I've been up and down the state of Minnesota seeing friends and making new ones at many quilt shops! Here's a few of my favorites so far.Nikol's shop,
Sewtropolis. She has a BIG bright new space in Minneapolis and still the great eye for fabric pickings... You will be Abel to find some luscious brights fabrics, vintage patterns, new patterns and just get crazy inspired by all the color. Great store! OH! And that white and brown lamp(top photo), I'm ready to go back and steal! My grandmother had those in her living room! Better keep if glued down Nikol!
Earlier I had gone up to Duluth, where I used to live. (BQ) (Before quilting!) LOL! Visiting friends and hearing I needed to stop by Hannah Johnson Fabrics. Another Great SHOP! Great fabrics, and yes I came out with quilt a stash of fabrics...(as I also did in Nikols) I liked that they had a big display of my friend Hoodie's fabrics right in the front. ;-)
Gruber's in St. Cloud, But I forgot to take pictures... You can see here I had some itchy fingers last night and got out my dull kitchen scissors and started cutting up the fabrics I purchased for a hand sewing project. (Possibly inspired by my quilt on my bed?)
Sandi from Legacy of Stitches. We've been facebook buddies for some time, and blog followers... Fairly recently, I had an email from Sandi about some health issues, and I quickly told her she should get checked for Hystoplasmosis, something I have had from the age of 15. Turns out it was, and now, we're kindred Hystoplasmosis buddies. What the heck is that, do you say? Well, It's a tree fungus that get's into your lungs and causes your lymph nodes to swell to the point many docs first think it's cancer. But it's not. I was the guinea pig for the discovery of it as a teenager, they found my illness after a year of tests and treatments, and it became known as the MINNESOTA SICKNESS.... We used to cut down all our dead trees on the farm growing up to burn in our wood stoves, and wood splitting all that wood sent the fungus into the air and into my lungs... My only issue with it now is the scar tissue it has left in my lungs... weird huh?
Well, a few more days then I pick up my friend Michele, and we road trip to Omaha, for the Quilt Alliance Board Meeting and Quilters Take Omaha event. More travel pics to come! Off to spy a few more LOONS before I leave Minnesota!