Posts in category "Quilt stores"

The Quilter's Trunk - Chicago's New Top-Drawer Quilting Store

Chicago is a premier city with highly rated music, restaurants, theater and sports. As a result, many significant quilt shows and conventions come to town. When quilters travel, they love to shop and not just at the merchant malls. Many of the quilt shows will organize shop hops and these shops are usually in the... Read more »

A visit to New York City with friends is an experience you should have

I flew into NYC to meet my friends for a weekend of talk, food and plays. It's a great destination as there are so many things to do.
A long long time ago in a galaxy far far away I attended college. Yes, I was young once. Don’t look so skeptical. I was and I had a core group of friends from my sorority. Over the years we have had some reunions but the best ones are those to NYC. In fact, a... Read more »

Quiltshop wall of shame or quilters gone bad

I am sure you buy fabric and have entered quilt shops. A fact that is little known is that the quilt shops keep track of the underbelly of the quilt world. Don’t believe it? Look in the back and you shall discover The Quiltshop Wall of Shame or quilters gone bad.  I am exposing these... Read more »

Quilt Shops on the coast of Maine

The minute we crossed into Maine we visited the Tourist Center where I found this terrific brochure. I showed it to a woman at our hotel and she added one to the list. What fun awaited me!
When I travel I like to try new foods, talk with people, learn about history and go to as many quilt shops as possible. This trip to Maine was no exception and since we drove, the sky was the limit! I visited a total of five stores and naturally, I bought something at each shop.... Read more »

My latest quilt heroine - Jenny Doan and Hamilton, MO

Have you ever met someone who just instantly makes you glad to be alive? Happy to be in the same room with them? That is what happened to me when I attended a lecture and trunk show featuring Jenny Doan at the Kansas City Regional Quilt Festival. It was just about instant love. I admired... Read more »

Trip to Iowa and adjusted expectations

We had a trip to Iowa planned around seeing the Australian children’s group, The Wiggles. My granddaughter Zara was a big fan although lately Elmo has been catching her eye. She’s 22 months, she’s allowed to change her interests. We were pretty excited and I even made her a costume to look like Emma of... Read more »

Alaskan Quilt Stores in Sitka and Juneau

My husband and I just got come from a vacation in Alaska. We saw whales, bears, eagles, sea lions and otters. We learned about the Tlingit and went on hikes and boat rides. Plus we did some serious fabric shopping in two Alaskan quilt store in Sitka and Juneau. You would love these shops, I... Read more »

Quilt shops in the Fox Valley

I love shopping for fabric, I don’t even care if I don’t know what I will make with it. There is nothing else that gives me quite the rush that selecting new fabrics does. I decided that to help me recharge my creative battery I would seek out brand new quilt shops in the Fox... Read more »

Quilt stores even smell good

I love quilt stores and fabric. Love everything about them. I even love the way quilt stores smell. Yes, you read that right. I love the way quilt stores smell. Why? Because quilt stores even smell good. There is a  quilt store right up the street from me. Let me repeat that. Right. Up. The.... Read more »

Portland's Japanese Gardens and fabrics

Bolt is such a cute, cozy neighborhood store. It is near a fabulous French restaurant where we had breakfast and the best ice cream store I have ever visited. You will love your visit here.
Visiting Portland was such a mix of experiences. We were able to see our daughter which was wonderful on a personal level. We went with her to the home of friends I have known since High School so there were wonderful family/friends time here. We also were able to see gorgeous nature which I showed... Read more »
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