Today would be a busy day visiting many shops. With the help of the Route 4 Me App, Tu-Na Helper had determined our route the night before but I wasn’t so sure I agreed with it or him. We would be leaving the state in a few days driving to Michigan to attend our granddaughter’s baptism and I wasn’t so sure we’d be finished with the state hop by then.
Tu-Na Helper had planned to visit the Metro area today and then swing back up and pick up the couple of shops we had skipped over in the central and north central regions of the state. It sounded like a lot of backtracking to me. I suggested that we leave those northern shops and the metro area until last to complete and do so on our return from Michigan. Since we have to go through Minneapolis/St. Paul on I94 on our return anyway it would be much easier to reach those shops on our way back home. I could just see us getting somewhere in southwest MN and have to leave for Michigan and then return all the way to the southwest to finish that area. Tu-Na Helper said he would think about it.
Making our way towards the metro area, we arrived at the Noble Quilter in Elk River right at opening time. We had rested well the night before so it was nice being on schedule once again.
The next shop would be Quilted Treasures in Rogers and we would check out of the East Central Region. It had been a couple of days since we checked out of a region and we needed an incentive prize to keep us going.
As we approached Millie P’s Quilt Shop in Anoka, the sun began to disappear behind some very gray looking clouds. We had heard on the radio that rain would be in our forecast today…again. I featured Millie P’s on the 2017 Quilt MN Shop Hop here.
After visiting the next shop, Eagle Creek Quilt Shop in Shakopee (I featured it here in 2016) we sat in the car in the parking lot so Tu-Na Helper could reroute the shop list for the day. He had eventually agreed it made more sense to get the further ones out of the way leaving the ones along our homeward route for later after the baptism. Besides he had a video conference coming up in a couple of days that he had to attend virtually and needed to make sure we were in a good hotel with good internet connections. At this point, he was hoping to end up in Rochester for it. Visions of grandeur hotels danced in my head.
With a new route plan set in motion, we headed to Norwood Young America. The skies were getting darker and darker as we drove through heavy rains. I featured the Quilting Grounds last year here. We were hoping they still offered coffee in their shop. We were not disappointed.
Tu-Na Helper put in our coffee order as soon as we entered the door and I scoured the racks and racks of fabrics for some flowers, floral fabrics that is.
With fabric under my arm and coffee in our hands, we climbed into the Prius and set the wheels in motion for Hutchinson.
Me: “Stop,” I excitedly screamed as I looked up from my sewing.
Tu-Na Helper: “Don’t do that!” He continued to drive.
Me: “We’ve got to go back!” I insisted.
Tu-Na Helper: “Why?”
Me: “We just passed a perfect photo opp. It’s one we can’t miss. Trust me.”
Maybe it was because he’d missed the photographic worthy moose two days earlier or because he was curious about what had me so excited and insistent but he turned that car around, right then and there.
We arrived in Hutchinson and made our way to Quilt Haven on Main. Tu-Na Helper headed for the back of the store; he remembered where they kept their snacks. Many of the shops offered us weary hoppers treats or water. Those things were so appreciated.
There’s a lot of truth to those words on the napkin.
While there, I overheard one of the customers talk about driving through hail as she left the cities this morning. I wish I had taken pictures of those impending clouds.
Me: “That was a close one. We dodged that storm and getting the car damaged by hail by not doing the metro region.”
Tu-Na Helper: “I was hoping for a new paint job.” In other words, he wouldn’t have been unhappy if we had encountered some hail.
Next stop would be DeAnn’s in Litchfield. I was sure I’d find a good black and white backing fabric for the auction quilt here. I checked out her Demolition Room (clearance room with extra discounts) and the tractor pull (finish the bolt)—in celebration of the county fair—but found nothing that would work. I’ve found some great backings in year’s past in that Demolition room. I guess I’d have to keep looking at the other shops ahead.
My problem was that I wasn’t sure what I wanted. The front of that quilt will be black on white or white on black prints with a pop of color in each block. Any extra blocks I get will go on the back.
Continuing on the journey, we reached Gone to Pieces in Kimball (where Tu-Na Helper knew just where to find the snacks again) and then Sweetwater Cotton Shoppe in Paynesville. After leaving that shop, Tu-Na Helper checked the time. We’d be arriving at the last shop of the day at 5:07 and they closed at 5 so I called to see if someone would still be around when we arrived. They would stay open for us if we could make it by then or soon thereafter.
I am glad they did. We arrived at Gathering Friends Quilt & Gift Shop in Bird Island (I featured this shop last year here and was informed it was in the process of being sold). When I entered through those delightful bank doors, I was thinking I’d be meeting the new owner (or one of her staff). Instead, I met Kathy, who informed me that the sale didn’t go through last year and they (co-owners Deb and Kathy) decided not to sell after all. So they set their retirement plans aside and have happily settled into a routine that includes keeping the shop open and continuing to write books and patterns.
I was looking at some lovely black and white fabrics displayed on the shelves and floor. I’ve been thinking of making a quilt using positive/negative fabrics and have the perfect pattern in mind but it’s so far down on the list that I hadn’t thought about starting to look for fabric.
Tu-Na Helper: “You should collect those next year.” he suggested.
Me: “Why wait?” So I grabbed a couple of the bolts and had a yard of each cut.
After paying for my purchases and saying our goodbyes, we drove to our motel, The Sheep Shedde in Olivia (The Corn Capitol). We’d been driving past many corn fields today.
Sorry, no picture of the enormous corn cob on the edge of town. Tu-Na Helper refused to turn around.
Supper for the night would be at the restaurant, Max’s Grill, which was attached to the motel.
A Look at the Loot for the Day
Don’t miss out on my other 2019 Shop Hop posts:
Or the Shop Hop posts from prior years:
What I Learned Today:
- Securing a hotel/motel room in the morning makes for a much less stressful day.
- Keep my phone handier. I am missing photo opportunities.
- I like having an I-Phone because it has a really good camera. I use it all the time. I accidentally left my real camera at my Arizona house.
- Seek more information. I wish I had gone into that farmyard and seen if anyone was home to get more information about that tree in the car. It’s worth a drive to see it. Let me know what you find out.
- Fifteen minutes at each shop is not enough time. I shall have to negotiate for more.
- We really were fortunate missing that hail storm. In the motel room, we turned on the TV (for the first time on this trip) and heard and saw the extent of it. Reports of golf ball sized hail, tennis ball sized hail, and even hail as large as grapefruits (4″ in diameter) were reported in the metro area. We saw pictures of trees down and cars with the windshields punched out from the hail. If we had stayed on our original route, we would have driven right in that storm.
- I have now successfully completed negotiating with Tu-Na Helper about increasing my budget. This picture I found today helped!
Especially when I showed him this picture of a sign I found on Day 2 at Mother Originals in Pequot Lakes.
8. There is hope—there is always hope. I am starting to be more selective in my purchases and finding those things that I need versus want. I visited the most shops of the hop so far today and spent the least; it is still well over a hundred dollars. It’s not that I couldn’t have found more to buy but really how much fabric can one person use in a lifetime?
9. I need to live to be two hundred with the energy of a 21 year old.
Question: Tell me about a storm that you’ve been in. We were lucky today!! But we’ve driven in severe storms before seeking shelter beneath underpasses on the interstate or gas station canopies. I always question the logic in that one since a lightening strike nearby while sitting on top of a huge tank of gas doesn’t make much sense to me.
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Karen, Tu-Na Quilts