Funny, isn't it? We were so incredibly fortunate to have with us thirty ladies whom all have a fantastic sense of humor. This was not the smoothest trip that Shades of the Past has ever taken, though most of the incidents were out of our control, but it was truly a memorable one. Regardless of the fact that we took the longest way possible to get to a couple places, literally had more dust shooting into our bus than my kids sometimes experience at the racetrack, and a toilet that wasn't recycling its waste content, all of our passengers kept a smile on their face and had a good time.
Both of us gals have been talking this week about how different this week has been for us. No longer are we burning the midnight oil trying to get quilts bound, directions typed and the shop rearranged for us quilter's "two best weeks of summer". We will truly miss seeing so many smiling faces come into our shop this year as THAT truly was the best part about Quilt Minnesota, but hope to see familiar faces out and about on our random travels during the hop this year.
We also visited the quilt shops of Merry's Stitches in Jessup, which was a wonderful little shop off of a gravel road. We may have been a bit too flustered to remember to take photos after our first stop. If you are ever in the Jessup area, this was a bus favorite and truly had a wonderful variety of fabrics and woolens. It's also home to Patchability patterns. We also visited The Quilted Forest in Forest City which was home to those little Pieced Tree patterns the first day and ended at Fern Hill Quilts in South Amana. Fern Hill was part quilt shop, part gift shop, part antique shop as it was three stories. It is home to Stephanie Brandenburg fabrics, which are fun and bright and filled with flowers. Stephanie, from our understanding, paints her images for fabric design.
Lacey enjoyed chatting with two little kids on bikes that watched all of our gals unload from the bus. The children were probably around ten and twelve. The kids asked her where she was from when she got off the bus and when she told them the little boy replied "Minnesota?!!! (giggles) that sounds like a small can of pop!" Sometimes it's the simple things in life like the funny one liners from a kid that can make a person's day. Again, laughter is always good for the soul.
To anyone who likes jerky...yep, here we go again. There is a locker plant conveniently located right next to the quilt shop. Can it get much better than that?! Lacey didn't think so. She (and a few others) took in the place with a big "Jerky" phrase painted in the window and enjoyed a wonderful treat to eat the remainder of the day.
We all arrived home safe and sound on Saturday with laughs about the memories that had taken place. We again just want to thank all of the gals on our bus for allowing us to have such a fun weekend. We both truly, truly enjoy getting to take quilting trips with each of you and are thrilled that you allow us to let our hair down and have fun with all of you. Thanks once again for the fond memories.
|The UPS man delivered a fun package to us this week containing "Sample Spree" stuff. This means that you can work with fabric groups that will ship out yardage to us this fall. We are thrilled to bring in the following stuff to offer:|
Fancy by Lily Ashbury (candy packs)
Persimmon by BasicGrey (candy packs)
Richmond Reds (candy and charm packs)
Richmond Reds (candy and charm packs)
Rambling Rose by Sandy Gervais (charm packs)
Redwork Garden by Kathy Schmitz (charm packs)
Paisley Park by Kansas Troubles (charm packs and candy packs)
|A sneak peek of our "Little Miss Sunshine" table runner using (2) Fancy candy packs.|
|We ended our work week out in Wisconsin. Us gals crashed a racing parts drop-off trip to Ladysmith and Rice Lake and brought with all of the shop staff (aka: Daisey).|
While the mechanics had a meeting of the racing minds, us gals deliberated what to do. One cannot bring a dog into a quilt shop that is not yours and it was hotter than we thought to stay in the truck. Lacey noticed a younger gentleman walking quickly and waited for him to pass before opening up the door with Daisey. And wouldn't you know, she no more than got the truck door open and he was running backwards (literally backwards) faster than either of us had ever seen a human run backwards to ask if she had a cigar for him to borrow. (haha--Lacey dumbfoundly replied no and we sat sort of dazed before she shut the door and we laughed about how random that was) Don't you all think we look like cigar smokers?! ha. We were thrilled when Jerry came out and asked if we cared to join the racing group in the air conditioned shop. We quickly went and checked out the quilt shop across the street and then sat and stitched. Memorable trips follow us no matter where we go, I guess.
We also want to mention that we are in the planning phase of a quilting cruise through out shop. We look to cruise around Lake Minnetonka and do a hand sewing project while on board. We decided that once the dust settles on this trip we want to give water a try! (haha) Watch for details on a trip that we think will be great fun.
We are off to go Beachin' with Jake Owen up at the Firefest concert in Cold Spring tomorrow. We hope to share some pictures of our adventure there with you all next time. We wish you all a wonderful weekend. Piece and Blessings to you all until next time