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!
Some log cabin pieces to prove my point...
See those little stripes, checks and interesting prints? I think they really add to it.
Sorry...got 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!