*Warning – wordy post ahead!*
A few weeks ago, husband and I drove to a resort in north central Minnesota to spend a couple of quiet days over our 15 year anniversary. And wouldn’t you just know it…there were a few quilt shops between here and there!
Our first stop was at Gruber’s Quilt Shop in St. Cloud. Gruber’s is a large, very nice quilt shop with a ton of variety. I purchased 4 yards for the back of a quilt that hasn’t been conceived yet. This is so backwards for me….usually I buy everything except for the back, then have to hunt and hunt to find something suitable for the back! The one thing I know about this someday quilt – it will be primary colors, and this fabric will be perfect (I just know it) for the back!
Our next stop was Mother Originals Quilt Shop in Pequot Lakes. We had a hard time finding the shop, so I called for directions. The hours for the shop in the paper I was reading looked like ‘6:00’ but when we got there at 5:00, I noticed the hours on the door were until 5:00. She was very nice to let me in to poke around….I really should have bought something, but I was on a mission for something specific for the iSpy quilts, and she didn’t have what I was looking for.
The next day we went to Front Porch Quilts in Walker. What a great shop! Again, lots of variety, which I love! I bought a small kit for a red, white & blue wall hanging for $13! (It was on sale, so I had to buy it!) I also purchased 1/4 yard of a print from the 10 Little Things line because I never trust that I have enough for the binding (but of course I did!).
On our way home we stopped at several shops which added a couple of hours to our journey home! First stop of the day was The Noble Quilter in Elk River. What a gorgeous shop! Fantastic fabric eye candy. They also have a lot of space for working on projects….made me wish we lived closer! I could have spent a couple of hours in that shop, but we had to get back on the road.
Next stop – Cottage Quilts and Fabric also in Elk River. This shop was a little smaller with more fun stuff, but I didn’t find anything I couldn’t live without here.
On the road again to Quilted Treasures in Rogers. She had a lovely quilt hanging in her entryway – it was orange and yellow, and I was really drawn to the pattern. It was Radio Way by Jaybird Quilts. I had previously pinned the pattern on Pinterest, so no wonder I was so drawn to it at the shop! So, I purchased the pattern from her, along with 2 fat quarters that I gave to my neighbor. I just know she can use them on something (Check out her Etsy shop). Quilted Treasures also had Lucy’s Crabshack which I recently purchased. They had a Lucy’s Crabshack quilt done from the ‘Teen Spirit’ pattern from Big Blocks, Big Designs. It looked great, and I wish I would have purchased the book for the pattern!
Back in the car for the final (4th) shop of the day to Millie P’s Quilt Shop in Anoka. I LOVED this shop! I could have spent a couple of hours and a few hundred dollars in this shop easily! I bought glow in the dark fabric for a pillowcase for The Blue One.
Seven shops in 3 days. According to the Quilt Minnesota Shop Hop Flyer 2012, I only have 68 more to go!
A huge shout out to the MISTER, who indulges my quilting hobby/habit and was gracious enough to serve as my chauffeur for 3 days and seven quilt shop stops, and a few *ahem* debits!