Tuesday, March 26, 2013

road trip

Before we jump into the post for today, I want to let you know that Anna from Noodlehead is giving away a copy of Sunday Morning Quilts. Head over and say hi for a chance to win!
Last Saturday my friend Brianne and I were able to take a road trip down to the La Crosse area to visit Olive Juice Quilts. The trip was something that we had talked about doing for a long time, but the details were planned at the very last minute. Thankfully everything worked out and we had a blast! Not to mention that it was the most beautiful day for a road trip.
Tula Pink spoke about her fabric designing process and she also did a trunk show. It was a very neat event to take part in! (We didn't have tickets, but we got in under the wire....with permission. :) It was awesome. Thanks Diane!)
The quilt shop itself was worth the drive down. Such a great shop! I was impressed! If you ever get the chance, or are in a hundred mile radius from there, I'd recommend that you stop in for a visit. So many great fabrics in one spot. A bit overwhelming, but in the best way possible!
Brianne and I also had the chance to meet up with Anna and Megan. We had lunch together before the Tula event and coffee with them afterwards. It is wonderful to meet up with fellow bloggers and visit in real life. We had fun laughing, enjoyed getting to know each other better and had fun comparing notes. We may have shopped a little, as well!
All in all it was an incredible day. The timing was pretty wonderful, too. My kids are on spring break this week, so it was nice to have a recharge day beforehand. It has helped a lot.
Oh, and I'd be remiss if I didn't mention that I came home with TONS of scraps from Anna. (Thanks, Anna!) There was a very happy scrap party in my living room yesterday. Good times!

20 comments:

Jessica Christensen said...

Oh, I love road trips AND scrap parties. Nice day!

Jenny said...

Holy cow, that Anna is a nut! Those don't look like scraps to me!

doodlebugmom said...

My daughter lives in LaCrosse, its such a great little city. She is always telling me we need to visit Olive Juice (and she doesn't even sew!)

JG said...

Sounds like a fun day...and the scrap pile is a treasure!
~Judy

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

Lots of good info - wish I could have been there, but will stop the next time we are in the area. You have fun with Anna's scraps!

Ray and Jeanne said...

I love going to Olive Juice Quilts! Don't get to the area often but always fun! All of your new scraps look like fun too! ~Jeanne

treadlemusic said...

I had a conflict that day, but several of my friends were there for Tula's presentation....rave review, too! There is another quilt shop in La Crosse that is awesome, also....River Road Quilt Shop (https://www.facebook.com/RiverRoadQuiltShop) located on South Avenue in the Nelson Flag store. Road trips are great!! Hugs, Doreen

SeeLifeMarvels said...

Looking forward to see what comes out of those scraps.

Fran said...

Hey, I just wanted to say hi as I am a new reader of your blog since last week. I have nearly finished a rainbow quilt and went on google images for inspiration for my next quilt and one of your photos led me here! I have spent the last few days reading from the beginning. I find your blog so inspiring and can't wait to have a go at some of the patches!

If you are ever in the UK, Cotton Patch is a great shop near Birmingham.

Fran, Staffordshire UK

junacreationsuk.blogspot.co.uk said...

Wow lucky gal, what a fab thing to have, a bag of scraps, I think that is one of the nicest things to have... I know I love getting them myself.

Rachel said...

Looks like FUN! I love a little mini road trip...and some retail therapy. Which feet/shoes are yours?

A Plain Path said...

Fun!! And look at those scraps...oooohhhh! :)

Bonnie said...

Just went to Olive Juice for the first time last week! I was so impressed!!! So glad you discovered this little WI treasure!! (I'm working away on one of my Sunday Morning quilts when I get a chance - "Scrapper's Delight")

Anna said...

super fun that we got to hang out. :) I had a blast.

Melanie said...

Road trip, Tula Pink and scraps...best day ever! I'm so jealous, but glad you had fun!

Mama Pea said...

Looks like fun! I was at our Modern Guild meeting the other day, and someone brought show and tell. It was something she was just starting from your book. So many people around the table said, "Oh! That's my favorite book! I love that book!" Thought you'd like to know!

Jeneta said...

Oh your scraps are joyful - I can see some fabrics that are in my scrap baskets!

Jaime L. said...

I didn't know you lived in WISCONSIN!! Here's a hello and a great big thanks for your blog from a long-time lurker, seldom commenter in Green Bay.

Sarah said...

Sounds like great fun!

wannabequilter.com said...

I stopped at OJS on Friday on my way through LaCrosse while driving to the in-laws. It was 4:58 and they closed at 5:00, so I was out of luck! I stopped back on Sunday to grope the fabric and other pretties for about 30 minutes. The in-laws are over 2 hours away so I couldn't justify the drive back to LaCrosse for Saturday to see Tula. When I was in the shop on Sunday one of the other customers asked a lady in the shop how it went on Saturday - she said Tula was great and loved the shop. She stayed late on Saturday and came back on Sunday morning and is making plans to bring her mom up sometime. I'm sad I missed it!