At the next store our quilting awareness increased as we were shown fabrics at The Fabric Stasher in Tipton Iowa. At West Branch, Iowa we saw the Herbert Hoover museum and cute shops nearby as we got our passports stamped and were given a quilt square direction card from Cotton Creek Mill.
In DeWitt Iowa we went to Heartland Cottons learning about batting. At the Home Ee Workshop they were not only quilting, there were girls working on yarn. At the Shields Sewing Center Brother sewing machines followed their embroidery patterns to make beautiful pictures of many threads. Each store visit we were greeted with the store representative welcoming us with answers to our questions, patterns, quilt ideas, quilts hanging we admired, and materials of many colors and patterns. We realized we were learning and wanted to know more. We learned not only about quilting but about Iowa’s people and its history. We learned quilters wanted to help us and we thought more favorably of them as they answered our questions thoroughly and patiently.
On June 27 Jean, Sandy and I did it again to obtain stamps to complete our passport. At Quilters Paradise in Mt Pleasant we shared with the owner her zest for civil war and red white and blue as Savanna IL has a notable civil war museum. We went to shops where the owner had written quilting books and made patterns. They were busy but stopped to listen to us and encourage us even more. We asked them for their autograph. After all they were quilter celebrities. They laughed as they signed but inside were proud and glad we were fans.