So here are a few more shops I was lucky enough to visit on my Shop Hop around Wisconsin.
J.J. Stitches in Sun Prairie.
This store was loaded with fabric, mainly reproduction fabric, but they had other fabric too.
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I can't imagine walking in with a pattern and not being able to find the fabric I needed to make it.
The store was decorated nicely, neat as a pin, and the help welcoming and helpful.
I also stopped here,
Mill House Quilts in Waunakee. This building is an historic old mill and still has the original large plank flooring inside. They carried all types of fabric, there was plenty of room with great lighting.
I arrived at the store around 4:30, plenty of time to browse before their closing time of 5, or so I thought. When I walked in the greeting by the staff was chilly, and someone followed me all over the store wanting to know if they could help me with anything. I got the impression they were wanting to help me with anything that would get me out of the store by 5. I was out of the store before closing time. It's a nice store, not a destination store like the other shops I hit, but if you're driving by it's worth the stop. Just don't stop if it's close to closing time.
Now this shop, you can't get in and out in 30 minutes so don't even try.
The Country Sampler is in Spring Green.
Their main focus is reproduction prints and patterns, but really they are so much more.
It's hard to describe, but this shop has a way of taking any pattern and selecting fabric so different that you hardly recognize it when you look at the pattern and at their completed quilt. They mainly go for soft and muted combinations, everything was just breathtaking and inspiring. Take a look at their kits online for a better idea of what I'm trying to describe, you will be amazed.
They have the ability to do what I'm always hoping to do, take a pattern and make it completely their own and different and better! They also had fabric by designers and makers that I had not seen in other shops.
The staff was amazing, finding each completed project for the kits (there were kits everywhere!) sometimes twice, locating patterns, all the while trying to fill their online orders, which were extensive. They were working hard but didn't make me feel like I was in the way or taking up too much of their time. I hear this store has an amazing Christmas Open House, what I wouldn't give to be able to go!!
I also stopped here.
The Quilter's Compass in Monticello. A very nice quilt shop, a nice variety of fabric, great lighting and a helpful staff. They do a huge online business, but with free shipping anywhere in the US for orders of $35 or more, it's easy to see why.
So that's my Wisconsin Shop hop, be sure to check out each store's online shop, and if you buy a kit from the Country Sampler, drop me a note, I would love to know what you picked out.
Finally, awhile back I talked about a Red and White Quilt Show being sponsored by the Temecula Quilt Company. It's the reason I started my Red and White Tribute quilt. My project wasn't done in time to make the show, but some other folks did an amazing job with their projects. Click here to see their show. Congratulations to all the amazing quilters, the pictures are stunning, that sure would have been something to see in person.
Added Later: Here's a link to Elizabeth's blog, OccasionalPiece. Not only did she attend the show, which lasts the whole month of October by the way, she had two projects in the show! More great pictures, don't miss them!!