|Pumpkin Hollow by Bunny Hill Designs|
Block of the Month at Quilter's Haven in Rosemont MN
Finally the bus arrived and we were off to our 1st shop. As we started on our way names were drawn from a bag for door prizes. To my surprise and delight my name was drawn and I chose a prize of 5 fat Quarter of Halloween fabric. I already had a project in mind, earlier in the morning while I was reading an email from www.FreeQuiltPatterns.info I downloaded a Free Pattern: Fall Table Runner by Melissa
Our 1st stop was "Quilter's Haven" in Rosemont MN. This was my 1st visit here, the staff were friendly and I enjoyed looking at all the fabrics and displays and was able to find some fabric for the Sock Monkey Baby Quilt I plan to make. The fabric was a dark brown printed with Baby ABC Blocks. They had Coffee ready for us and while taking a break in their classroom I enjoyed the Pumpkin Hollow Block of the month by Bunny Hill Designs Quilt that was taking shape on their Classroom wall.
Back on the bus everyone was checking out each others goodies. The Chatter & laughter was intoxicating. We soon arrived at our 3rd Hop Shop Eagle Creek Quilt Shop in Shakopee MN. It is located in an old renovated Train Station building. I had visited this shop last winter on another Bus shop hop and could not wait to go inside and check out what they would have in store for us. On the wall were displays of quilts large and small, felted projects and needle punch. Every nook and cranny had purses, fat quarters, patterns of all sorts. On the wall by the children/baby fabrics was a Dr Seuss "Cat in the Hat" Quilt using a panel - wow what an idea it gave me. I had pieced together a Dr Seuss child's quilt at Quilt Retreat this past summer & that would make a great backing teamed up with some cuddle fabric. Yes! I did buy the panel. After coffee and cake we Hopped on the bus and headed on to our next Quit Shop. We still had three more shops to go, The Noble Quilter in Elk River MN, Quilted Treasures in Rogers MN and Four Seasons Quilt Shop in Maple Grove MN, each with their own specialties
I enjoyed my visits to each of these last 3 shops. Each one was so different than the other. At the Noble Quilter I fell in love with a quilt that was on display there designed by shop owner Angie Roberts whose shop and quilt pattern called Perfect Palette had been featured in Quilt Sampler spring/summer 2013 issue.
We arrived back at "Sew Little Time" Quilt shop in Hudson WI about 6pm and Linda the Shop Owner had some treats waiting for us. Brownies and Ice Cream. Yum! I signed up for a finishing kit for the Harvest Quilt and the went home.I got back home about 7pm and looked over all my goodies and reviewed my day, I ate supper and went to bed early that evening. It was a fun day spent with my quilting friends.