Saturday, March 21, 2015

Fat Quarter and Sassy Shop Hop

I attended my first Illinois Shop Hop today.  It was the "Fat Quarter and Sassy Shop Hop" and you can read about it here.  I got a late start in the day.  I worked on .... you guessed it... unpacking more boxes until about noon and then the King insisted I get out and go check some of the shops out.  So we did.....

My first stop was a shop I visited on my first trip to Illinois back in December.  It's called Stitchin on State in Hampshire.  I only purchased 2 fat quarters.

My second stop was a little shop called Sew Generously in St. Charles.  It was a nice little shop but not really my style.  It was all "modern" fabrics and bright and cheery.   They are a Bernina dealer though so that was good to know.  I didn't buy anything there.  WHAT!!!  The King couldn't believe it.  I don't think I've ever been to a fabric shop that I didn't buy something...  I was kinda in a funk and nothing was speaking to me yet.

My third shop was a neat quilt shop called Prairie Quilts Shop in Batavia.  It was a nice shop too.  They had lots of novelty type fabrics, only a few reproduction type fabrics and quite a few blenders.  I met the owner, Bonita as I was paying and had a nice chat with her.  She told me about a longarm guild so I'm going to check that out the next time they meet.  I did buy an embroidery pattern there.

My final stop for the day was Prairie Stitches Quilt Shoppe in Oswego.  Now that's my kind of quilt shop.  Lots and lots of reproductions plus a good mix of other things too.  Friendly staff too.  I must of gotten out of my "funk" an I made up for not buying much of anything at the others.  If you purchased 5 fat quarters you got a free pattern; so of course I had to buy 5.  I also bought 2 yards of the Americana eagle fabric.

And I bought a pre-cut applique kit.  I'm going to make the kit for a wall hanging in my dining room I think... someday...

Tomorrow the King wants to go to a Home and Garden Show in Naperville.  He says there are a couple of quilt shops on the way that are in the Fat Quarter and Sassy Shop Hop so I'm sure I'll have more adventures to report back on.  



  1. Oh, if only Oswego weren't so far away! ;-) That looks like my kind of shop, too! All the good quilt shops are in the Chicagoland area ... all the ones here in SW Illinois are closing up. :-(

  2. Wow! You went to shops I haven't heard of yet. Of course, they're all a little further than what I would normally travel to unless it is a shop hop. There is a larger shop hop that has quite a number of shops all over Northern IL and into Central IL too. I'm not remembering the actual name of that shop hop, but it's a big one that has their own website. If I remember, I'll be sure to let you know. I found a number of cute shops that I would travel back to at some point or if we're up for a nice little drive.

    I don't know how interested you might be, but there is a quilt guild in Rockford which has a website here I'm sure you'll find one closer to you, but the reason I am telling you this is because their quilt show is coming up soon. They don't have one yearly and right now I'm not remembering if it's every other year or every third year. If you click to their website, at the top is a tab for their 2015 quilt show which gives more info in case you are up for a little drive. It's right off the interstate so it's an easy drive for you down I-39 and then onto I90/I39 North and then to the Riverside Drive exit which is the one after State Street in Rockford. It's a smaller show, but the quilts are really pretty and they have a big area to purchase things that, if I recall, people who belong to the guild have donated which they no longer want. I got some really neat items there a few years ago when hubby and I went to that one for the first time.

    Glad you got out of your funk and found things to buy.


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