Ready for the second installment of day 1? Here we go . . . . we purposely chose to take a class that was only half-day to give us some time to explore and possibly shop hop a little. That turned out to be the perfect decision. Judy knows QuiltGrannySharon through the Quilt Maverick Ring and she graciously offered to be our personal tour guides for the day. It couldn't have been better. It was really a treat.
When class ended at noon, we hurried back to our hotel where we were met by Sharon and her friend Carolyn - both members of the Amazing Quilt Babes. They whisked us off for lunch at Jason's Deli where the choices were abundant and everything tasted great. Refueled we were ready to get down to business - shopping!
We crossed the state line into Kansas - a first for me. Our first stop was in Eudora, Kansas to shop at Quilting Bits and Pieces. Eudora was a darling little town. The streets lined with homes displaying flags from wide porches, lots of tall shady trees, a policeman carefully watching for speeders and Jasmin - a Chinese Mexican eatery. Now that is a combo that I would have never dreamed. Wouldn't you love to get a peek at that menu?
Quilting Bits and Pieces was a bright shop with a large selection of 30's prints, lots of florals, books and patterns galore. The ladies working the shop were right in the middle of moving fabrics. They were so friendly and helpful - directing us to where we might find a particular piece. I quickly found the clearance fabrics and finished the bolt on both of these red brushed cottons. After we all made our purchases, it was back in the car to head on down the road a little more.
Next stop was Lawrence, Kansas. A bustling college town with a real, good old-fashioned downtown - the kind where you can park on the street, pop into a store, or just stroll along to window shop. Some of the buildings were just so beautiful to look at. They were built of sandstone that is quarried locally. I hope to return for the chance to explore a bit more, but there was fabric to buy.
Into Sarah's Fabrics we went. Before I could even get all the way in the door, I was taken in by the wood floors and had to wonder about all the shoes and boots that have trod them before me. A quick look up, I saw the tall ceilings covered in painted tin. Oh my - but then the fabric pulled me in and I had to shop. Specifically I was looking for a large, florally print to use in a Serendipity quilt. Here is what I found along with some pieces to go along with it.
While I was chatting with the gal cutting my fabric, I looked up to see Barbara Brackman walking toward me! She had come to the shop to pick up a quilt that was hanging on display. She stood next to me and we struck up a conversation. She asked about the fabrics I was purchasing and my plans for them. Proof that all quilters are very tactile, she was stroking the red fabric just to get the feel. It was such a surreal moment for me. It's not every day you get to discuss your fabric selections with Barbara Brackman!
Across the street in Stitch on Needleworks, I made a quick purchase of some wools and a sunflower Christmas ornament - how can you not get a sunflower in Kansas? While the others finished their shopping, I took a rest on the steps and just tried to take it all in.
Wow - this day really was full. There was even more fun and activity at Sharon's home that evening. Join me next time when I get to become an Honorary Quilt Babe - oh so fun!
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