Some weeks seem to fill up to capacity!! I am entering a stretch of such weeks. This past Thursday was spent on the road visiting some quilt shops in Western Wisconsin. The quilty 5-some hit the road at 9:00 am headed for Viroqua, WI. Taking Hwy 61 South out of La Crosse on a beautiful sunny morning only heightened the mood of the gals and elevated the decibel level contained in my vehicle! We arrived at Quilt Basket and Creations after a very short 1 and 1/2 hour jaunt. The shop is a newer build having moved from its downtown location some years ago. This spacious well-lit shop contains a large selection of fabrics, books, patterns and samples that kept us “oo-ing” and “ah-ing” for the whole time we were there! Greeting us just inside the door was this fellow (which took most of us by surprise!). I made it about 3 feet inside the door before snatching my first item!!!! I can shop fast!!!! From that point I/we meandered back and forth throughout the shop color matching our ‘finds’ and beckoning one another…”come see this” or “you must come over here” or “I need your opinion”. Needless to say, whatever ‘list’ I was supposed to work off of was in the distant bottom of my purse!!!! Fat quarters at $2 were a popular item! We/I struggled to remember that this stop was only the first of 3 we had planned…..somehow that never makes too big of an impact on me!!! I held back on purchasing any more for my wool stash…and was proud of myself for doing so (after all, I can always return…..it’s only 55 miles from home!!!). After we all managed to regroup and check out, we hit the road…….this beautiful “Coulee Region” is a delight to travel through and finding back roads in Wisconsin, generally, will be a pleasure because they are all paved!!! We headed South toward Prairie du Chien, located on the Mississippi River. Our first stop was Front Porch Quilts, located right on the main road (Hwy 35). It’s a shop space in one of the older homes in town. The Moda line of fabrics is everywhere!!! I hate to say that one line/mill is a favorite of mine over another but I seem to pick up more fabric pieces from them than any other! Each little (and I mean little room is packed with all that Moda has to offer: from blenders to children’s to Civil War to outdoors/wildlife motifs……absolutely something for everyone! The last time I was here it was with a coach bus group and the shopping was definitely a challenge!! All this fabric adrenaline had taken its toll and we were definitely in the mood for a break before heading for our last stop. The recommendation was a coffee house/cafe called Simply. The food was amazing and the prices were equally so (low$$ with servings that filled our ‘to-go’ containers)! And the location was just down the street from the next shop!!!! After regaining some of our strength(!) and enjoying a restful few moments, headed up the block to the Pickett Fence. Now, believe it or not, I didn’t get any pics of this shop but if you check out their site and their Facebook page, you will get a feel for the awesome shop that it is! They ‘bill’ themselves as a quilt shop, frame shop, candy store (chocolates/truffles….awesome!) and seasonal decor shop!!!! and they live up to their promise. Now, you are probably asking: “Where is all that fabric that was purchased????”. Well, I had to leave something for the next post!…….