Loose Threads: I Could Have Had More Fabric

Thursday, August 28, 2014

I Could Have Had More Fabric

I'm still unpacking a box now and then, but I can see light at the end of that tunnel.  So yesterday I took a field trip downtown.  I made a stop at a quilt shop there called Crimson Tate.  They specialize in bright fabrics so I bought some Amy Butler and Tula Pink and a couple other pieces for an upcoming project.  



I could have bought another $20 worth of  fabric, but instead I'm going to have to use it to pay this parking violation. Sure I only put 15 minutes on the meter, but I was just going to run in the shop and buy a few pieces of fabric.  I should have known better.


The parking meters downtown look like this.  


I very seldom go downtown, so this little sign on a stick was new to me.  I can't tell you how many great parking spaces I passed up before I finally pulled into one of them and read the instructions.  I thought this space was reserved for number 2362 so I kept circling.  It turns out you either call a phone number or install an app on your phone where you enter your credit card info and email address.  I installed the app and then I put the green number on the sign into the appropriate space and entered how much time I was going to put on the "meter".  It supposedly sends a tone to your phone when your time is up and you need to add more minutes.  I guess I was too busy looking at fabric to hear that sound.  I didn't notice the ticket in the bright, yellow envelope until I was going about 70 down the interstate and saw something flapping in the breeze.  It was fastened under my windshield wiper, and luckily it made it home with me.  Otherwise the fine doubles if not paid in 7 days.  I can't figure out how someone knows when my time is up by looking at this, but trust me.....somehow they found out.  

Thanks for stopping by today!

I hope you are finding some time to stitch. 

16 comments:

Karen said...

What a bummer, that sounds like a complicated system. So sorry.

Janet O. said...

Fancy Schmancy parking meters!
Funny how we can convince ourselves that we can select and buy fabric in just 15 minutes. : )

sewyouquilt2 said...

never saw any of those kind of meters. the world gets crazy sometimes doesnt it? what if you dont have that type of phone? you cant park or shop. sorry.
I am all for progress but is it really?

antique quilter said...

I personally hate parking meters…I find it annoying to have to worry about the time on the meter if I want to shop downtown and go to a restaurant under an hour that is allowed in our downtown for the meter, what a deterrent in mho.
sorry about the ticket
Kathie

Judy F said...

Now is that a way for your City to treat a girl who only wanted to look at fabric. After all the world needs more quilts and should give a girl a break when she's fabric shopping.

Rosemary Youngs said...

Sorry about the parking ticket but I'm glad that you're almost done unpacking. Pretty soon we will be going on another fabric hunting adventure. LOL

Missie of Traditional Primitives (formerly Hallbrook Designs) said...

I'm sorry you got that ticket! We have the same confusion when parking at my daughter's college campus...it's terrible! We can no longer get upset when they get tickets on campus...LOL
May I ask where you moved to?

sunny said...

hahahahahahahaha! 15 minutes in a fabric store?!? You're so funny.

Heather said...

Eek, that is one crazy parking meter. I guess that means no shopping for people like my in-laws who never carry a cell phone with them! Sorry about the ticket, I bet they camp out near that fabric store, we all spend more time there than we plan. :)

Karen said...

I love the fabrics you purchased! So sorry you got a ticket, though. Sounds like a complicated system....and how were you to know all that!!!??

Anyway, enjoy the fabrics and don't forget to pay the fine.

Hugs, Karen

Nell's Quilts said...

What is the world coming to? Computerized parking that warns you when your time is up! Next thing you know we'll be sitting in cars but not actually driving them. I wonder how much those fancy parking meters cost?

On a brighter note. Love the fabrics you selected. So bright and happy.

Fiona said...

15 minutes in a fabric store??? 15 minutes????? Come on LuAnn. Well at least you don't live in London where not only do we have similar parking meters, but you also have to pay the congestion charge on your Smart 'phone, even if you just venture in by a few yards to around a round-about to then immediately exit the congestion charge zone!

Barb in Mi said...

Fabulous fabrics - and certainly weird parking ticket rules. Nevertheless happy sewing on Labor day!

~Niki~ said...

I have a giveaway for fabric going on. very little entries.
http://butternutstreet.blogspot.com/2014/09/fabric-giveaway-time.html

~Niki~ said...

I have a giveaway for fabric going on. very little entries.
http://butternutstreet.blogspot.com/2014/09/fabric-giveaway-time.html

Chris Forster said...

Guess I am a bit spoiled now. I have a hnadicapped parking pass and so do not have to pay for public parking. And, I get to park close to the doors. Good thing since i do not have a cell phone so would never have been able to figure it out.

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