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…and the Christmas quilt. Typically I don’t make smaller quilts but these sure caught my eye.
I adore the colors in this quilt. ADORE. This is such a pretty color combo.
Lou Ann’s was known for Judy Niemeyer patterns and projects. I asked if the shop would still be doing them and the answer was YES. They have a certified instructor come in and everyone loves it.
To date…I have not made one of these patterns.
I can paper piece…I think I have the ability.
…but scrappy is more my style.
Right now, being the shop just changed hands, the shop still has a bit of a Lou Ann feel to it. I’m hoping that in the next year or so, it will become a bit more of the flavor of the new owner.
I was asked if I have plans to put on a retreat. I quickly said no…no plans for me to host one. Then I was asked if I wanted to have a reunion retreat…hmmmm Maybe??? What do you think gals?
Are there any of you out there who have retreat with us before that would like to come to a retreat? Is there anyone new who would like to come to a reatreat? I said I would send out a feeler to see if anyone was interested. Consider this your feeler. If you’d like to be contacted about a possible retreat leave a comment here. I’ll collect names and see if we have enough people interested to host something.
Let me know….