I want to apologize in advance for the pictures. The next couple of days of pictures are not a good as the previous ones due to weather conditions. The Kodak camera that I was using did not seem to work quite as well in the lower light of a rainy day
The first stop on the next to the last day of the shop hop is Calico Hutch in Hayward. This shop is very close to where I live in Iowa, so I do visit it quite a bit. The staff and owner are very friendly and helpful. The shop recently added on a new classroom and the shop is quite roomy. They have a good selection of fabrics and lots of nice kits. They also have a lot of samples to get you thinking and planning your next project.
Next to Spring Valley and the Quilter's Quarters. This is a new shop to me. They had a lot of fabrics on sale and have a nice selection of fabrics. They have developed an innovative way of displaying their books to make use of a small space to display quite a number of the books. Quilters are such inventive people! This store is certainly worth the trip.
Stewartville has a new shop, All in Stitches, that opened in July. This shop has more of an artistic feel. Lots of nice batiks and brights. Nice selection of juvenile fabrics. Very nice samples.
Just a Little Something is one of the shops in Rochester. This shop has more of a county feel, with quilting fabric on the main level of a older home south of the downtown area and lots of yarns and patterns upstairs. They have lots of samples displayed, even on the stairs. I have been at this shop several times before and the staff has always been helpful.
The Quilting Cupboard is a shop in a little shopping center North of the Silver Lake area. This is an eclectic shop with many different fabrics. They even have some of the elusive bowling themed fabric that I have been looking for. They also have a nice selection of plaques for decorating your quilting studio.
The last shop of the day is about an hour down the road in Winona. Thanks for waiting an extra few minutes to the folks at The Quilter's Friend! I was able to find a great fabric for an upcoming Guild challenge on the sale rack and bought the rest of the bolt.
Back to the Rochester area for a quick bite and then back home. The last of the shops are waiting for tomorrow.