Saturday began with an awful snow...that fine steady snow that is very slippery. The roads were horrific and I think God used it to test my faith more than once. I went with my friend Coleen, as she had told me of a quilt store in Belvidere (our neighboring town) that I had never been too. After getting lost, retracing our steps, and going a different route on the most awful roads EVER!, we finally made it to "All My Stitches" I walked in and my breath caught! I was in my own personal "Promise Land".My favorite fabrics lined both sides of the entire store...really, I did not see a fabric I did not LOVE!
The window front had this beautiful display...Stunning. Of course, after 3 cups of coffee, the 70 minutes in the car, white knuckling it and stepping on that imaginary brake, I had to find the bathroom! Really Coleen is a good driver and I was more than safe. Even the restroom was decorated with an antique hand quilted butterfly quilt...circa 1930.Now you know I love pink and brown together, but would you look at the RED, pink and brown combo....I LOVE IT!!! It is a Moda Jelly Roll....I may have to go back and get it.Cindy, the owner was a delightful lady...a grandma like me, but she looks younger...who has been away from her beautiful shop for the last year fighting cancer. She found out in just the beginning of this month that she is officially in remission!! Praise God! She was so sweet and helpful. She just oozed hospitality. Cindy had a section of her store dedicated to 1930's repo fabrics and quilts. It was a wonderful room. Here is one end........and here is the other...The quilts in this room were incredible...Antique toys lined the tops of the shelves and the atmosphere in this room was so "1930 farmhouse". What a wonderful experience.I will certainly be going back soon. Alas, my time here had ended...we were starving and it was after 2pm. If you are ever near Belvidere, IL, stop in and see Cindy! I noticed a pink flyer in the window as I was leaving and it had Bonnie Hunter's name on it....I was too far away to read it, but maybe she will be visiting Cindy's store in the near future.
What did you say???? Oh, you wanted to see what I bought? Well we made a trip to The Quilter's General Store after lunch. (This is an OLD picture...the grass is covered in snow now!)
My purchases from both quilt stores ended up to be....6 fat 1/8ths, gorgeous homespuns, and 3 fat quarters in a gorgeous gold (for my Harvest Sky) from All My Stitches, and from The General Store I bought a new pattern (measures 42x42 and I think it will look great over my fireplace)... ...and some stencils. I also grabbed a couple of emery boards with quilt patterns on them just for fun.
Most of the time we were in the General Store, I had this book in my hands...I have wanted this book FOREVER! It is 27.00 and I had Christmas money...why not. I carried it and carried it (It was the only copy they had). Finally Coleen said, "You know I have that book and you can borrow it." Well, good grief....I should have know she would have it...she has close to 300 quilting books!! That is her thing. So I put it back, and grabbed the pattern, which she had too, so maybe we will do it together. Today, she brought the book to church for me and the dream begins....maybe you will see a newly designed sewing space very soon. Or I can just dream....