When I was in Rochester for all of my doctor appointments last week I made a stop to Pine Needles Quilt and Sew. I had messaged Connie and suggested we meet. She was happy to drive my way and shop so we did. We were good girls, kept our hugs to ourselves, used masks and hand sanitizer. The shop had good safety precautions in place so we felt comfortable.
Some of you might not know but I know Marsha that owns the shop (and her daughter Suzie). Years ago my husband Kramer worked for Marsha’s husband and her dad on their farm outside of Chester Iowa. That was back in 1990. Marsha was a big time quilter crafter then and continued to be. It was so surprise to me that she decided to buy the quilt shop in Cresco (and eventually move it to Rochester).
Marsha and I have run into each other off and on through the years and I’ve always appreciated the times that we have. I always feel like she’s a bit of a kindred spirit…both of us are farm girls with farmer husbands and both of us love crafting.
I don’t get to Rochester often and when I do typically have a giant list of errands. With covid and no errands to do, I thought stopping at the shop would be perfect.
I got there before the store opened. I sat in the truck and waited until Connie arrived and the store opened.
The store is well-known as the local Bernina sewing machine dealer.
They also handle Baby Lock machines. Much of the store is designated for machines.
The store will be moving to a neighboring store in the near future. I was told the new store will be bigger with a bigger classroom.
The last time I visited I saw this great pineapple block bag. I ended up getting the pineapple ruler but haven’t used it yet. Seeing the bag reminded me I need to give the ruler a try.
New in the shop is Halloween. This big pillow was cute. I love the pumpkin motif that was quilted into the piece.
Here is the section for the Halloween fabric. Don’t you just love the softer colors…I know I sure do.
Christmas fabric is in too. This also is a much softer in tone….
There is a big section for Accuquilt products.
I loved the toweling fabric. There were so many awesome colors to choose from.
Connie was excited to see the Minnesota shop hop fabric in. Every year a fabric line is done to go with the shop hop.
Speaking of Connie, I snapped a picture of her all masked up and shopping.
She ended up getting a couple layer cakes and a cute pattern for a bag made with scraps…and a couple charm packs for a granddaughter. Thankfully my granddaughters are to little to shop for.
This was the backing fabric section…so many nice colors and prints to choose from. My mind was blank on what I needed for backings. I’ve spent so much time cleaning that I haven’t looked at my projects much.
Considering much of the shop is dedicated space for sewing machine display one would think that it wouldn’t have much fabric….surprisingly there is.
They had a beautiful collection of quilting books. They were so tempting. Happily I had a few of them already.
We weren’t in the store long. We were trying to be careful. Also the store limits how many can be in the store at a time so being we were mostly browsing we didn’t want to take up the space so we ended up going outside and visiting while leaning on my pickup.
It was so good to see Connie. She’s always great to bounce thoughts and ideas on. I can’t wait until we can do a sewing weekend sometime. I would so love that. I think all of us who sew with friends from time to time are hoping that covid will soon be a thing of our past and we can meet again for sewing sessions.
It was so fun to meet up with Connie and check out Pine Needles. We are both excited to meet up again and check out the store again once they are all moved and settled into the new store. If you’re ever in the Rochester Minnesota area, stop at Pine Needles…it’s worth your time.