Vacation Finds

Is a quilter’s vacation complete without a trip or two (or three) to quilt shops?

Mine included the Iowa AQS show in Des Moines. Lots of quilts and vendors, and of course shopping.

I took many pictures of quilts, but not all the bios which was required to post so I will not be posting pictures here.

I did do some shopping and I will post my finds.

Fat quarters. I love fat quarters, especially when they are priced at $2.00 each!


The back piece is actually a yard of glow in the dark fabric. It will find its way into a space quilt for some grandsons I know.

Scissors and tweezers were on my list. The back piece was a discounted yard that I plan to use for my black/red/white quilt.

Wool and wool projects was very popular this year and while I don’t need another hand project, I really liked the kit I purchased. Front row were scrap packages, good price, couldn’t resist.


After the show I met up with Darla from Scientific Quilter outside the Iowa Convention center for dinner. Our schedules didn’t allow for exploring the AQS show together but we did have dinner together. Maybe next year if she plans to go to the show, we can coordinate the same day.


The funniest thing about meeting Darla in Iowa is knowing how far we traveled to meet.

We work within a mile of each other, live about an hour away from each other in 2 different states, Darla is in Kansas, I’m in Missouri, and we traveled 4 hours to meet to eat in Iowa.

The next day I fabric shopped in an Amish community in Jamesport, Missouri about an hour from where we were camping. I had heard the prices were really good and it was true. I added some basics to my stash. Afterwards, I wished I had shopped a little more.

DSCN4831_wmNot too far from Jamesport is Hamilton Missouri where Missouri Star Quilt Company is located. DSCN4837_wmI was specifically looking for backing fabrics and they carried Stonehenge wide backings so I bought a few yards of each of those. The Old Glory Gathering line was also on my list so I was excited to find that. Finally I needed to add to my ruler stash.

Vacation consisted of a lot of relaxing, sewing and some shopping. Great balance, great time and we plan to do it again next year.

Is there such a thing as a ruler stash? Do you have one? What’s your favorite brand.

Enjoy the Journey, Jackie

  • Lori Thompson

    How fun that you and Darla were able to meet! Jealous 🙂 Did you see Katie’s Corgi Fairytale quilt? I’m looking forward to my quilty vacation the end of October!