Friday, October 2

A little over a week ago we ventured to Iowa with a group of ladies

from our shop to visit Country Threads in Garner, Iowa.

The wagon arrived at 6:45 on a bright and sunny day to pick

up travelers who anxiously awaited our trip to

visit our neighbors to the south . . .

. . . outside our wagon windows we saw a lot of corn and beans. . .

. . . and fields of windmills.

Our first stop of the day was in the town of Estherville.

We made 2 stops in town. It truly is fun to see how each shop is so very unique and different compared to the other. We both loved by Darci and Lacey. The color choices in the fabrics and the border print, and block selection was quite beautiful!!

A short distance up the road was the town of Emmetsberg.

In honor of our wagon arrival, a sign was posted in the window!! I loved the old brick buildings that surrounded the entire downtown area. Something we noticed throughout our first three stops, Moda fabrics were not prevalent, very different compared to the shops around us here at home.

Our next stop was to the town of Algona. Again, I loved the old brick buildings, and was intreagued by painting of the Algona floor on the side of the building.

The quilt shop right in Algona was a fun visit.

The gal who owns the shop has been battling cancer and had a wonderful place.

She had a fun display of Buggy Barn samples, something we really don't see a

whole lot of around here.

At last . . . we arrived to our destination . . .


The plauge above appeared to be the moto of the farm.

Connie and Mary are two very energetic and enthusiastic women who have designed

over 800 different books and patterns on the very grounds we were at.

The barn shown above is the location of classes if you were to take them on a farm.

The upstairs (hay loft) is the class location and was set up with many tables and chairs from their Sunflower camp, which wrapped up on Friday. It was a fun setting for a retreat/class.

This was the enterance to the chicken coop, which houses all the samples.

And let me tell you, it was a sight to be seen! There were many, many samples hanging

on the walls, the counters, and the ceiling. Bolts of fabric and kits were scattered all throughout the shop featuring everything from pastels, to romantics, to darks, to contemporary.

There truly was something for everyone.

There was also a separate building which housed only civil war prints and samples

as well as their discounted fabrics, patterns, books, and kits.

A large garden filled with various flowers from the priaire, birdhouses, signs, and chairs

were scattered throughout fenced flower area.

Not only are the quilts a big part of the farm, but animals are too.

This dog was super friendly. She is a golden retreiver/poodle cross.

We have many cat lovers who come in the shop and if you like cats,

this farm was one for you!!

You can tell that the farm has cats from the sign before you turn in!

This little guy greeted all of us on his hayrack of pumpkins.

His name was Chuck.

This cat was guarding the pumpkins for sale on its throne.

Chickens were also scattered around the barn area.

This chicken was afraid of my camera . . .

Our group.

The day to Iowa was truly a blast. We recommend that if you ever are down

in the Garner area, or are offered to take a trip with a friend to Country Threads

that you check them out!

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