A day to explore, with fabric, fun and fudge.


Images of Amana

"I don't buy fabric in quilt shops" 

Alex and I announced  that in Unison…. Then burst out laughing. We're not being rude, but to be honest I rarely get time to visit and shop, I buy for a purpose, the quilt is generally well in my mind before I purchase it, but when  the fabric was presented to us in this shop we gave in and flapped the cash.… And when you see it you will understand why.

Our hearts beat faster and the pulse rose. Fabric is $28 a meter at home and this is just $12 a yard. I've never seen anything like this in Australia
And the mind was working overtime time.

 "What are you going to do with it" asked Alex and Cyndi?

I can create on the spot, a gift from my fashion designing days, it was the way I designed clothes, look at the fabric and the designs appear in my mind.

Fern hill

Fern Hill, Quilts, Antiques and Fabrics. In South Amana.

The exterior of the shop is as eclectic in design  as the interior.  Room after room captured our imagination, there was everything there from a statue of Christ with a bleeding heart to antique quilts, fudge a coffee shop with pie and of course the beautiful fabric we gave in and bought.



Alex trying on colors!!!!






The fabric above will travel home with me.   

 I have been looking for fabric like this that is already in the sketch book.

Let me explain where were.

The Amana Colonies are seven villages on 26,000 acres (11,000 ha) in east-central Iowa, United States. Amana (or Main Amana), East Amana, High Amana, Middle Amana, South Amana, West Amana, and Homestead. The villages were built and settled by German Pietists, who were persecuted in their homeland by the German state government and the Lutheran Church. Calling themselves the Community of true inspiration( German die Gemeinde der wahren Inspiration), they first settled in NY near  buffalo  in what is now the Town of West Seneca. However, seeking more isolated surroundings, they moved to Iowa  in 1856. They lived a communal life until the mid-1930s.

We visited another quilt shop in the colony. Heritage Designs Quilting & Needlework


It's a great shop situated in an old Granary. It's a wonderful place to visit.

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