My heart skipped a beat! Traveling along North Shore Drive north of Duluth, we curved along the road and this came into view.
If you’ve been reading my blog, you know that lighthouses are one of my favorite things to see. If you are new, click here and here to check out more about me.
We’ve been plagued with some road construction and detours on our journey through Minnesota but not nearly as much as last year. Or maybe, it just didn’t bother me as much as last year.
After a long drive and a lot of Garrison Keillor’s Prairie Home Companion, we came to the small town of Cook and drove right up to today’s top shop on the hop.
We were warmly greeted at the door by Jill and Brandy. These 4-legged welcoming committee members ran to meet us, sniffed, and were a bit disappointed that we had not brought any treats. Next time, girls.
Susan, the owner of Cabin Quilting, opened for business 5 years ago. According to Susan, this log cabin used to be a “mancave.” Chain Saws and parts were sold out of the front and the back had a small engine repair shop. She overlooked the grease on the floor, saw the potential, and purchased the building.
When selecting a building for her quilt business, the most important criteria it had to fulfill was to fit her longarm quilting machine. This beautiful log cabin did just that.
Susan offers this advice for beginning quilters “Don’t mess with cheap fabric. Buy quality fabric so it won’t fall apart and join a quilt guild as you will learn much.”
For new shop owners, Susan highly recommends having a business plan and a knowledge of business. She says, “Do your research as anybody can throw fabric in a shop.” She highly suggests that wanna-be shop owners have business skills and encourages owning your own building rather than renting.
Susan doesn’t have a website but Cabin Quilting can be found on Facebook. Stop in at Cabin Quilting to pet that doggie welcoming committee and tell Susan and the girls that Tu-Na sent you.
Continuing on our journey we found ourselves as far north in Minnesota that we could possibly go without our passports.
When we were in International Falls, we completed another section and received another fabulous fabric prize. I bought the pattern for the Labyrinth Walk quilt that’s been circulating around Facebook. We actually got to see a labyrinth quilt in person and talk to the quilter that sewed it so I know it’s doable.
Back into the car and on our way to another shop. Walking into Sadie Rae’s Quilt Shop, we discovered this very appropriate sign.
Now a lot of people think Sadie Rae is the owner and so did I until I actually met her. I thought you might like to, too.
Actually here she is in person.
Now onto my sister’s log cabin by the lake for supper and sleep.
What I Learned Today:
- We live in a beautiful country.
- My sister is a fantastic cook.
- I really like log cabins.
Question: Have you seen or made the Labyrinth Walk Quilt shown on Facebook?
Be sure to read my previous posts for my daily top shops on the hop and my packing my bags posts. I’ve featured some great shops: you won’t want to miss a one. Only two more days of hopping left.
Myra at Busy Hands Quilt for Finished or Not Friday. (Button on the sidebar)
Cynthia at Quilting is More Fun than Housework for TGIFF
Sarah at Confessions of a Fabric Addict for Can I Get a Whoop Whoop?
Caroline at Sew Can She For Show Off Saturday
Hi Karen! What a fun adventure for you. Enjoying all your posts! Safe Travels.
Thanks. I am so happy you are enjoying reading about my adventures. We are having a good time but are extremely exhausted! Two more days to go and then I’ll post about all the loot I got.
You look rested here! Shopping is stressful !
Shopping is stressful but not as stressful as it will be when we open the credit card bill!
Karen, This is fantastic, scenery is out of this world, shopping in this shop would be a
privilege like non other, supper at this log cabin by the lake would be like heaven, I know this for a fact, as I also have enjoyed this lovely B&B. You, as always have done a fantastic job of transporting us to another day of fun, what a good job of reporting your travels. Would love to
see what other shops you will find along your route.
Some days, the words just seem to flow! Other days, I sit and look at my computer. But usually once I start looking at and organizing the pics, it just seems to write itself. Glad you are enjoying my writing. There were quite a few other interesting shops that I didn’t choose for my daily top shop on the hop posts but sure could have.
What a wonderful adventure! Thank you for sharing your journey with us. It helps us imagine that we were there shopping and visiting fun quilt stores instead of sitting in the office or at home. 🙂
Thanks. It’s been lots of fun but I am so tired in the evenings. Spending money is hard work! Only two days left and then when we get home I’ll post about all the loot I’ve bought.
What a awesome view your sister has at her cabin by the lake. I’m green with envy! I’ve never been to Minnesota so I’ve been enjoying your posts immensely. Wow, Minnesota seems to have a lot of quilt shops too! On my bucket list now.
And there are a lot of shops that don’t participate! If they all did, it would take us a month and a truck for sure.
What a wonderful day!! Love the pictures of all the gorgeous views, the furry friends, and the quilty pictures too! That sign is hilarious! And so very true. I have the Labrynth Walk quilt on my list of quilt patterns to buy. I’ve had no less than 10 non-quilty friends post the picture to my timeline on Facebook! I figure I should make at least one so they’ll stop posting it! Hahahaha!!
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It was so fun to walk into the quilt shop and see a customer picking up her labyrinth quilt from the longarmer. And to talk to her was amazing (pun intended). I only regret that I didn’t take any pics of it. I think I was totally blown away by it. Her quilt was in burgundy and had the maze effect.
Sounds like you had a wonderful adventure! Well worth the high credit card bill 🙂
Thanks for linking up with TGIFF!
We will have to remember that when the bill actually comes. 2 more days and then we are done. I plan to do a post about all the loot I bought when I get home and unpacked. I’m exhausted! Shopping is hard work!
The North Shore is one of my favorite places on this earth. I could sit by Lake Superior for days on end, and there are some great little shops up there too. I’ve not made a labyrinth quilt, but would like to some day. Hope you enjoy making it!
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It will be awhile before I get to that Labyrinth quilt. There’s several quilt projects on the list to be done before then. Besides I didn’t buy any fabric for it yet. Oh, my I guess I’ll just have to go shopping again!
Oh yes. Oh dear, another quilt shop stop! Heehee.
It looks like a wonderful trip. I have only been to the St Paul area. Looks like a reason to go farther.
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Thanks. It’s a great state that is so diverse; lakes, rivers, forests, cities, farmland. But that could probably be said of about every state in the USA. I hope you do get a chance to go see more of it.
MN is a great state that is so diverse: lakes, rivers, forests, cities, farmland. But that could probably be said of about every state in the USA. I hope you do get a chance to go see more of it.
I am not sure about this year, we are heading South West thru New Mexico and ending up in Colorado. Then coming back to Missouri
Aw shucks…glad you enjoyed the meal. It was fun having you here and can’t wait to see what you’ll write about our adventure the following day.
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The post is published and I hope you enjoy it. Thanks again, Next year come with us for more of the days, if you can keep up.
Looks like you had a lot of fun hopping! Whoop whoop!!
Thanks!! It’s been a very fun experience and I’ve learned so much! I am so glad that I documented my journey here on my blog so that others could share in my experiences too. One more day to go! Will we finish or not? Then a really big post about all the loot I’ve bought!
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