I've bought several others but they haven't made it to the top of the to do list yet. I asked several friends to join me at the class but it seems this was a very busy weekend for a bunch of people so I was on my own. I decided to check out some shops that were possibilities for the bus trip this fall. I left home at 5 a.m. on Thursday because it was a 5 hour drive to Wichita and I had a bunch of shops I wanted to check out.
The trip didn't start off as planned. My check engine light came on as I drove down my street. I checked the manual and since the light wasn't flashing I decided it was okay to drive it. It crossed my mind that I could use mom's van but it was 5 a.m. and I didn't want to wake her up. I do try to be considerate once in awhile.
I made good time and got to Hen Feather's Quilting and More at about 10:30 a.m. Cute shop. Bright and cheery.
It was a pretty nice size shop with ample parking so it is a good candidate for the bus trip. The bus trip will be there the day before their shop hop starts so they should be stocked up with cool stuff.
A few miles away is a Quilt Sampler 2014 shop called Material Girls. I LOVE THIS SHOP.
What???? I think this might be the first time I've seen hand dyes in a fabric shop. So lovely. Plus they had this gorgeous McKenna Ryan quilt hanging in the shop.
How could you not love this quilt. McKenna is so amazing. This shop is going to be on the bus trip, no question.
The third shop in Wichita I visited was Picket Fence Quilt Co. It is a nice shop in a small strip mall on the west side of town. They carry some yarn as well as quilting fabric. There was a nice variety of fabric types. Lots of samples and a very friendly owner.
There were some patterns I'd never seen before that were very cute.
So bye bye Wichita and off to Newton, KS to check out Charlotte's Sew Natural.
This shop is such fun. It includes 3 store fronts in the quaint downtown area of Newton. It is wall to wall sewing stuff.
Great fabric, some wool, tons of notions, lots and lots and lot of patterns and books. I think this shop has something for everyone.
In one of the store fronts they have hand made gifts for sale as well as their classroom. The owner wasn't there at the time of my visit but the women in the shop were very helpful.
They had tons of cute samples on the wall and it seems that the store just kept going on and on. They had some lovely embroidery and colors were everywhere.
Their fabric choices were wide and varied. I'm excited to take the bus trip to this store.
By the time I left the store I was getting hungry so I bopped across the street to this charming little deli/bakery in the hopes they would have a vegetarian sandwich available. OMG was that a good decision. The egg salad sandwich was so big I could only eat half of it and it was wonderful. This might be a possibility for a box lunch on the bus trip.
Next stop on my whirlwind trip was McPherson KS and Stitches Quilt Shop. Another lovely little shop in small town Kansas.
Back in the car, I was headed to Junction City KS to visit Quilter's Yard. This is a nice little shop that sells Pfaff machines. They had one sample that I love, love, love with ombre fabric.
All About Quilts in Manhattan Kansas was my last stop for the day. My butt would be glad to get out of the car.
This shop is a little dark but has tons of cool fabric and notions. It is a fairly good sized shop with a wide variety of fabrics. I loved a few of the sample quilts and they had the patterns and fabric of the samples.
I was so happy to get to the Super 8 in Holton. I was lucky to get a room as there was a wrestling tournament in town.