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Wednesday, August 31, 2016
We took an adventurous left turn onto State Highway 17N heading to this interesting sounding place called Soap Lake?! It took us through the town of Ephrata...Lo and behold Quilt Sampler had already discovered the quilt shop!
On the side of a cinder block building a sign said...Quilt Shop this way...
The Fabric Patch is VERY deceiving. It looks like a small quilt shop in a cinder block building...so, what does Quilt Sampler know that we don't??? Well you will find out when you watch the slide show...it's a long one since this shop went on and on and on! Get a cup of coffee or tea and settle in cause The Fabric Patch really has it all!
A view of Soap Lake is a meromictic lake that is thought to have medicinal healing powers. We'll talk more about it on Quilt Roadies later this week.
The campground includes teepees for rent!
Like I said...get something to drink, relax and enjoy the slide show!
Tuesday, August 30, 2016
Leavenworth proved to be double trouble...2 quilt shops! If you have never been to Leavenworth, Washington it is modeled on a Bavarian Village and with the mountains springing up right outside of town you do feel like you are in the Alps! We came here years ago when the kids were young and have fond memories. At that time there was only 1 quilt store and I was a beginning quilter. The town has grown and is a perfect mecca for families and has that touristy feel with many shops filled with tee shirts and magnets.
Although all that tourist shopping was lost on us...we did find the bakery mighty fine!! We stayed at a KOA and will have a RV review on the Quilt Roadies in the near future.
It was surprising that there are now 2 quilt shops and they are night and day from each other. You will have to check them both out. The Leavenworth Quilt Company is about a mile outside of town at Prey's Fruit Barn, and let me tell you...you will not only walk out with quilty stuff but you won't be able to pass up the fruit right next door!!!
The class room is in the back store room of the fruit barn and the shop is so popular that these students traveled from other towns for a bag class.
I know you will enjoy the slideshow as much as I enjoyed shopping there! If you see something you like just check out Leavenworth Quilt Company! website.
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The second shop is conveniently located in the middle of town and offers a lodging house for those who want to have a retreat. The owner preferred not to have close up photos so the slide show only includes overall shots. The flavor of this shop includes the personal beliefs of the shop owner which will greet you as you enter and are interspersed through out the shop. A large inventory of old and new fabrics...so if you are looking for a certain fabric you might just find it here! Be sure to check the date and time of your visit as their hours may be different depending on the celebration of their faith.
Enjoy the slide show!
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Monday, August 29, 2016
As we made our way east across Washington towards Leavenworth we stopped for a quilt shop respite in Arlington. I had been told by my friend Sandi that Aunt Mary's Quilt Shop Row by Row used the coloring technique that I had learned at Crabapple Hill Studio. Since we were passing by...why not stop and check it out.
You can tell as soon as you walk in that this shop is an oasis for the quilters far and wide in Washington. The first thing you have to understand is that the owner is Carol...not, Aunt Mary...secondly...there is no Aunt Mary...Carol, just decided to name the shop Aunt Mary's and that is the full story.
This shop really does have something for everyone...novelty, modern, embroidery, applique, batiks...really...there is something here that you are going to want.
And, sure enough the Row by Row does use the coloring technique used in many of Meg Hawky's patterns...so much fun! Check out the Quilt Roadies video today for a coloring lesson :)
Enjoy the slide show of Aunt Mary's shop. If you see anything you have to have just give her a call. She is more than will to ship it out to you but does not have an online presence.
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Friday, August 26, 2016
On the recommendation of our friends in Gig Harbor we took the L'il Buffalo on the ferry. While waiting in line to board a car drove up...must be a regular traveler because their dog knew that the person in the booth had treats!!! We did not let Enzo know that there were dog treats being passed out...
When I Googled quilt shops along the way I found Calico Creations in Mt. Vernon and I was so taken by the shops Row by Row. It reminded me of Laura Heine and I knew I was going to make a stop! When I checked out the sewing group in the space next door I met a Woolie reader :) Such a treat for me!
Chris & her daughter Becky...and
yes, that is Becky's quilt that she was working on!!!
Thanks for reading Chris!
Calico Creations is filled...and I mean filled with choices. In fact it has about outgrown it space...and the space is large!!! LOL
Calico Creations doesn't have an online web shop but if you see anything in the slide show give them a call. I had to make 2 slide shows today because the Calico Creations has the largest display of Laura Heine quilts. I love these quilts! Click on the individual photos and it will enlarge!
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This slideshow of the shop will really inspire you to start making quilting or buying new fabric, LOL! Have a great weekend and we'll see you on Monday!
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Thursday, August 25, 2016
Port Gamble is on the Northwestern shore of the Kitsap Peninsula near the entrance of the Hood Canal. It's close proximity to Seattle, Bremerton and Port Townsend make is a wonderful destination for a little time out. And, of course there is the quilt shop!!!
Quilted Strait was a wonderful surprise! Providing something for everyone this shop is a must see and shop! If there was a 10 point scale for "Must Shop" they would be a 10! The building is beautiful and the setting is charming with a beautiful view. This shop was featured in the 2012 Better Homes Quilt Sampler and I can see why. They not only carry a variety of books, patterns, fabrics and cover the broad spectrum of the quilting world...but, they also have a huge variety of threads, Valdani, Weeks Dye Works...Sue Spargo specialty threads. I can't say it enough...you will NOT walk out of here empty handed!
Enjoy the slide show and I know you will find something that will be calling to your quilting heart!
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Wednesday, August 24, 2016
It takes little effort with the help of Google to find a quilt shop along the way...the challenge is finding one that has something different. In Poulsbo, Washington there is such a shop! Poulsbo is a community on the Liberty Bay in Kitsap County. The home of the Suquamish people it saw the first Scandinavian people in the 1800's. The town is worth straying from the beaten path and offers a wonderful diversion to the day. You will see more of both La Conner and Poulsbo on the Quilt Roadies
Beatrice Marx is the owner, designer and fabric cutter of The Quilt Shoppe . Relocated from France via Seattle she has found her muse and several of the designs you will find here are her own. And the shop holds a wide array of laser cut motifs. I bought a whale kit and plan to add a little Sashiko to the creation. Although she does not have a web store you can call and order anything you see here and she will ship it to you :)
Exclusive to the shop is a line of batiks she designed with the Viking ship motifs...It comes in 3 color ways.
Enjoy the trip through the shop and be sure
if you call Beatrice tell her I said Hi!!
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Tuesday, August 23, 2016
one of the challenges of writing on the road is keeping your data costs under control, finding WiFi access that is safe and that you can hook up too. Most RV parks have free WiFi but with everyone using it there is a challenge to getting online. We added a Hot Spot on our last trip but you still have to be careful with your data plan! This being said I may not be as timely with my email answering since I put everything on airplane mode to keep the roaming down. On top of that I have to apologize to a whole bunch of people...all of you that I have answered your email using my Ipad...well, I found out the outgoing mail is not set up on my Ipad...so there were 80+ emails that I answered but never went out...Oye Vey...just when you are feeling smug about your techy smarts...it slaps you back a few notches!! I am sure this has never happened to any of you???
One of the many blessing of having a friendship with the Twisted Sisters is...there is no end to the inspiration! They are so creative...not just with quilting but in living. They don't make quilts just to fold them and store them in a closet but really embrace them into their lives and into the lives of family, friends and people who they don't even know. They make many quilts to donate and be used my those who might need a hug.
Last week when we visited Gabby and Bob's boat I immediately got a warm fuzzy because there were quilts...even in their boat!
Gabby in the galley
When I first descended the hatch there was the challenge quilt from 2015 on the table. That is the thing about quilts...most often they elicit a warm memory and can be a chronological memory of one's life.
The quilt hanging in the master suite is reminiscent
of Jean Wells.
Have a look at this collage of Gabby's home which is a lovely oasis in Gig Harbor. You can click on each individual photo to enlarge.
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