This weekend I made it to 3 of the shops that are participating in the Quilt Minnesota Shop Hop.This was my first visit to both the Calico Hutch in Hayward and Quilting by the Hearth in Lonsdale. I also stopped in at Prairie Quilting Quilt Shop in Windom while we were on the road.
As a first timer to the Calico Hutch I wasn't really sure what to expect. I have to tell you - that store is HUGE! I don't think I have been in a bigger shop. They had tons of fabric, with plenty of samples to go around as well as a large selection of wool-stuffs if you are into that sort of thing. The shop is also really easy to find and has a nice front porch that looks very welcoming. Lately I have been a sucker for flannel but this shop got me with their kits instead. They had kits for all types of things and plenty of variety in each kit type. I ended up getting 3 kits and 2 patterns :) The kits are for a mini-table runner, a gender neutral baby quilt and a garbage bag for in the car. I bought the Amy Butler pattern to go with my Tula Pink Nightshade fabric and the Bevels pattern for some of the panels that I have.
Our next stop was Quilting by the Hearth. I don't have my purchase from them pictured but I bought the 2013 Quilt MN t-shirt from them. They had a large selection of fabric but nothing that i HAD to take home with me. The gals there were super nice and ready to visit with anyone. This shop is an old house turned store and I wish they would have used that theme a little bit more. I have been in other shops like this and they put all the kitchen samples up in the kitchen and then decorate the home just like you would if you lived there - oh well.
The last stop of the trip was Prairie Quilting. I have been to this store a few times now and really like the set-up. They have LOTS of flannel and I couldn't resist finishing up a few bolts for them. A co-worker gifted me some 'sock monkey' fabric a few months ago so this flannel will go into that project. I also bought 2 fat quarters in order to get a free pattern for an origami type bag.
Next weekend I will be going to 10 shops including Prairie Quilting :) I can't wait to show you the haul from the weekend! Sometimes I have to remind myself and buying in the summer just means that I will have more quilting to do this winter when I am stuck inside all the time!
Have a great rest of the week!