|Here we are trying to cram everything into the trunk!|
|Mission accomplished! This trunk holds four sewing machines, 4 overnight bags and class supplies.|
Next, we got back in the car and headed toward Vermont. The first shop we went to was new to us, called Hen House Quilts. Quite appropriately, the store is decorated with all kinds of chicken knick knacks! This was a small, but well-stocked quilt shop with a wide variety of fabric. There was even an adjacent sewing machine shop! The owner was lovely and let me take lots of pictures of different samples in the store.
|Photo by Sue so I can get in the blog!|
|Lots of gorgeous jacket samples. Most of them were for sale!|
By now it was time for lunch, so we asked the shop owner for a recommendation. She sent us around the corner to the Crossroads Country Cafe.
It was delicious! All the sandwiches were on home-made bread! Definitely worth a stop!
Tummies full, we headed to our next stop, the Garden of Stitches http://www.gardenofstitches.com/index.htm in Bethel.
|They have lovely flower beds outside!|
Next, we went to A Quilter's Garden http://aquiltersgarden.net/ in Montpelier. This is a very nice shop and we met Molly, the shop puppy! Molly is going to be a big girl dog the next time we visit. I think she is a golden retriever (or maybe a yellow lab), can't believe I forgot to take her picture!
|Joannie behind the camera|
|The girls rushing in before the shop runs out of fabric!|
Time was running out and fortunately we checked our trip literature to find that VQF registration was located at Saint Michael's College and closing at 5pm, although the Show Preview, which was located at the Fairgrounds wasn't opening until 7:30 pm. So after we cashed out at A Quilter's Garden and petted Molly one more time, we pointed the car towards St. Mike's!
Fortunately for us, Joannie's daughter, Jill, goes to St. Mike's so Joannie knew her way around the campus. Signage was limited.
http://www.stitchedvt.com/, which ended up being one of my favorite shops. I wish I had taken some photos inside. Their fabric is super-contemporary featuring all the latest designers including Kaffe Fassett along with Japanese imports. Not a brown calico to be seen. Unfortunately, they were also in a rush to get to VQF, so they shut off the lights and air conditioning in an effort to encourage us to shop fast and GET OUT! I still liked it, though!
We ate dinner at the Texas Roadhouse, which shares the partking lot with Stitched. None of us had ever eaten at one of these (they're a chain) but the food was excellent. Regrettably, we didn't get a photo of Marion on the birthday saddle...it was too dark inside for photos anyway.
I will write another post soon. Thanks for reading if you've made it to the end of this very long post!
Pugs and kisses,