If you’re looking for the Fall Into a QAL, you’ll find my post here. Of course, you’re welcome to stay and read about my adventures on the Quilt Minnesota Shop Hop as Tu-Na Helper and I travel the entire state visiting 59 shops or at least we hope to visit them all.
Our first stop for the day would be Country Loft Quilt & Design in Forest Lake. The quilt made from all the shops patterns was displayed here.
Each of the shops gives a free pattern for their block when our passport is stamped.
Before we arrived at our second shop of the day, we made a quick detour to Trader Joes. Luckily, the twin cities area has several stores and our route would go right by one. There are no Trader Joes stores in North Dakota so when we are close to one, we stop and stock up on at least two of our favorite items. As we drove into the parking lot and parked, the conversation between Tu-Na Helper and myself went like this:
Tu-Na Helper: “Let’s divide and conquer. I’ll get the coffee”
Me: “and I’ll pick up the granola and then we’ll meet at the check-out.”
Things didn’t exactly go that way. We surprisingly met at the sample aisle instead.
We tucked our bags into the car and then headed for Quilter’s Haven in Rosemount. Little Josephine had brought her mommy, Nicole, to the quilt shop to find some fabric and they both found me, too.
Our daughter, Emily, had texted me her list of fabrics that she wanted me to find. I found one of them at the next shop, Twin Cities Quilting in Roseville and also at the next shop after that. Some of the fabrics were starting to disappear so I was not feeling so comfortable that I’d find all I needed. I set the bolt on the counter and asked for 1 1/2 yards. The happy, young gal stamped our passports first and returned them to us in song. Then I knew I’d found…
Today’s Top Shop on the Hop
Megan, the owner of Knit & Bolt in Minneapolis, bought the shop a little over a year ago in April, 2017.
Megan decided to rename the shop (it had previously been called Crafty Planet) to more accurately reflect what the store is about and to reduce the number of phone calls from people asking if she carries paint and other craft supplies.
Megan sews but mostly identifies herself as a knitter. “I started sewing when I was a wee one, stealing my mom’s embroidery floss and other supplies to turn into creations,” Megan told me.
At Knit & Bolt you will find a bit of everything bright and modern with a touch of retro. Megan has a nice supply of natural fiber yarns. She was involved in the yarn shop hop in April.
You can read more about this shop here as well as find their list of sewing and knitting classes.
If you’re needing to find something new and fun or just want to talk with that happy shop owner, stop in at Knit & Bolt. Oh, and tell her that Tu-Na sent you.
After saying our goodbyes, we grabbed our purchases and off we went as more shops needed to be explored. We stopped by 5 more shops before we called it a day.
Tu-Na Helper’s Top Sights of the Day
What I Learned Today:
- One is never too young (or old) to learn to sew or develop a love for the needle arts.
- The way to a man’s heart is definitely through his stomach.
- Like mother, like daughter. I taught my daughter, Emily, to sew and now she sews quilts, too. Josephine, who I met today, has a great chance of growing up to be a quilter, too, since her mom is bringing her into fabric shops already.
Question: Do you knit? I tried it once but I never really got good at it. Maybe it was just too repetitious or maybe it was that the stitches were inconsistent from too much and too little tension on the yarn. My scarf looked like an ocean wave.
Thanks for stopping by and do come again.
Karen, Tu-Na Quilts
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