Wisconsin...Again =)

6.12.2016

Friday morning, we took off on the bike to head to our favorite riding destination, Wisconsin. We love it there so much! Especially the south west side, which is called the Driftless Area. Because the glaciers didn't travel this area during the last glacial period, the area is full of high bluffs and deep valleys. It is beautiful! 

This time, we stayed in La Crosse. We rode up to the top of Grandad Bluff, which is a 600-ft high bluff that overlooks the city. The view of the Mississippi River Valley includes the three states of Wisconsin, Minnesota and Iowa. Pictures can never do the view justice. It was breathtakingly beautiful! It was the perfect setting to do our morning devotions as we gazed upon God's creation. 



Our next stop was to one of my most favorite quilt shops, Olive Juice Quilts in Onalaska. I have no pictures and I will explain why...

When we walked in to the shop (there are more than one entrances), I quickly realized a class was going on. I apologized and asked if they would rather I go in the other entrance. I was quickly assured that I was fine! Then, I looked in the center of the room and there she stood....Anna Graham aka: Noodlehead. Anna is very well known for her bag patterns and clothing patterns. Perhaps you have heard of the Open Wide Zippered Pouch? Or of her 241 Tote? Does the Divided Basket sound familiar? Trust me, you need to check out her website

So, here is where I made a total fool out of myself...I blurted out, totally interrupting the class (in my defense, people were sewing and she was observing, so I didn't interrupt her)

"Are YOU, Noodlehead?!" 

Open up floor and drop me in, please...NOW!

She was gracious and grinned at me calling her by her website name and not Anna and allowed me to shake her hand and gush over how much I loved her bags and what an inspiration she was. 

I was totally star stuck. 

I felt so foolish...But it was super cool, none the less. After that, I was very careful to not draw attention to myself as I grabbed up bolts of fabric from the room to take to the cutting table. Russ kept trying to get me to have my picture taken with her, but I refused. I was in my Harley tank shirt with major helmet hair. No way was I going to have my picture taken!!

Here are the goodies I brought home with me. Had to get me some Little Ruby and cotton linen blend yardage. 



Next up, at the recommendation of Judy @ Cranberry Morning, we traveled to Westby to eat at Borgen's Cafe. Judy is correct, the burgers are awesome! 


Riding + eating good food + quilt shops = a fun weekend! 

Have a happy week, everyone!


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National Parks Service Centennial Celebration Quilt

6.01.2016

This year, the National Park Service is celebrating their 100 year anniversary. As most of you know, I work at Cotton Creek Mill in West Branch, Iowa, which is the home of Herbert Hoover's Library and Museum.  In honor of the centennial celebration, our shop was commissioned by the Herbert Hoover Library and Museum to make a quilt honoring National Parks and National Historic Sites to hang up in the library/museum. We were so honored!! Because there are over 400 national parks and even more national historic sites, there was no way we would could make a quilt block to represent all of them. Can you imagine how huge the quilt would be!? Instead, we narrowed it down to 84 and we made sure every state was represented. Next we got the community involved. We kitted up each block and asked people to make blocks for the quilt. Within a week, they were all gone! So far, we have received over half of them back. =) I can't wait to see them all put together!

Here are the two blocks I made for the quilt.



The one represents Hawaii Volcanoes National Park


I will post updates of the quilt's process as we get it put together. =)


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