The trip was fantastic and we had a great time. The first shop we went to was Heart and Hand Dry Goods in Sioux City, Iowa. http://www.heartandhand.com/ It was not a large store but just full of wonderful projects. I especially loved the pillowcase kits they had arranged and the napkin kits were splendid. I bought a pattern book for Big Blocks and the layer cake to do a quilt of that sort. Low and behold, when we got on the bus, I realized I had selected the Moda Christmas Wishes layer cake that made one of the patterns in the book.
We then went to the Omaha Quilt Show at UNO sport center. It wasn't as large as I had expected but the quilts displayed were exquisite. Many art quilts that I appreciate but don't want to make. My favorite quilt was an applique masterpiece. At the quilt show I bought a pattern for a triangle bag I hope to make soon.
After the show, we went to a very nice shop in Omaha. They were demonstrating a crazy cut block that I just had to have. Sunshine Stitches http://www.sunshinestitches.com/ was a beautiful store with many choices. It was very different from the shop in the morning. I found a darling Christmas panel that will be on my list of projects soon.
We ate at the Cheesecake Factory on the patio. It was a lovely evening and the company was divine.
On Saturday we went to Plattsmouth, Nebraska to Seams To Be Quilts shop http://www.seamstobequilts.com/index.htm. Plattsmouth has a neat main street with many antique shops. I bought a Bohn marking pen the owner had shown to me at the Quilt Show. Again the shop was unique. More panels than you could imagine. I found a birthday present for Marilyn in the coffee shop across the street. We left Plattsmouth for Papillion, Nebraska and the Country Sampler Too http://www.countrysampleronline.com/index.php. Needless to say we found some beautiful fabric but I loved the placemat template and will have a tutorial next week on this blog. The Quilted Moose http://www.quiltedmooseonline.com/ in Gretna was probably my favorite. Beautiful quilts on the wall, kits everywhere, wonderful children's fabric, and I will definitely return. The last shop was certainly not the least, three floors, County Traditions http://www.countrytraditionsonline.com/ in Fremont was a real find. I bought a significant amount of sale fabric.
It was a great trip. Met wonderful new friends, relaxed with some of closest friends, and picked up loads of ideas and material for gifts.