Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Quilting in the Country

Hope y'all had a great weekend!  I did some unpacking (suitcases this time...not boxes), some World Cup Soccer watching and some hiking. 

The weather and views were perfect!  There were some patches of snow still on parts of the trail.  That's why I keep these shoes in Montana.

My toes are happy and warm now ;-)  Nothing like the hot tub after a long hike!  I am soooo out of shape.

Today Yesterday my husband went fly fishing, and I went fabric shopping.  I found this neat pretty cool amazing fabulous quilt shop near Bozeman called Quilting in the Country.

Oh my gosh, what a treasure!!!!  It is quilting heaven!!!!  Quilting in the Country is part of a century old farmhouse...located in a renovated bunkhouse and another building....with amazing gardens and views of the Bridger Mountains.  I think I spent as much time outside the quilt shop as inside ;-)  This is really saying something as the inside of the shop is fantastic.  There were bolts and bolts of Kaffe, some unique batiks that are specially made for the store, quilt books that I had not seen before, gorgeous quilts on display, hand dyed batik ribbons for ribbon embroidery, cute buttons in jars, amazing quilt kits.....

The highlight of the day was meeting the owner Jane Quinn!!!!!  Jane is a lovely, lovely person!  Her two-story farmhouse is just steps from the quilt shop.  Can you imagine?!  We got to discussing quilt retreats as I am still flying from my first quilt retreat experience and she is gearing up for two of her quilt retreats;-)  Jane is also the author of Quilting in the Country, Retreat with Quilting in the Country and numerous quilting/cookbooks as well as being one of the designers of Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks. But best of all, she is so giving of her time and took me on a tour of her quilt shop buildings and her gorgeous gardens!!!  {While I was there, several regular customers came in the shop.  One was working on a particular project, and Jane spent so much time with her helping her pick out fabric.  At one point, Jane went into her house and came back with four bolts of fabric she thought the customer may like for her project!}

I don't even know the names of all the flowers as I don't think they grow in Florida ;-)  Aren't they gorgeous?!  Look at this flower bed with the birdhouses ... the tops are made out of old license plates.

Here is a closeup.  Got to love that old sewing machine!!!

I really love this garden with the mountain views.  Jane explained the touching story behind the Dinah's Garden travertine stone.  I'm not sure if you can tell in the picture, but the bottom of the stone is flowers from an applique pattern.  

Here's one more picture!  Love this barn.  What a day!  Thank you Jane and Kim (who cut lots of fabric for me and showed me all kinds of cool stuff)!  I love my husband and kids, but I'm glad they had other activities planned...otherwise, I don't think I would have been able to spend two hours {wow} at this quilt nirvana ;-)  You've got to check out their website....especially the link for The Quilt Widower's Guide to Bozeman...it's a hoot!

Maybe later I'll show you the lovely fabrics I purchased here.  Right now, I'm packing up and heading to Glacier!

Have an amazing day!!!


  1. That's the shop my "quilt mom" first took me to when I was visiting her in Montana! Thank you for that walk down memory lane...my first quilt shop and the week that the quilting bug bit me bad!!

  2. it looks like the most perfect day ever! your views there are breathtaking. no wonder you love it out there so much! enjoy your time there!

  3. What stunning photos, I love your weekend!

  4. What a beautiful place to spend a vacation! I love seeing that adorable quilt shop. I can imagine spending all day there, chatting about fabrics and sewing. Enjoy your stay! (can you believe it, snow in June?)

  5. Truly gorgeous place...and what a fun little shop too!

  6. what a great day and wonderful place to spend some time! jealous!