This should be my last post about our trip to Montana, but I wanted to show you two of the shops we stopped at. (We stopped at more, but I only took pictures at two of them).
First, we stopped at Dakota Quilt Company in Spearfish, South Dakota.
Just the outside of the building is enough to make me stop. Check out this pretty garden area –
Isn’t that cute?
Inside is fun too. Here is a pattern designed by the shop owner, Kim Ellis.
She also designed this cute block-of-the-month –
She likes to do special things like this for her customers. Sorry about that person sleeping on the shop couch. I tried to wake him and get him out of the way. I think I may have seen this same guy sleeping on another shop couch somewhere. . . . .
They had other fun displays too and more places for quilters to hang out. If you are in the area sometime, stop in and say Hi from me. While you are there, drive down Spearfish Canyon. It’s beautiful.
I also have some pictures from the shop that I taught at in in Belgrade, MT, called Quilts on Broadway. It’s in a pretty, older home with lots of character. Some of the projects that are coming out in my new book were shot on their front porch. Here’s their front entry –
The shop is owned by Peggy and Sue and they have so many of my quilts made up, that I couldn’t even begin to take pictures of them all.
(my Around the Block quilt is on the right)
My Double Takes 1 quilt is made up in the center of the photo.
It looks so different from my version, but I like them both.
Here is their version of my Tea Setting table runner, from the book shown. (By the way, they now offer online ordering)
and their version of my Vanilla Latte pattern from the book Sweet Life.
In addition to enjoying seeing what they had done with my designs, I also enjoyed their displays. They do a grouping based on a fabric line, see below.
I love when shops display fabric this way. If I go into a shop that just has different color walls, I often don’t buy anything. But, if they have all their new lines displayed in groups, I am often persuaded to capture that look and bring it home with me! I love shopping within a line, as you know the colors are all going to work together. Many of you commented on my blogiversay post about my use of color. I really can’t take full credit for that. The designer of the fabric line gets the credit for the colors, I just have to decide how to put the fabric together and try to show off the colors, not detract from them. I wanted to be sure to mention this, after having so many people ask me about putting colors together. Shop within a fabric line, and rest a little easier!
So, now I’m curious. How many of you shop within one line and how many of you do your own color coordinating?