Rainbow & Calico Things, Williamsburg, Iowa

I’ve been shopping at Rainbow & Calico Things for years, but I’ve never actually been to the their rural location on a farm in Williamsburg, Iowa. The owner is a member of my quilt guild, so I’ve shopped from boxes she’s brought to quilt retreats and her booth at our quilt show. I have loved […]

Virtual Shop Hop: Expressions in Threads, LeClaire, Iowa

I call the Quad-Cities home. It is a metropolitan area made up of five cities bordering the Mississippi River in Iowa and Illinois. I know you just read “Quad-Cities” and then “five cities.” It’s weird, we know it. But in addition to the cities that make up the Quad-Cities proper, there are several smaller communities just outside […]

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 […]

Celebrate National Quilting Day!

  Saturday is National Quilting Day! It’s a special day to appreciate your favorite quilter and share your love of quilting with others. I’ll be spending the day sewing at quilt retreat, hopefully finishing a quilt top or two. My guild, the Mississippi Valley Quilters Guild, is celebrating with a special mini quilt show at […]

Friday Progress Report: Fabriganza fun

This was the week of not getting much accomplished. I normally get plenty done over the weekend, but I had a bridal shower and bachelorette party in Chicago. I had a great time, but ended up with food poisoning from eating duck testicles. Long story, even longer time spent in the bathroom. Once I finally […]

Virtual Shop Hop: The Cotton Cabin, Dubuque, Iowa

If you’re looking for a weekend getaway that includes a trip to a quilt, shop then consider visiting The Cotton Cabin in Dubuque, Iowa. Dubuque is a lovely town on the Mississippi River with a vibrant Main Street where you’ll find local restaurants, coffee shops, a knitting shop and The Cotton Cabin Quilt Shop. The […]

Virtual Shop Hop: Home Ec. Workshop, Iowa City

Home Ec. Workshop is haven for all modern fiber artists. It is filled with fun prints, gorgeous yarn and a cafe that serves up drinks with names like “Black Sheep Latte,” “Sheepuccino” and “Americano Sheep.” Located in Iowa City near the University of Iowa, the shop has a modern flavor that you don’t often find […]
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