Monday, August 27, 2012

Minnesota Shop Hop: Part Three

Here it is, finally, part three of my Minnesota Shop Hop two day bus trip report! When we last left off I was on day two of the trip and had been in Anoka.

Our next stop was Fat Quarter Quilting. When this shop began it had been located in Anoka but eventually expanded and moved to a bigger and easier to find location in Coon Rapids. The new location is in a strip mall that also boasts a bead shop and yarn shop. Over the years they slowly discontinued the prints that I like and started to carry fabrics geared toward the younger, hipper quilter. Think Amy Butler. All that said, the shop is no longer open! They closed at the end of the shop hop sending an email that they will now be an online shop. They are still in the process of reorganizing their business and you can keep up on their progress on their website.

(While we were there I made a quick stop at the yarn shop a couple of doors down and bought a pattern for a wrap and absolutely gorgeous yarn in pretty autumn colors.)

Soon we were back on the bus and on our way to Calla Lily. This shop has been around for a few years. It is not too far from me but I very rarely get there. It is located in a small strip mall that is precariously placed on an odd corner that is somewhat difficult to reach. You have to drive past it and either make a U turn or drive through a maze of other small parking lots to reach it.

The shop has a small wall of patterns and notions, fabrics that include Japanese Taupes, as well as the usual assortment of prints and novelties. There is also a small section at the front of the store that contains a variety of gifts.

By this point we were all pretty tired but we had one last shop to visit: Blue Bamboo. I had been to this shop only once before and that was on the very first Minnesota Shop Hop. It is located in a somewhat unusual place- a business park. This shop focuses mostly on batiks and interesting novelty prints. They carry a large number of Judy Niemeyer patterns. I found an aisle that was full of clearance fabric and bought a jelly roll of Christmas fabric for half price! I don't usually buy jelly rolls but with 50% off and my $10 coupon I couldn't resist!

more fabric stash
So, two days, eleven shops and I'm not sure how much added to the stash! Now, to find the time to make all of my new projects!

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