The 2018 Quilt Minnesota Adventure Begins
We arrived at Bluffview Quilt Shop just a few minutes past opening time to pick up our passports and begin this hop. It’s our fifth year of hopping around the state. The gals at Bluffview are just as friendly now as they were when I featured them two years ago (read it here). They told me that this years Quilt MN Shop Hop fabric is going fast. I was able to convince a few yards of the swans on teal background to fly into the car and I quickly closed the hatch to keep them there.
When Harry Met Tu-Na
I was in for a big surprise when I entered Rather Bee Quilting in Lake City.
I was holding little hope of finding the one fabric (poppies on teal background) that I really wanted from this years shop hop fabrics and was now wishing that I had pre-ordered it. The staff from several shops we visited had already told me that they had sold the last of it on Friday or Saturday and had heard from other shops in the state that they’d had the same experience. Imagine my surprise when I walked into All in Stitches in Zumbrota and Tu-Na Helper pointed to a bolt of poppies on the teal background.
Now just to decide exactly how much I needed. My decision-making process went like this:
Me: I wonder if I should get two or maybe three yards just to make sure.
Clerk: “How much can I cut for you?”
Me: “I’ll take five yards, please.”
Living Up to His Name
While my fabric selection was being cut at Quilting by the Hearth in Lonsdale, Sue asked Tu-Na Helper to turn the sign on the door to closed and secure the dead bolt. After all, it was closing time. He happily and quickly obliged. We checked out of the south east section here and received our black and white fabric bundles.
Back in the car, we checked the hop schedule and decided to continue and catch three metro area shops that were open in the evening. Little did I realize that the last shop for the day would be..
Today’s Top Shop on the Hop
I was delighted to find that clearance fabrics were an additional 20% off today (Monday) at Bear Patch Quilting Co. at White Bear Lake.
While I was paying for my purchase, Debbie, the owner, commented that price was now lower than the regular price of fabric when she opened the store in April 1997. Twenty-one years ago, a yard of fabric was $6.50; today, mine cost only $5.60.
Debbie showed us this great rug (pictured below) that she made using this years Quilt MN Shop Hop fabrics . She described the process to make it waterproof using ODICoat (a waterproof adhesive gel). I was surprised at how flexible the rug was. By using this product, which she happened to be out of already, one can turn any fabric into outdoor pillows, or table cloth, or waterproof the underside of a picnic quilt.
Debbie excitedly showed us several new products that she found at Quilt Market and showered us with gifts. I was indeed impressed with the lightbox that could be cut upon. Since I don’t have a light box, I think I’ll add this to my Christmas list.
Visit the Bear Patch Quilting Co. website here to find their list of classes and learn how you can subscribe to receiving Bear Patch Bits by mail. When you find yourself in White Bear Lake, visit this shop and tell them that Tu-Na sent you.
Before we left the shop, Tu-Na Helper asked Debbie for her recommendation for a good local restaurant for a late dinner. We followed her advice and ate nearby at Ingredients.
Tu-Na Helper’s Top Sights of the Day
Here’s a peek at Tu-Na Helper’s favorite sights from our travels and shop hopping today.
What I Learned Today:
- We drove the exact same number of miles on Day one this year as we did last year on a different route with different shops.
- I might need to think about my decision-making process.
- Fish that have spots are usually ill so other fish stay away from them. At least that’s what I heard on Scientific American 60 Second Science podcast.
- I think I’ll be listening to a lot of Scientific podcasts and Money Girl in the coming days.
- I’ve overestimated my energy level and the amount of available time for writing at the end of the day.
Question: Do you listen to the radio or music while you drive? Tu-Na Helper likes to listen to the radio or podcasts but I like to talk or look at the scenery but usually end up sleeping.
Thanks for stopping by and do come again.
Karen, Tu-Na Quilts