June 3, 2012

Inspiration Overload - and Friendship...

"Graceful Baltimore" by A Graceful Stitch
On Friday, I went shopping with my friend, Kathy D. in Wisconsin. She picked me up and together we traveled to Menasha and Appleton to check out three quilt shops I'd never visited before.

I tried to take photographs of the interiors of the shops, but my images just didn't do them justice, so I'm going to share a few pictures of some of my favorites of their shop samples. I'll tell you that each shop was just exploding with inspiration!
"Noah's Arc" in Wool Applique'
The first shop Kathy took me to was one of her personal favorites, and I can certainly see why. It's called Primitive Gatherings and it's on Racine Street in Menasha. (Here's a link to their website to whet your appetite!)

It's a one story converted home with additional inspiration in the basement. I took more than a few laps around the shop (up and down) before I could even begin to decide what I had to purchase from them! I told Kathy that if she had trouble finding me, I'd probably be sitting in a corner crying in confusion over all the fabulous things they had to offer. I'll show you my purchases later in the week. I can tell you, I had a ball in their shop.

The Noah's Arc hanging (above) is just one of the gorgeous wool pieces they had on display. In the end, I did join one of the monthly block of the month groups, too. It's the Jacqueline's Album Quilt BOM (here). I know. Like I need another project, but this one was just too cool to pass up!

Nick and Lisa Bongean (the owners) have created a gorgeous shop, and Lisa designs many of the pieces that adorn the walls. I'll visit their again in the future (online and in person!).
"Spoolin' Around" by Gingham Girls
Next, we went to Going To Pieces Quilt Company on Northland Avenue in Appleton, WI. Owned by Mary Klein and Joanne Mjos, this shop had a completely different feel and lines and designs different from the primitives, wools and reproduction fabrics at the first shop.

Remember, I told you I was going to start making nine-patch blocks from my project scraps? Well, I know how I'm going to assemble them after seeing this pattern called "Spoolin' Around"! Isn't it great? Alas, they have no website that I can steer you to.
"Provence Flannel" by Marcus Brothers @ Going To Pieces Quilt Shop
I went back to the table more than once, but resisted the temptation to pick up this flannel fabric kit called "Provence Flannel". The pattern is free from Marcus Brothers and I love the fabrics that were used to create this quilt. It's soft, colorful and it really spoke to me. (Even though I kept trying to put my hands over my ears!) I may yet call the shop and have them ship the kit to Florida.
Quilted Clock @ Going To Pieces Quilt Company
How's this for a perfect way to tell the time in your studio? I saw it on the wall at Going To Pieces and just had to share it with you! The numbers are machine embroidered and the rest is pieced, quilted and bound. It has enough substance to stay rigid as a clock. So cool!
"Hot Cross Buns" by Schnibbles @ Primitive Gatherings
The third shop was Keep Me In Stitches on Richmond Street in Appleton. It's just around the corner from Going To Pieces, but their shop had yet another completely different atmosphere! They don't have a website either, so I can't steer you to a site so you can see more.

Kathy and I had a ball shopping, ate a great lunch near the river in Menasha, and thoroughly enjoyed catching up with each other. (Congratulations to her newly-graduated son who just got a new job in the computer field in Appleton!)

We're already looking forward to the next time I visit Wisconsin so we can get together for another day of shopping! Thanks for driving, Kathy...and for your ongoing friendship. You're a true inspiration, my friend.

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laurajane said...

Sounds like you had a lovely day Donna.
You are vry lucky to have a friend who has the same interests are you.None of my girlfriends can even sew a button on(that's my job).
My dearest friend sews,but she went of to live in Canada,and left me in England.
All the quilts shown are stunning..
PS is Mum and Dad Bert back soon,would love to know how their holiday In England went.
Love Laura xxx

Chris said...

it looks like you had a wonderful day. I love the Provence Flannel.

Sue said...

I have not been to the last two shops mentioned but will be visiting them in July when we take our a action there . I absolutely love Primitive Gatheringsand cannot wait to get back to see that shop again!!!

I am sure you must be having lots of fun!

Tins and Treasures said...

Good Morning, Donna,
It sounds like you had a fabulous trip...and the quilts are amazing. I can't wait to see what you come up with. Thanks for sharing the inspirational photos!

Have a marvelous Monday!

moosecraft said...

Oh Lucky YOU!!! I'd love to be able to visit the Primitive Gatherings shop! Right now they are my favorite online shop to buy all my wool and quilting stuff from! Great products and designs! Can't wait to see what you decided on purchasing!

Andi's English Attic said...

The 'Spooling Around' looks like stained glass. xx

Createology said...

Yes, I can definitely see how wonderful your day was spending it with a dear friend and visiting such great quilt shops. Having a common interest and passion is inspiring and added to the endless possibilities these shops all added to the mix...explosive and overwhelming for certain. Fabulous inspiration in your photos. Great gathering girlfriend...

Sherri said...

What a wonderful day you and with a dear friend-that would be an really awesome day for me!! Those quilts are just gorgeous!! Have fun!

Terri Sue said...

It sounds as if you had a wonderful day. I love the pictures you took.

Michelle May said...

NO....WAY!!!!! You got to go to Primitive Gatherings!?!?! Oh my gosh!!!!!!!!!!!!! I sooooooooooooooo dag gone jealous I could just die!! hee,hee,hee.
Ok..maybe not die, but be full of envy and jealousy. LUCKY!!

Jillayne said...

Oh goodness Donna! What wonderful quilts - no wonder you were threatening to find a corner to cry in!
I love that Provence one myself - what a gorgeous-looking quilt! I'll have to see if they offer the pattern free on their website - it's just too nice... and I am in your boat too - hardly in need of one more thing to do....


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