Was last Monday. The coach bus was filled with 40+ gals who were so ready to hit the road in search of……..well……anything quilt related!!!!! I boarded the bus in Houston (MN) at 6:15 a.m. and we headed out to the next two pick-up spots and then on to Viroqua (WI) and “Quilt Baskets ‘N’ Creations” quilt shop. I wrote about this shop here. The demo “hooked” me and so the results of the visit are these: I’ve wanted to make a “Hunter’s Star” ‘something’ (quilt, hanging, topper, ???) for a long time. So……….. It’s always very dangerous when I go into a shop without a list!!!! The fat quarter was a freebie/gift at this stop.
On to the next spot………”Quintessential Quilts”. There are 2 locations: one is in Reedsburg (WI)….. our destination…….. and the other is in Madison (WI). The shop is a home with a huge addition. Upon entering, we were in a super large, well-lit work room with tons of inspiration!!!!!
You can see our mode of transportation through the window! First class….for sure!!! I scurried ahead in the hopes of getting photos minus the “crowds”. LOL! Each room housed a different color collection!!!!!
An island of fat quarters (above right)!!!!!
So much to look at……but…….wait!!! Do I see…….really???? It is……..the whole line of “Radiance” by Robert Kaufman!!! THE fabric that I need for an upcoming challenge!!!! The beautiful gold color is perfect!!! BUT WAIT!!!!! where’s the “Willow”????? Linda had said it’s the complete color line, however…….she has one bolt at home…….what???? really???? making little purses for the girls in her son’s upcoming wedding and she’s not sure of the color name but it is a light sage-y green. Hmmmmm. Well, I take the gold piece. This fabric is 55% cotton and 45% silk…….gorgeous!!!!!!! Well, I had already done some on-line checking prior to this trip and knew that one of the next shops carried this fabric. Linda assured me that if I wasn’t successful in my search that she would mail me what I needed. Whew!!!!!
Onward to “Mill House Quilts” in Waunakee. I’ve been to this shop on several previous occasions and knew it was a fab shop!!!! C’mon along………………………
Interesting quilting on this one and the feathers on the one below!!!!
And the treasures secured from this amazing place………..
The top piece is “Communique” Graphic 45 for Wilmington Fabrics. The brown coordinate…I’m not sure of. The basting pins are “fine wire” and somewhat hard to find. They are the only ones that go through batiks easily and without leaving large holes!
The last stop was in Spring Green and “Country Sampler”. There are no photos and no purchases. I was informed that no photos were allowed unless I purchased the kit of the quilt I was photographing and no pictures of the shop for my blog. So you may go to their site…..or not.
The day ended with a race with the weather back to La Crosse and into Minnesota. I was among the last to get off and the 5 miles from town to home would have been better traveled in an ark than a car!!!!!
That’s it for this post. I bet you thought she’s never going to end this one!!!!! I wonder where we’ll go next year???????