Next Gen Quilters go on a Shop Hop
My sit-n-sew tends to be a lot of talk. And for years we’ve talked about going on a shop hop. It’s been so long that the group has gone from being for quilters in their 20s and 30s to quilters in their 30s and 40s. The membership didn’t change. We just got older.
So we finally decided it was time to pick a date and go. Last Saturday we piled in my van and drove around northeast Iowa checking out four quilt shops, all with kids in tow who behaved really well considering they were being dragged to fabric shops all day.
Some of us spent WAY more than we intended, while one member managed to spend less than $30 and still bring home a decent haul. I did some damage, bringing home several yards of scrumptious batiks and some Moda Bella Solid precuts to pair with them.
Angela spent most of the time in the shops in the Baby Bjorn. She’s almost too big for it, but since she isn’t quite walking on her own yet, I figured it was the best way to keep an eye on her, be able to take photos for Virtual Shop Hop posts and hold bolts of fabric. Although Angela insisted on helping me hold fabrics.
It was a very fun day filed with donuts, girl talk, fabric and even a tractor parade, which just goes to show you that you never know what you’ll find when visiting a small town Iowa quilt shop.
The rest of this week I’ll be taking you on a tour of the shops we visited. Check back daily to read more. Here’s where we’re headed:
Expressions in Threads, LeClaire, Iowa
Cotton Creek Mill, West Branch, Iowa
Fern Hill, Amana Colonies, Iowa
Rainbow & Calico Things, Williamsburg, Iowa