If you recall from yesterday’s post (day 5), we secured the last hotel room in the greater Brainerd area for the night.
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We arose early to prepare to drive the short 30 minute trip to the quilt shop in Pequot Lakes in order to be there when it opened at 9 am. I was still getting ready as Tu-Na Helper announced he would start taking our bags to the car.
He grabbed the cooler, slung his bag over his shoulder, unlocked the door, reached for the handle, and pulled. Nothing happened. He moved the deadbolt to the lock and then to the unlock position again and pulled on the door handle. Again, nothing happened. We looked at each other. Could we both still be sleeping and dreaming or is this the beginning of a quilting thriller? Help! Let me out. There’s shops to visit and fabric that needs to be bought!
He tried several more times locking and unlocking the door and pulling down on the handle with the same result and then searched the room for the telephone to call the front desk. There was no phone.
Morning came early and we headed toward Randall to visit The Old Creamery Quilt Shop (I featured them in 2016here). We both groaned when we pulled into the parking lot as it was filled with cars AND a bus!
Maybe it’s my imagination or maybe it’s not but this year’s route seems to be flowing so much better and faster. The first two days found us visiting a fair amount of shops each day because we were able to get to shops that open at nine in the morning and then to several that were open far into the evening. This really helps to get us moving down the list but it sure makes for a long, tiring day and a short night.
That being said, I now have leverage to admit that I forgot to mention that we checked out of the Metro section last night (day 2 post). It was about 7 pm when we arrived at Eagle Creek Quilt Shop in Shakopee. I featured them a couple of years ago (read their interesting story here).
A class was in process but I still was able to look around at the shop samples; ask if they had the pattern, A Little Bit Shorter Tall Tree, that was on my list; leisurely browse the clearance fabrics; and make a purchase before we got our passports stamped and received our incentive prize for finishing the Metro section.
However, I need to apologize to the lady waiting to use the restroom. Since the classroom tables usually hold the clearance fabrics, the staff had stacked the many bolts alongside one wall inside the single-use, spacious restroom and I took the opportunity to “kill two birds with one stone” albeit a little too leisurely.
We each received a mesh bag for completing the Metro section. There were only 8 shops in this section which is down from 11 a few years ago. Several quilt shops have closed but some have decided not to participate. Tu-Na Helper still abides by his motto, “If they’re not on the hop, we don’t stop.” I guess he has to draw the line somewhere.
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.
Tu-Na Helper and I submitted our entries to win the 59 kits which contain the fabric to make each of the blocks.
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.
I have two blog hop posts scheduled this week. If you’re looking for the Fall Into a QAL post, you can find it here.
Welcome to my day on the Christmas in July Blog Hop hosted by Carol at Just Let Me Quilt. Thanks, Carol, for providing us with this wonderful opportunity to be inspired for making or at least thinking about gift giving.
I have two blog hop posts scheduled this week. If you’re looking for the Christmas in July blog hop post, my post is scheduled to publish close to the midnight hour on Wednesday, July 25, 2018 at 11:59 PM CDT. You can find it here after that time.
Welcome to the release of the sixth block for the Fall Into a QAL. Before we know it, fall will really be here.
This QAL is brought to you by Partners in Design: Where Friends and Fabric Meet.