This morning mom called me a crazy fool. I wanted to meet at 7AM to go shop hopping. We met and headed off on our journey. Neither mom nor I are morning people, so to leave my house before 6:30 AM on a Saturday, when I normally don't get up until then during the week was a challenge. For a day of fun, I can do anything! We started with breakfast at Mc D's and were on our way. I figured it would take two hours to get to our first destination, Nuts & Bolts Quilt shop in Edgemont, SD. It's in the far south western corner of the state. We only needed an hour & a half, so we used our extra time for planning strategy and figuring out the Wanna be a cowboy quilt.
Nuts & Bolts opened at 9AM and we weren't the first shop hoppers in the door even!
All their books, except Eleanor Burns and Nancy Halvorsen were 40% off, so I found a bargello book with the heart bargello in it. It's one of the quilts on my bucket list, so I'd like to learn how to do it. My favorite book was the shop hop journal. They only had one, but it's just so awesome I can't wait to start filling it out. I figured I'll do my 2010 shops in it. I'd love to find more like it, what a novel idea. I also picked up a spool of pink/white verigated Aurifil thread. I'd been kicking myself for not picking it up in Aug. when we were there. I've made two pink/white quilts since then.
These are the pages of the journal. I just think it's the neatest idea!
Then we headed to the east, to Hot Springs, SD where we went to HeartSongs Quilts. It's always been one of my favorite shops since they have unique fabrics.
Nothing was catching my attention there today, but suddenly the Winding Ways fabric, an old stand by favorite that was on sale, jumped off the shelves at me. I used this fabric, that I picked up the last time we were there in Aug., as a book cover for a special book, but now I have enough to make a binder cover for my course materials. If I'm in graduate school, I better have a fun binder to keep me motivated!
From Hot Springs, we headed to Custer, SD to The Quilt Shop. I found this fun cat print that just called my name. My MIL has a cat and she wants a quilt for Merry, so I told her when something strikes me, I'd be motivated to make her one. This fabric just hopped off the shelf at me! I'm going to pair it with some pink and purple and it will be a fun quilt.
We had lunch at Alpine Inn in Hill City, which was a nice treat. I failed to remember the camera from Custer to Hill City, so no location pictures.
Then we headed up through Deadwood and into Spearfish to Dakota Quilt Company. When I lived in Buffalo, this was the closest quilt shop and I went there a lot, but they've changed their fabric style and I haven't been back in almost 2 years... they still had my old name in the computer.