Sunday, August 7, 2011

On The Road To....

Make that Bali Fabrics? 

Ah, nothing like a road trip with quilting buddies to spark the imagination and lighten the pocketbook!! 

My sister Karen, from Hazel Dell Quilts blog and our friend Rachel set out on Saturday for our quilt shop road trip! I had not seen my sister since she returned from her trip to Alaska and she gave me these great gifts. 
A copy of Anchorage newspaper and Alaskan themed batiks.

Close up of the batik. Isn't it the coolest? 

Oh, and 2 rocks from Talkeetna, AK where our uncle lived for  years and years. 
First stop was Prairie Star Quilts! It has been one of our  favorite LQS for years! Julie Larson (of Julie's Quilt Blog) is the owner and has a FABULOUS shop. She specializes in 1800's type reproductions, but also stocks many other lines. There are ALWAYS too many choices at her shop. But, it is a good test in decision making. These were my choices: 
Deb's Goodies

This quilt is FABULOUS!! And it will be great for using up my 1800's era scraps.  Don't have  those kind of scraps?  Never fear! Julie has a great kit with pattern and fabric! 

Looks like a quilt...but it's "convenience fabric!"  Julie has it made up in a  CUTE table runner.  Yes, they have kits for that also!!  
This book has soooo many good ideas for organizing and using scraps.  If you go to  Amazon,  you  can view some of the pages. 
After all those overwhelming choices, we decided lunch was in order and ate at the Danish Inn .  Lunch was delicious! 

I had a Danish open faced sandwich (I don't know the Danish name of it) which was rye bread with roast beef and a horseradish "sauce." It isn't actually a sauce, but was firm like a pudding.  OH SO YUMMY IN MY TUMMY!  I wish I had taken a picture! 

Then, it was on to Exira (next door town) to Log Cabin Quilting for more excruciating choices. I wanted so much more! So many choices! She has expanded her shop since I was there previously.  I snagged these goodies while I was there: 
Pattern, charms and fabric for table runner. 

Pretty, pretty  30's repro fabric and a SALE pattern. 

Vintage fabric in the sale bin. They are little green yarn or floss skeins! 

The day was sunny (and a bit warm, but hey, it's's supposed to be hot!!) and I think a good time was had by all! So, to Karen and Rachel, I say: 
Thanks for the memories! 

Now, trying to find a place to put all my pieces!! 


  1. Looks like a fun and successful trip! Love the Alaskan batiks from Karen....lucky you! I haven't been to Exira for a long time. Will have to make the trip one of these days.

  2. All those lovely fabrics and patterns AND a delicious lunch? You all had a GREAT day!

  3. Hey Deb - Sounds like you all had such a great time!! And I love your Ready, Set, Snow Charm Pack!! Wink, wink!! Kris

  4. How did I miss this post??? Thanks for showing all the cool things you bought that day. I forgot about some of them! May have to borrow your pattern for "Tara Revisited".


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