Road Trip – Quintessential Quilts, Reedsburg, WI
Sue and Rosalie visited this quilt shop without me while they were at a conference. I asked Sue to write the article and post it, and she told me she was too busy. Okay. So I’m sharing this for her, but it is her writing. ~smile~ Roseanne
While at a conference in the Wisconsin Dells, Rosalie and I found time to visit this store. We carefully followed the directions on my phone and knew we were in the right place when we saw the giant, welcoming quilt on the building. As we excitedly pulled into the driveway, we looked at the big, white house with a low one-story attachment in the back for the quickest way in. We chose to enter through the long, attached structure that housed the classroom. Becky and Joan were very welcoming and helpful!
Quintessential – Becky and Joan
The classroom led to a room full of batik fabrics. That room led to another which led to another . . . You see where we are going with this. Quintessential has an upstairs with even more rooms filled with quilting treasures!!
There were many models that demonstrated a variety of techniques. One of such was this fuzzy giraffe. The giraffe quilt was made from four chenille panels of the same design and a flannel backing (does not have to be flannel). The first step involves all five fabrics being layered together and sewn on the bias. Then after sewing, an Olfa Chenille/Textile cutter was used to cut through the top three layers to give the ‘fuzzy’ look. Becky made the model and said it was a quick process, only taking two afternoons.
Rosalie and I were also thrilled to see the patterns of Amy Bradley made into a die-cut kit!!!! The patterns are so detailed that having the pieces already prepared and ready to go would make these projects a lot closer to being finished than ever before! (Side note from Roseanne – we NEED these die cuts. I contacted Amy Bradley Designs and they will send it to us!)
There were also many patterns and gadgets galore! We could not pass up the beautiful hand-made stiletto and seam ripper combo. Not that we ever need a seam ripper (ha ha I actually call seam-ripping my part time job! Finally, I bought a special surprise for Roseanne since her stiletto has a burr on it:
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