Connie and I haven’t seen each other for months and today we met halfway and traveled north to the Quilted Steeple, a quaint country church that became a quilt shop and retreat center.
And what did I buy, you ask????
This square panel which I’ll quilt for a tablecloth.
I took the big print along and picked up the fat quarters to coordinate.
A couple patterns, fat quarters and yardage to go with the fabric Cyndy sent me yesterday.
If I weren’t writing this blog tonight I’d be trying to decide what I should sew first. Oh, such fun! I haven’t been in a quilt shop in a long time. If you live in North Iowa – Southern Minnesota, go visit. And if you live further away, make a day of it. Her retreat center is next door in what used to be the parsonage, I assume, and what a sweet deal. Shop at midnight when you’re up late sewing and need just another piece to make it right! I failed to pick up a brochure but you should go online and read about The Quilted Steeple.
This is Julie Dodd, the owner, holding a table runner kit called Rose Garden.
Sheryl and Dianne, the two worker bees, who guided us when we were too overwhelmed to find what was right in front of us.
Remember Sandy Gervais? She lives in Algona, just 5 miles south and this shop carries lots of her patterns and fabrics. And as I admired some beautiful machine quilting, it looked so familiar I just had to ask. Yup, my neighbor Sue U. quilted it.
There’s a longarm in the back room.
A bedroom off the quilting room:
Sheryl took our picture from the balcony!
Many quilts on display, tons of kits, plenty of mixers and top designers and it was an easy layout to shop in! I’ll be returning.
Look at this sweet pillow Connie made for me!
When I got home I bound this Christmas panel.
Yesterday my mailman brought a box full of fun from my friend who came after the kittens, Cyndy in California.
Today the mailman brought me these darling puppy cards from Pat in TX and I’ve gotten many cards from readers – thank you! I know how Jo, Norma, Maggie and Darlene must feel now.
What a fun day! Check out The Quilted Steeple! I’ll be back!