Barn Quilts, Woolen Shop and More

I spent this past weekend in Cedar Rapids, Iowa with my lovely sister-in-law, Judy, and her friend, Kay.  We began the day with a trip to her local quilt shop, Pine Needles, for a fun quilt group to learn of all the latest things. This shop is quite famous and one of the nicest I have ever visited.  The weather was cold and rainy, but we had a great time anyway.

Then we went to Kalona, Iowa.  I share with you the postcard I picked up at the quilt shop we visited. There is a wonderful Barn Quilt Tour in Washington County to see amazing quilt blocks which are painted on the side of barns.  We saw quit a few of the painted quilt blocks as we drove into Kalona, but with the rain it wasn’t good for photos or a complete tour.  Maybe next year on a sunny day.

We promptly had a luscious lunch at the Tuscan Moon Restaurant. A super place with great food. Then walked across the street to the Willow Creek Quilt Shop (sorry no link), but a lovely quilt shop that just went on forever. Each nook was filled with a new treasure to behold.  It was hard talking myself out of buying everything.  A must see when in Kalona.

We skipped the Kalona Quilt Museum (as I actually had been there before…although it is a “great” place to visit), and left for Williamsburg, Iowa where Judy and Kay had discovered a wonderful wool shop on a previous trip. The Woolen Needle is just a lovely place to find lots of wool patterns and get the most beautiful hand-dyed wool. 



 There is nothing more wonderful and fun than spending a weekend with good friends.  Ahhhh.

Moving onto another topic….Each year at the beginning of November, my quilt group holds a holiday boutique.  All of our members make handmade things to sell.  Part of the profits go to our quilt group to sustain us during the year in order to have wonderful guest speakers at our meetings.  We also use our profits to buy fabric for charity projects.  For several years now, my contribution is a stack of baby blankets with teddy bears. On September 30th I showed a photo of a huge pile of flannel fabric.  Well here is part of the results my work.  I made about 14 blankets and teddy bears and have flannel for about 6 more (later maybe).  I also made up the “Moses Basket” to use for displaying my blankets.  While my children are all grown and my grandchildren are too old for baby blankets…they are still fun to make.


6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Miss 376
    Oct 30, 2008 @ 06:12:34

    And they make a wonderful display, they look gorgeous


  2. Thomas
    Oct 30, 2008 @ 07:06:41

    The post along with the images shows that you had a great time. I fully subscribe to the fact that there’s nothing more fun than spending time with friends during a weekend


  3. Philip
    Oct 31, 2008 @ 06:21:41

    Very Talented Lady in the end all we have is our family great shots by the way!


  4. peggyann
    Oct 31, 2008 @ 15:47:59

    Thru your photos thanks for taking me along on your day of quilt shoppe shopping. Looks like much fun, and to be with good friends, that’s over the top.

    Thanks too, for your kind comments. I like that…Amitie…


  5. anne prunet
    Nov 01, 2008 @ 02:56:29

    I would have loved to belong to the party! You already know that…
    This blankets are lovely. Very tasty choice of colors. Where do you find the time to sew all that? We know how amazingly busy you already are with your full time job! In fact, the answer is that to please your friends and to comfort the unlucky ones, you would dug time out of anywhere and anything. (hope my English language is appropriate…)


  6. nicole
    Nov 02, 2008 @ 15:07:05

    Oh ! Claire, what a lovely trip you did..when I see those houses, it’s as if it is in a dream…So funny, and so clean…
    May be your friends will smile of my comment ?
    Congratulations Claire you have golden fingers..anything you do or write is a perfection…Love. Nicole


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