Mary Jo is a blog reader from Lacrosse. I’ve told you about her before. She works at Gundersen Lutheran in Lacrosse where I go to the doctor so I often peek in and say hi. She is super sweet and is always very kind to me.
She messaged me and asked a couple questions about Two Trees Pizza in Ossian that I had written a blog post about. She said she had a week of vacation and thought she’d drive over and try it out. I emailed back and said if she does, and wants company, I’d love to join her.
So…today was our day…well kind of. It turns out the pizza place isn’t open until 4:30 and that made it kind of late for Mary Jo to coordinate other stops with. We ended up meeting at the quilt shop in Decorah…Red Roxy’s. We had lunch next door at the Old Armory BBQ…the back to the quilt shop.
Here we are…
..and here’s the quilt shop.It’s locate on Water Street (which is the main downtown street) in Decorah, Iowa.
Decorah is a very nice little town. It has a thriving downtown….and the quilt shop if part of what makes the town special.
They are a Bernina dealer. Almost 40% of the shop is taken up by machines.
…the rest is samples and fabric galore!
Here’s a cute little gnome table runner.
I liked this ABC quilt. The letters are florals.
There are lots of cute samples besides quilts too.
This is how they display some of the finished quilts….it’s fine but I’d prefer to see them…I can’t really like this.
There is another wall of quilts like this and one caught my eye…this one.
I couldn’t imagine sewing those little strips between the bricks. That’s when the girl who was super friendly said I’ll grab you a bolt and show you the fabric it’s made with…she showed us this….
WOW. She sent on to explain that you cut 2 1/2″ strips of the fabric and sew it together. WOW…what a fast quilt. I loved the idea and loved the fabric.
The lady in the store who was working was SUPER friendly. When Mary Jo bought a piece of the black and white version she asked her what she was going to do with it. Mary Jo said for sashing. She went on to say that she’s always curious and that the fabric hadn’t sold fabulously. I wanted to but didn’t say, display the quilt with the fabric. Seriously the quilt was in the front window and the fabric was in the back!
When I said there was a lot of fabric, I wasn’t kidding. Batiks….
In the back is a small classroom….The walls are lined with quilts.
There was the clearance rack I had to check out.
Lots of notions too.
I saved my favorite quilt of the day for last…
I adore the colors and that little bat is so dog-gone cute.
It’s a fabric line from Basic Grey. I have loved all of their lines…by far she’s my favorite Moda designer.
Lunch was good..the shop was good too.
It was a fun day. I was so glad to get out and do something I don’t normally do!! Thanks Mary Jo for making me part of your day. Anytime you come this way I’ll happily meet you for lunch!!
…and with that, I headed back to the thrift store. (Yep. I had already been there once and got something I can’t wait to show you what I bought.) I had to head back as Kalissa messaged me and said, “I have a bachelorette party that is Kentucky Derby themed. Find me a hat!!” What a fun time!