Monday, May 7, 2012

Spring Road Trip


A nice little stash came home with me from our road trip to Shipshewana, Indiana (Yoder's and Lolly's) and also a couple of quilt shops in Michigan, Quilts at the Marshall House, in Marshall MI and a new one for us, Lake St. Mercantile, in South Lyon MI, which is in a beautifully restored 1880's bank building.


Both Lolly's and Yoder's have added wool yarn to the inventory and I found a few must haves for rug hooking.  I also noticed precut wool fabric for penny rugs and wool applique, but too small for rug hooking, though they did sell some wool on bolts, just nothing that grabbed me.


On our way home we stopped in Ann Arbor, Michigan to attend the Michigan Hook-In and Rug Show hosted by the Northville Heirloom Hookers.  I have never been in a room full of hookers before and must say it was a delight.  The pretty wool flower above was a gift from the Northville Heirloom Hookers, to wear on my jacket. There were lots of rugs to see completed and in progress.  And, also vendors, which meant I wasn't coming home empty handed!


The bottom three will be used for overdyeing and I just couldn't resist the rest.  Though my plan is to use mainly recycled wool, I will treat myself to new wool every now and then.  The thrift stores have been very good to me and my inventory of recycled wool is growing at a rapid pace.


Home just in time to see the Fiddleheads and to enjoy some perfect spring weather in the garden.  It always feels good to complete the spring cleanup and worth all the aches and pains that come with it, but no time to rest, round two is about to begin, the weeds are coming!

Until next time.....happy quilting!

Karen

10 comments:

Ellie's Quiltplace said...

You did some good shopping!
I love the quilt stencil! Perfect for a Spring quilt.

Carrie P. said...

Oh, my you got some fabulous things. love that wool.

Paula said...

Yes that is a nice little stash and the quilt stencil is so cute. Beautiful colour of that wool yarn, how is your hooking getting along?
I see also some gorgeous colour of wool. Lucky you.

Sue said...

Oh you have some great stuff! You went to some of my favorite shops. I love Lake St. Mercantile's old bank building. Isn't that place something?

Love Yorder's and Lolly's. Did you notice they expanded Yorders?

FeatherDuster said...

How funny to be scrolling down my list of followed blogs and see mention of "Shipshewana". I just received yesterday, a dozen WONDERFUL and huge white chocolate & macadamia nut cookies that someone had ordered for me from a bakery in that town. If I'm ever in Indiana I will not leave the state without stopping in at the "Bread Box Bakery & Cafe" in Shipshewana. :-)

Cybele's patch said...

Some wonderful purchases. Good to spoil yourself now and then. Wish I could make such a road trip here!

Funoldhag said...

What a successful, fun road trip, Karen! You came home with some great purchases. Love the wool. One of my good friends in our guild is teaching a wool applique class next week and I am joining in the fun! Carol

Quilting Chemist (Danette) said...

Sounds like a great round trip. Love the wool yarn, beautiful colors! Gorgeous wool, the stripe is great. Can't wait to see how your hooking is coming along.

Stray Stitches (Linda G) said...

What wonderful purchases. Sounds like it was a great return trip home.

katrien said...

What a lovely things you take with you.Enjoy them.