Sunday, November 10, 2013

Adventures

Hello everyone, long time no see!!!  I've been working hard and finally had a little adventure.  Thought I would share it with you, as it was quilt-related!  My friend Cathy and I have been talking for 5 years about visiting Michigan quilt shops, and we finally made a start last weekend.  I took 3 days off work, and she got off early on Friday, we made reservations at hotels, gassed up the car and off we went!

Our first stop was Mabelena's in Ortonville - what a GREAT shop.  The owner was incredibly friendly and helpful, and the shop was well-stocked and sweetly decorated.

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So very nice to let us take pics, too!  We did some damage to our wallets here.  We loved it.

The next stop was Linda's Country Quilt Shop in Davison, another GREAT shop.  Linda herself was there and was super nice, she showed us fabulous quilts made by local quilters!  The store had three large spaces for classes, very well stocked, and lots and lots of goodies.  This first pic is with Linda.

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Here's Cathy on the porch, checking out her purchases....

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After all that shopping, [and only a few hours of sleep as I had worked the night before] we headed off to Birch Run.  Checked into our motel, and went to dinner at Tony's Restaurant.  I was very pleased that the deal of the day was The Big Kahuna....

big kahuna at tony's

Hamburger with slices of ham, pineapple, and a sweet barbecue sauce - to die for!  Not on the menu, but every now and then Tony offers it up as a special, and it was my lucky day!  I could only eat half.  Tony makes a bacon cheeseburger that has a POUND of bacon on it.....not for the faint of heart.

Saturday, we headed off to Frankenmuth to the Front Porch Quilt Shop.

front porch quilts frankenmuth

No pics of inside, as it was PACKED.  I didn't even bother to ask, lol.  It was so crowded in there I couldn't have gotten my camera out of my bag.  We did shop though, and managed to get out our wallets!  A very lovely quilt shop.  After that, we headed to Fenton, and The Quilter's Garden.  Yet another packed quilt shop, filled with goodies, and more wallet damage!  No pics of that one either, but trust me, it was lovely.

We were ready to drop, so headed to our hotel in Fenton, the Fairfield Inn.  Wow what a pretty room.

fairfield inn fenton

And very comfy beds.  Sunday, we headed back down to Lake Orion, and The Village Quilt Shoppe at Canterbury Village.

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Really a lovely shop, with friendly folks, but it was the only one where we found nothing to buy!  Maybe we were beyond done at that point, lol.  From there, we headed to Joann Fabrics to pick up the last of what we needed [batting for me] and off to home.  It was a very fun weekend!

I'm off tomorrow [Sunday] so I'll take pics of my purchases to share with you.  I got some great stuff, and most of it was on sale, gotta love that!  I've been working 40+ hours per week, and boy did I need this weekend.  I never get two days off in a row, and it was quite a treat having three!  I'm ready for more mini-vacations!

See you tomorrow......or today.....I never get my days straight anymore, the curse of shift work!






14 comments:

Karen said...

How fun! Friends of mine just recently did a three day weekend and visited some quilt shops....just not Michigan. A special treat.

Tammy said...

Oh how fun. I have never done anything like this and I know it would be a fabulous time to do so.

Sandra :) said...

OH MY I want that Big Kahuna, lol! It sounds like you had a great time - I can't wait to see what you bought! Dennis mentions the Joanns in Novi every once in a while - he wonders when we're going to make a return journey, lol!

Terry said...

It looks like so much fun! :0)

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

What lovely shops!! If I ever get up your way, you will need to take me on a shop hop!!

Terra said...

How good for you to have a girls' adventure, and the shops inside are all works of art, all the lovely colors and quilts, very striking.

Heather Bradley said...

Hello my friend! I am envious of all the lovely fabric shops you have over there (Ian is just envious of the burger you had lol) our fabric shops are few and far between the only shops i van peruse is on ebay :) Enjpy your purchases Allie and hurry back to start creating :) Heather xxx

Mama Spark said...

Can't wait to see your loot! I have been to several of those shops and they are all great. I have not gone to the one in Ortonville. Might need to go there.

paulette said...

An adventure of the GOOD kind!! I'll be waiting to see what you bought...
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Nancy J said...

What stunning old buildings, and such perfect places for quilt fabric, suiting the brick, and the white fence so well, 3 days, I can only imagine how full your bags would be. Cheers, Jean.

Brenda said...

Too funny Allie. My BFF and I just went to visit the friend I told you about in Bay City. There was a quilt shop hop going on in that area so we made the stops and the last shop we made it to was the Front Porch quilt shop in Frankenmuth. I think by the time we made it there I only bought on fat 1/4 and the block for the Quilt hop. Probably spent way to much over all in a days time and we should have booked a motel because we were soooo tired.
Cannot wait to see what you bought.

KaHolly said...

What a fun get-away!!! Looking forward to hearing more about it....like what you purchased!!

Peg - Happy In Quilting said...

Lucky you Allie...

West Michigan Quilter said...

What a cute shop. That wasn't there when I lived over there. Looks like a fun time.

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