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Tu-Na Travels: Day Five on the MN Quilt Shop Hop: 232 Miles, 12 Shops, The Tires are Bulging

My husband and I are a bit more than half-way done with completing the entire state on the Quilt Minnesota Shop Hop and we are still smiling and talking to each other. We’ve endured construction and experienced some detours. At one point, my husband had to refer to the map and said, “It’s a little longer. but it’ll get us there. We will survive.” I’m not sure who he was reassuring—me or himself.

 

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Minnesota seems to have some of the most interesting skies I’ve seen. We’re traveling through an area that suffered a severe wind and rain storm two days earlier. Trees are snapped in half and several roofs on houses and buildings have holes or are partly gone.

If you need to catch up with my travels on the Quilt Minnesota Shop Hop, just click on each title to go to each post. Each day and each shop I feature is so unique, that you won’t want to miss any.

Tu-Na Travels: “All My Bags Are Packed, I’m Ready to Go” to Quilty Destinations Ahead

Tu-Na Travels: Day One: 635 Miles, 8 Shops, Blew the Budget Already

Tu-Na Travels: Day Two on the MN Quilt Shop Hop: 507 Miles, 10 Shops, Made a New Budget

Tu-Na Travels: Day Three on the MN Quilt Shop Hop: 152 Miles, 5 Stores, Forget the Budget

Tu-Na Travels: Day Four on the MN Quilt Shop Hop: 258 Miles, 8 Shops, Car is Filling Up

 

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What’s this at Cottage Quilts & Fabrics in Elk River?

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Curiosity got the best of us and we peeked.

We finished up the Metro area today and are heading north. This section incentive is a drawing for lots of prizes including a sewing machine. I’ll let you know if one of us is lucky and gets a new machine. I’ll need another one in order to sew up all the new fabric I’ve been buying.

 My top shop on the hop for today is Quarry Quilts & Yarns in Sandstone, MN. The shop is in its third year of business and its second year on the shop hop. They have 9 part-time employees. Click here to view their website for more info and pics.

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Quarry Quilts & Yarns is located at 326 Quarry Place, Sandstone, MN. Look at that pretty, blue Minnesota sky!

 

Have you ever felt that sometimes things are just meant to be? According to Toni, the owner of Quarry Quilts & Yarns, this shop was meant to be here at this particular address. Toni started making quilts just prior to 1980. She wanted to sell her quilts and opened an on-line shop on Etsy but she needed a name. She chose the name Quarry Quilts because the town of Sandstone is known for its quarries. The stone has been sent and used all over the country including buildings in Washington DC.

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There is a large selection of quilting cotton, batiks, flannels, and yarns.

After a short time, she wanted to start a brick and mortar store in town. When this building came up for sale and she saw the name of the street, the decision was made. Serendipitous for sure, Quarry Quilts should be located on Quarry Place.

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 Toni’s advice for beginning quilters is to “take a beginning quilting class and learn about seam allowances and pressing.” She also states that beginner quilters need to know what good fabric is and where to buy it.

Toni’s advice for anyone interested in setting up an on-line store or a brick and mortar store is to do a lot of research first: know what futures are, the type of fabrics the quilters in the area want, suppliers and companies you will be ordering from, and most importantly  where to locate your store. Toni says, “You can’t stock just what you want. You need a variety.” She emphasizes that you need to have good customer service, lots of samples on the walls, and most importantly, “It’s location, location, location.”

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Toni also has an Innova longarm quilting machine which she uses to quilt for others. She boasts a one-week or less turn-around time. So if you need quilting done quickly, check with Toni and tell her that Tu-Na sent you.

 

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The free pattern and 5″ square of Minnesota fabric from Quarry Quilts & Yarns.

 

We spent the night at a small, but very clean, motel in Barnum and ate at The Lazy Bear.

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This is the balcony view from our motel room at the Northwoods Inn and Cottages in Barnum. It was quiet and peaceful. The new owners of this motel just took possession a few days ago.

 

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Look who we found! Did you think it was Paul Bunyan? It fooled us, too; then we thought Paul carries an axe and not guns. According to the waitress at the Lazy Bear, it is Big Louie, a monumental 25′ tall statue of a French fur trader. We will have to keep looking for Paul.

 

 

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We ate our evening meal at the Lazy Bear Grill located just a few hundred feet from the motel in Barnum.

What I Learned Today:

  1. Taking the longer way will be OK.
  2. Good internet connections are invaluable.
  3. Poor internet connections make this modern life difficult.
  4. Don’t apologize for my mistakes in my quilts. (Learned this while listening to American Patchwork and Quilting’s podcast today.)

 

Question: Do you point out your quilting mistakes or apologize for them?

Linking with Lorna at Sew Fresh Quilts. (Button on the sidebar)

and Leanne at She Can Quilt for Scraptastic Tuesday (Button on the sidebar)

and Connie at Freemotion by the River for Linky Tuesday.

Tu-Na Travels: Day Four on the MN Quilt Shop Hop: 258 Miles, 8 Shops, Car is Filling Up

Today started early as we said goodbye to our daughter and headed towards the Minneapolis/St. Paul area. Our snacks in the car have been dwindling. Yesterday, we ate the last of the banana bread that I made at home before we left.

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Years ago, my  Mom gave me a great recipe for banana bread and for years I’ve made it but it has never looked this good before.

Many of the shops along the way are treating us to snack mixes, bottled water, candy, chocolate, and even fruit. It is so appreciated and we feel so welcomed. Thank you very much!

 

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Someone is going somewhere. The suitcase on the right reminds me of my mom’s which she showed me lately but mom’s is loaded with fabric!

 

My top shop on the hop pick for today was Eagle Creek Quilt Shop in Shakopee. The cart pictured above is located outside the building along the sidewalk just to the right of the picture below.

 

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Eagle Creek Quilt Shop is located at 333 Second Ave W., Shakopee, MN.

This quilt shop, located in a beautifully renovated Railroad Depot built in 1909, opened for business on June 28, 2001.

 

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However, that is not the building that the owners had  intended to use for their shop. They originally had renovated another building at The Landing in Shakopee. In January 2001, just six weeks before opening, that building burned to the ground. While fire was destroying all of their hard work and their fabric inventory which was still in boxes, the two owners, Lori and Becky (who is now retired), began talking about the future of their business. Upon Becky’s urging, the old railroad depot was selected for their new location. Lori said, “It was a disaster” since it had been vacant for 30 years after the railroad stopped using it. The old depot was purchased and another renovation project begun.

 

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The original floors were cleaned and polished and  woodwork was refinished.

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The depot has 16′ high walls which gives lots of space to hang quilts. To add to the charm, they have retained the names of each of the rooms. Here in the freight room, you will find batiks, wools, and Kaffe Fassett among other items.

 

 

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The telegraph room has…

 

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remnants of the telegraph equipment high on the wall.

 

Classes are held in the Women’s waiting area which sports it’s own women’s restroom. Back in the day when this depot was built, women had a separate room to wait for their train to arrive.

 

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In the Women’s Restroom (since it is the only restroom in the building it is also available for men as well), look up and see this wonderful original light fixture. The original men’s restroom is now the business office.

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Lori and I are talking in the Main Passenger Waiting Area. The ticket window is between the white shelves.

 

 

“My business partner and I didn’t want to be the biggest shop in the world,” says Lori but at 2400 square feet, the shop boasts a wide selection of fabrics including batiks, Kafe Fasset, contemporary, traditional, historic, and the largest selection of wool in the Twin cities.

 

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In 2003, American Patchwork and Quilting named Eagle Creek Quilt Shop as one of the top quilt shops in the country for that year and in 2007 it was one of the 20 best shops ever. Look for their cookbook, coming in October, which will contain 450 recipes with proceeds going to their local food shelf.

 

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Several antique sewing machines are on display in the shop.

 

Lori’s advice for beginning quilters is to find a good quilt shop and take classes there as that can help you avoid making mistakes. She says getting involved with your local quilt shop will help you with your quilting questions and also provides a way to build friendships through socialization opportunities. Eagle Creek Quilt Shop offers a monthly Breakfast Club with food, fun, demonstrations of a new technique or tool, and a free pattern. Click here to visit their website, to learn more about the Breakfast Club and other events and classes, and see more pics.

 

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Lori showing us railroad pins and keys that belonged to her grandfather. I bought 2 yards of the Minnesota Oar fabric.

“If you have to work, it might as well be fun.” says Lori. I guess they got it right as Kathy, one of their 12 part-time employees says, “It’s (Eagle Creek Quilt Shop) my happy place.”

When you visit Eagle Creek, be sure to take a selfie with the most photographed quilt in the shop and tell them that Tu-Na sent you.

 

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Oh, dear. I forgot to take my picture with it. I guess I’ll have to go back to see them again.

 

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We completed the SE section and received this project tote. It will come in handy to store my patterns and charm squares that I collect along the route and also hold the piece of fabric that I am trying to find in black. Inside the tote, is the free pattern and 5″ square of the elusive fish fabric from Eagle Creek Quilt Shop. This colorful fish fabric is the one that is selling FAST! Luckily I spied some, cast the credit card, and caught 2 yards.

 

 

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Hello Minneapolis! We are now on our way to dinner with my friend and her granddaughter.

 

 

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Dinner tonight at The Good Earth is Sea Scallops with Caramelized Bacon, Pesto Risotto, and Pea Tendrils. I didn’t know tendrils could be eaten. They were tender and tasted like peas.

 

 

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And a Dark Chocolate Cherry Smoothie.

 

 

What I Learned Today:

  1. The sign I saw at a shop along the route was right: I shop faster than I sew.
  2. When bad things happen: pick yourself up, make a new plan, and keep going.
  3. Spending time with a very good friend is time well spent. Thanks Jann!

 

Question: Is your local quilt shop located in an interesting building? I’d love to hear about it.

Linking to Beth’s Main Crush Monday. Button on the sidebar.

and Monday Making at Love Laugh Quilt.

and Lea Anne at Podunk Pickin’s