Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Quilt Shops and Vacation Time With Family

Dean and I finally gotten vacation time to see family in St. Louis.  What a wonderful trip! 
Let's talk about quilts shops that I visited first.  While we were passing through the great state of Illinois, we stopped in Effingham where I found a great quilt shop that had the largest selection of quilt books that I've seen in a long time.  I bought a book called Beautiful Bargello by House of White Birches.  My mom has made several of bargello quilts and I want to try my hand at it.

Another quilt store that we ran across was in St. Charles, Missouri.

Quilt shops aren't only about the fabric; it's about the people there to.  Jeanna and I met a beautiful lady, Hollis Heyn.  Here is her yo-yo quilt that we think was made in the 1920's or 1930's by her grandmother (if my memory serves me correctly).

Be sure to click on the picture to see a close up of the wonderful textiles. I'm so happy that we walked in just at the right time to see this family heirloom.  Thank you so much Hollis for sharing a part of your family history with us.
If you are ever in St. Charles, Missouri, please take time to stop at 337 South Main to visit Patches, etc.  It's a great little quilt shop with a lot of pretty fabric and friendly people.

My daughter-in-law and I did have a wonderful afternoon in St. Charles.

We had a great day at the St. Louis Arch.  It is absolutely amazing!

We also rode a ferry across the Mississippi.

We ate the richest chocolate cake I've ever had for Nathan and Jeanna's Anniversary.  Thank you Steve for making the special chocolate icing!

We just had a great time being together and just being silly!

Don't forget the Friday Night Sew-in is coming up at the end of the week.  I will be catching up with the Free Motion Quilt Along.  If you want to join in the quilt along, just click on the picture on the left and join us!

Happy Quilting

Kay Lynne

1 comment:

Sandra said...

Looks like you had a wonderful vacation! What could be better than spending time with family, eating chocolate, and visiting quilt shops?