The next three guest posts will be from Elaine Deal Rooker and an excited group of shop hoppers.
I (Elaine), and my friends, from Illinois did the All Iowa Shop Hop for the first time and enjoyed it tremendously. Our activities were as follows:
On June 19 Jean, Sandy and I started our All Iowa Shop Hop. We started from Savanna IL at 8:30 am and went to LeClaire, Iowa for The Expressions in Threads quilt store. We were too early before the store opened and found a coffee shop. The man, who owned the coffee shop greeted us to a booth and made us fresh coffee in white mugs. He was a very good host interested in what we were doing. He eyed Jean and she eyed him. He showed us quilting books and framed quilt pictures on the walls. Soon we were intrigued with what he was telling us about quilts and showing us framed quilt pictures hanging on the shop walls. We left him as the LeClaire store opened at 10 am. Our All Iowa Shop Hop began but the man and coffee lingered as to how lucky we had been to stop at his shop. Even Jean liked him. Was a future date to come for Jean? We laughed but only time and fate will tell.
At the Leclaire Iowa shop we purchased the Iowa square, learned about fat squares and quilting.
We got our first stamp in our passport and our first quilt direction card. Lunch was at the Machine shed restaurant and sharing what we had seen and bought. We felt like we were in a sewing Halloween asking for a stamp and quilt card at each store. But we also bought products, fat quarters etc and gained a lot of sewing knowledge.