We’ve had a lot of rain in Iowa and it’s construction season, so, it might not be a bad idea to check out the road closures before heading out on your road trip adventure. Here are some links to help identify where you may need to adjust your route:
What would your fantasy quilt shop look like? Mine would be bright and sunny with lots of natural lighting. But not in a way that would damage the fabric. It would be open and have lots of space to layout a project and audition the fabric choices.
It would have endless rooms, each dedicated to a specific type of fabric: brights, neutrals, batiks, 30’s, youthful, animals, etc… Fabrics would be repeated in each of the rooms as necessary so you wouldn’t have to travel from room to room (unless you wanted to). For instance, the neutral room would have reds. Did you know red was a neutral color? Alex Anderson taught me that. I would love a room full of manly fabrics. We seem to have a plethora of feminine fabrics, but I struggle to find something appropriate for the men in my life.
Best of all, in my fantasy quilt shop, all the fabric would be free and nothing would ever run out. This feature would allow me to finish that project I started 12 years ago without missing a block, or needing to mismatch colors.
I did ask what your fantasy quilt shop would look like…not expecting it to be practical or even possible.
Being only one of a few retail businesses in Tracy, Iowa, owner Fay Boyd and her husband Dean are very proud of their community. Active in volunteer work in their community, the Boyds shared the following about their community for visitors to the All Iowa Shop Hop:
” We are located just a few miles from historic Pella which was settled by the Dutch heritage and has much to offer to visitors. The big windmill from the Netherlands they can tour and the bakeries are a real treat when in this area, also the town here grew up because of the railroad and river traffic and the Bellefountaine cemetery is just outside of Tracy and many people go there to see where earlier relatives were buried at this time of year. My shop is located in a 100 year old home moved into Tracy from the
Bellefountaine area and was a home for the Methodist preachers for many years until we purchased it for our home . We are often told “I got married in your living room”. Red Rock Lake is quite near our town and many campers love this area as well as fishermen. Knoxville located 15 miles from Tracy is the home of the Knoxville raceway and has sprint car races every Saturday night from early April till October. We live in a small community with a big heart and love to have visitors to our area.
It is important to us that Every customer has a wonderful experience while in Tracy at our shop, from the entry in the door until they leave they are the Most important thing happening in our life at that time. We strive to be helpful and friendly to all so they will enjoy visiting us. Had a 92 year old gentleman visit yesterday who had never been in a quilt shop and had lived in this town many years ago and was amazed at the shop. It was like a history lesson about my town as I have lived here 70 years and we reminisced about people we had known and places that aren’t there any more while she looked around the shop and got her passport for the shop hop. I always enjoy the stories I hear from customers and they are amazed at the shop in little Tracy Iowa, I want them to enjoy the shop and return to see us again. I hope they will enjoy it enough to tell all their friends about their experience. ”