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Monday, October 11, 2010


 My month of vacation is over and I am sad, but I have so much to share with you. In fact it is hard to decide where to start. My Alaska trip was wonderful as always and the fall colors were beautiful. There is nothing better than fall in Alaska.
This guy was in my son's yard and it was hunting season. He has no idea how lucky he was to still be alive and walking around. There were 3 moose that kept me entertained for a week watching them. On a side note, I just ordered a "Design Skin" for my Bernina of this photo. If you haven't seen these, you can now get very cool "skins" made for your Bernina machines to really customize them. For you Bernina owners check it out!
This is the beautiful Kenai Lake in Cooper Landing Alaska.

I flew home to catch a "Quilt Shop Hop" bus trip thru Colorado, Nebraska, Kansas and Missouri. Now you want to talk about fun. We visited 12 shops in 3 days and covered over 1500 miles. The experience couldn't have been better. Take a bus of quilters, add shopping and you have a recipe for a great time. The days were long. We started at 5am most mornings, and it was as late as 10pm before we got to hotels, but WOW was it worth it. There was plenty of time on the bus to catch up on sleep and do some handwork projects. The meeting and sharing with 35 other quilters for 3 days was such a treat. The shops provided our meals and snacks along the way. I can't thank the shop owners enough for taking such good care of us all.
We got to visit
 Prairie Pines in Gering Nebraska
The Quilt Rack in North Platte Nebraska
Calico Cottage in Hastings Nebraska
Sew Country in Belleville Kansas
Sunflower Quilt Shop in Hiawatha Kansas
The Quilt Shoppe in Stewartsville Missouri
Sarah's Fabrics in Lawrence Kansas
Quilting Bee in Salina Kansas
Quilt Cottage in Hays Kansas
Rambling Rose in Cheyenne Wells Colorado
Holly's Quilt Cabin in Centennial Colorado
Inspirations in Fort Morgan Colorado

Each of them was very different and offered wonderful varieties of quilt projects. Seeing the different towns along the way was so much fun too. Some were like stepping back in history. We even found a Rexall Drug Store. I haven't seen one of them in years! Did you know that Hastings Nebraska is the birthplace of KoolAid???? I was sad that the shop didn't have a KoolAid quilt kit of some kind. My bus friends thought I was an idiot!!  :-) This is a twice a year tour and we can hardly wait for next springs! I understand that they offer these type of trips all over the country. You might want to check it out and see what is in your area. Or better yet, what a great way to see a new area!

The clock tower in this town was the only one between Chicago and Denver at one point in history.

Rambling Rose in Cheyenne Wells is a brand new shop that's outside wasn't
 quite finished yet. They are making it look like an old time western merchantile shop. I can hardly wait to go back to see it when it's done.

Last stop of my vacation month was Albuquerque, for a week with my best friend and the International Balloon Fiesta, but that is another post! I have kept you all way to long as it is! See you soon.


  1. Sounds like you had a ball!! Thanks for the great photos!


  2. Wow, what a month you had, Joan! Sounds like a lot of fun, all the way around! Thanks for sharing with us- LOVE your photos!


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