Mary Jo's trip

Yesterday I took a trip with about 30 other ASG members to Gastonia, NC. We went to a fabric store called Mary Jo's that was loaded with fabrics for all sewing enthusiasts whether for garment, bridal, or quilting. Also items for knitters and hand embroidery. Let me just say it was a great "candy" store. Also in the same center was a Bernina dealer with numerous items for sewist as well.

We then visited Longcreek Mills, also known as the Thread Man. What a sweetheart he was and his staff were. great also. They are probably one of the few remaining thread manufacturers in the USA. Such southern hospitality was offered up. I walked into the store and was simply amazed. They had wall to wall thread. Thread for sewing, thread for upholstery, thread for embroidering, bobbin thread, woolly nylon thread in numerous colors, and more. Every imaginable thread color was available also. I loaded up because the prices were fantastic and the quality truly was great.

Here are photos of my fabric purchases. The first two are knits, somewhat like slinky, yet have more "body".

Grey is the color for fall and thus I purchased a plaid/golden brown and beige plaid wool blend fabric for a jacket. Of course, I needed a grey dress as well, the grey is wool crepe.

I also bought liningfabrics. One is China Silk, one is Hang Loose and one is Ambiance!

Of course, they had buttons on sale for 20% off so I purchased buttons that simply appealed to me and not necessarily will they go with what I have in my fabric collection.
I also purchased two books, one related to serging and one to free motion embroidery. It was a great trip and we are thinking G Street for a spring trip.


  1. You got a lot of nice stuff. Luckily I have a lot of grey already in the stash. I should be right!

  2. You hit the jackpot! Can't wait to see your creations!

  3. Linda, what a great trip. I'm sooo jealous! I guess the closest to me would be LA, so I guess I may have to start Googling LA fabric stores! Anyone out there with a couple of hints?

  4. Oh I am sooooo jealous! I am still trying to get to Mary Jo's! You know how mountain climbers have a list of top ten mountains they want to climb - I have a list like that of fabric stores I want to visit! *LOL*

    You got some great stuff and it sounds like you had a wonderful Mastercard would say, "Priceless!"

  5. I so missed going. I also missed you Thursday night at the meeting. I hope I get to see you next month. I signed up for the 10/31 quilt class. I am skipping everything and taking a me day!

  6. I visited Mary Jo's about 2 years ago. Great experience! The sales person actually pulled a thread to mark the grain and cut along the grain! I was impressed!!!


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