In order that I not put up a post that becomes a major novel, I will share the shop hop I went on yesterday, along with 38 other great quilters, in two parts. We, Houston (MN) gals, boarded the coach bus at 6:15 a.m. Heading south, we made 3 more stops (Caledonia, Spring Grove and Mabel) to complete the lively group. Traveling in this area requires some knowledge of alternate routes at the moment due to recent late June rains that have made a significant number of roads impassable/closed. The first stop was “All in Stitches Quilt Shop” in Zumbrota, MN.S.G. Shop Hop 7-15-13 003  Although this little town was in the throes of road construction and a bit of chaos outside, the gals greeted us with big smiles and so much enthusiasm…we “hit the ground running” (figuratively speaking, of course! After all, it was just barely 9:00 a.m.!!!!!). Most had formulated a “plan of attack” and went in search of that needed piece (or two, or three…..) to complete a waiting project. Ya know……it’s super hard to stay focused in these situations………or is it just me?????? Some inspiration photos……….S.G. Shop Hop 7-15-13 001S.G. Shop Hop 7-15-13 002 

The above wallhanging was amazing and I wanted to be sure to document it for future reference (for myself and any others who may be interested). Sandi’s (owner) thoughtfulness extended to the fresh coffee, chilled water and bananas waiting for us by the door! S.G. Shop Hop 7-15-13 042  These are the wonderful yardage pieces acquired here. Stay tuned for their future use….it’s going to be a really good one!!!

Next, it was on to Cannon Falls (MN) and the “Fourth & Main” shop.S.G. Shop Hop 7-15-13 010S.G. Shop Hop 7-15-13 011S.G. Shop Hop 7-15-13 004S.G. Shop Hop 7-15-13 005S.G. Shop Hop 7-15-13 006S.G. Shop Hop 7-15-13 007S.G. Shop Hop 7-15-13 009S.G. Shop Hop 7-15-13 008

As with the last shop, needed supplies/fabric/pattern were located directly below the sample and within easy reach. As an aside: not being able to locate the needed ingredients for the displayed samples is definitely NOT a “good thing”!!!! This shop was probably closest to the opposite of most shops I have been in. The walls and beautifully utilized stamped tin ceiling had a pristine coat of white paint perfectly showcasing the high number of fabrics with the more “modern” feel. A refreshing and ‘light’ feel that was in stark contrast to the heat and high humidity that was occurring outside!!!!! Again, we were greeted by fun refreshments and a “goody bag” to take with us!!!…..  S.G. Shop Hop 7-15-13 039 

The cute little roll of strips and chocolate (don’t see the chocolate??? Oops! I must have “lost” them!!) were a delightful surprise. The marking pens were my purchases. Although, I saw so much to entice me, I would have had to start a brand new project stash and I have wa-ay-ay too many of those at the moment. I decided it was enough to know that this shop provided some awesome ‘mod’ fabric & pattern choices for the future!!………..

Part 2 of the hop tomorrow……….

About treadlemusic

A quilter who rides motorcycle, living on a small hobby farm in southeastern Minnesota. Grandmother and Great Grandmother.
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18 Responses to Part I….ANNUAL SHOP HOP…….

  1. Minnesota has a lot of really nice quilt shops. I hope we can hop together sometime.

  2. Jen says:

    Sounds like a lot of fun. I’ve never been on a shop hop before so I am loving living through yours. Can’t wait for the next installment.

    • treadlemusic says:

      This one is an annual, large event but there are many that we just fill a car (or two) and head out to 3 or 4 shops…making a loop through an area. I will be driving one such trek next week south of LaCrosse (WI) down to Prairie du Chien.

  3. janprytz says:

    What a wonderful day. How great to have quilter friends to share it with.

  4. ivoryspring says:

    That looks like an AMAZING quilt shop!!!

  5. What gorgeous shops – wish I could have gone with you! A goodie bag?? how delightful! Shame you “lost” your chocolates!!! Hanging out for tomorrow’s post now!!

  6. Jeanne says:

    Looks like it was a wonderful day! We used to have a shop with white wall and ceiling and large windows – I loved it. The fabrics were all bright and modern. Sadly, that shop closed a couple of years ago.

    • treadlemusic says:

      That is really too bad. There are way too many shops that have incredibly poor lighting and narrow aisles….makes good color choices almost impossible! A bright cheerful surrounding is so much more conducive to spending time in the shop.

  7. Karen says:

    nice to have a bus trip and someone else can do the driving and you can relax and try to remember what all you are looking for and make your lists — and talk of course 🙂

  8. Looks like you had a great day. It must be very difficult to resist scooping up lots of new fabrics.

    • treadlemusic says:

      Sigh! You really said it! I have to keep reminding myself that I already have enough for several lifetimes!!!! That’s a ‘good thing’…….isn’t it????? LOL!

  9. Beth Ann says:

    Very fun post!!! I loved the White Water quilt project and seeing it made up was great! I know you had a fabulous day!!!

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