What do two quilters do when they only have a bit over an hour to go, and all day to get there?
We find quilt shops!
We find antique shops!
We run to Michael’s with a 50% off coupon to buy beads for making beaded sewing stilettos!
We hit Target to pick up “just a few things we need” only to buy MORE than we need….
And then about halfway to our destination we stop at Walmart because we remembered some things we’d forgotten.
It was a ramble down the road kind of day including lunch out at Chilis and then root beer floats at a small hometown drive in once we reached our destination because we could.
It was just this kind of perfect day!
But first, we need to get all of THIS in Irene’s car!
I left this behind at Target!
Though if you wanted a bra with flying geese and half square triangles to keep your girls from flying south, they have them in stock! Oh we laughed and laughed!
All of this Target hilarity was happening while we were waiting for the clock to reach 10am so we could go here:
Inspired to Sew at Pine Needles Sewing Center in Marion, Iowa!
We can’t wait to go in!
Oh My GOODNESS!
Lovely bundles and kits!
Racks of inspiration!
Walls of samples!
And Debbie and Barb from Minnesota!
rainbows of happiness!
Can you stand it?
Kids quilting classes upstairs!
Super friendly staff! So nice to meet you ladies!
Yes, Debbie and Barb are still shopping! LOL!
Definitely worth a visit, don’t let this shop pass you by!!
We made it to our destination – where we have two consecutive retreats happening in Oelwein and in West Union ---I’ll be spending two days at each, and these retreat centers are each so unique and so fun I can’t wait to share you photos of what’s going on here.
There were also a few other shops we hit along the way, photos are being saved for future posts!
Today is a busy one – a full day Midnight Flight class with the group in Oelwein, and then a lecture tonight for everyone from both locations.
We’ve got quilters from as far as California, Texas, Nebraska, Canada, and I’m sure other places – I just haven’t met everyone yet.
It’s going to be a screaming fun quilty weekend down in Iowa! Waaahoooo!
Have a great Thursday, everyone!