Monday, April 04, 2016

An Impromptu Sit & Sew!

Yesterday afternoon found me with some time on my own after we had arrived at the Naperville Marriott, filled our bellies at the near by Maggianos.

Pam, Lisa and Pepper had gone off in search of dreamland, and I gave my friend Valerie, owner of The Quit Merchant in Winfield a call after finding her email on my phone.

“Forgot to tell you I am having a sewing day at the store with some friends so I hope you will join us…….”


The shop is maybe 15 minutes away and Val came and retrieved me and took me back!

I was a surprise you see, These gals just knew Val was out to retrieve something. Isn’t this fun!


Hexie corner section #2 is growing!


Valerie finished her bricks little quilt!


Thank you for an afternoon of stitching bliss!


Of course there was some shopping to be had.


Some ooh-gling,


Some ahhhh-gling


Some Oh my gosh-ing


Some “I have to make this!” ing as well!

Val has started her own pattern line for reproduction scrap quilts and her designs are just dreamy and make my heart smile!


Something to pet around every corner!


Samples upon samples!


You gotta get to Winfield, Illinois!


Thank you for the wonderful afternoon, my friend!


Quiltville Quote of the Day!

Our smiles can change everything! Turn yours on today!

I know the smiles of friends lifted my travel tired heart turning yesterday from a work chore to joys to be remembered.  Smiles make all the difference.

Vintage grandmother's flower garden quilt found in Kentucky.

Time to get myself down to my class and get this day started!

Love from Naperville -

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  1. Yay! I'll be checking out this shop soon. My local store in Batavia, IL closed this winter so I need a new quilt shop.

  2. That's awesome that you had enough time to go stitch! Valerie's shop is so awesome - I love it there!

  3. Such a nice looking shop. I loved the pinwheels that was in the barn raising pattern. Somehow it caught my eye. Have a fun trip.

  4. Happy to hear you were able to stop at Val's store. Love that place. We have had many visits there when heading to Shipshewana.

  5. Serendipitous!! What a lovely surprise for them and a nice stitching afternoon for you!! Hugs for a lovely cocoon experience, Allison in Plano, Texas

  6. How nice to be the Surprise Guest at a Sew-in! Did they furnish the machine for you there? No Sneak Peeks of what you worked on??? Hope the ladies enjoy the Cocoon with you and the other Quilt Teachers. Stay Warm

  7. Well now I definitely will have to stop at Val's shop on my way to meet you!! Two-fer!!!
    Have a great day, Bon. Can't wait to see you tomorrow.

  8. Wasn't that sweet?! How fun to spend some time with your friend Val.

  9. What a nice surprise for those girls at the sit n sew. Love Val's shop too! You're so close to me!

  10. Was just there a couple weeks ago...Val is the greatest!! I try to stop in when I'm out that way..it's always worth it! Wondering what you had at Maggiano's....

  11. Love the addition of a daily thought or quote. It's amazing how often they seem so perfect to the day.

  12. This is my "home" territory. My daughter lives in the town where this shop is located. Wish I did, as well.

    Have a fun time at the International Festival!!!

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