Category Archives: Quilt Shop Tours

Quilt Shop Tour: Farmer’s Daughters Quilts

A couple weeks ago, Kelli and I visited the Amish to the south of us, stopped at the quilt shop and took a flying run to Cedar Rapids to visit my niece Jody while she was in the hospital.  I’ve told you about all it except the trip to the quilt shop.

Some of you might remember Lou Ann’s Quilt Garden and Retreat.  It’s was in Oelwein Iowa and that’s the location that we held the retreats.  We have long loved Lou Ann and knew that she was thinking of retiring but wanted a buyer for the shop and retreat.  At one point, Lou Ann had even asked Kelli and I if we were interested in it.  NO WAY!!  I am not a business woman at all!

We had heard the shop had sold and wanted to take a look.  It’s now called Farmer’s Daughters Quilts and Retreat Center.  You can find their website HERE.  We were hoping we might get a chance to meet to the new owner but…she wasn’t there.  We also wanted Georgie to have her first trip to a quilt shop.


Inside, this is what greeted us.  Oh…LOVE, LOVE, LOVE.  I told the gal in the shop that it was my first time seeing Lori Holt’s fabrics in person.  The gal working was shocked.  She figured being we sew as much as we do that we are in quilt shops all the time.  Seriously, we are not.  In this last year I’ve been to more cross stitch shops than quilting shops!!  I never have been a big quilt shop goer.  I have lots of fabric already.  I sure was tempted by these Lori Holt prints though.


I went back to the prints several times but left without any.  Someday When Georgia is a big girl and gets a big girl bed, I want to make her a Farm Girl quilt.  There’s a sequel to the Farm Girl Vintage book and I already have it on pre-order.  I can’t wait to get it.

There were fun things in the shop…


Lots of cute little spots decorated up with goodies.

I love the checkerboard quilt… Continue reading

Quilt Shop Tour: Lou Ann’s Quilt Garden and Retreat

Last Saturday Kelli and I went on a “run away” day.  We hadn’t been out on a day with just the two of us with no real plans in a long time.  We started out at my house thinking that we would sew….then we ended up changing plans and decided to go to the Amish south of our house near the Hazelton, Iowa area.  They have lots of shops and we decided to go.

That trip took us to through Oelwein.  While there we decided to stop in at Lou Ann’s Quilt Garden and Retreat.  Lou Ann is hosting the quilt retreat we are doing coming up in the beginning of August.  Kelli and I are planning on going and so is Kayla.  I had heard from Connie that an email had been sent out awhile ago and we never got it so we wanted to make sure we were on the list.

Sadly, Lou Ann wasn’t there so we couldn’t chat but we did talk to one of the gals we love that works there.  She would send out message on to Lou Ann.  I asked and if anyone is interested, there is still room at the retreat.  The more the merrier.  You’ll have to contact Lou Ann for more info.

While I was there I thought I’d snap a few pictures of the pretties that Lou Ann had hanging on the wall.  It’s been a bit since I’ve stopped and true to Lou Ann’s business sense, most of the quilt samples had all changed.

How fun is this??
I love the woven look.

What a pretty star!!  The machine quilting on it is perfect.

Lou Ann has a great style to the shop..a little on the modern side but still very contemporary.

Don’t you LOVE this fabric? Continue reading

Quilt Shop Tour: River Road Quilt Shop

When I was in Lacrosse doing my testing I had one day that I had to kill time waiting for my radioactive iodine pills to come in.  So, what better to do than to go a couple blocks down the street and kill time at a quilt shop.  River Road Quilt Shop was the perfect place to kill some time.  The shop is joined with Nelson Flag and Display.  The buildings adjoin and use the same entrances and check out counter.

I’ve been to the shop before…I loved in then and loved it now.  Check out this beauty on the wall.  Oh, how pretty.  Oh to have a nice brick wall to hang it on!

Right next to it is this cute display with all of the fabrics.  Look, the fabric is sitting in a puller out dresser drawer.

The shop has three rooms to it. the newest things seem to be in the first room.  That room is more spacious and bright.


They have a nice mix of all sorts of a quilting styles…here something more modern….


…another modern.

They have a great collection of Grunge.  If I had to choose Grunge is one of my favorites.

Look how cute the fat quarters are packaged.

Any unicorn lovers out there?  Check out this…. Continue reading

Quilt Shop Tour: Olive Juice

When Kelli went me to Lacrosse for shots we stopped at Olive Juice, the quilt shop in Onalaska, Wisconsin.  We had both been there before but it’s been a couple years since we have.

I came in the door and asked it it would be okay if I took pictures.  Jokingly the gal on the left said, “only if we are in them”….so I said start posing then.  They said….no-no, we aren’t serious.  Then I said, I am…and clicked the camera.

The gal on the left was amazingly helpful and friendly to us as we shopped.  The guy is their long arm quilter.

The shop is filled with lots of artsy projects like the pincushion below.  It’s cute….

This is the fun project behind the counter.  The quilting can’t be seen the best but it’s really cool.  This would be fun to do with a last name or child’s name in their bedroom.

The shop is a little more modern than shops I typically visit.  That’s okay though.  I like to see all….

The shop is big with several sections to the store.

The long arm quilting is done in the loft behind these hanging quilts. Continue reading