Tu-Na Travels: On Minnesota Roads Again

Starting bright and early in the morning (Monday), Tu-Na Helper and I (well maybe only I) will be singing:

♪  59 Quilt Shops on the Hop,

59 Quilt Shops.

Drive up to one. Lay the cash down.

58 Quilt Shops on the Hop 

We’ll be starting in Winona and working our way around the state. If you happen to see us out and about, do stop and say hi. We’d enjoy talking with you.

I’ll be searching for some of this year’s Quilt MN Shop Hop fabrics.


This will be the one I plan to buy first.

And then there’s some swans that just might make their way into my car.


This year’s fabric is designed by Teresa Magnuson for Clothworks.

But I’m not so sure about the deer. Every time I look at them I am reminded that they like to eat my flowers and apples and other garden produce.


But I’ll keep an open mind until I see the fabric.

You can find the other fabrics pictured on the Quilt Minnesota Shop Hop site here.

We’ve got our route set (using OptiMap to plan the way) and my list is made. I’ve got something different planned for blogging this journey this year so stay tuned for more fun to come. In the meantime, you can read my 2017 shop hop posts here and the 2016 here.

What I Learned Today:

  1. Little baby feet are so precious and sweet.
  2. Do not eat supper outside on a patio after 8; it gets cold in Minnesota.
  3. Tu-Na Helper will be easy to spot; he’s probably the only guy in the fabric shop wearing a Hawaiian shirt.

Question: What do you do when you travel by car? Do you sit and watch the countryside or do you sleep or do you bring along a project to stitch? Usually I enjoy seeing the country but this time I brought with an EPP project. I’ve already sewn for about a thousand miles and I’m enjoying it.

Thanks for stopping by and do come again,

Karen, Tu-Na Quilts

25 thoughts on “Tu-Na Travels: On Minnesota Roads Again

  1. Leslie Schmidt

    I did the Twin Cities part of the hop on Friday on the bus. Eight shops in one day. I’m exhausted! That poppy print is the most popular one, so you may have a bit of trouble finding it. Many people pre-ordered the fabrics, so some shops are out or nearly out of a few fabrics. I didn’t care for the skunk fabric but I liked the lilies of the valley. Have a fun, safe trip.


  2. smilesfromkate

    I love seeing your travels Karen, I see so many fabrics not available in the UK, at least where I shop anyhow. I love seeing the countryside in the UK when I travel. Northeast England is so beautiful, especially Northumberland with its green fields, quaint villages and so many castles including Alnwick castle where Harry Potterwas filmed. Good Luck with the rest of your tour and Happy Shopping.


  3. piecefulwendy

    Oh! Where are you today? Let me know if you are headed my direction. I’m close to shops in Zumbrota, Eagan, Lonsdale, Montgomery and, of course, Northfield. This time I’ll try to be there if I can!


  4. Brenda~Songbird Designs

    Looking forward to seeing your travels on the quilt shop hop! I can enjoy vicariously!! Have fun! It’s definitely not too cool in Alabama to eat outside after 8 PM – we wear our weather here!! (drip, drip – ugh the humidity!!!) LOL


  5. karenfae

    it well be interesting to see what shops you hit and where they are. Have fun! – sometimes I try to hand piece but give up cuz the roads are too bumpy usually, I have tried to do binding and it works ok and I crochet


  6. Mary

    I like that deer fabric. I think it needs to come home with you. We LOVE road trips. I generally have a knitting project with me so I can knit and enjoy the countryside at the same time,


  7. BettyK

    I love to look at all the sights when traveling on these type of trips. Enjoy your travels and I hope you get the fabrics you are looking for.


  8. rl2b2017

    Hi Karen! I cannot believe it is time for the MN shop hop already. It seems like it was just yesterday that you were blogging about last year’s hop and your daughter was with for part of it. I hope she gets to join you again this year. Safe travels to both of you, and I look forward to reading all the haps. Happy Monday! ~smile~ Roseanne


  9. nancyangerer

    I generally take peeks at the countryside as I work on a project. The last couple of years I have had EPP projects to work on. Right now I am on row 2 of what will be a queen sized quilt of 6 pointed stars and hexagons. The stars are all made and the hexagons are ready, but it takes a long time to go across the row:) I have mixed feelings about the deer fabric. Deer can come from no where and jump in front of the car/van coming partially into said van coming near to killing the passenger (me). The police said the last time he had seen an accident like ours, the passenger had died. So deer are not my favorite creatures on this earth.


  10. Nancy @ Grace and Peace Quilting

    Karen, I hope you and your helper are having a wonderful start to your trip. Let me know when you’ll be at Quilt Cove in Eagan. But don’t look for poppies there–the first bus early Friday morning cleaned us out. I like to crochet, embroider or hand piece on road trips, plus look out the window and enjoy the sights.


  11. Kathleen McCormick

    Have fun on the hop, Karen! Looking forward to your interesting conversations and your delicious finds. I find it hard to believe that Tu-na helper is the only guy in a Hawaiian shirt!


  12. Susan

    I enjoy reading about your MN shop hop travels and purchases in the different shops. Keep us posted and have a fun trip around the state of MN.


  13. thedarlingdogwood

    Can’t wait to read about your shop hop adventure, Karen! I hope you & Tuna Helper have a great time! Good luck finding your poppies; it sounds like they are a hot commodity. I saw the fabrics online, the lily of the valley were my favorite. I like to hand stitch in the car, my favorite is binding.


  14. Barbara Mitchell

    What fun you will have in Minnesota…..I love the poppys….I tried doing embroidery while being a passenger on long trips but I rather enjoy the countryside and talk to my husband who likes to do all the driving.


  15. Preeti Harris

    Although it is a catchy tune, I am afraid it can be extremely dangerous. I am taking a break from fabric shopping, after the (up to 70% off) sale at Connecting Threads did a number on my budget.
    Enjoy all your fabulous fabric finds and I will come back to check your loot 🙂


  16. thatfabricfeelingcom

    I love your travel stories. It must be a blast to do a fabric hop. Sadly, I would never be able to control myself. Enjoy your trip and it’s fun living vicariously through you.


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