Well, it all finally caught up with me. I'm home sick today. I feel okay as long as I'm laying down, but I feel dizzy whenever I stand up, my throat hurts, I'm sneezing, and I feel completely wiped out. So, I'm staying home to rest. In between naps, I'm getting work done on the computer (thank goodness for web-based instructional support, so I can grade my exams online!). I thought I'd use one of my breaks for blogging.
This will be my last post about our Kalamazoo Log Cabin Quilters retreat in Shipshewana about a month ago.
On Saturday, Cheryl and some of the gals asked me if I wanted to take a field trip to another town to visit a little quilt shop. I said, "Why not?! Let's go!" So, off in the car we went.
We ended up in Rome City, Indiana at Caroline's Cottage Cottons. It is a pretty neat building. It was built in 1870. Caroline and her family restored the home when they turned it into a quilt shop. It is very neat.
Here we are before going in. When we got inside, Caroline gave us a history of the house. She told us the step I'm standing on had a particular name....Maybe a burglar's step? I can't remember now. But the step is built taller than the first two steps to trip a would-be burglar trying to sneak up the steps in the night. The idea was that he'd trip on the step, fall on the porch, and make such a ruckus that the people in the home would wake up. She shared lots of little historical details about the home with us.
This was one of the first displays inside that caught my eye. I certainly was in paradise. :-) See the wallpaper on the wall? You can tell that there was a lot of attention to detail in Caroline's restoration.
There was a shop hop going on in Indiana at the time, and this was the shop's pattern. Even though we weren't on the shop hop, Caroline gave us all the pattern as well as the discounts that were being given to shop hoppers. In fact, she even gave us some special discounts. I thought that was really nice when she heard we were retreating in Shipshewana.
The little kitchen in this house was simply adorable. When they have classes, they hold them in this room. The classes are necessarily smally (like four to six people), due to space. This room was filled with 1930s reproduction fabrics.
Here is a close up of that hutch against the wall. I loved all the red and white fabrics. Love this display and how the fat quarter bundles are tied up. In hindsight, I wish I would have picked up one of those bundles for my red and white quilt group projects!
I saw some rugs in the room with the wool and really liked how they looked. I have been wanting to make some sort of rag rug for my foyer, but I haven't found a technique I like the look of enough yet. But I really liked these! It's using a technique called locker hooking, which I've heard of but didn't know how locker hooking was done. At that, Caroline whipped out a sample and started demonstrating it for me. She took 1" strips of torn fabric and this hook that looks like a crochet hook on one end and has an eye on the other end. There was a special string threaded through the eye.
Then, she pulled the eye end through to thread the string through the loops. This is what keeps the loops from pulling back through. Neat! I liked the technique, and I liked how the rugs look. I bought some of the mesh and string. She ordered me a hook, because she was out. That came a couple of weeks ago. I ordered a book on locker hooking from Amazon that she recommended, because she was out of them. I think this will be one of my winter projects.
Karen found lots of goodies (you can see some of the bolts of stuff she bought behind her). She spent enough money there (I won't say how much to protect her innocence, LOL!) to earn a crown! I love this! The store gives you a crown if you spend a certain amount in one trip. How great is that?! Good girl, Karen!
All in all, this was a really great shopping trip. Caroline is one of the nicest shop owners I've met, and her store is just as cute as can be. She has a wonderful selection of fabrics, and I will go back there to shop again. I might even make a special trip to Rome City, just to go there. Rome City was about 20 to 30 minutes away from Shipshewana, so if you're in that area, I would highly recommend you stopping at this shop. It's great! Please tell Caroline and her staff (who were also wonderful) hi for me if you go there.
What a great weekend this was. So relaxing and fun. Like I said, I got some sewing done, but I didn't want to stress over how much I got done. I shopped a lot, walked around some, went for runs, and did some knitting at night with knitting buddies. It was a wonderful, wonderful weekend. I can't wait for next year's retreat!
Hope you enjoyed the summary of my retreat. I got a wonderful package in the mail the other day. can't wait to share it with you! I am so spoiled!
Until next time,