Road Trip – Blue Bar Quilts Middleton, WI

As a part of Carol’s birthday extravaganza day, we stopped at the Blue Bar Quilts shop in Middleton, Wisconsin. The road trip, which had to be delayed from Monday to Wednesday, started early when we left our home at 6:30 a.m. Ken and Carol were waiting for us with an open door and some extra hands to help us carry our loot in. We had a bunch of stuff to share, most importantly the finished Simplicity cross-stitch picture all framed for Carol’s sewing room.

We’re happy it’s finally home and on time for her birthday! Well, two days late but that was beyond our control. We know Carol will enjoy it.

Breakfast, Three Quilt Shops, and . . .

We started the day at The Original Pancake House. It was difficult to decide what to have but a Belgium waffle with fresh fruit called my name. It was loaded with a sliced banana and strawberries. Yummy. I have to mention that it is nice to go out for breakfast on a Wednesday morning. No waiting for a table and traffic was amazingly light, too. This retirement gig is nice and I highly recommend it for all.

Our first quilt shop stop was at Sandy’s Quilts in Lodi, Wisconsin (formerly Village Creek). It has changed hands and Sandy has made some good changes, in our opinion. First of all, it was much brighter in the shop and much easier to get a read on color hues/tones. I took a picture of this quilt mainly because I want a quilt hanger like this. The quilt is very pretty but I was drawn to the conduit and hooks. Ken said he would help me get fixed up with what I need. Now to figure out where to hang it! We did buy some goodies here and a COOL kit (more later).

Blue Bar Quilts, Middleton, Wisconsin

Next up, the new-to-us shop is the Blue Bar in Middleton. Unbeknownst to us, this is the home shop for Kim Lapacek from Project Quilting fame! We didn’t find that out until checking out with our treasures, but I had already taken a few shots of their quilt gallery. These are Kim’s creations and the photos do not do them justice at all. The butterfly quilt is scrappy at its very best yet planned. And the quilting!!

It turns out that Kim was not there that day as she works on Thursday. It’s probably a good thing because who needs a fan fawning over her, gushing about how fun Project Quilting is?! The shop has a great selection of fabrics and patterns with many samples for inspiration. We love that they have fat quarters right by the yardage so you don’t have to go hunting to find them.

Quilts Coupled with a Casino

Our last quilt shop visit was to Quintessential Quilts in Reedsburg, Wisconsin. We have visited before and the shop did not disappoint this time either. They were having a Leap Sale 29% off for the leap year this month. We all left with some new fabric treasures. How ironic that our final destination was just a hop, skip, and jump from the Ho-Chunk casino. It’s almost like it was planned that way or something. We were forced to visit since Carol had free birthday money from the casino. Sue and I left with more than we started with, and Ken took a last-minute $5/spin and won $61 just like that. Woohoo to last-minute unexpected wins. A great day was had by all. We’re going to try to limit our casino visits going forward. We’re all retired you know = fixed income (unless we win)! ~smile~

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12 Responses

  1. Mary says:

    Looks like you all had a wonderful time. That Simplicity pattern cross-stitch is wonderful, and that butterfly is magnificent!

  2. Kate says:

    Sounds like a great birthday visit, even if it was delayed.

  3. Rochelle Summers says:

    Oh, Wow! Two extra days to wait for the trip made it even more fun. That needlework pattern is just awesome. The breakfast, the fabric shopping, the drooling over quilts and the fun at the casino! Wish they gave birthday money at our casinos. Oh, maybe they do but you have to go in and play first!! LOL. Sounds like a truly awesome day. Hugs.

  4. Laura says:

    Now that was a great birthday! Love the cross stitch gift! 🙂

  5. Wendy says:

    Blue Bar is on my bucket list – I’d love to visit someday! What a fun day you four had, and a great way to celebrate a birthday!

  6. Kathleen McCormick says:

    Well, what a fun day you had! I had no idea Kim worked in a quilt shop…fun to see her stuff in person. I can hear the fun you had and the peals of laughter. Hooray for good friends, food, fabric and fund replishment!

  7. Chriskntis says:

    How much fun did you have!!! And that Butterfly is gorgeous!!! So inspiring that you went home and started a bazillion projects, right? LOL Glad you had more when you got home than you left with, did your winnings cover your spending? Bwahahahaha!!!

  8. That sounds like a really fun day, Roseanne! And you came home with a few goodies at the end of it – perfect. Happy Birthday to Carol!

  9. Vicki in MN says:

    Oh your trip sounds so fun! I have been to two of the shops you mentioned. How awesome you won some $ at the casino. Glad you are enjoying retirement.

  10. Cheree Hull says:

    I don’t know what else was on that menu but I promise you I would have ordered exactly the same thing! Belgian waffles are the best! Looks like an amazingly fun day! That butterfly quilt–wow!! Sorry you missed out on the fan fawning. Guess that means you’ll have to go back. I’ll have to add that to my WI list of things to do. There WILL be a trip up to Primitive Gatherings some day–including a retreat.

  11. Carol Swift says:

    What an amazing trip! Kim’s butterfly quilt is gorgeous!

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