|Val Besser, Spinning Spools|
|Brenda Seidl, The Thimble Box|
Look at the huge African violets she grows!
|Gathering Friends, Deb, Kathy & Sue|
Then we were on to Bird Island, home of Gathering Friends Quilt Shop, owner/designers, Deb Jacobs & Kathy Squibb. What a lovely shop we found there, actually 3 shops in one with their own line of books & patterns, all the fabrics & notions, & a gift shop for dreaming.
Sue Sandgren on the right was employee of the day. The quilts on the wall behind them are from their newest book. Don't you just love their entrance!
On to Litchfield where we found DeAnn's Country Village Shoppe. I found some children's fabrics there that will make beautiful little coloring bags & aprons.
Sharon was continuing her search for blacks & white/creams for a new project.
Apologizies, DeAnn; I must have missed taking a picture, but I sure love the pinks & purples I purchased at your shop!
On to Kimball - Gone To Pieces Quilt Shop - Owner Penny Callander is like a smile-in-every-aisle at her warm, quaint quilt shop. So much inspiration & friendliness housed there & more pinks for coloring bags!
The last stop was at Avon, MN, where we found Aunt Annie's Quilts & Silks. Owner Lucy Senstad was quick to show us what she does with hand dyes, discharge dyed fabrics & gelatin prints; something you don't find at every quilt shop.
A fabric grouping in yellow, black & white really caught my eye there; have not seen that fabric anywhere else. That is why we need all the quilt shops we can have - everyone has her own selection which makes this shop hopping so much fun!