Me & My Stitches

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

Monday, July 15, 2013

Road Trip!

Many of you probably have already seen the blogs of Missie (Hallbrook Designs), Kathy (Kindred Quilts). and Carolyn (Lee Prairie Designs) - so you know about our super fun road trip on Saturday.  Well, as usual...I did not take pictures (told Kathy I would be "borrowing" some of hers!) - so please go check out their posts to see some inspiring pictures of the shops we visited.

We met at The Woolen Needle, in Williamsburg, IA.  I hadn't been there for quite awhile and was pleasantly surprised by the changes they have made there - they opened up one of the back rooms so the shop is bigger now, and they also moved things around and it just seems a lot more open and lighter than it used to.  It's such a great shop - they have SO MUCH WOOL!  Of course, a big pile came home with me.  I forgot to take a picture (shocking, I know) of my wool purchases, but I re-organized my stash closet and got my wool all stacked nice and neat (it was just all piled together before) - so I will show you a picture of that. The first one is a basket of smaller pieces - aren't they pretty?

Here are the 2 stacks of wool, with the basket on top.  My wool stash is growing!
 This is a box full of recycled wool - some of those in the back are the ones I played with on Kool-Aid dye day.
Not only did I shop hop with friends on Saturday, I also ordered some wool online last week from The Old Tattered Flag - aren't these nice?  And the patriotic ones came in that nice patriotic basket.

 Here are the cotton fabrics that found their way home with me on Saturday...
 Gotta love those reds...and stripes - I am on a stripe-kick for sure.  You can't really tell from this picture, but I already hit the light/red stripe with Instant Antique and it looks awesome.
 And some blacks (and more stripes!).  When I make jewelry using the log cabin design, I love putting in a stripe or two - I just think it adds a lot of interest.  And some blacks with a little color (and what could be better than red?) also spruces them up.
Some log cabin pieces to prove my point...

See those little stripes, checks and interesting prints?  I think they really add to it. side tracked - back to Saturday. We left Williamsburg and stopped in Kalona - visited 2 shops there and had a little bit of lunch. While in Kalona, we were visited by another blogger friend of mine...Kim of KimmyKats - I LOVE her jewelry - so check out her blog and her Etsy shop too!  We had already had snacks, because Carolyn baked cookies and brought them along for the trip!  Then we were off to Inspirations, in Hills, IA.  I know you have heard me talk about this shop - I just love it there.  She has the best fabrics, and is the nicest person.  It's always fun to visit!  I'm so happy for her - she is now one of Quilt Sampler's Top 10 shops - she really deserves that honor.  After we were finished shopping, Nancy let us use her huge classroom upstairs to chat and have a little show and tell.  I took my Summertime quilt top and this little guy...
Lisa gave me this little kit at spring market last year and I never got around to putting it together.  Well, after some taunting from Janet O, I decided (on the 4th of July) that I needed to work on a little patriotic quilt!  It probably won't get quilted for awhile, but it's hanging on my design wall so I can see it.

There was lots of good show and tell, but my favorite things is Kathy's Moravian star (pic stolen from Carolyn!)

I watched (on her blog) as she made this and was just amazed, and asked her to bring it.  All I can say is WOWZA!!  It is so, so cool.  I really want one...tried to steal this one...but she had her eye on me!  I'm hoping that she decides to teach a class on it, because I will be the first to sign up.  It is just amazing!  

And, even though we were not supposed to do gifts...look what Kathy gave each of us (she said we made that rule too late!)...

Love this little table topper and it's my favorite colors - just perfect!  She also gave us a spool of Aurifil thread and a General's marking pencil - again...just perfect - I will definitely put all of these things to good use.

We really did have a great day - it all went too fast - can't wait until we can get together again!

Don't forget to go back to the top of this post and follow the links to the other blogs - there are pictures of some of the shops - major eye candy!!

Have a great day!


  1. I've seen all the other blogs about the trip--was just waiting for yours. Good thing Kathy kept her eye on you--apparently your reputation is widespread. *LOL*
    Your little sheep quilt looks great--I knew you would get to it! (What, me taunt?)
    What a surprise that you didn't take pictures of the day. It all sounds like so much fun--you know I am wishing I had been there!

  2. What a pleasure I had to spend time with you again and meet your friends! Glad you had such a good time and came away with lots of treasures!

  3. That's quite a stash of wool, but I think you need more... any excuse to go back to the Woolen Needle, right? Did you realize that cuts from several bolts of fabric came home with more than one of us??? Goodness, we have such good taste!

  4. Fun post, Julie... I'm sure the creative juices and idea's are flowing with all your lovely purchases!

    We had a fun time together.


  5. Looks like you guys had such a great time!
    Love all the wools.
    I want to make one of the stars too :-) Fabulous.
    Ohhh...I'd like to make the topper as placemats.
    Thanks for sharing so many treasures!

  6. Wow Julie - I'm so envious of you and your friends - sounds like you had a perfect day out and you came home with some real treasures!

  7. No wonder you said you didn't need to visit my website! I think you are set for quite a while!! Sounds like a really fun time .....

  8. Sounds like fun! I would love to visit some of the shops in Iowa!

  9. Drooling over your wool, loving your log Cain pendants and that mini too cute!

  10. I will probably be paying a visit to the Woolen Willow this fall when we head north. Did you notice if they have the wool strips for rug hooking? I did not see any when we stopped last summer.

    The small table topper......I like! Aren't you glad she made that before the rules went into effect.

    I have admired the sheep and star design on a few blogs when someone had made one. A look I like.

  11. Looks like you had lots of fun. Nothing better than a summer road trip with quilters!

  12. You are all so talented! Your wool quilt is gorgeous! I haven't tried to make anything that large in wool, but am really tempted to after seeing yours. Williamsburg isn't too far from my friends in Cedar Rapids--I may have to start planning a fall roadtrip! ~Roberta

  13. I'm so jealous, Julie! You have some wonderful shops within "hopping" distance and it looks like you made the very best of your road trip!

  14. What a fun road trip! I'm so jealous of all your wonderful wools :*) I have a few pieces, but nothing like your stash. I also love to add stripes and checks to a project - they add so much movement and interest! My stash of stripes has grown tremendously in the past year. Love that 3D Star - if she decides to teach a class, be sure to share with us so we can make one too :*)