Wednesday, March 25, 2015
Nebraska Shop Hop Around the Corner
Every year when the weather begins to turn nicer, quilters all over Nebraska are thinking one thing: ROAD TRIP! Each spring, the N.I.F.S. organization (N.I.F.S. stands for Nebraska Independent Fabric Shops, by the way) sponsors a statewide Shop Hop. The member shops meet together several times a year to discuss and plan so that quilters will have an enjoyable experience. Each year a theme is chosen, with much deliberation and discussion, and after the theme comes bag selection, dates, fabric choices, and lots of other details. After the final pre-hop meeting in February where everyone picks up their bags and final details are ironed out, shop owners and their employees get busy getting ready for the excitement of the hop. By the time April comes, all the shops are ready for the arrival of their guests.
This year, the theme is "Follow the Dots to Fun"--personally, I think it is one of the more fun themes that we have had to work with. Participating shops have been hard at work creating projects to show off "dotty" fabrics, or that follow a "dotty" theme. Each shop is required to hand out a free pattern for their project to the 'hoppers' that come through their doors. In addition to the free pattern, some shops get together and create projects with components found at several different shops. All shops have "skinny bolts" on sale, and many even provide snacks for the "hoppers"!
The bags this year are a super fun burlap with either white or black polka dots. They have a lining, a zipper, and even an internal pocket. In addition, they come with a fun 2015 Shop Hop button, and (wait for it...) each shop will give a small pin to the "hoppers" to add to their bags. The more shops visited, the more pins collected, the more fun the bags become! Not only that, as is always the case, the bags have maps, stamp cards, and are good for discounts at the shops on every 5th Saturday throughout the coming year. All that fun for only $15!
The N.I.F.S. shops are ready and excited to see you all April 9th through April 19th, 2015. Shops do follow extended hours on Thursdays through Saturdays, and are open on both Sundays this year.
To keep up with all the current information, check out the facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/NebraskaShopHop?fref=ts