So the weather was perfect and my hubbie wanted to take me along on a road trip to see some Indian Mounds at Nelson Dewey State Park by the Mississippi River this past week. On the way he surprised me by making stops at several quilt shops along the way (what a sweetie!).
Our first stop was Petals & Patches in Belleville. I just love the atmosphere in this quaint quilt shop in an older two-story building downtown. There are so many rooms to explore–upstairs and down. It took quite awhile to see everything. I found three lovely background fabrics (Hoffmann by McKenna Ryan) that will work as perfect backgrounds for my landscape art quilts. I also found a cute chickadee fabric in the Christmas area. Andi (the owner’s daughter) waited on me, and gave me permission to take her photo (see below). She was so helpful!
The next stop on the way was Quilter’s Compass in Monticello. Their beautiful store is also in an older building on the corner downtown. There’s lots of light coming in the large front and side windows to brighten up the huge room as you explore all the fabrics they carry. Everything is nicely organized. They carry a lot of wonderful Moda fabrics I love (including precuts). The salesperson didn’t want me to take her photo, but she did allow me to take several photos. I found a fat quarter (last one!) of a paisley Moda “Double Chocolat” that I needed to stretch my leftovers into projects. You never know what treasures you’ll find.
Our last stop was a quilt store in Darlington called Pins and Pieces. The owner, Heidi, was there to welcome us and allowed me to take her photo. She has a great sense of humor–I loved the Saturday Hours sign: “9-ish to 4-ish”. Even though it’s a smaller store in comparison to the other two, it’s jammed packed full of great fabrics. In addition to selling fabrics, Heidi does alterations and has a fabulous collection of zippers and other sewing notions. She tells me there will be a quilt show in Darlington this September, and that she’ll be a vendor at the Quilt Expo. (That reminds me…I need to make decisions on workshops and send in my registration! Have you registered yet?)
POTOSI BREWING COMPANY
Someone we met along the way suggested we lunch at the Potosi Brew Pub, and since it’s not too far out of our way (and we were hungry), we decided to go. It was well worth the trip through the beautiful rolling Wisconsin countryside. The Pub is in the historic Petosi Brewing Company Building, which has exposed brick, tall ceilings, and a beautiful wood carved bar. We didn’t take the time for the tour, but the food and service was excellent. We’ve got it in our Garmin so we will have to stop in again soon.
NELSON DEWEY STATE PARK
The Nelson Dewey State Park was awesome…breathtaking views of the Mississippi Valley from the bluff. The Indian Mounds were a bit disappointing, as they were difficult to make out in the brush and overgrowth, but Dave got some photos…while I snapped a few shots of the spectacular views.
All in all, it was a great day.
These are just a few of the wonderful quilt stores we have in Wisconsin. We didn’t have time to visit more on our way to the Mississippi, but there are several more in the area. I hope if you’re a Wisconsinite, or a summer vacationer here from out of state, that you’ll stop by and explore more of them!
Bye for now… and HAPPY QUILTING!