We had a fairly solid plan for Saturday and we pretty much stuck to it. We woke up and left the house by 9am. Mom, Aunt Cathy, and I went for a walk in the morning and then I went with Marty to get coffee for everybody from Starbucks. It was a pretty early day. Our first stop was the quilt shop, Demelia’s Quilt Co, in Yoder, KS. WOW! That shop is FANTASTIC. The fabric selection was definitely up my alley, which I was very surprised about due to the large Amish and Mennonite population in and around Yoder. In fact, they even had a little Modern Quilt Guild information section right at the front of the store.
I was very proud! And my mom and aunt bought “Transparency Quilts” by Weeks Ringle and Bill Kerr. I LOVE that book so I was very excited. I think my modern style is rubbing off on people. Haha! Another great thing about Demelia’s is the sale section. They had two whole bookcases FULL of fabric that was marked 50% off. I ended up buying backing fabric for my HST Rainbow quilt.
I had my heart set on chevrons for the back, but I didn’t want to pay full price since I needed almost six yards. Well, I got six yards of this fabric for only $30! I was VERY proud of myself.
The people at Demelia’s were awesome. They were so friendly and helpful. None of us wanted to leave. In fact, we kind of hovered by the door after all of us had paid (and I think we all ended up buying something because the store was fabulous) and somebody made a joke about us not leaving. I hope I get to go back to that shop someday.
After Demelia’s we headed back to Hutchinson to go to the quilt shop there. My mom was driving since she had her suburban and we could all fit in that vehicle. On the side of the road, there was a HUGE bake sale and my mom quickly slammed on her brakes and was able to make it into the driveway. We were SOOO glad that we stopped though. The people who had organized the bake sale and had done all the baking were either Amish or Mennonite. They had a ton of different kinds of breads and pies and cookies and coffee cakes. They had a bunch of different types of canned pickles and jellies and jams. We were all in heaven. They even had some gluten free cookies and pies. Since Derenda’s mother and my grandmother can only eat gluten free foods, we bought them some pie and cookies. Again, these people were absolutely wonderful. And of course, we got on the topic of quilting. We really enjoyed ourselves and we were so glad mom stopped!
We finally made it back to Hutchinson and went to Cottonwood Quilts, a quilt shop downtown. This store was gigantic. They had almost two walls of batiks. They also had a large selection of sale fabrics that were like $3 per yard or something ridiculously cheap like that. They also had sale fat quarters from $1. AND they had patterns and other stuff on sale. However, the sale items were really nothing that I was interested in. The shop had a more traditional feel than modern, but definitely still had some modern mixed in. I think I was overwhelmed. However, I still bought a couple of things.
The fat quarter on the very left was only $1 and even though I don’t like brown, I loved the colors and print and price so much that I couldn’t turn it down.
And I bought that fabric as a fat quarter. It was not on sale, but I fell in love with it. This fabric was actually displayed in the same quilt pattern as my Sidelights quilt. I LOVE that pattern and this fabric would definitely be a great alternative to a panel for that pattern.
Debbie broke down and bought some solids at that shop, which I’m contributing to my modern influence. 🙂
After the quilt shop, we headed to the Kansas State Fair. We wanted to see the quilts, eat some fair food, and visit Kim at the KDOT booth. Derenda was our guide since none of us were familiar with the fair grounds and set up. We dubbed her the “Fair Fair Princess.” And we were her entourage and loyal subjects. We were all pretty hungry and headed to the food court. I’m not a big fan of fair food, so I was excited to be able to get a baked potato and some corn on the cob. After we ate, we headed over to the quilts. HOLY CRAP! There were a TON of quilts. In fact, (I can’t believe I’m saying this) I was definitely over looking at quilts by the end of it. However, there were some AMAZING quilts. We also saw bags, knitted items, crocheted items, apparel, duct tape items, and much more. After looking at the quilts, we visited Kim and she had us play a game. She asked us a traffic/road/transportation related question and if we got it right, we got a ruler. Quilters like rulers, so that was a pretty cool prize. Actually, even when we got it wrong, she gave us a ruler. I ended up learning quite a few things, so that was cool. The last thing we had to do at the fair was get some fried something or other. Like I said, I’m not a fan of fair food, but I wanted to try something. Derenda got chocolate covered bacon. Becky and I share fried cookie dough. Marty got fried Thin Mints. Apparently the chocolate covered bacon was really good. I didn’t try it and am not very interested in trying it since I don’t particularly care for the salty and sweet combination. The cookie dough was OK, but I’d rather just have cookie dough. Either way, it was an experience.
At that point, we were all very much ready to get back to the house and begin sewing and quilting. Mom and I wanted to get the bridesmaid test dress finished. Marty was working on a prayer shawl and was almost finished. Becky was putting the binding on a quilt and was almost finished. Aunt Cathy needed to work on a needle turn applique piece for a class she was going to teach this week. She also had a block for her and mom’s quilt guild to work on. Debbie was hand sewing an apple core quilt. I had brought all of my scraps for everybody to go through and take what they wanted. Debbie ended up cutting up a lot into 1 1/2″ square for a leaders and enders quilt she is making. And I got rid of all of my scraps that I didn’t want…which is most of them.
Marty finished her prayer shawl and quickly started another.
Becky finished hand sewing the binding on that quilt. It’s going to be a gift. I LOVE the quilting on it. The colors are off in the picture. The quilt is much more lime green than yellow, so picture that color instead.
We did a lot of show and tell and Derenda’s mom, Norma, got involved. She has some AMAZING antique quilts from her family. I felt like I was at a museum…only it was better because we got to see them up close and touch them. PREPARE FOR PICTURE OVERLOAD!
Amazing, right? Can you see where the colors have faded? It’s especially prominent on the blues.
I really liked the quilting on this quilt. The cathedral windows or orange peels or whatever you want to call them add a completely different dimension to the quilt. I thinks it’s fabulous.
This is my favorite picture. Debbie is really inspecting this quilt. Actually, we add did that with almost every quilt, but this picture is just really awesome. And the quilt is really awesome and beautiful. I LOVE the yellows and oranges. It’s amazon how well the color has been preserved. And check out that colored binding!
How perfect does that look?
I felt really bad taking all of these picture since I had to stand on Norma’s beautiful furniture. I’m sorry, Norma!
Solids! Be still my heart!
I really like grid quilting. I didn’t realize that I did until I looked at some of these antique quilts. It really stands out.
And the quilting is so fabulous! It’s so detailed with so many different things going on. I love how each block and each piece of each block is outlined. The flower in the center is sooo adorable. The border is awesome. It’s absolutely amazing!
Ummmm…I don’t have words.
I’m not a scrappy fan, but I can get behind antique-double-wedding-ring-scalloped-edges-hand-quilted-holy-crap-amazing-scrappy.
This quilt is amazing, but I’m not a fan of the block. They side flowers kind of look like they are wilting or dying. I’m weird, I know, but that’s just what I see.
I LOVE the gingham though. It’s such a small print, too.
Sit down for this next one…
I don’t even understand how this was done. And this coverlet was sooo heavy that it was hard to hold up.
I was blown away. This was craziness to me.
1846! EIGHTEEN FOURTY SIX! 166 YEARS AGO! ONE HUNDRED SIXTY SIX YEARS AGO!!!!
I don’t even know what to say…
Just think about that…
Ok. Since we obviously aren’t going to get over that, let’s just move on.
After quilting and sewing and the AMAZING show and tell, we went to dinner. On our way out of dinner, Derenda met a friend.
Jake Owen! Doesn’t it look kind of real? Unfortunately, Jake was cardboard. If he wasn’t cardboard, he would’ve been stuffed in the back of the suburban, taken back to Norma’s house, and forced to perform on top of her dining room table. Luckily for Norma, he was cardboard.
And then we quilted and sewed into the night. Mom and I did get the orange dress done, but mom took it home so I don’t have pictures of it. I also didn’t get pictures of the project Debbie was working on or any of Aunt Cathy’s stuff. Mom started a couple of other projects, but I didn’t get pictures of those either. I’m sorry.
On Sunday, we woke up and did some more sewing. We ate lunch and then we packed our stuff up. I didn’t want to leave. Nobody wanted to leave. It was hard, but we are already planning another retreat at the beginning of next year. I can’t wait!
I would leave you with a picture of the beautiful table runner that Becky made Norma as a hostess gift, but the only picture I have of it is Norma holding it up and she is in her housecoat. I wouldn’t appreciate somebody posting a picture of me on the internet in my housecoat (if I had a housecoat), so I’m not going to do that to Norma. Instead, I’ll leave you with this WONDERFUL picture of my mother and Debbie.
I hope everybody had as great of a weekend as I did!