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Monday, May 5, 2014

Outdoor Quilt Show and Sale

Hi Everyone!

On Saturday, 8 of the members of my bee met up and carpooled up to my favorite area quilt shop.  It is a bit over an hour's pretty drive to the "middle of nowhere" where the most quaint quiltshop ever is located.  I've blogged about Millstone Quilts before, but this past weekend was their annual outdoor quilt show, sale, and BBQ.  The weather couldn't have been more perfect--and considering we had tons of rain the week before, I'm sure Regina and her staff were nervous about it.

The shop is located inside an old mill that dates at least from the Civil War.  Isn't the porch charming full of flowers and displayed quilts?

Inside the door is the shop with their inventory of all of my favorite types of fabric!  Reproductions, Modas, and great traditional fabrics.  For the weekend, everything was 25% off!

 They stretch lines between the numerous trees on the property and then hang the quilts for the weekend.  It is an informal show in that there are no tags with any details, so I don't have any information on the pattern or maker of most of the quilts.

For some reason, I was attracted to the quilts with simple patterns.  These blue stars were great, and I loved what the spiral quilting was doing for it.

This quilt I did recognize as "Cracked Pots," a Miss Rosie pattern because I've made it!  I love this version--mine was made for Hawaii and looks quite different--you can read about it and see it here if you are interested.

Again, I loved the simplicity of this bear's paw quilt.  What a great way to showcase some pretty fabric.

Another blue and white.
This is Swoon, of course, by Thimbleblossoms.  I really like it in traditional fabrics, too. 
I say I was drawn to the simple looks, but who couldn't love this quilt?  This quilt is made up of lots and lots of tiny houses.  Each windows of the house was fussy-cut.
This was one of my favorites, of course!

Other than flags, there were people, animals, witches, babies, so many things.  It was fun to look at.
After we looked at the quilts, we finally went in to look at fabric. 

I got only 4 pieces of fabric, and they fit into this area--reds and creams.
When I was done shopping, I went back outside to enjoy the grounds.
The shop is adjacent to a stream, as it used to house a mill that needed water to turn the millstone.  Because of all of the rain, the creek was flowing nicely and making those lovely "babbling brook" noises. 

Once everyone was done with their shopping, we wandered over to the picnic area as they were provided a complimentary lunch of a BBQ sandwich, beans, slaw, and cookie.  We chatted, ate, enjoyed the sites, and kept the inchworms off each other.  The only unpleasant aspect of this show was that it seems to be the season for those worms to be all over--hanging from trees, eaves, tables, etc. 
I must confess that of all the times I visited this shop, I've never gone alone.  I've always been with friends.  I'm thinking that has much to do with why I love this shop so much! 
Have a great day!


  1. What a fun outing! Can't beat a day with friends, a road trip, quilt shop and lunch!

  2. What a lovely way to spend time with friends.

  3. Shucks! We were there the same day, but didn't see each other. I blogged today about the same event! (Smallquiltsanddollquilts.blogspot.com) I also show a picture of my Talkin' Turkey in progress, from the Bonnie Hunter class we took together. It's coming along slowly - how is yours doing?

  4. What a great adventure and road trip with friends. All the quilts on display are beautiful and so is the setting.

  5. ...what a wonderful day trip! Beautiful quilts, lovely fabrics, charming setting, and good friends....

  6. Sounds like a fun day was had by all! Lots of beautiful quilts, yummy food, beautiful weather--what more could one ask (no inchworms, maybe! LOL). Thanks for sharing!

  7. Who wouldn't love a day like that with friends? What an idyllic setting--excepting the worms, of course!

  8. It looks like such a fun outing!! Great quilts too. My fav is the blue and white stars- that quilting- WOW!

  9. That looks like an awesome shop--and the quilts hanging outside are wonderful! I love your Cracked Pots and how you customized it for Hawaii.