I'm back! And what a phenomenal time I had!!!
I guess the best place to start is the beginning. Before I left I asked for suggestions of places to stop and you came through :) Thanks to Felice and Jackie, my first stop was in Sandusky, Ohio where I stopped at M&E (Mabel & Ethels') Quilt Shoppe. Boy was I in for a treat!
I was excited the moment I saw the lovely old building - renovated and beautiful!
I took a few photos and couldn't get in fast enough.
Yes, the inside was even more beautiful!
The gorgeous punched tin ceiling and chandeliers set off the wonderful fabrics and samples.
They had a sweet corner for wool.
And their packaging was one-of-a-kind. I loved these fabric pack quilt stars - each one included a sewing themed charm. I just wanted to hold them :)
They also offer unique classes:
I've never heard of making your own umbrella!
How cool is that!
And although not quilting related, a local artisan comes in to teach how to make a feather tree. Can you imagine?! Yes, they really are goose feathers. I'm thinking I might need to consider another road trip for that!
Since it was a long drive, I needed a pit stop. And I know this is a bit crazy, but I have to share their wonderful bathroom.
This sign really made me laugh out loud!
And look at these lovely mirrors - what a fantastic idea!
The best part? Why meeting Mabel and Ethel of course!
Debbie (aka Mabel) and Jackie (aka Ethel) are two of the kindest, friendliest souls that you'll ever meet. After a minute, I felt like I was with old friends and didn't want to leave!
You can find Mabel & Ethel's Quilt Shoppe here and be sure to visit their Facebook page as well here.
So if you are in the area, or if your kids want to go to Cedar Point,
tell them fine as long as you get to go to Mabel & Ethel's Quilt Shoppe!
I'm sure that you won't want to leave either!
When it was time to leave, they suggested I stop at Clare's Stitching Post (her Facebook page is here).
Clare's was a sweet little shop chock full with stitching goodness.
She had all the latest from market and a few things I hadn't even seen. I could have spent quite a bit of time here as well, but knew that I still had an hour or so to my destination.
Here are my treasures from Mabel & Ethel's.
And my treasures from Clare's. I hadn't seen this pattern before and if you look at the photo of the store window above, you can see it in the bottom right hand corner. She stitched it in white on a sky blue linen - a totally different and lovely look.
I didn't forget about the giveaway!
Thank you all for responding! There were 53 entries in all.
Using random.org, the winner is #32 Sheila from PA!
Congratulations Sheila! Your prize will be on its way shortly!
There will be many posts about this trip - I have so much to share!
If you can hang on with me to the end, I'll be having another little giveaway for a few little things that I picked up along the way.
Thanks for letting me share!
"Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer."