Loose Threads: Shipshewana Day 2...and 3

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Shipshewana Day 2...and 3

Somehow day 2 and day 3 of our retreat have melded together and just slipped away. It could be all of that talking and eating. I'm sure the lack of sleep has quite a bit to do with that, too. Thursday started with a trip outside of Shipshewana into Amish country. First stop was the Red Skillet over at Rome City.  I don't have a photo so imagine a red building that looks like a red metal farm building that sits back off of the road.  I had bacon, eggs and toast here for breakfast.  The idea was to have a good breakfast so that I would make good shopping decisions. 

First stop was Caroline's Cottage Cottons in Rome City, Indiana.  Caroline's is a small quilt shop in a house  a block off of the main highway.  I bought a little bit of fabric there. 
I had a list of fabrics I wanted to buy for projects that I have in mind.  This is a fat quarter pack of blue and cheddar reproduction fabrics.  This was the first thing I bought that wasn't on my list.  But it was a nice pack and it was wrapped up with a frilly bow.  I know I'll find a use for it.

Then I found this piece of Jo Morton border print.  This was the second thing that wasn't on my list, but I love gold and rust so I know this one will find its way into a project one day.

These pieces of fabric said, "Pick me up and buy me."  They weren't on the list either, but I just love them.  At this point I just stopped looking at that list and shopped on pure instinct. 
Next it was on to Knitting Today at Wolcotville. 

The yarn here is just beautiful.  There is a lot packed into the shop, and everyone there is so helpful. 
I bought a bag full of yarn which wasn't on my list either, but at least I know this yarn is for a blanket that looks like a nine patch quilt. 
After all of that shopping it was time for a latte' at The Kitchen Cupboard in the Davis Mercantile building. 
A pretzel at  Jo-Jos is good anytime of the day....even for breakfast.
At this point in the retreat there is more shopping and eating than there is sewing...but we're having a great time.  There will be plenty of time for sewing after we get finished with all of this shopping.

I hope you are all stitching today.  Thanks for visiting. 


blauraute said...

Dear LuAnn,
you have made a wonderful tour through several nice stores. The floral fabrics are my favorite, they are so beautiful. At the time I'm gardening and crocking some flowers. Last friday I put the sewing machine outside and finished the wedding hearts. It was very nice sewing in the garden.
Have a nice and cozy weekend

Barb said...

Oh wow...love your loot...and thanks for showing the stores...

kathyr said...

Dear Luann,
It looks like you have had a wonderful get away. I am green with envy. I've had the list problem many times. Too often I forget to bring the stupid list. I am curious about the nine patch blanket, the yarn looks heavenly. Knit, crochet? Do share the particulars. thanks,kathy

Fiona said...

Ha, ha, ha, you went with a shopping list? LOL

I love your fabrics, it looks as though the Jo Morton fabric will go well with your indigo and cheddar collection. I love Caroline's Cottage and not just for the fabrics, the kitchen and the bathroom take me back to my childhood - oh, maybe I shouldn't have said that since I am showing my age ;-)

I am glad you had such a wonderful time I wish I could have joined you on those night time sewing marathons.


Mama Pea said...

I'm with Fiona...you went with a list?! Haha! Looks like you are having a ton of fun! Keep it up! Great loot! I love that Jo border fabric!

Cheri said...

And I thought I was the only one who buys fat quarter packs because of a frilly bow. I do think that bags of beautiful yarns and fabric quarter bundles wrapped pretty count as home decor...you are not required to do anything more with them.
Happy Stitching,

Cardygirl said...

Looks like a wonderful trip...great shopping...great fun!

Linda said...

Beautiful fabric! Love the photos. Makes me miss Shipshe! :-)

judith lockhart said...

Obviously we don't always need a list for shopping, do we? I find that buying on instinct makes my stash more usable when I want to make a project and just put those beautiful fabrics together for a unique quilt!

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