I've had the pure pleasure of teaching periodically at The Quilter's General Store (Rockford, IL...near the WI state line) over the past several years, and it always feels like home when I'm there. It's a warm and cozy shop, not only because of the nice people that work and take classes there, but they always have great fabrics, and I leave feeling inspired.
|Four Star General by Yellow Creek Quilts|
Did I mention the shop is located in an old farmhouse? Yes...so charming! The farm is still a working farm, too. You'd never guess that it's all located on the corner of a bustling city intersection.
The Quilter's General Store has offered the Prairie Women's Sewing Circle club from the very beginning. I think it was the third shop to ever offer the club. Former owner (and dear friend) Deb Peterson-Borcean lead the club for many years, and now current owner (and friend) Denise Rehnberg does it.
Denise and Polly surprised me with show-n-tell of the shop quilts from Journey Four of the PWSC club!
I think you can see that if you're in the Rockford, IL area, you NEED to make a stop at the General Store!
My final destination was in Wisconsin, and if I'm ever entering the state, I HAVE TO go to JJ Stitches! JJ's is located in Sun Prairie, WI (near Madison) and I think I've been going there for more than 15 years, and it's been grand each and every time.
|Reproduction Pinwheels by JJ Stitches|
|Reproduction Chain by JJ Stitches|
Julie often replicates and patterns many of the antique quilts from her large collection, offering unique patterns no other shop has.
She often has quilts in magazines, with the quilt above featured in
the current issue of Primitive Quilts and Projects magazine.
|Old Soul pattern by Patchalot Patterns|
There is just the most wonderful feeling that comes over me when I walk through the door at JJ's. Maybe it's the antiques Julie uses for display, or the warm Civil War colors and fabrics. The soft music playing or just the fact that I know I'll find great fabrics and kits. Maybe because I've been going to JJ Stitches for so many years, it's more like visiting a friends home. It's probably all of those things, and I know you'll feel it, too, if you ever get the chance to visit. You can always shop online!!
Needless to say, my shop hop was a great success, and perhaps now you can see why I lovingly refer to the shops on this route as "the holy land of quilting!"
My final destination was the Second Story, located above another awesome, top notch quilt shop, The Country Sampler.
My pal, Tara Lynn Darr (Sew Unique Creations) and I settled in for days of wonderful, productive sewing. Tara worked on new projects for her next book, and I worked on the final quilt for Journey Five. We sewed, relaxed, gabbed, ate, and enjoyed a Downton Abbey marathon. All good food for the soul!!