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Nebraska Shop Hop Day 2

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!

Nebraska Shop Hop Day 1

The Nebraska Shop Hop started last Thursday!I’ve participated the last 2 years, but this year I knew I’d do more as the Spring meeting for the Midwest Professional Machine Quilters (MPMQ) which is held in central Nebraska was going to be during shop hop.

So early Friday morning my friend LuAnn picked me up & we started off! We visited a total of 5 shops that day.

First we went to Quilt Stitches in Beatrice where I picked up some more Stonehenge for my Labyrinth quilt. Lucky for me the perfect fabric was actually on a skinny bolt for a reduced price!

Then we headed to Sew Bee It Quilt Shop in Hebron, Nebraska. Here I picked up a kit with the official Nebraska shop hop fabric. Each shop created their own pattern using the shop hop fabric & it was fun to see how each shop used the fabric in their style. Here’s a better pic of the pattern:

I made a slight change to this & decided to use the county fabric in the setting triangles instead of the border print.

Next on the list was Calico Cottage in Hastings where I found the perfect fabric for my Aeroplane bag!

Then we headed to Pat’s Creative in Holdrege. Wow did this place have fabric!! Here I was able to pick up the remaining Stonehenge fabric for the Labyrinth quilt. The Faceted Jewels pattern is for all my batik scraps- I’ve got about a bin of scraps I’ve been wanting to use in this pattern for quite some time. I also came across a cute fabric I couldn’t pass up- “Love Letters from the Cat!”

Then we headed to The Quilter’s Cottage in Kearney where I got Angela Walters’ latest book, a table runner book from Atkinson designs for 40% off, a Brown Sugar Bali Pop from Hoffman fabrics (this has a special plan!) & some cute fat quarters.

At this point it was evening & we were exhausted so we met up with LuAnn’s sister-in-law, Deb for dinner at Whiskey Creek in Kearney. I’d heard it was a great restaurant & I *loved* the hickory grilled veggies!

Then we headed to Deb’s farm where we spent the evening chatting & eating the most delicious Angel Food cake she made using her farm raised chickens!

The first day of shop hop fun was wonderful & I can’t wait to tell you about day 2!

Shop Hop

This past Saturday was the 5th Saturday Shop Hop in Nebraska.  Bring your bag to participating stores & get 20% off.My two friends & I hit 4 stores that day & had a blast hanging out together!

Of course we bought way too much stuff, but I did get a flannel backing I needed & fabric for my September Mini Quilt.

One thing I hadn’t expected to get was this:

I’d seen the pattern on several blogs & really liked it- but I didn’t realize it came in various sizes.  I like to make large quilts- bed size really & this pattern goes up to a King.

Then I saw these Stonehenge fabrics:

& immediately knew J & I needed a bed quilt in these fabrics.  I still need to collect more fabrics for this, so it looks like I need to go to some more quilt shops!