Today was a good week…some fabric in…some fabric out.
On Friday night, our daughter Kelli along with our son, Karl, traveled up towards Owatonna, Minnesota so I could teach at a childcare conference. On the way, Kelli and I convinced Karl that if he let us stop at a quilt shop, The Calico Hutch, in Hayward, Minnesota, we promised we wouldn’t be longer than 45 minutes. Typically a person wouldn’t be able to stop at a quilt shop at 7pm on a Friday night but not so with the the Calico Hutch in Hayward…they stay open late on Friday nights until 9 pm. It happened to be Fat Quarter Friday (the last Friday of the month) so all fat quarters were $1.50. I tried to refrain but ended up with this little pile….
Most are Civil War style…I picked up a few pieces of wool from the wool basket too. I just can’t resist little squares of wool…..
While we were there Karl said…”Mom, do boys sew quilts?” I said, “Well Karl they sure can.” Then he said, “Well if I ever sewed one, it would be that one.” I ended up purchasing the pattern. I don’t know if he’ll ever decided to sew it…but just in case…I have the pattern. I don’t ever want to have encouraged my girls to sew…and not my boy.
At the check out counter, I said to Kelli something about taking a picture or blogging and the gal at the checkout (Katie) who was SO helpful said…”Are you Jo?”…I said yes…well she reads my blog. It’s my first “blog recognition”. We ended up chatting for a bit and soon several of the other customers were listening too. It was kind of fun. Katie writes the blog for the shop, From Our Hutch to Yours. I’ve been over there several times and have enjoyed the read. If you pop over there, she has a totally yummy looking apple dessert that I am VERY tempted to try.
Kelli and I had Karl snap a photo of us outside the shop with the sign….The Calico Hutch is a destination quilt shop and well worth the trip. I love the wool samples there…I love that they make two different samples of the same quilt..one will be in 30’s prints and one in Civil War prints. There is always something there to see that is new and fun. Personally…I think this shop should be a top ten quilt shop. The staff is super friendly too.
This week I finished up my Jamestown Landing quilt. I have gotten so many questions about where to get the pattern. It is a Erica’s Sewing but it will also be out in Bonnie’s Hunter’s upcoming new book that will be out in July next year.
If you didn’t read my post about it early in the week, you can catch that here.
I am SO happy to a finished quilt…
So my official stash report….
Used this Week: 10 yards
Used year to Date: 199.5 yards
Added this Week: 4.5
Added Year to Date: 168 yards
Gifted: 81 yards
Net Used for 2011: 31.5 Yards of store bought fabric…9.5 yards of recycled fabric….81yards gifted.
…and to see more stash reports, head on over to Patchwork Times.
Fun outing! Which pattern did your son choose????
Love, love, love your quilt!
That sounds like a great trip! I hope your son decides to make that quilt, I think he would quilting. No matter what, learning to sew is a great skill for a young man, just like learning a bit about a car and tools is for a young woman. I went to visit Katie’s blog, the apple dessert sounds really good and I found the quilt from the bus trip, too. It is gorgeous and the block is one my blog buddies and I used to make signature quilts in a block swap in 2010. I was so excited to see the quilt on Katie’s blog!
That’s good news about the Jamestown Landing quilt pattern appearing in Bonnie’s next book; I was hoping that was the case especially after seeing your lovely version. Every time I see a picture of you and your daughter, I think you could be sisters, but I bet you hear that all the time.
Great quilt and good to hear about your son’s interest!
That is one of my most favorite stores! Glad you found some goodies!
I want to see the pattern that your son picked – I hope he tries his hand at quilting. Great fabrics for the CW projects. liz
I was lucky enough to stop at the Calico Hutch on a recent bus trip. Hope to get back there sometime, it was really nice and everyone there was so nice and friendly.
Was on a quilt shop bus trip with Katie and her mom as hosts and had a blast – just love visiting the shop. And yes, Calico Hutch should be a top ten shop. What issue was Jamestown Landing in the Australian magazine? Sure would like to get a copy of it.
I agree….Calico Hutch is the best!!