Yesterday my aunt and I took a road trip two hours south on Route One to Threads of Time Quilt Shop and Retreat. It was truly worth the two hours in the car! I’m sorry that I have no photos of the shop. I’m timid about asking if I can take photos. I think it goes back to when I tried to take a picture of a line of dresses at a Renaissance Faire and was politely told to put the camera away. Geesh…..I only liked the colors, not the dresses! So, I guess I’m just afraid that someone will say no. I know….get over it!
I’ve never met friendlier people. When they found out it was our first trip to the shop, we got a guided tour of the shop and the retreat. I’ve never been to a retreat. I kind of like to be home at night, but I think I could be persuaded to stay there. Very nice rooms…a huge workroom with many design walls. There are design walls throughout the retreat area. They have a beautiful garden out back with a fountain and a lighted patio. I can see where it could be quite a relaxing weekend. Sew…eat…sleep…repeat.
The shop itself is very nice. They have a nice selection of fabrics. As long as I can find Civil War repros I’m happy! They carry a lot of Superior and Aurifil threads. I really liked that since my local quilt shop doesn’t have a large selection. We got a demonstration of a new product…..iron on thread. It’s a heavier, glittery thread that you iron on to fabric…..much like a stained-glass look. I can see where I might use that in holiday projects.
Anyway…if you are ever near Danville, Illinois, be sure to stop. They’ll feed you cookies! 🙂
Reasons for Quilts (Edyta Sitar) is really a nice book. It’s not really a pattern book although it comes with a DVD containing patterns for some of the quilts. It’s more the stories behind many of her quilts and the reasons why all of us quilt. It’s beautifully photographed. It would make a wonderful gift for any quilter….even a gift to yourself! Hey, we deserve it!
As you can see, I found fabric. Sometimes I feel like the Queen of the Fat Quarter. I do so love them!! :-). It’s obvious they followed me home! I think you can tell which fat quarter I brought back for MiniQuilter.
Tomorrow, it’s another road trip with the husband. We’re off to the Grout Museum in Waterloo, Iowa to see an exhibit of Civil War quilts and tribute quilts and Civil War letters and artifacts. I’m going to ask about photography. I’m guessing no….but I’ll ask!