Day 2 started bright & early as LuAnn needed to get to Heartwell, Nebraska for the spring meeting of MPMQ
.Last Fall LuAnn & I volunteered to be co-presidents for the next 2 years & this was our first meeting. We asked Kris Vierra of http://www.kcustomquilting.com/ to come be our speaker. She talked about how to do freehand feathers to fit any space with little or no marking. We all learned a lot & I was eager to get home to practice some new techniques! Then we invited members to show the first quilt they longarmed & what they consider to be their best. It was great to see how everyone has improved over time!
After the meeting wrapped up, we headed to the Jane’s Quilt Shop in Heartwell where I picked up a cute pair of scissors & a charm pack.
Then we headed to Grand Island where they have THREE quilt shops!
At Fabric Girl I got a skinny bolt of a great cream blender & a few fat quarters, as well as the Soft & Stable I needed for the Areoplane bag.
Then I walked into Material Girls. Oh My. I heard about this store. I knew about this store, but I’d never been in before. It was so amazing I walked around in a coma for about an hour before I got serious about shopping. If you find yourself anywhere near Grand Island, you HAVE TO VISIT THIS STORE! It’s truly a “modern” quilt shop & the displays are one of a kind! You actually don’t feel like your in the middle of Nebraska anymore- I felt like I’d walked into a shop off of King Street in Old Town Alexandria! In the end I actually didn’t get any fabric (although I really wished I had waited to choose the fabric for my Areoplane bag here….) but I was able to get the rest of the stabilizers for the Areoplane bag as well as a machine quilting book & some Rinse Away for machine applique.
We then headed to Nana’s Country Quilt Shoppe which is a very cute shop, but honestly I was getting tired of shopping & had already purchased everything I planned on getting, so I didn’t make any purchases. However they did recommend Sin City for dinner. We split “The Sammy”- a mushroom Swiss burger which was delicious!
On the way back to Omaha we stopped at Picket Fence Quilt Shop in Aurora & The Quilt Basket in York. Again, I didn’t buy anything at either of these shops, but I have to say I was very close to buying an Accuquilt kit in York. Which amazes me! Here LuAnn & I had been to what- 10 shops in 48 hours & at the last shop there was still something different I was interested in!
So I’ve never been on this kind of quilt-super-shopping trip before, but definitely had a great time seeing all the different styles of shops, samples of quilts, restaurants, classes & friends! Needless to say I crashed hard Saturday evening & slept in on Sunday!