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.