Quilting Fun


While I love the satisfaction of finishing a quilt, it isn't the only way to have fun with quilting. Fun also comes from the great outings with girlfriends, shopping expeditions with Grandma, or just sitting in my "thoughtful spot" chair perusing magazines and books. The thrill of the next project waiting just there on the horizon...

Monday, April 19, 2010

Shop Hop Report - Day 2

So, we spent the night at Clifty Inn, a state park lodge on the outskirts of Madison, Indiana. What fun. The day had been unusually hot, so we were pretty well beat after lots of driving, 4 shops, a few potty stops and wong turns. Even with the GPS in Terry's car, we still encountered some inaccuracies. Minor problems, however. We made our way through day one in good spirits, but ready for relaxing.

The dining room at Clifty was very nice, and we had delicious meals which we topped off with a monstrously huge dessert, Chocolate Turtle Sundae - we shared this 4 ways! I couldn't imagine how one person would ever eat this alone. Lois, our waitress, was great - so personable and fun. It's amazing how a great waitress enhances the restaurant experience!

The next morning, after breakfast in the Clifty dining room, we headed out for the remaining 3 shops on the Shop Hop. First up was Loose Threads in Seymour, Indiana.
This shop was spacious and well lit - very inviting. It was here that I got my purse pattern and notions, solely because they had the sample made up for customers to see and "try on," so to speak.

Our 2nd shop of Day Two was Sharynn's Quilt Box in North Vernon, IN.
Here, I finally thought to take a picture of the participants in our group. There's Sharon, Terry, and Sheryll in front of the Quilt Box. This store was also nicely lit, and had the fabric lined up by color and displayed on a very long wall in the shop. Easy shopping. No obstructions to prevent shoppers' access to products. Fun store. Actually, this was the first shop at which I bought yardage - up to this point, I'd only gotten fat quarters. There were some very pretty fabrics I'd not seen before, so I ended up getting 3 fabrics. I'm sure it was the ease of access.

Here is the registration area and the gals at the Quilt Box. Each shop featured products at their registration areas, as well as access to a small snack and drink.Nice touches for the hoppers!

 The final shop on the Shop Hop was Quilt Bug located in Lawrenceburg, IN. There is a casino in this town, and the windfall for the town is readily apparent. There is building, construction and remodeling in every block! Here is a look at Quilt Bug.

And a couple of photos of the interior.
In my humble opinion, the shop hop was a resounding success. I had a wonderful time. We laughed ourselves into hysterics, we shopped, we ate, everything was wonderful! This was the first shop hop any of us had ever done, and we have already made plans for a second one next November in Ohio's Amish Country.