We’ve returned from our sixth consecutive year of participating in the Quilt Minnesota Shop Hop. Tu-Na Helper survived another year of hopping with me. And do I ever have stories to share.
Like the ones about a moose, and almost being homeless for the night (actually two), and a cicada, and teaching a shop owner a new trick, etc. Tu-Na Helper even learned some new things such as routing and scheduling. But before I get ahead of myself I want to start at the very beginning as every good story should start.
Setting the plan in motion:
I hadn’t planned to do the whole state again, maybe just a couple of regions. Then our son and his wife from Michigan called and told us that their baby (our newest granddaughter) was going to be baptized on the 11th. After a bit of thinking (about 20 seconds worth), I suggested to Tu-Na Helper that we attend the baptism but take the scenic route via the Quilt MN Shop Hop on our way to Michigan.
We had two days to get ready before opening day. Tu-Na Helper suggested switching things up and visiting the northern regions first winding our way through the state as long as time permitted before we began our trek through Wisconsin to Michigan and then finishing the state upon our return. The previous five years we’ve started in the southern part of the state meandering northward.
Making the list:
Every year Tu-Na Helper has asked what’s on my list—you know, the things I’ll be looking for at each shop. So I started my list. I still had lots of projects left from last year and have a fabric stash at each of my two houses so I was sure my list wouldn’t be long.
1. I investigated the Quilt MN Shop Hop fabrics for this year and picked out several that I wanted to get. I predicted the blueberries and lady slippers would be a sell-out so I planned to buy them early. I never pre-order as I like the thrill of the hunt. I was only right with one of the predictions.
2. Two masculine pinks (a medium and a light) for the pig block for the Minecraft quilt that I am making for our oldest grandson. I’ve posted pictures on my Facebook page here. I have some pinks but they just look too feminine. Surely, there’s other options.
3. A better flesh color fabric (than the one I already have) to use for faces for the Minecraft quilt and for some gnome noses.
4. Floral fabrics to use for the couple of Laura Heine patterns I bought this winter. I think I left the patterns in Arizona but I’ll have to make sure I didn’t bring them back with me to North Dakota this spring as I want to work on them this winter.
5. Beard fur for gnomes. I’m teaching a class this fall of a wall hanging that has gnomes. I’d like to get a couple of options for class members so they don’t have to run around searching for it ahead of time.
Setting the budget:
“I’m sure I can keep to a $500.00 budget,” I told Tu-Na Helper. He laughed.
Selecting the route:
Tu-Na Helper used a new routing App and inputted all the addresses from the Quilt MN Shop Hop site on the Route 4 Me App on his I-Phone. It didn’t take long at all for the route to be selected. “This is going to be so easy,” I thought. The plan would be to start early on opening day arriving at 9 am at Hometown Crafts and Fabrics in Detroit Lakes, MN — a mere 3 hour and 39 minute drive from home.
Day One of the Quilt MN Shop Hop experience
What I Learned Today:
- Minnesota is huge! We drove on roads we never traveled before and viewed sights we never saw before. We even visited some new quilt shops on the hop but more about that in the next post.
- I can be wrong. After traveling thousands of miles over, around, and through Minnesota for the last 5 years of the hop, I really thought there were no roads that we had not traveled on before. I sure was wrong.
- Opening day of the Quilt MN Shop Hop is as exciting to a quilter as opening day of deer hunting season is to a hunter.
- I love traveling with Tu-Na Helper.
- I like road trips and I think Tu-Na Helper does, too. I wonder where we can travel to next?
- Tu-Na Helper must be getting better at routing or maybe the App was better than the program we used last year; we traveled less miles this year than any of the previous years on the Hop (not counting our mileage to and from Michigan).
- Getting used to new glasses isn’t as easy as it used to be. After almost two years of healing and recovery from my cornea transplant surgeries, my eyes were ready for glasses. Recovery has been a long road. I went from being near-sighted to being far-sighted. After the surgery, my distance vision was great without correction but my mid-range and up-close is not so good so the glasses are much needed to help with that.
Questions: Where are (or did) your travels take you this summer? Stay tuned to hear more about our exciting adventures on the 2019 Quilt MN Shop Hop.
Thanks for stopping by and do come again.
Karen, Tu-Na Quilts