Friday, August 12

Where was I two weeks ago today?

I was here.........
at Lynette Jensen's THIMBLEBERRIES Studio in Hutchinson, Minnesota. I stopped there on my way to our quilting retreat at Bonny's Quilt Haven. It was a gorgerous summer day, although just a bit hot. Every year when we go to Bonny's, I tell myself that I am going to leave early in the day and take time to meander my way along the 50 mile trip to Hutchinson. It's never quite worked out ........ until this year! I left our house at 12:05 p.m. and I was on my way to a relaxing weekend of quilting fun and time with my quilty friends. And if I saw a shop I wanted to stop at, I did. And if I saw something I wanted to take a picture of, I did. And if I wanted a treat, I stopped for that, too. That would be a bag of Oreo double stuffs in case you are interested. :-) Anyway..........when I got to Hutchinson, I stopped at a couple of thrift shops (goodies I found will be in my next post) and then I found a parking spot at the city square and made my way to ThimbleberriesLand. But.......get this.........I left my camera in my car! So, I shopped and then went back for pictures. I asked for permission so here you go......a little bit of "eye-candy" that will make you hungry for some fabric............

The shop door opens to this view..........
I loved every vignette in the entry so I took close-ups. Isn't that yo-yo heart pillow adorable?
I love the fabric colors in the wall quilt and the little basket quilt.........
And this patriotic vignette is just fabulous!!
As you come around the corner from the entry, you get an overall view of the studio. But........the quilt hanging on the door caught my eye. I think it was my favorite quilt in the shop. I just loved that giant rick rack!
There was a vibrancy and richness in the fabrics that I felt I hadn't seen in Thimbleberries fabrics in the past. I really, really liked what I saw...........
I was wishing I had more spendable income with me!
I wanted reds........
I wanted some blue..........
and all these pretty yellows and golds.............
and tucked in here and there were more lovely quilts!
And then there were bolts of green and I am always looking for just the right shade of green!!
Hmmm........fabric bundles, kits, fat quarters, so much to choose from...........
I wanted some of these for autumn projects and decided I will make a trip back to the shop in September...........
Great inspiration in this vignette.............
I loved the little table in the center of this picture........
Something new..........these large design fabrics that have incredible possibilities!
And then there was the Christmas section...........
There was so much to see! I am so glad I took pictures so I can remember it all!
This chair reminded me that I have two chairs that are similar to this that are sitting in my basement just waiting to be recovered. I never thought of plaid for them but am now thinking they might look great at Christmas time covered in a large red and green plaid fabric I bought long ago. Loved the pillow, too.
I found a gorgeous wool bundle in that basket and it said "you need me, buy me", so I did. :-)
And then, because it was Fat Quarter Friday, I just had to buy some! I think it was.......buy five get five free or something like that. Anyway, the four on the left will go into an autumn tablerunner and the five on the right are for a spring tabletopper..........
and that lone red one is going into the patriotic quilt that I'm making in memory of my dad. I would have bought more but I'll save some for that trip in September. :-)
There was a THIMBLEBERRIES treat waiting for each of us when we arrived at Bonny's Quilt Haven.........a pattern and two fat quarters!! How sweet and thanks to Lynette for the gift!
So, that's where I was two weeks ago at this time.  A week ago at this time, I was on my way back to my mom's after spending most of the week in Iowa City at the hospital. And now I'm home and waiting for my grandson to arrive. It's been such a busy summer that this is the first time he's been able to come for a visit. It will be a fun weekend! Hope you all have a great weekend ahead! I'll be back soon with more catch-up on my summer photos...............
Sandi

16 comments:

Snoodles said...

Thanks for the "virtual tour"....it was almost as nice as being there. Well, not really - I'd love to see all of that in person! Looking forward to seeing your tablerunner projects. Glad your mom is doing better.

~Kristie said...

I'm so jealous, Sandi, but.... I'm hopefully visiting there during the first weekend in October! And would you believe that the quilt top I just finished is on display in the shop? It's the log cabin on the table with the Green Dot Kits and Roll Ups. You can read about it here: http://quiltharvest.blogspot.com/2011/08/back-again.html

Thanks so much for sharing!

Kathy said...

What a beautiful shop! I hope to go there next summer. I love the button up runner that is shown by the dresser drawer. I have that pattern from the Thimbleberries Club and I should make it soon!

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Green, green, green! That's what all of us Thimbleberries fans are right now!!! What a great shop. So glad you finally got to stop. So much lovely eye candy.

WIPPYSPLACE said...

what a wonderful virtual tour--wish I was able to see Lynette's shop up close and personal...your pics make me want to add more TB to my stash of TB! :-) *~*Carole*~*

Kim said...

She has a very nice shop, when I stopped during the shop hop last year I wasn't able to buy much. But....I loved her shop.

magicthimblecreations said...

I am so glad you took pictures and posted them for all of us to see. This is my second trip to your blog today. The first time I just looked at the pictures. This time I looked, enlarged and looked again oh yes, I also read what you had to say about your trip to a wonderful shop. Thanks.

DebbieM said...

What a wonderful place. You showed it to us so nicely, I wish I could go to Thimbleberries, I think my wallet would be empty :)!!

Pat said...

Oh, my...that shop is WONDERFUL, Sandi, and you sure did an excellent job of taking photos to show us. I'd love to see that shop in person!!! How long a drive is it from your house to that shop? I think if it was 50 miles or less, I'd be going there at least once a month. LOL

kc said...

Oh, it's probably a good thing I wasn't with you - I don't know that I could have shown restraint! I could have spent HOURS, and lots of money, too!! Thanks for sharing that beautiful (and organized - wouldn't you give your right arm to be so organized?) shop with us!!

Country Wings in Phoenix said...

Hi Sandi Sweetie...
Oh what a beautiful shop. These are the ones, that I could pack a lunch and sit there and just keep walking from room to room, turning a corner and seeing another delight. You did a beautiful job of taking me along this evening. I so enjoyed myself. I love each and every nook and cranny. The colors are magnificent. Thank you, thank you. One day I too, hope to learn to quilt and find myself in this beautiful craft.

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Thank you sweetie for a wonderful post. I love it. Have a glorious weekend. Country hugs from Phoenix, Sherry

Marit Johanne said...

Wow! What a wonderful shop!! Thank you for sharing photos with us. All those beautiful quilts and beautiful fabrics!

Needled Mom said...

That is an amazing shop! I love those plaid chairs too.

Summer has been really busy for you this year. It's hard to believe it is the middle of August already.

Marydon said...

Oh, my gosh!! What exquisite quilts, Sandi. That is a lot of fabric there...I collect& sell vintage feedsacks.

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Have a beautiful weekend.
Hugs,
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Diane Wild said...

I thought her quilt shop closed in Hutchinson a couple of years ago. I guess I'm wrong. Fun to see it's still there. Maybe a trip is in the future for me, too.

Jacquelynne said...

Thanks for the beautiful photos, Sandi. It was just the inspirational "jump start" that I needed today!

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