The Shop Hop
Sorry I’ve been absent lately. I’m having some family issues and it’s taking precedence to…well…everything right now. I think it’s going to go on for a while, but I still need to work with textiles to keep me sane, so there will be some updating when I can get some normality in my life.
Several month ago, I signed up for a shop hop bus trip with my favorite local quilt store – The Quilter’s General Store. We got on the bus when it was still dark on Friday and headed out. We went to 7 shops, but I’ll only stick with telling you about my top 3 stores where I spent the most money.
My favorite store out of the bunch was Inspirations in Hill, IA. This was a fabulous store of Reproduction fabrics and had the most awesome kid’s room I’ve ever seen. Remember I bought all those kits for kids at Expo, well I added two more because you really need to buy these when you find them. Even my DH loved these and thought they’d be great gifts for the future. If I lived closer, I would be a regular at this store. Their classroom upstairs was totally amazing. This would be my dream studio. I even took a photo to show DH for when/if we ever move what I want for our home. I ended up buying 2 kids quilt kits and a pattern here, but seriously could’ve gone home with more.
Then we went on to Merry’s Stitchins in Jesup, IA. This store was recently moved to a huge space and I loved it. I bought some patterns and a quilt kit with the new fabric line Mid-Winter Reds. Loved it so much with the stars, I couldn’t resist.
Finally, the next day we went to Calico Hutch, in Hayward, MN. This store was fabulous. Lots of everything for every taste. I ended up with more patterns and some little kits. One to make a cool bag of a pattern I already had, and some for hats. They had these cute hat samples and I tried the sample on and loved it.
We had a nice time on the bus. The QGS folks made it a lot of fun and handed out lots of gifts. Really it was such a nice time and a well needed get away at this time.