2017's Word of the Year

2017 word of the year- Enjoy- I will strive to relax and enjoy life more in 2017. My goal is not to get stressed about little details but to enjoy the things that God has given me, big and small.

Friday, March 31

Shop Hop- Day 5


 First stop was in Hebron. Cute store, lots of patriotic fabrics and projects here!




These were like the ones we saw in Scottsbluff but they enlarged the pattern to go around something bigger.



This was Quilt Stitches in Beatrice. I had never been to Beatrice before and I wish I had more time to spend there. Just the buildings themselves were interesting and I wanted to walk around and check it all out. Maybe another time! (by the way Preston does smile but he's still very self conscious of his new braces so he's not smiling for pictures these days.)


 Nice rich colors


 The boys liked this dog quilt





 Heavenly Treasure in Pawnee City is in an old church. The owner told me this was the church she went to growing up and when she moved back to town she bought it as it was unused and made it into a quilt shop. This store had so much fabric I felt a bit closed in, but there were ladies finding fabrics they'd looked for everywhere and were finding them there. 


 Creative Collectible Quilts and Crafts was in Humboldt. This was another town I'd never been in. The store is in the town square and Alex was thrilled that the center of the square was a park so he could get out and move for a bit. I felt comfortable letting him do this alone as it was a tiny town and I could see him from the store. Sadly this is one of those towns that has an almost empty business section. I hope that one day it can pick back up and fill those stores.
 I wish I had taken a picture of their wall with quilt backing fabrics. Apparently this is their specialty. They had a long wall full of 108" fabrics. The owner said that with so many fabric stores nearby they really needed to find something to make them unique so that people would make the drive. I must have been pretty busy looking because I forgot to take any pictures in this store.

I believe these pictures were taken at Needles I in Auburn. I forgot to take a picture of the storefront which I kind of used as my marker to tell where I was. 






 This stop was at Sew Enchanting in Nebraska City and it was so enchanting I completely forgot to take pictures at all. But if you are ever in Nebraska City stop in and take a look. The owner was super friendly and designs a quilt pattern each year for the Apple  Jack Festival there.

Cosmic Cow in Lincoln was our last stop of the day. This was a nice store and the owner was great with the boys, which I appreciated as I was getting tired of listening to them and needed a sensory break. (smile) The downside to this store is it's on a very busy street and it was hard to back out into the street at rush hour. A quick trip up to Omaha and we got to spend a nice evening with our son and his wife. All in all it was a very good day and the boys even had a good time.

Thursday, March 30

Shop Hop- Day 4

 First stop was Hastings where we used to live. The store had moved and was quite a bit bigger than it used to be. They also had a huge selection of beads for people who are into that. :)

 I thought these Christmas trees were cute. What a great way to get rid of small scraps!

 Lots of fun small projects which I love because I can actually get them done!




 I really loved this rainbow log house pattern.


 Some ideas to use the Nebraska fabrics


 The celestial fabrics were neat!

 This quilt is right inside the front door of Material Girl in Grand Island and WOW! What an impact with the bright colors. Material Girl has always been a favorite store of mine because they are not afraid to use color and they have so many to choose from.


 Cute kids patterns

 These were really cute!


 Anyone know what this pattern is called? I thought it was pretty cool.


 See what I mean about color?




 This quilt is made with the shop hop fabrics from a previous year.

 I really wanted the fabric on this pillow but they were sold out. I looked at the other stores but never saw this. So if anyone has some sitting on their shelf I would take a fat quarter!

 The Nebraska bandanna print was cute but I really loved this little purse pattern.




Calico Annie's was in Fullerton. I have to admit I didn't have very high hopes for this store because the rest of the town looked pretty dumpy. But I got a big surprise when I walked inside.


 Apparently this used to be a hardware store and they kept all the original bins and drawers. When you look at the pictures of the quilts, look behind them at the woodwork. Very nice!






This shop specializes in 30's fabrics and it just seemed to fit the store!






I really enjoyed this little shop in Fullerton and the owner was very nice. 


 These pictures were taken at a Betz's Little Shop in Newman Grove. Just a tiny little town with a very full shop. It was part antique mall, flea market, quilt store. A little bit cluttered for my taste and I'm glad the boys weren't with me that day but she had some really cute ideas such as the quilts made from old embroidered linens. I loved these!


Windmill sighting! Have I ever mentioned that I love windmills?

 The Nebraska fabrics in this wave pattern was eye catching.
This was a tiny little shop but they had several Featherweight sewing machines for sale so if you're looking for one go to Newman Grove. They also had a nice little cafe with a good lunch special and homemade pies!

 Where am I? I lost track. Oh wait, now I'm in Columbus!



 Love the colors!

 This store had a library like feeling to it. I found it very appealing.



 Second store in Columbus






Maybe I was just tired but this store in Seward did not appeal to me much at all.


Last store of the day was The Quilt Basket in York and they had some beautiful quilts on display. Apparently they have a different quilter showcase each month. They were lovely!











 This quilt was huge! It must have been for a king size bed. I loved the pattern.



This was a small quilt but one of my favorite of the day. 

I really enjoyed my day. My daughter kept the boys all day so I traveled halfway across the state listening to my audio book and checking off the stores on my list. It was a peaceful day and I think I could use them more often. By this time I had checked off 17 stores on my list of 31. I was determined that I was going to get to them all.