Mini-shop hop……..

 

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!…….

About treadlemusic

A quilter who rides motorcycle, living on a small hobby farm in southeastern Minnesota. Grandmother and Great Grandmother.
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14 Responses to Mini-shop hop……..

  1. Looks like a delightful excursion. I’m not a quilter, but this looks like a journey I may enjoy simply for the scenery and other interesting shops. Would that be a correct assumption and any suggestions on specific places to visit?

    • treadlemusic says:

      Viroqua is such an interesting town and would easily occupy a whole day. Likewise with Prairie du Chien. One of the gals in our group is not able to walk extensively any longer so we ventured out more in the car rather than on foot. This whole area (the Driftless Region) is just full of little towns nestled in amongst the hills and coulees (steep valleys). The topography es the reason why this area attracted the Scandinavians (specifically the Norwegians) years ago!!

  2. Sybil says:

    What a fun day. And, I’m with you on the Moda…..my absolute favorite fabric company. There aren’t many Moda fabrics I’ve met that I don’t like.

  3. ruthiequilts says:

    Dang, it looks like you had a great time!!! Can we change places for a week or two? That’s really all I would need! LOL! Have a great weekend! (Although I don’t need to tell you that!)

  4. I wish there were more fabric shops in the UK like the ones you find on your travels. Can’t wait to see what you have planned with your purchases 🙂

    • witchylin says:

      I am so with you there Avis. There are so few it takes me nearly two hours to get to the nearest one in Durham then that is it. No other amazing shops to go on to. 😦 Quilting just doesn’t have enough followers here. At least not ones who quilt. Everyone loves what is produced but don’t seem to want to do it for themselves. At least we have the Quilting show at Harrogate next weekend. Yeah!!! I have a list and hope to stick to it and have enough left over for a coffee and cake with you.
      Every time I see your pictures of fabric shops, Doreen, I wish I could get back over to visit my friend in Racine. Last time I was there we went to Lake Geneva and up to Munising in MI where I was able to buy some great fabrics. Should have thought it through and posted more home. Kept it to the minimum because of the weight in our cases.
      I am looking forward to seeing the fabrics you bought too. 🙂

      • treadlemusic says:

        Lin, Next time you are “in the neighborhood” please know that you are always welcome in our home, also!!!! It is a wonderment why there aren’t more of the shops in your area/country! It would seem to be possible to make a ‘go of it’ what with the popularity of the art. I know that those fabrics dramatically increase in price “across the pond” and the economy is certainly less than stellar but it does surprise me how difficult it is for my UK friends to secure yard goods. You know that you can always send me pictures of your travels and I can post them to my blog!-D Hugs……

    • treadlemusic says:

      Right now my dreams are filled with all the possibilities! I also know that the month of September seems to have filled up totally….am not exactly sure how that occurred! I definitely have enough projects to keep me busy once the snow (ugh!) flies!!!

  5. Karen says:

    what fun you all had!! It would be so nice to have so many shops to go to in one day and delightful friends to spend a quilty day with!
    Karen

    • treadlemusic says:

      This “corner of the world” seems to be packed with such shops! I ‘spose that is one reason Minnesota was one of the first (or THE first) to have a state-wide shop hop! This year Wisconsin and Iowa have also gone with this huge event! The challenge is finding the self-discipline to stay home and use all the exciting new purchases…hehe!

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