Thursday, June 25, 2009

MN Vacation - Shop Hopping

Sat. morning Jen and I were up bright and early to meet up with my mom and Sue. We went shop hopping around the southern part of the twin cities. Our first stop was the Eagle Creek Quilt Shop which was in an old train depot. Such an interesting and fun way to go from room to room. We found oil cloth there which is something we hadn't seen anywhere else.

Then we went on to the shop Heavenly Patchwork in Waconia MN. It wasn't Heavenly at all! Jen got attached for using her camera and there really wasn't much I wanted after that. I'll always remember what a bad impression can be made on a customer. No pictures of the front of that shop.

Then we headed over to Chanhassen to The Sampler. It was such a fun store and I saw several things I liked. I picked up some giraffe fabric which will work awesome in a toy I'm making.
Sat. afternoon we met up with my bro & SIL and their daughter, dad, and little bro and we toured the Como Zoo. I took tons of pictures and videos, but they are on the video camera. We went back to Sue & Al's hot and tired and after getting my swimsuit, jumped in the pool. It was the perfect evening for swimming. Jen took some videos of my bro's throw the cousins out of inner tube. We had a huge grilled meal of catfish, steak, and shrimp and then the cousins went to the bar. We had a great time visiting and catching up. We can't wait for next year to attend Molly & Tyler's wedding.

Sunday morning Jen and I met up with mom and Sue again and went shop hopping. We started at Joann Fabrics which was a treat to mom and I since we don't have one. I picked up a box for my thread and some grommets for a new purse.

Then we went to Quilters Haven. I found several cute panel quilts, but never did find the fabrics to make the quilt or the panels. They had tons of minky and several different bags made up.

Our last quilt shop was Quilt Cove in Eagan MN. It was truly and amazing shop and had tons of new ideas and new patterns I had not seen. There was so much I couldn't decide what I wanted. Jen and I got Magic Genie washers to try and I found a pattern and some aurifil thread. I was all about picking up the thread wherever we stopped since we don't have it locally.
Jen and I had to part ways so she could head home, but it was such an awesome fun weekend of shop hopping and meeting my family, except for Paul. We'll definately have to meet up there again sometime. It's not quite halfway, but it's a good long weekend destination.
After Jen left, mom, Sue, andI went to cousing Bryan's house to see all the remodelling he's done. It's awesome to say the least. Reminds me of when we were remodelling. Then we stopped at the Mall of America and did a bit of shopping. I picked up a Twins hat for my dad for my dad for Father's Day.
We had a big party at Sue & Al's with the family Sun. night. Monday morning Mom, Dad, and I headed for home. We stopped at Medford at the outlet malls, Cabela's in Owatonna, and a quilt shop in Owatonna. I picked up a pillowcase kit and a bargello flag kit.

Here's the loot from my shop hoping trip. The pink ribbon box for thread, brown/pink oil cloth for a bag, giraffe fabric, grommets, r/w/b strip for binding, three colors of thread, and pins for all my co-workers.
Tools pillowcase kit for Paul
5 & Dime pattern, made of cool green/turquoise fabrics. I'm gonna have to make this one as it's super simple.
Bargello flag kit. Just looks cool, but won't be done for this 4th of July.


BitnByAQuiltingBug said...

Nice Haul! Glad you had a great weekend! Looks like a lot of fun and some great shops.

Jennifer said...

Sounds like a great trip. Glad you and Jen got to meet up again! I love that giraffe fabric and can't wait to see what you do with it!

Cindy said...

You did some great shopping and I know from Jen the two of you had a fantastic time together.