One of the comments was asking what a shop hop is. Here is Texas, the Bluebonnet shop hop had 12 stores on it. They each gave you a FQ, a piece of the shop hop quilt pattern, stamped your passport (a piece of paper) and a chance to enter into a drawing for prizes. Then, you have to visit the 12 stores, I take photos of how they interpreted the shop hop pattern, and of course buy things. I bought more this year because it was from my birthday money. The timing was perfect.
For me, it is a chance to get away with quilting buddies and roam around to shops I wouldn't go to. Someof the shops are 80 miles away. The whole experience was fun.