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Monday, February 11, 2013

AN EXCITING HEART OF WINTER TOUR

This post might be a little long, but I wanted to tell you all about the Heart of Winter Tour that took place this last Saturday and not stretch it out to a full week like I did last year.  Also because I got so busy looking and buying that I forgot all about taking pictures.  There were four quilt shops participating in the tour.  A bus started out early in the morning at each shop.  Those shops will send their bus on the tour, each one eventually making a visit here at the Attic Window.  Above Chris (owner of the Attic Window) talks to us while we wait for everyone to arrive so we can get on our bus. 
These cute little dolls sitting in the shop window look like they are sad to see us leave.
Here we are on the bus.  Well, not all of us.  Eleven more will join us soon!  Note the cute little young lady in the front.  I’ll tell you more about her later.
What a wonderful day for a bus tour.  It had snowed in our area and earlier in the week I was concerned that we might not be able to have our tour.  But Saturday morning the sun was shining, the roads were clear, and all of us house-bound quilters were glad to get on the road.  Isn’t this a beautiful view?
I’d like to introduce you to Brynn, our youngest quilter.  She came with Grandma Louisa who tells me that Brynn loves to sew and has made numerous pillowcases.  Brynn is nine years old and has been sewing for three years. She is currently working on a quilt for the big quilt show next year.  We all fell in love with her.  She and Grandma Louise had made cookies for us.  Brynn walked up and down the aisle making sure that we each got one.  And, I might add, they were wonderful.  Louisa said she would send me the recipe and I’ll share it with you when I get it as it was the best chocolate chip cookie I had ever tasted!  Brynn was so helpful during the rides to the various shops.  She distributed water, and the wonderful snacks that Chris provided us.  Brynn also helped with making sure the gift items that Chris also provided got to the correct person.  Between Chris and Brynn we had a wonderful time on the bus!  Thank you Chris for all you do and thank you Brynn for all your help.
Speaking of the wonderful bus ride, above our handsome driver in gentlemanly fashion helped each of us off the bus, making sure we didn’t trip on the ice or snow.  (Then again he may have driven quilters before and wanted to make sure there wasn’t a stampede! LOL)  What a charmer he was!
Quilted Memories in Montague, MI was our first stop.  This is a darling shop with a wide selection of quality fabrics and supplies, as well as a full line up of classes and special events.  The owners and workers greeted us with warm smiles, hot coffee and cookies, and lots of samples, fabrics, kits, books/patterns, etc.  The first thing I saw was this cute little pot holder kit. 
Owner Jill, above, smiles as she works the check-out.  She said that she came up with the idea for the pot holder when she had left over pieces from the hot dish carrier that she was featuring.  I got the kit with the red pepper fabric and can’t wait to make it.
Back on the bus and to the next shop.  At Around The Block Quilt Shop in Portland, MI we were made to feel welcome when the owner climbed on the bus to greet us and tell us of the discounts available and that the shop had a gift for each of us.    Above, the driver again helps us off the bus.
This shop has a rich selection of colorful fabrics, motivating books and patterns.  They were featuring kits for making these adorable place mats.   As we walked into the store I heard someone from the bus groan as she looked around and said, “I’m gonna be in so much trouble.”
The shop also provided a fantastic lunch for us.  They had deli sandwiches and sloppy Joe sandwiches.  Above is what I chose.  That salad was to die for it was so good!  Of course I’m not showing you all the dessert I ate. 
Above is the shop owner, having a good time with us.  Look at all the samples on the walls.  Again I got so wrapped up in looking at fabrics and making choices that I forgot to take more pictures.  Maybe it was the time…I’ll blame it on that, as there was so much to see and we had to concentrate because we still had another shop to visit.
Above is Steve.  He and Kathy (who got on the bus to greet us) own Quilts Plus in Kalamazoo, MI. Check out all the samples on the walls.  They had a lovely wool corner too.  Of course there were refreshments waiting for us after our long trip, then we all got down to the business of shopping.  I wish I had taken more pictures here because this is a terrific shop with lots and lots of samples as well as patterns, books, and anything quilty.
Back on the bus, we headed for the Attic Window in Grand Rapids.  We talked and shared cooking tips like, you don’t need to precook your lasagna noodles, and how to make your own vanilla.  And as quilters do, we fondled our fabric.  Above Brynn is doing what all true quilters do.  Don’t you just love her? 
Back at the Attic Window we found our cute little goodie bags lined up and waiting for us.  They contained so many helpful items, such as thimble, seam ripper, marking pencil, fat quarter, tape measure, recipe for cream cheese bars!  Wow!  We also received our free pattern for the table runner that the store featured. 
Then, since we were all too exhausted from our trip to cook, Chris had dinner waiting for us!  There was salad too, but I had to save room for turtle brownies also on the table. 
Thankful for the dinner, and exhausted from our trip and day of shopping, we got in the check-out line so we could go home and rest. 

Hope you can join us next year for this fun filled day!

On Another Note:  Shabby Fabrics has a free BOM for this year.  Check it out and get patterns for the first two months now.

Until next time,

Stay Calm! Stay Kind! Stay Positive!
Caroll

6 comments:

CJ STITCHING AND BLOOMS said...

Hello Caroll, It sounded like you all had a super great day with lots of goodies bought and some great food to eat too. It is nice to see a young lady sewing. Hugs Judy

Lynn said...

Looks like a really fun day! Glad the weather was nice for you.

Jeanne said...

So glad the weather didn't hinder your bus trip. Looks like a great day with neat shops to visit.

Vicky F said...

Hi Caroll,
Looks like you had a fun day with the group. And you really lucked out with the weather, considering the nasty stuff we had the day before!

GeeGee said...

Thanks Caroll for the virtual bus tour! Fun times and nice to see the tradition of quilting continue with the young ones.

Mama Pea said...

It looks like fun! I'm glad Quilts Plus treated you so nice! ;-) You eat like a bird, girlfriend. ;-)

Quilting Teachers at the shop.

Quilting Teachers at the shop.
Chris, Marilyn, Jill, Lee Anne, Sue, Vickie

Quilts For Wheels

Quilts For Wheels
Many thanks and much appreciation goes to the women who work diligently each month to make quilts for those in wheel chairs. Kudos go to: Yvonne, Mary T., Fran, Joan, Mary Ellen, Barb, Lee Ann, Nancy, Mary.

Quilting for Kids With Cancer

Quilting for Kids With Cancer
Generosity has no bounds. Above are the women in the Quilts For Kids group at the Attic Window Quilt Shop. Left to right, Henrietta, Phyllis, Nancy, Carol, Karen. These women donate their time, fabric, money once a month to make quilts for kids who have cancer.