My heart skipped a beat! Traveling along North Shore Drive north of Duluth, we curved along the road and this came into view.
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