Patches and Petals, Belleville, WI
A Saturday road trip to visit quilt stores near Madison, Wisconsin with friends. Is there a better way to spend a day if you are a quilter? Okay, maybe there are a few marginally better things to do but they escape me right now. ~smile~ Friends, laughter, fun, quilt shops – boom!
Our first stop was to Patches and Petals in Belleville, Wisconsin (shop link here). So many things to see! One of the friendliest quilt shop workers greeted us at the door. Her name is Linda and she is a true gem. She loves her job, and it shows, and she shares that love with everyone she meets. Patches and Petals are lucky to have her!
Their store is a nice size and they have everything organized so well. They have tons of models, and it was easy to find the fabric that was needed to complete said model. Their shop has an upstairs area, with a children’s room filled with need-to-buy stuff, and a Christmas/fall area. They also had depression glassware displayed and for sale – that was the only thing that made me nervous – I didn’t want to bump into any and break it. Thankfully, I did not!
We found some really, REALLY cool patterns here like this Stick Scarecrow pattern by Happy Hollow Designs. It is from 2009, but we all fell in love with it – it is designed over a mailing tube. The second fun pattern we found is called Loose Change by Happy Hollow Design. I am sure you will hear more about both of these in the near future:
Our last treasure, in our header, was a model from the Sweet Sixteen: A Quilters Road Trip 2014 book called Simply Vintage Runner. It was designed by a neighboring quilt shop, JJ Stitches in Sun Prairie, WI (they get their own separate write up!). I think this will make a fabulous choice for the Runner Aways Club, but we have to figure out what fabric was used. I am sure if I reach out to someone at JJ Stitches they would be happy to inform us.
We left after several hours, almost on sensory overload. Oh, the possibilities. Oh, the things we could make. Oh, the things we will make!