Little did I know when I awoke this morning, that I would be in for a very special treat!
While visiting the quilt shop in Lake City, the gals told us about an event being held at the marina a few blocks away. Since my husband and I like adventures, we decided to check it out.
Fifteen minutes later we found ourselves setting sail on a one-hour sailboat ride on the Mississippi River.
I would have liked to have sailed longer but another treat was awaiting as we still had one more shop to visit. My top shop on the hop today was Bluffview Quilts.
As I stepped into Bluffview Quilt Shop, I was warmly greeted by the owners: Mary, Pauline, and Randi. The shop opened in May 2012. This is their third year on the hop. Originally, the shop had been called Clubhouse Quilters but with some partnership changes it was renamed.
Each of the owners has an area of specialty that they bring to the shop: Randi specializes in hand applique and embroidery, Pauline in paper piecing and Mary in traditional quilting. The three work well together as a team. Pauline says, “We all have different tastes. It gets pretty exciting sometimes.”
Mary has been quilting for 25 years. Pauline is a “born again quilter” having restarted three years ago after a 25 year hiatus and Randi entered the business as a new quilter. Pauline’s first quilt was used as a store sample and sold for $600.00 but she also says “If you look around and see the unfinished ones-those would be mine.”
Mary’s tip for a beginner quilter is to talk to your local quilt shop as they will help you get started. Mary, that’s good advice. Bluffview Quilt Shop is “All about fabric, fun and friends” and I can see they have all three of these. When you visit, tell them Tu-Na sent you.
What I Learned Today:
- Spontaneous activities can be lots of fun.
- Slow down; enjoy the ride.
- It is hard to shop hop all day and try to write a post at night.
Question: What have you done at the spur of the moment?
These are fun travel posts. I have never been to Minnesota and it’s many little quilt shops. I find it impossible to stick to a budget when I visit shops . I want to support them all.
Thanks for the compliment. I enjoy writing them and I’m glad you enjoy reading them. I, too, cannot stick to a budget!
Taken the last train to New York City on a Friday night. =) I’m SO glad you went on the sailboat! You would have missed so much, and always been sorry you hadn’t taken the time. It looks like great fun – and you still did 5 shops!
It was a busy but relaxing day. Towards closing time, we begin to feel we are on the “Amazing Quilt Race” as we race to get to the shop before closing time.
What a wonderful day. Adventures are so much fun.
Thanks for stopping by. They are fun. Never know what one will find, if one is open to adventure.
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