The first stop on the trip today is Northern Exposure quilt shop in Warroad. This smaller shop was on the hop for the first time last year. The are also keeping longer hours (8-8) for the hop. They have a nice mix of fabrics, including flannels. Very helpful staff.
The first shop in the NE section of the state is in International Falls. This shop in a shopping mall on the main downtown street. They have quite a few patterns on sale. wide selection of fabrics and quite a few kits for sale.
Anderson Fabrics is in Blackduck, Minnesota. They are on the main treet, and are a shop that has both custom upholstery items as well as a quilt shop. The shop has a wide range of fabrics. They have a very nice display in the last room of the shop that includes the Minnesota shop hop fabrics. Two of the display items are made from patterns designed by Shelly Robson of Pieced Tree Patterns. Both of these include panel centers. This room also has a number of other display quilts, that would be great inspiration for using the Minnesota shop hop fabrics. The shop has a wide range of fabrics including jelly rolls and layer cakes.
The shop in Bemidji has changed hands since the last quilt shop hop, and is now Ann's Quilt Cottage. The shop he has a large selection of reproduction fabrics and the Civil War patterns. They have a small room devoted to children's fabric. This shop also has a huge selection of last year's shop hop fabric, so if anyone is looking for fabric to complete a project, this would be the shop to contact. They also have a moderate selection of other fabrics including batiks. And, once again, another bus! I just can't seem to avoid them on this trip.
Front Porch Quilts is in Walker, Minnesota. This shop actually does have a rather nice front porch, is you can see in the photo. Most of the items on the front porch are for are on sale. The shop carries a wide range of fabrics and has an extensive line of flannels. They also have quite a few wool fabrics. As you can also see from the photo, they carry numerous baskets as well.
Piecemakers Quilt Shop in Hackensack is the last shop in the NW section. The gift in this section for completing all of the shops is a bundle of Moda batiks. I have seen some great sample quilts made with these fabrics in several of the shop along the way. This shop is smaller (lucky, no bus) with a nice mix of fabrics. Most of the shops that I have been to so far are carrying the Civil War repros. No picture this time.
Mother Original Quilt Shop in Pequot Lakes has moved from its location last year. It is now on the main highway (Highway 371) on the east side of the road. This shop has a small but nice selection of fabrics. They have quite a few Northwoods fabrics. They also carry a nearly complete line of Tiny Ones patterns. They also have a quilting machine in the shop. I finally ran into a couple of other 'all staters". I don't think I have ever met another person on the shop hop who has done the entire state before.
I didn't get as many shops done today as I would have liked, but given the distances that I was driving between shops, I think that I did well.