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. 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……….
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! 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.
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!!!…..
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……….