Field trip……

As mentioned in a previous post, today was the drive (65 miles, approx.) to Ironwood Springs Christian Ranch. It really was a perfect day for such a venture: chilly, overcast and a bit drizzly outside and Monday! A warm glowing fire in the large stone fireplace had been set, the coffee made and all of the gals able to attend (from the Spring Grove Piecemakers) were in place and ready to hear some quilting tips and newsy notion tidbits from the gal from All in Stitches Quilt Shop located not far away in the neighboring town of Stewartville, MN. She definitely had our attention as she shared binding tips, accent piping, a clever “gizmo” for no-brainer covered buttons, and a way to piece a wide border that helps the seam to become mostly invisible. Offering 20% off purchases made at the shop later that day didn’t hurt either!! After finishing up her portion of the program, we heard from Bob “Bart” Bardwell who shared the miracles that brought his ranch into being and the reason Miracle Lodge was so designated. Such a blessing! We, then, had a little tour and on to lunch..yum! Returning to the lodge, we had our regular meeting and sharing time. My these gals have been busy! I did share my whole cloth quilt I recently finished from Leah Day’s QAL. So much to share/so little time. With a vote to adjourn, we piled back into the various vehicles  to continue our fabric get-away day with the stop at the quilt shop. We definitely filled the shop and did manage to lay claim to a ‘few’ fabric additions! As we left the shop, we spied the lonely hubby who was patiently waiting in the car for his wife to pick up that one “quick”(?) item and who was engulfed in our mini-mob of Spring Grove gals who had monopolized the cutter and register for quite a long time!!!!………..and a good time was had by all!-)

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A quilter who rides motorcycle, living on a small hobby farm in southeastern Minnesota. Grandmother and Great Grandmother.
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8 Responses to Field trip……

  1. Sybil says:

    Mr. W judges quilt shops on whether they have a mens sitting area and how old their magazines are. When in Tennessee last year, he found magazines that were 10 years old at one shop! (He took a nap while I shopped!).

    • treadlemusic says:

      Got that one!! A “husband’s bench” definitely elevates the status of a particular shop…..and makes it a bit easier for me to return!!! DH always carries a book so he’s ‘covered’ in the reading dept. The one thing I have really noticed, though, is DH has become more of an active viewer at the quilt shows we go to. There is a HUGE outdoor show in Hill City,SD, in Sept. each year and he knows more about techniques, etc, than a lot of the gals who are viewing!!!!!! Love it!

  2. candy says:

    Sounds like a great day! What did you buy? 🙂

    • treadlemusic says:

      Ah, yes, you noticed I didn’t really address that! I didn’t see anything that really screamed “BUY ME”! I had in mind some Quilt of Valor material but all the QOV fabric bolts (maybe 6, or so) were purchased by our group for that stash (we all draw from that as needed for these quilts, so I decided just to wait and check that fabric out later). There are several major “shop hops” coming up in the next 2-3 weeks plus our group’s annual bus day-trip in July so am kinda holding off. Really am trying to destash……really I am!-D

      • candy says:

        It’s a rare trip to the quilt shop that results in no purchases for me. Rare…but it has been done! I went to the website for that shop and saw they were featuring the book Precision and Panache. the author of that book was at our guild last week. I think her name is Susan Cleveland (from Minnesota). She was a riot! So funny and she had some really interesting techniques. I’m thinking that book may be a future purchase.

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