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: 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 […]

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 […]

A quilted Christmas tree

I’m heading up the design of a Christmas tree for the Festival of Trees in Davenport, Iowa. The tree is decorated for the Mississippi Valley Quilters Guild and the money raised from the sale of the trees helps funds the arts in the Quad-Cities where I live. The quilters in the Guild made more than […]

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 […]

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 […]