Month: May 2007

just pop into the local Ben Franklin store and the gal has quilts to show you.!!! she tells me she made this quilt in three days.It’s little visits with people like this that I enjoy so much.This quilt is also an example of regionalism.  We would never see fabric like this in Australia, it’s pure "woodsy"Our hotel is "woodsy", in fact the room is label "The bears den"Light fittings, pictures on the wall reflect the things seen in the surrounding, water, green trees, birch bark, geese, bears and fish….I think it’s wonderful. Off to Canada this morning, just over the bridge.

Free Fabric

The weather was simply marvelous, a little cloudy, sometimes misty rain and then at other times bright sunshine enfolded by clouds of grey…. you know what I mean when the sun peeps through storm clouds!!!The greens become even more iridescent. We drove most of the day in this environment stopping only for lunch and a little retail therapy.We drove into a small town called Black Duck in the far north of Minnesota, some 80 miles from the Canadian border.Joan said casually "I think there is a fabric place here" Just as she predicted… there it was Andersons fabric warehouse. Now there are only 180 people in this town so it’s a bit like a dot on a page…..As we walked up to the storefront, I noticed a car parked by the curb. A gentleman was sitting there in the driving seat.I did a double take…. the entire back seat was filled with fabric…..up to the ceiling no less!!!!!It was a hint of what was to come. Walls and walls of remnant fabric. Most of it …

The Amish

There are a number of Amish families living in this area. Each summer several of the women (and occasionally the young girls) bring two buggies down to the main road, string a line between the buggies and display their quilts.They are made from bright polyester fabric however, I have seen some made from cotton.The men make baskets and they are highly prized so there are always a number of people visitingOf course, you are not allowed to take photos, so I’m careful not to include the women in the photo and only took it from the back.This is not a tourist area unlike in Pennsylvania or Indiana…. the  Amish are old order, speak mainly a combination of Old German and Pennsylvanian Dutch. The adhere strictly to the rules set down by the Elders of the group, but are always friendly and warm and it has been our pleasure to visit with them. Two hours and we will be on the road to Canada…