Sunday, December 7, 2014


This weekend we went exploring in our new town of DeKalb, IL.   We drove around looking at the street view of houses, which kills two birds in one stone about learning how to navigate in the town.  I'll share with you those houses after we meet with our realtor on Wednesday.

Then we went on a short road trip to Clare, IL; which is a spot in the road to a quilt shop in the middle of a corn field in a barn.  It is only about 10-15 minutes from DeKalb and was a nice little quilt shop.   The owner, Carolyn was really friendly.  The shop was called Basketcases and you can take a virtual tour here.  She has 2 Gammill quilting machines in her shop; one of them a Gammill Statler Stitcher.  She gave me the name of the Gammill dealer.  I'll need that information once I'm ready to move Queenie.

I bought some yardage for the Grand Illusion Mystery Quilt that I finally caved in and decided to do.  Bonnie Hunter over at Quiltville's Quips and Snips is giving us a clue each Friday in December.  I'll show you all of my fabrics and tell you more about that in another post.

Then it was on a few more miles to Hampshire to this quilt shop; Stitching on State.  It was only about 15 minutes from Basketcases but if I drive straight from DeKalb it's about 20-25 minutes.  Pretty close!  :)

I met the owners  Elaine and Mike who gave me a personal tour of the shop.  I am really glad I found this shop.  They are a Bernina sewing machine dealer and also do repairs.  They have sew-in's, classes, and BOM's.  I signed up for the $5 BOM beginning in January.  I purchased another piece of yardage for my Grand Illusions Mystery Quilt and two Christmas fat quarters.  I also picked up this fabric panel license plate that I'm sure will go into a memorable Illinois quilt.  

Funny thing while at Stitching on State.  We ran into someone The King knew.  And she knew exactly who I was too without introductions.  The plant/warehouse manager for 3M, Darcy is a quilter too and she was there shopping.  We chatted and both of us are excited to be able to make future road trips together!  I think the King is a little nervous!

DeKalb doesn't have a quilt shop so it's nice to know both of these are an easy drive within 15-30 minutes of me.  Which is a vast improvement from my choices in Texas.  It was at least 1-2 hours to any quilt shop there.



  1. Although I absolutely do *not* miss the cold winters, you are making me homesick. I grew up a few miles south (El Paso, IL), but had lots of friends in Northern Illinois. I miss the sweet country towns and entrepreneurs who work so hard to please their customers and support their families. I hope it's warm enough often enough that you can get out and enjoy the culture and the sightseeing and shopping opportunities. I just love looking at the traditional home!

  2. I also love that so many of those wonderful old homes still have their porches!


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