It Was A Long Day!

Quilty 365 – The Final Frontier

We started out the day yesterday with the small fall festival in the near by town– needless to say it didn’t feel like fall and we only walked around for a short while – it was hot!!  And there wasn’t much there like usual.   After we left there we thought we would take a drive up into the mountains and skip landscaping/yard work for a change.  We had a full day out not getting home until close to 8 in the evening.  It was nice to do something different for a change and haven’t done so in quite some time.

We ended up in Branson Missouri two hours north of us up twisting curvy mountain roads for the most part.  First thing was to find the quilt shop seeing as I was there – right!  I hadn’t been to it in years and the one I had went to was destroyed by a tornado about 5 years ago (?) I knew they moved to a new building so did a search on my phone and we found it easily enough –  sign on the door though said no photos and no sketches.  I don’t think I have ever seen that before on a quilt shop – they did have a lot of quilts hanging on the walls for sale but most were patterns I have seen in plenty of books.  Thought I would get a photo of the outside.  Nice enough shop but over priced fabric as is everywhere LOL – I am so cheap and used to the online sales – I looked at fabric but didn’t buy any I know where I can get it lower price – and no one say I need to support my local quilt shops – this is two hours away — I have no local quilt shops!  This shop has tons of fabric and a good variety so maybe another time when I am up there I will need fabric.


Someone had said for big stitch quilting use Pepper Corey needles and they had them so I picked up a package of them, my retractable  measuring tape had broke so I got another – I love the 120 inches on it and the way it rolls up.  Twiggy and Opal’s Jayne has been making pot holders and I thought I might give it a shot so picked up some of the Insul-Bright batting.  I really like the ones she has been making.  (I really do have enough fabric for now)


Before we left in the morning I had been chain stitching little blocks together – when I get these finished I will have 10 blocks – they go so quickly.


I didn’t get my Final Frontier rolled down one more time – a little left to finish before I do that.  I really have been taking time with wrapping this one up!!  Not intentionally it is just the way it has worked out.  This is where I left off – not much to do before it gets rolled down – I will join in with Kathy’s Quilts:Slow Stitching Sunday  and finish this edge up and maybe finally get around to glue bating the diamonds down to make ready for the applique on Williamsburg Beauty.  I am also linking to Quilting is more Fun Than Housework.


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26 comments… add one
  • Deb Oct 30, 2016

    You two needed a break after so much yard work ; glad that you enjoyed the day 🙂
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    • Karen Oct 30, 2016

      yes it was nice getting out looking at the scenery and before we left for home we wandered around an outside mall that is by the river – it was very pretty – got ice cream!

  • Vicki Oct 30, 2016

    I know what you mean the shops are all getting so expensive. But hey you till purchased stuff so you still supported the brick and mortar. Your Final Frontier is coming along and you will finish soon I am sure;-)
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    • Karen Oct 30, 2016

      yes I guess I am just not in a rush to finish – I have been taking it easy to help the fingertips – then maybe I will not need to wait to start the postage stamp quilt LOL

  • Jayne Oct 30, 2016

    You made a beautiful day better with your scenic drive and seeking out fabric shops! What a beautiful building for a quilt/fabric shop. I’m thrilled that you got some Insul-Bright!! Pot holders here you come! I’m very curious how the new Big Stitch needles work…let me know! I have several packages of different hand quilting needles, all I don’t care for!

    Any progress on your quilt is good progress. Can’t wait to see more of it! And thank you for the ‘shout out’ Karen!!

    • Karen Oct 30, 2016

      I will post my pot holders when I get some made – probably will be awhile but at least now I have the right batting!

  • Cynthia Brunz Oct 30, 2016

    Road trips are always fun! Potholders are on my to do list too. Thanks for linking up with Oh Scrap!
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    • Karen Oct 30, 2016

      they should be easy to make!

  • Diann Bottrell Oct 30, 2016

    I always think it’s fun to check out quilt shops when I’m out of town, whether I buy something or not! I love Jayne’s potholders, too, and need to remember to go get some Insulbrite. They would be a fun way to use up some scraps!
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    • Karen Oct 30, 2016

      they should be fun and easy to make

  • Quilter Kathy Oct 30, 2016

    Heading to the final edge on the final frontier!!
    Had to smile about the “no photos no sketches” concept from the previous century!
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    • Karen Oct 30, 2016

      🙂 I hope to get Final Frontier done soon – might end up being several more weeks at the rate I am going.

  • CARLA Oct 30, 2016

    I hate when people harp on support your local quilt shop. I say shop where you want to. I too shop online a lot although it would be great to have a large well stocked quilt shop near me. I have only been to one quilt shop since moving to Texas and it is about 20 miles a way which isn’t to bad. But they don’t carry the type of fabrics I like. So I won’t be giving up my on line shopping. Hope you enjoy your big stitching! It takes some getting used to!
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    • Karen Oct 30, 2016

      I have recently found out there are a lot of quilt shops – more than I thought in NW AR but I’m always visiting family when I am there and don’t have time to run 20 miles this or that way away from where they live – there are so many people to visit I don’t have time to shop too – I too stick to my on line shops – I know what I like and what it feels like so do not feel the need to feel fabric

  • CathieJ Oct 30, 2016

    So glad that you enjoyed your day out. I love looking in quilt shops but only rarely buy in them. Right now my stash is far more than I need. I love those little squares and your quilting looks very pretty.
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    • Karen Oct 30, 2016

      I think a lot of us feel the same way – we have so much in our stash we need to use it!!

  • Belarmina Oct 30, 2016

    Karen una excursión magnifica
    y terminar en una tienda de patchwork es lo mejor
    buena semana

    • Karen Oct 30, 2016

      yes ending up in a quilt shop in nice – I like to look at all the little notions and rulers and things – so many things to see

  • Gail Oct 30, 2016

    I love to visit new quilt stores, but like you, I have lots of fabric in my stash and don’t often buy a lot unless it is for a specific project. Your circle quilt is coming along nicely.

    • Karen Oct 31, 2016

      thanks Gail – I am trying to control my urges to buy more fabric I know I don’t need it even if I want it.

  • Patricia Oct 31, 2016

    I do support my local quilt shop – Bernina Quilt and Design in Las Cruces, NM – but it’s only 10 minutes away! 🙂 I am learning to shop online as well – Missouri Star has irresistible daily deals! But, Marsha and her Bernina Babes have my heart.
    To me, it’s more important to be an encouraging quilting community regardless of our differences. All of the blogs, sites and linky parties have taught me so much! Not just about quilting either, but about life itself. I often wonder how new quilters learned about their new craft without the internet? I so appreciate everyone’s comments and blogs!
    I’m so happy you shared your shopping experience and about the pot holders! I checked them out and they are so lovely! I just finished some and – though it was a learning experience – they were fun to make!
    I’m just learning to hand quilt so I’m naturally curious about the needles you bought. I’m using some called “betweens”.
    Thank you so much for sharing!
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    • Karen Oct 31, 2016

      If I had a local store it might be harder to not drop in and buy something but with none here it is very easy to order on line and I have my favorite shops. Betweens are the right needle for hand quilting – if you ever have questions – just ask!

  • Sharon S Oct 31, 2016

    I definitely support my local quilt(s), but then I am fortunate enough to have three of them within a 7 mile radius… small one being close enough to walk to!!!
    I am interested to see your completed pot holders and hear how the Insul-Brite works. Despite what the web site says, I am nervous about using a polyester around heat!!!! But, pot holders are a great idea for using up bits and pieces and would make a great Christmas gift to include with a treat from the kitchen.

    • Karen Oct 31, 2016

      I have never used this item before so it will be a new experience! I will post when I make them

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