Today would be an easy day leading towards a state-wide finish for the 2017 Quilt Minnesota Shop Hop. We learned from last year to allow more time for this last leg so we wouldn’t have quite as dramatic of a finish. See this post and then this post about last year’s amazing race to the finish line.
We woke in time to attend church with my sister, her husband, and our niece.
As we entered this beautiful Lutheran church, we noticed the gorgeous stained glass windows and the bright and cheery sanctuary. Bonnie told me the congregation had spent quite a lot of money to have those windows professionally cleaned. They sure looked nice and I think it was money well-spent.
While we were sitting and waiting for the service to begin, the pastor was making his rounds around the congregation shaking hands and exchanging morning greetings. When he came to where we were seated, he recognized my husband and I as members of Bonnie’s extended family. We’ve been to church here before with Bonnie and her family for baptisms, confirmations, and visits although it’s been a couple of years. My husband and I told the pastor of our adventures of traveling around the entire state of Minnesota and visiting 63 quilt shops with only 3 left to visit today. The pastor then put his hand on my husband’s shoulder and said, “God Bless You.” He went on to add, “That is very honoring.”
After church, my sister, Bonnie, made us Wild Rice Pancakes with fresh fruit including raspberries freshly picked from her garden. She has quite a green thumb growing all kinds of fruits, vegetables, and weeds. Somehow those weeds just keep coming back year after year. We also had bacon, I think. I’ve learned not to ask what kind of meat she serves as we’ve had a variety of deer, pheasant, salmon, bear, elk and who knows what else since my brother-in-law is an avid hunter and fisherman.
They offered us the use of their canoe and paddle boat so we could paddle around the lake before we left. My husband was focused on finishing the shop hop today and heading home so he declined and said we’d be back sometime soon and took a rain check. We’re holding her to it!!
And we were off on the last leg of our adventure. It’s always sad when an adventure has to end but we were excited to get back home to see our new college graduate son who had moved back home to job hunt and our other son, his wife, and our 2-year old grandson who had sold their house and moved in with us until they are able to move into their new house in September.
We entered the This is Sew Broadway shop in Crookston and found Jenn, the owner, there this time. I featured this shop last year but she had been away hosting a bus of quilting shop hoppers so I had visited with her dad instead. You can read more of that post here. We spent a fair amount of time visiting with Jenn, looking around the shop, and making a purchase. Tu-Na Helper reminded me that we needed to be on our way.
The gals at Quilter’s Eden in East Grand Forks were very friendly and we took our time. After getting back into the car, I realized I had forgotten to ask about their block kit so I ran back in and purchased one. Now, we didn’t have as much time as we had thought before the last shop would be closing for the day.
We arrived at our last shop on the 2017 Quilt Minnesota Shop Hop about 30 minutes before closing. We’d be checking out of the Northwest region here and also the state. When we rounded the corner in the Moorhead Center Mall in Moorhead, MN and spied all those ladybugs, I knew I’d found
Today’s Top Shop on the Hop:
Lisa Hage, the owner, was off for the day getting a much-needed couple of days off. She’d left the shop, The Quilted Ladybug, in Cindy’s and Sarah’s capable hands. Cindy filled me in on some details about this shop while Sarah took care of customers and other shop hoppers still coming into the shop.
Lisa purchased The Quilted Ladybug about three years ago. It had previously been located elsewhere in the city since it’s inception in 2004. Evidently that owner liked Ladybugs and the name continued. You will find ladybugs all over the store from fabric displays to rocks.
When Lisa purchased the business, she made the decision to move The Quilted Ladybug for several reasons: the current building rent was increasing and also to improve it’s visibility. It is now conveniently located within the Moorhead Center Mall in Moorhead, MN across from Herberger’s and has ample parking. As most business entrepreneurs would say, it’s all about location, location, location.
Lisa, being the creative person she is and because she had taken graphic design classes, decided to design and write quilt patterns. She created the pattern company, Sew Many Stitches, when she was a stay-at-home mom. Lisa believes that “Quilt patterns should look difficult…not be difficult!” (Excerpt taken from The Ladybug website.) The Quilted Ladybug includes a display of her patterns and you can also see them here on her online shop. Of course, she also made a lot of quilts during that time at home. Her love for pattern designing, fabric, and quilt making all led her to become the owner of The Quilted Ladybug.
The shop doesn’t house a longarm for quilter’s use or provide professional quilting service but it does offer a longarm drop-off service for 4 professional longarm quilters. Customers can bring in their finished tops, battings, and backings and drop them off to be picked up by one of those professionals with which the customer has pre-arranged. That’s very generous customer service for any shop.
I noticed their large amount of batik fabrics as well as some bolts of Lori Holt fabrics. In addition to those fabrics, they also have a good supply of other quilting fabrics, flannel, minky, wool, and a variety of patterns. The shop recently became a dealer for Brother sewing machines and are an authorized Brother Service Center servicing all makes and models of sewing machines. I also couldn’t help but notice some NDSU items as well.
The shop has a cozy class space making their classes more personal. They offer classes in quilting, embroidery, and bags.
Cindy Steyer-Lukowiak will soon be saying good-bye to the staff and customers of The Quilted Ladybug as she moves out of state. However, she has fabric plans that will keep her in touch with quilting.
Cindy’s advice for new quilters is to start with a good beginning class, such as their “Quilting 101” class that The Quilted Ladybug offers. “Once new quilters have been successful at taking that class (or any good beginning class), then they’re hooked,” according to Cindy.
The shop also offers a Quilting 201 class. I suspect the naming of the classes come from the fact that they are located within 20 minutes of 3 major universities and several smaller colleges and trade schools. Sarah is an example of taking that Quilting 101 class and then walking out with a job at the shop. It didn’t take long for her to become hooked.
For more info about The Quilted Ladybug and to discover Lisa’s online offerings, see her website here. When you stop in to see all the lovely fabrics and count the ladybugs, say Hi! to Lisa and the gals. Oh, and when you do, tell them that Tu-Na sent you.
When we checked out of the Northwest region here, we received these lovely fabrics.
We are State Finishers! 10 Days, 3,429 Miles, 66 Shops and Credit Card Debt from a Car Full of Fabrics, Notions, and Patterns
Our passports were verified and stamped. We had made it!!
♪Over hill. Over dale. We did hit the dusty trail. As the Quilt Hop went rolling along.♪
The passports sure look different than when we first started out ten days ago. See the originals here.
From ♪66 Quilt Shops on the Hop♪ all the way down to one, we had been inside every door. Each shop was interesting and unique and I found a lot of things to buy. My only regret was that I wanted to have stayed longer at many of them. Tu-Na Helper’s regret will be coming soon in the mail, the credit card bill.
The mileage listed above includes all of our miles from our front door in Bismarck, North Dakota traveling around Minnesota and back home. It’s been quite an adventure once again. “I think if we don’t win the trip after next year’s hop,” Tu-Na Helper said as he leaned in close to me, “we’ll just have to go and buy the trip ourselves.”
Block of the Day:
- Update on Johnny’s quilt
- A look at the loot
- A few words from Tu-Na Helper
What I Learned Today:
- We must be slowing down or maybe we just enjoyed this trip more. It took us one more day than last year. We drove 61 less miles and there were 6 less shops on the hop than last year but the car is just as full.
- Moms are the last ones to know things about their kids or at least I am. Our new college graduate son now has a job. He received a job offer when we were gone on the hop. Although we talked to him by phone a couple of times, he decided to surprise us with the news when we arrived home. During that time, he had driven to Fargo, 200 miles away, and found himself a brand new apartment. He’ll be moving there in a couple of days and we’ll probably be helping him.
- My sister is a very good cook but I already knew that. It’s nice to be reminded.
- It feels good to be home.
- The car is packed with enough projects to keep me busy all year and then some.
- My husband is a wonderful guy but I already knew that, too.
Question: Can you fold a towel or a napkin into an interesting object? Tell me about it. Years ago, when I was a girl scout leader, I showed my group how to fold napkins and bought each of the girls a book on napkin folding. My daughter enjoyed doing that and we often had nicely folded cloth napkins at our table. My sister has a book on towel folding from the Carnival Cruise Line. It must be addicting since every time we visit her, we have a different animal sitting on our bed.
I am home now and trying to get caught up with household tasks and my bee blocks which some are two months behind. I read and appreciated every comment I received. Many of you were happy to hop along with us from the comfort of your easy chair. Some of you wanted to be out shop hopping, too, and maybe next year, you will. And a few of you found Tu-Na Helper and I at the shops and we visited and snapped a couple of pics. It was great fun! Thank you all for your kind words and encouragement.
Thanks for stopping by and do come again.
Karen, Tu-Na Quilts
See my other posts about the 2017 Quilt Minnesota Shop Hop:
Tu-Na Travels: ♪Over Hill. Over Dale. We Will Hit the Dusty Trail. As the Quilt Hop Goes Rolling Along….♪
Tu-Na Travels: Day One, 352 Miles, 11 Shops, Only 55 Shops Remaining
Tu-Na Travels: Day Two, 334 miles, 7 Shops, Only 48 Shops Remaining
Tu-Na Travels: Day Three, 210 Miles, 4 Shops, 44 Shops Remaining
Tu-Na Travels: Day Four, 276 Miles, 9 Shops, Only 35 Shops Remaining
Tu-Na Travels: Day Five, 274 Miles, 8 Shops, Only 27 Shops Remaining
Tu-Na Travels: Day Six, 243 Miles, 8 Shops, Only 19 Shops Remaining
Tu-Na Travels: Day Seven, 259 Miles, 6 Shops, 13 Only Shops Remaining
Tu-Na Travels: Day Eight, 204 Miles, 6 Shops, Only 7 Shops Remaining
Tu-Na Travels: Day Nine, 401 Miles, 4 Shops, Only 3 Shops Remaining
All the links to my posts for last year’s Quilt MN Shop Hop can be found at the top of this blog under the Tu-Na Quilts, Travels, and Eats title. Click on the Shop Hop tab; in the drop down menu, click on 2016 Quilt MN Shop Hop Posts. You will find pictures and links to each of the posts for that year’s hop.
At this time, I have no affiliation with any of the shops, products, companies, or services that I mention here on Tu-Na Quilts, Travels, and Eats.
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Thank you again, for all of your lovely posts. Wow – that is so impressive – all your miles, and a complete passport. I hope you win the cruise. Just make sure you share the pictures :)!
What a nice end to a wonderful journey. I do have a talent for making folded napkins into a variety of things like a candle. I took a class on a cruise once. Your sister’s place looks fabulous, and that last shop worthy of a long drive visit from this Wisconsinite. ~smile~ Roseanne
Karen I am so glad you had a safe trip and are home. Your posts of the hop are always enjoyable. Crossing my fingers that you win the trip!
I enjoyed traveling along via my chair. If you really want to try an adventure, perhaps you should plan a bus trip of the shop hop. People could travel along, maybe not the whole trip but by the regions. Something to think about.
I’m sure when doing a shop hop in Minnesota one is reminded just how big that state is. I was born in it and lived there for just a little bit before the family moved back to WI in the early 50’s. I had never spent much time in the state until we started to travel in the motor home about 10 years ago we have not covered near the amount of the state that I would like to but we have seen a lot of it now. Thanks for all the info on the quilt shops, one day I’m sure I will see some more of it and well keep an eye out for the shops.
I love that you took time to go to church with your sister. When I was going through breast cancer, my daughter got married in Albuquerque and my sister-in-law helped with the service at a Catholic church. My brother’s son got married six weeks later in WV. I didn’t know if I would ever be able to go back again, so I flew my daughter from ABQ and me from Tulsa for the wedding. We went to my SIL’s church. Of course, we were with my brother. One of the member’s approached me and said, “You must be Greg’s sister who we are praying for.” I had no idea that they were praying for me. They had never told me and I was pleased. I had just finished my last chemo treatment and had radiation ahead. At my daughter’s wedding, the oncologist thought the cancer was back and it was not. That’s been 13 years. Enjoy your new graduate. My adult son who is 40 just moved home almost two years ago. It helps me immensely since I have fibromyalgia. Then 5 months later his 2 year old daughter came to live with us. She is four and started Pre-K-4 Tuesday. She thinks she is a big girl now. She takes her backpack and off she goes. We have to take and pick her up every day. She is a riot. She’s one of the smallest and thinks she’s one of the biggest. It’s great for me. I need the rest. My son is working S, S, M. He is trying to get changed to T-F and that will help me so I don’t have her alone on the weekends. It’s been killing me to have her and her brother who is back with his mom. Still loving all the travel news.
I really enjoyed the armchair travel with you on the shop hop! I hope to do it some year with my DH. We’ll know some things to look for, after reading about your travels. I didn’t know The Quilted Ladybug had moved. Quite a view from your sister’s home. Wild rice pancakes?! I’m going to look that recipe up! Can’t wait to see your acquisitions now!
After seeing all those posts of others with Tu-Na, I now realized that I didn’t get a picture with her! Glad you enjoyed your stay here – the light is always left on for family 🙂
It’s been so much fun going along with you on your shop hop journey! Thanks for taking us along. Have a great weekend! Andrea
What a great wind up to a fabulous trip. I think it might be *cheaper* to just buy the cruise. LOL I know you already know how blessed you are to be able to do this. Congratulations to your son on a new job!
I can fold a paper napkin into a small basket. It’s a good party trick when there are kids around. I even used it for my “demonstration speech” in my 8th grade English class.
So excited to have seen your adventure! I am jealous and now REALLY want to do the hop next year. I miss Minnesota! But I think it’s just too far from my North Carolina home.
What a wonderful trip! I hope you win something because of your completed passport!
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