Primitive Gatherings

I finally made it to Primitive Gatherings Quilt shop. In all of my traveling around – I had never been here yet – until a couple weeks ago before Quilt Market.  It was awesome – I could have stayed all day – I could have moved in there and lived forever.  Now I understand and agree with everyone else that is in love with this quilt shop.  Wow – enough said.

The full view of the front of the shop.
Don’t we make a cute bunch!  LOL – That’s Lisa and Nick on the left, me in the center, then Kathy and Linda.  
Seriously – if you have not been here – go!  You can visit their website at:
They had some of the most gorgeous fabrics, the best kits and of course the best new book that just came out!  I bought a bunch of kits to work on while I travel around and things to do while camping this summer.  Then – they had the neatest packages of pre-cut fabrics!  5″ charm square packs, 2 1/2″ square packs, tumblers and hexagon – OMYGosh!  You just couldn’t resist buying them!  
I bought a couple of Schnibbles patterns that they had models made up for and the companion charm packs and the cute little border and binding kits.  Miss Carrie Nelson – if you are reading this – you should see the samples of your quilt patterns in their shop!  They did you proud Carrie!  I’ll be making your goodies come this winter when I go into hibernation!
And let me tell you this – their employees are great!  Each of them were so kind and friendly!  Miss Carol was a hoot as usual!  LOL
Go visit their website and get the new book – it’s very drool worthy……

JJ Stitches Visit

Here are a couple pics from our stop at JJ Stitches in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin.  Wow – I love that shop.  This was our first stop of the day and we could not wait to get here.  Julie Hendrickson is the owner and is pictured on the far left on the bottom photo!  She’s such a doll and picks out some of the most gorgeous fabrics for her shop.
I found a lot of goodies here – including the pattern to make that awesome quilt behind us in the photo!  I found pieces for the older Lancaster County collection of fabric here and also was lucky enough to buy a fat quarter set of Kaye Englands new shirtings – which are just to die for! Visit Julie’s website at:
Also – a little birdie told me about Julie’s new fabric collections coming out very soon by Windham Fabrics. Yummy pinks and browns!  You go Julie – the fabrics are gorgeous!  Thank you for having such a beautiful shop and allowing us to take a group photo in your shop.  Also – thank you to the kind little lady that took this picture for us – I didn’t get your name but I appreciate it!

Another Quilt Shop Hop Trip

A couple weekends ago I got the “urge” to go on a self induced quilt shop hop.  To much work and no play time makes me very crabby!  I decided to head south of where I live this time and visit some of those shops that I’ve never been too.

My first stop was here:

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Now let me tell you a little about this quilt shop named The Treadle in Bloomington, Illinois. Go prepared.  If it is winter and you have a bulky coat on – don’t plan on making it down the aisles without knocking bolts of fabric over or knocking boxes of fat quarters on the floor and goodness sakes, don’t bend over.  I made a mess a couple of times by “attempting” to bend over and dig through the 2 and 3 deep rows of bolts of fabric.  Also – if you can, do not bring your purse in – it just gets in the way and it’s annoying.  Throw a check, cash or credit card in your pocket – make life easy.  This shop had so much stuff crammed into a very, very small space – kind of made it hard to shop, but at the same time – I enjoy the adventure of digging.  I found pieces of fabric so old in the clearance bins it dates back to the early ’80’s.  I also spotted the older Chocolate line by Moda fabrics.  They have a little of everything and if you love reproduction prints – you will like going here.  Many, many shirting’s also.  But like I said – be prepared to dig and search.  In fact – take a friend to help you hold up the fabric bolts so they don’t topple over on your head while you try to dig behind – oh yeah – and the friend can be watching your “behind” also so that the bolts that your “behind” are smashed against don’t fall over on your backside.  Hmmmm – now ask me how I came about that little tidbit of advice…..

And also, The Treadle offers 20% off your total purchase if you are paying with cash.  —– But, with that said, it’s only on regular priced merchandise.  There is a coupon in the Quilter’s Travel Companion book also – BUT – even though this is not printed in the book, nor does it state anywhere in the store – the coupon is only good on regular priced merchandise.  Enough said.

All in all, I would go back – I had fun there.  I would bring a friend and go without my purse and coat though. Parking is close enough you can do that.  And never, never take your children in this shop – I didn’t this time, but anytime in the future that I am down that way again, I will not be able to stop and shop if the kiddos are with me.  There is just no way….   But – there are a few pieces of fabric there that I really wish I would have bought and I’m kicking myself over it!

Next stop…..

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The Quilt Corner in Morton, Illinois.  Talk about a kit wonderland!  And reproduction fabrics galore.  Good prices too.  Oh and the pattern selection they had – unbeatable.  I bought lots of fat eighths and quarters of reproduction prints that I do not have in my collection here.  A new leather thimble to – that fits like a charm! Oh and don’t forget to check out the hand dyed wool selection – I made a dent there too!  LOL

Next stop….

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The Peddler’s Way Quilt Company in Washington, Illinois.  Fell in the parking lot here – the lot was so iced over and I went down hard and bruised the rear end that fabric bolts had previously fallen on.  Not fun…..

The quilt shop was fun though. Lot’s of goodies to see and models also.  But the upstairs is where I found my own piece of heaven.  Reproduction prints galore.  I found 3 pieces here that I cannot seem to locate more of and it’s driving me nuts.  They only had fat eighths and I want more!  Anyone out there know the maker of these fabrics or the fabric lines that they are from?

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I left the above photo as a thumbnail – click on it and it will enlarge really well for you to see.  The top fabric I want the most. It’s a deep navy blue.  The middle fabric is also a navy blue and the bottom red fabric is such a great red color.  Of course these pieces do not have the selvedge edge on them!  Ughh!

My next stop was here….

I forgot to take a picture of this shop (probably because I was in a hurry and talking to my aunt on the phone!).  This one was called Cozy Corner Quilts in Metamora, Illinois.  They appear to have 3 shops listed on their website, but I only visited the one this day because I was running out of time and had one more shop that I had to hit.  They also have a retreat center that I am wanting to see about going to.  This shop was fun, they had just gotten the new Little Quilts shirting fabrics in – so I got to drool all over those for awhile.  Lots of brighter fabrics here and the lady working that day was just a treasure to chat with.  I didn’t stay long here because I had to get to the next shop before they closed and I missed the sale – I didn’t use my time to wisely earlier in the day and nearly missed it!

Next stop was….

This shop is fun, I’ve been here before.  They have mostly older prints – which is just what I was looking for.  Remember -I have a stash enhancement to build for a Great Aunt in West Viriginia that is sewing her socks off!  Anyhow – I found the treasured piece of brighter yellow calico that I remember seeing here once before. I should have bought it then, but I got lucky this time and they still had it.  This shop is a lot of fun if you are looking for older prints.  I also snagged some older Judie Rothermel prints here.   They have a couple more pieces that I’m thinking about going back for – some good old fashioned wide stripes from Judie’s earlier fabric designs – they are so yummy!

Here’s the yellow… this photo is clickable too!….

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It’s a bright yellow isn’t it!  I just love it – every time I look at it I think about my Grandma.

So that ended my day and I got back home around 6:30 pm.  I left around 8 in the morning.  A great trip and well worth a whole day of driving and shopping – bruises and all.

I’m getting the urge to visit Amish country again though now.  Hmmm, should I go to Arthur, Illinois or Shipshewana, Indiana? Those sweet people just keep drawing me back, time and time again.  I love the simplicity of both these areas and really wish I lived closer to Holmes County, Ohio and Lancaster, Pennsylvania so I could go there more often – those two places are heaven on earth!

Oh  – and more exciting news – I’ve located someone that is trying to sell his mother’s stash of fabrics.  He claims the collection is 20, 30 and 40 year old fabrics!  He also has a bunch of scrap bags – grocery size bags – full of scraps.  Plus he has lots of old quilt magazines.  I’m sitting by my email today on pins and needles waiting to hear back from this man.  I want to go check this out so badly – he’s about an hour and a half from me.  The kids are out of school today and might want to go on a little adventure with good old mom – I’ll probably have to bribe them with lunch out today!  LOL

I better run, I have zippers to sew on the quilt top I will be quilting tomorrow and one more set of instructions to finish up on a very detailed pattern that I really need to focus on!  Have a great day!

Travels To Indiana….

This past weekend we snuck off for a little while.  We journeyed to Indianapolis for the AMA Supercross race at Lucas Oil Stadium.  My daughter and I were prepared to sit through hours of this with my son and husband:

Well, I decided that since the “girl” and I were traveling that far to be with “the boys” – we had to sneak off for a little girlie fun on our own prior to the race while they were sitting in the stadium soaking up the qualifying show and all the other pre-race stuff.

The “girl” and I went here:

  and we had a blast.  We bought some goodies and then we visited with them for a little while and had this taken:

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That’s me in the middle with Terri and Linda on either side of me!  (geez – you think I could have been wearing something a little nicer!  But alas, I had my racing shirt on – had to help support the boys once we got back to the race!) But who wants to talk about me – look at that quilt on the design wall behind us.  Holy cow – I love that quilt design.  You can purchase this pattern and even a kit to make it directly from them!  The name of the quilt is Eldon and it’s designed by that sweetie of a gal Edyta Sitar of Laundry Basket Quilts.  Geez – she really knows how to design some fabulous quilts!  I’m telling you though – the kit from Back Door Quilts is breathtaking.  I have to make this – I just could not take my eyes away from this quilt.  Anyhow – just give them a little jingle and I bet they can help you out to if you have also fallen in love with this beauty also!  Here’s a link the their website where you will find all kinds of goodies!  Back Door Quilts

If you ever have the chance to visit them in Greenwood, Indiana – go for it!  There is so much eye candy in that quilt shop!  Wow.  We really enjoyed ourselves.

Our next stop was:

Nancy and Paul own this shop called: The Rivers Edge Fabric Company.  We met awhile back through all the quilt shows we’ve done together.  Wow, wow- what fun we had there. They have so much space in their building and models all over the place and fabric – wow – lots of it too!

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Here’s a picture of Nancy and I together.  Oh my – what’s that behind me, hmmmm, that quilt looks mighty familiar!  Oh  yeah – it’s one of our designs – It’s The Brick Wall of Wabash County pattern #360  Here’s our version:

But to be honest with you – I like their version better – of course because it’s scrappy.  Now – if you love their quilt as much as I do – give them a little jingle to because they have it all kitted up!  Click here to go their website: The Rivers Edge Fabric Company

Fabulous!  And a little birdie told me the kits have been selling really well for them!

And they are also hot on the sewing machine whipping up their own version of this:

They are busy putting the last stitches into their quilt – but the kits are ready to go!  If you look in the photo of Nancy and I together – and look to those pretty kits all stacked up on the right side of the photo, you get a little peak at them!  All the fabrics are in gorgeous Kansas Troubles/ style prints and colors (you know – Them – “the” Kansas Troubles Quilters fabric by Moda Fabrics – the designer is of course,  Lynette Hagemeier)  Yummy – just yummy looking.  Makes me want to make another one of these quilts!

My daughter also made a new friend while at this shop – so now she has a new “buddie” to hang around with while we are vending at the NQA show in June in Columbus, Ohio.  I guess they have a “lunch” date too!

Now that I’m back home, I can think of a couple dozen things I should have bought that I saw in these shops.  Why oh why do I always do that!  Thank goodness for the internet!

To finish today’s post, I will not leave you hanging.  We were only able to visit 2 quilt shops on this adventure before the “boys” started wondering where we were (in other words, they were getting lonely and hungry)  So the “girl” and I headed back up to Indy loaded with snacks for the boys.  All in all we had fun the whole day – even at the race. It was very exciting – but very expensive – My $6.50 diet coke lasted a long time – a very long time.  I think I walked out of the stadium partially dehydrated because I was so thirsty but to cheap to buy another drink!  Thank goodness for the cooler I had in the truck! Why are these things so expensive to eat or drink at!  Ughhhh….

When I get a chance I’ve got another quilt shop adventure to post about that I went on a couple weeks ago.  It was a rather interesting trip….