5 gift certificate. No losers here!
After a late lunch, Rhea and I called it a day. We needed to get home and rest up. There's another quilt shop hop next month!!