We are in balmy Chicago. All my worry about freezing on this trip was unfounded. Minnesota and Illinois are having unusually warm weather for this time of year. Whenever anyone comments about the nice weather, I tell them that I brought it with me from Florida. Sharen doesn't even need her jacket!
Today we visited three Chicago area quilt shops. (Lots more fun than yesterday's trip to the coin laundry.) We visited Quilter's Destination in Arlington Heights and found lots of great fabrics. I especially liked the selection of Jinny Beyer fabrics from RJR. Quilter's Destination is located at 945 E Rand Rd, Arlington Heights.
Next, we made our way to A Touch of Amish at 130 Applebee St. in Barrington. This wonderful shop is in a very unique building created by moving two old houses together at an angle with a wedge shape addition connecting them. The friendly staff was very helpful and cheerful. We really enjoyed wandering from room to room, each filled with fabric displays. This shop offers lots of Civil War fabrics and flannels, Thimbleberries plus brights and batiks. Many quilt kits are are also available. A small loft upstairs houses fun kids fabric and children's quilt ideas. The basement level is a large, pleasant classroom.
Our last stop of the day was Pieceful Gathering Quilt Shop. Mother/daughter team, Carrie and Katie graciously showed us their shop. They feature reproduction fabrics, Jo Morton, Windham, Marcus, Moda and more. They have an awesome selection of wool and wool applique patterns. I especially enjoyed the flying geese quilts in the classroom. They even offer Free Stitching Times! You can locate Pieceful Gathering Quilt Shop at 106 Northwest Hwy (Rte. 14), Fox River Grove, IL 60021.