Thursday's Travels

Wednesday, September 28, 2016
We got up bright and early to eat breakfast at the motel.  Of course we met more quilters!  How much fun is that??!!  We compared notes on fabric stores.  If you are wondering where we were going--it was Missouri Star in Hamilton Missouri!  When we planned our trip we did not know it was their 8th anniversary birthday bash.  Lots of people, but quilters are VERY POLITE so it was all good.  We went in all their shops, petted lots of fabric.  What I really wanted was a t-shirt, I bought this one--

FQs were $.88 with a limit of 50, I made sure 2Rs and I bought 50!! I saw quilters with pink shirts from Wisconsin--I had to talk to them, they are in the same guild as Paula

There is great artwork in Hamilton--this is the mural on the side of a building--

The main shop was crowded but did snap a picture of 2Rs checking out--she is on the left--

Even though the stores were very busy checking out was easy--they are very organized.

After a full morning of fun we ate lunch and hit the road again.  More quilt stores to check out and then up I35 to Des Moines.  We stopped to meet Gladys of the Iowa Pig Farm on Stashbusters.  Her "Floor" is always complaining about the pins she sticks in it while basting quilts and how she is always sitting on it.  We felt sorry for the Floor--we thought it needed a little first aid--

A box of band aids!  As much as he complains (one stashbuster said it HAD to be male) we should have brought two boxes.  Poor Floor!  Here is an excerpt of a post from "The Floor"--

It seems that there has been some speaking up going on the list the
last couple of days,  It is good to know that I am not the only one to
have a voice...'
The mailing box that Liz has told the tale of its travels, and
Lori 1r's mail box confirmed its arrival, along with telling us what else
Lori 1r has been receiving.... I hope she wasn't trying to keep any of'
those purchases a secret....
So how are the rest of you being treated ???
Does she leave you turned on MR. IRON, ?? I hope you have auto
shutoff !!
And how are you MIZ Rotary Cutter, is she pushing harder and harder
on you ??? Maybe you can sneak in a new blade tonight...
I heard a lot of thumping coming from over Illinois way.... was it you
MRS. sewing machine needle ??? ... I hope she will replace you soon..
Grandma cutting mat you sure are looking scarred and fuzzy... maybe if
you whine a little she will get a new one and  just use you to lay blocks
out on, or at least wash the fuzz out of your scars.... '
The families of shelves all over are the world are bearing some mighty
heavy loads....  and I am afraid that nothing will change until a few of
you bow in the centers, or completely collapse....
Vacuums of the world unite and quit working until she changes the bag,
or empties the dust container... and washes the filters ...
.then when she tries you again just purr along and clean those floors..
And you long forgotten piggies try to work your self to the edge of the shelf
and then just tumble off and scatter all over.... maybe then she will look at
you and give you some of the attention that you are craving...
And to all of piles of fabric's left out on tables and floors, fade a little on
your edges, just to make her remember that fabric should be stored out
of the sun that comes into the studio and burns you in the afternoons...
You threads can break a few times, and then maybe that will trigger the
the fact that you are also getting too much sun and light....
I don't like being stuck with pins, and having my air cut off, but you tables
are suffering also with that tape being used on you, what a wax job !!!'
and now they are all getting those hard heavy clamps to use on you..
I feel your pain.... 'This is the time for you all to stand up and cause a
change in your living environment..... nothing will change unless you
cause it to.... Try to get on the putter while she is busy and tell us you

"The Floor"
at the Iowa Farm Report Center

Oh dear--I hope they don't unite and revolt!  

We also stopped to surprise Pat & Randy who work at Saylorville this year--

Hi Pat & Randy--we sure miss you! 



Sandi1100 said...

It looks like you ladies had a wonderful time. Some day I hope to get to Missouri Star's shop.

Moneik said...

Wow! Looks like you had a great time. That shop is on my bucket list of places to visit. I love the town mural as well. Such a fun little town.

Nann said...

What a wonderful road trip! So nice to see photos of both Lor(r)is. And you got to see Gladys!
(And my stash report for 2016 will be very similar to yours. Lots more in than out!)

Vic in NH said...

Fantastic "Fabric Acquisition Road Trip!"