Me & My Stitches

Me & My Stitches
Click on the picture to go to my website. These are 1' x 1 1/2" pendants.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Day Two


On day two of our great adventure, as I said in the last post we spent the night in Sun Prairie and visited JJ Stitches in the morning.  There is so much to see there.  When we finished up there we decided to have lunch before we hit the road.  We walked down the street to a Mexican restaurant and had a great (and super-cheap) lunch.  Then we were on our way to Menasha!  Lisa Bongean has suggested that we stop in Ripon at a primitive shop.  I had the name wrong, so we had a little trouble finding it.  We first stopped at what was supposed to be a quilt shop (according to the Quilter's Travel Companion) but was now a coffee shop, and they directed us to the primitive shop.  It was just full of very cool stuff and also had the most wonderful puppy mascot that greeted us!  After taking in all of the primitive goodness and stretching our legs a bit, we were back on the road.  We arrived in Menash early in the afternoon - I gave Lisa a call and discovered that she and the girls were at her house (formerly known as The Gathering) sewing, so we headed that direction.  Lisa gave us the full tour and told us to stay in any of the rooms that we wanted (except her bed or Luke's room!).  As many of you know, the house is just wonderful!  Here are some pictures of the bedrooms upstairs...




Nice, big, walk-in shower





 Aren't all of the quilts wonderful?  I think I could have spent the rest of the day just looking at the different fabrics in each one.  But...we wanted to get to Primitive Gatherings to check out all the goodies there. I didn't ever take any pictures of the shop - not sure why because we were there every day for the next three days!  This is what I purchased on our first trip there...

I already had the pattern and wanted to make this quilt, so where better to buy the kit of fabrics than Primitive Gatherings!  We were at the shop for quite awhile - some of the girls wanted to see my jewelry, so we got that out and they picked some pieces that they wanted.  When we finished up there we went back to Lisa's and moved all of our stuff in.  We decided to sleep downstairs in the basement - I will show you pictures of that on my next post.  It was supper time already, so we ran and grabbed a sandwich and went back to the house to stitch.  We decided to only bring hand work with us, so it was easy to get right to work.  I took my Pink Lemonade quilt to hand quilt and also some of my wool Summertime blocks.  We just hung out and chatted and stitched and all of a sudden it was almost midnight!  Waaaayyyy past my bedtime - lol!  And that was the end of Day Two.  And a wonderful day it was!!

12 comments:

  1. Wow, what a great collection of quilts and so nice to see a home decorated with them. Have fun!

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  2. Okay, explain--does Lisa use her home as a quilt retreat--all those bedrooms with what appears to be gift baskets on them. I love Primitive Gatherings patterns and fabric (just bought some of those fabrics you bought), but I'm not familiar with this side of things. It looks way toooo fun!! Can you say, "JEALOUS"?
    Also, after your last post I looked up JJ Stitches and ordered the pattern for one of the quilts on their wall in one of your pics. Like I need another pattern, but I couldn't resist. They were very nice and the pattern arrived yesterday.
    I will be emailing you those instructions you mentioned in your email to me--just returning the favor--you need another project, too. : )

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    1. Janet, did you call them? When I looked them up their website was down, they are updating it. You DO need more patterns, we love to see your creations!

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  3. I think I would have spent a great deal of time looking at all those wonderful quilts. It's so nice to see a place all decorated with quilts. Sounds like you just had the best time and love those fabrics you picked for the quilt!

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  4. what no quilt in the shower stall?? lol just kidding, I thought I had a lot of quilt up, but not like this :-)

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  5. Yeh - I think the shower is a let down with all those other wonderful quilts to look at. LOL. Looks like a grand place to retreat! You picked up soe wonderful neutrals.

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  6. Spending time with Lisa in her house must have been over the moon, Julie! That's a lot of bedrooms! My head would have been spinning after a day at PG, too! Take me next time! (just kidding)
    Cheers!

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  7. What a fun trip, but that is a long way from Idaho. My DH is a taxidermist and we have 4 deer heads we need to get out to PA. Maybe the guys would meet us in Wisconsin, ha ha! I'll just have to dream...thank goodness for the www!

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  8. You must have been so excited! The bedrooms are so beautiful! Love the quilts!!

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  9. I think I would pick the Log Cabin quilt bed. Just because I like Log Cabin quilts.

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  10. Beautiful! I just love a house filled with quilts in use.
    Your trip looks like it was great FUN!!

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  11. OMGoodness lots of wonderful eye candy in your recent postings and lots of envy here.

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