Excellent Libby Lehman Update!

Libby Lehman 7-9-14Libby’s sister Ellen posted this long but wonderful update this evening:

Thank God! -another Amazing day for Libby! Lester is on cloud nine with the recent transformation of Libby from victim to victor in her struggle to recover from her stroke related ailments. He is investigating ways to re-enroll Libby in some therapies (with her approval), but in the meantime, Libby is not waiting to get started. Today Rayleen and Lester helped Libby take a few tentative steps around her room, and later she surprised everyone by standing up by herself from her wheelchair, holding on to the nurses’ center counter (with Rayleen at her back). One of her favorite nurses’ aides- Joe was so surprised he yelped with Joy, much to Libby’s delight. She is thoroughly enjoying her newfound physical, mental, and emotional strength, and so is everyone who is around her!!!

Here’s a report from sister Sarah’s visit last night,
“Last night was awesome!!! Walked in and Libby was in such a happy mood. She told me that (I’ll paraphrase here) – Since it didn’t look like dying was going to work, she would just have fun living. Isn’t that great? Ellen reported last night that she told them yesterday since she wasn’t going to die anytime soon, she would just “entertain” instead. Again – such a good spirit. As she warned Rayleen and I last night – “I’m back”. Yeah she is.

She pulled back her covers to show me how good she could move her legs. I said she better watch out or she would be dancing soon. She replied “That’s the plan”. Of course we had to watch Wheel of Fortune and she won 2, I won 2 and Rayleen won 2. We usually bet a quarter and so I told her Lester was going to have to bring up some quarters to leave in the drawer. She said – “Not necessary, I am champion and plan on winning all.” We were just in stitches the whole time. It was the best visit EVER!!! She was very clear headed, speaking clearly and smiling alot. My heart soared the whole drive home and just couldn’t help but be giddy. I’m hopefully cautious and will still take it one visit at a time but last night was WONDERFUL! – Sarah”

Here’s an email from Libby’s very good friend and business buddy, Ricky Tims:
O Happy Day!!!!!!!

I got a phone call today from none other than Libby Lehman herself! It’s the first chat we have had in months – none since her last severe seizure, the one that subsequently put her back into the rehabilitation facility, and ultimately led to her being placed into hospice (as a pain-free care strategy) because she had simply given up hope and wanted to end everything. The prayers of all of us who love her have been that during this time she might, on her own, find the will and strength to survive.

So… back to the phone call. She told her family a bit of news and wanted to share it with me. She said, “This dying thing isn’t working out, so I just might as well live and have fun!!” She said, “I love you!” and I assured her I loved her too. Her words were clear and articulate – better than I have heard from her since her stroke!

Libby enjoys her beauty treatments. I already knew that before calling me she had just returned from a manicure, so I asked about it. She said, “Yes, I had THREE attendants”. After I replied how wonderful that was, she said, “…I wanted four!” Ha ha ha ha! It’s so good to hear Libby in such good sprits – bantering, joking, and being bossy.

I mentioned that tomorrow night (August 6) Justin and I are going to see the Lady Gaga concert in Denver. Her reply was, “Don’t get in a fight!” … which is a comment she made because the first and only fight I’ve ever had was at the Lady Gaga concert three years ago. That’s another story for another time. The point is – Libby remembered it!

She told me that tomorrow she had dinner reservations at 5:30 for Ruth Chris’s Steak House and she was planning on ordering filet mignon.

This truly is the best she has been mentally since her stroke. Libby has been in a position where she had to choose – sink or swim. Our prayers have been that she would find a way out of the dark hole she has been in and reach for a brighter day. I can say with confidence that today is most assuredly a brighter day! I am doing a happy dance! Let me hear a whoo-hoo for our dear sweet Libby!”

We’re all doing a happy dance. Whoo-hoo!

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Hattie’s Quilt Shop in Spokane Valley WA

Hattie's SignTucked into Evergreen Square at the intersection of Sprague Avenue and Evergreen Road in the middle of Spokane Valley WA, you’ll find Hattie’s Quilt Shop.

Hattie's StorefrontStep inside, and you’ll find a small but welcoming foyer, decked out with eye-catching quilts and complete with comfortable lounge chairs and light refreshments.

Hattie's EntrySome folks feel so welcome that they don’t venture further,

A Comfortable Spot for Quilters' Husbands to Wait at Hattie'sbut the real magic lies beyond.

New Fabrics and Projects on Display at Hattie's

Down a quilt-lined corridor, the shop opens up into a spacious room filled with colorful fabric and quilted treasures.

More Quilts and Fabric at Hattie's

Still More Quilts and Fabric at Hattie'sTucked in among the fabric are delightful surprises, like a cozy table where customers can sit to work on their projects,

A Cozy Corner at Hattie's

a bentwood coat rack full of quilted tote and purse projects,

The Purse Tree at Hattie'sand intriguing project ideas like this three-dimensional courthouse square wallhanging,

Courthouse Square in 3-D at Hattie'sor this open weave mat.

Intriguing Project Idea at Hattie's

The atmosphere at Hattie’s is laid-back, warm, and friendly. Comfortable stools line the front of the cutting counter and encourage visitors to sit and chat. So that’s what we did.

Sitting Down to Chat with Phil and Cathy at Hattie's

The Wonderful Wizards who conjured up this quilting magic are owners Phil and Cathy. Hattie’s is named for Cathy’s grandmother, an accomplished seamstress and inspiration to her granddaughter.

As their shop grew, Tami came on board. She started out taking a quilting class at Hattie’s, and rapidly became immersed in quilting. In addition to serving customers, Tami designs and produces quilt kits and creates shop displays.

Tami Shows Us One of Her Kits at Hattie's

It’s easy to see that Phil, Cathy, and Tami love fabric and quilting. More than that, they love meeting and helping people. Phil has an easy-going manner and the soul of a storyteller when he talks about the people who visit the shop.

Cathy glows with pride when she discusses the accomplishments of their customers, who quickly become their friends.

Customer Anna - smallWhile we were visiting, Anna came in for fabric to complete her current quilting project. With a smile, she told us that she liked coming to Hattie’s “because it’s close to home and because of all the neat things to look at”. She continued to talk about how friendly and helpful they are. “It’s just nice,” she said.

Those “neat things to look at” include exciting new arrivals such as Kaffe Fassett’s latest fabrics from Westminster/Rowan and eye-catching Australian aboriginal designs. While Hattie’s has a little bit of everything, they stock an extensive collection of colorful modern and contemporary styles.

If you’re looking for quilting fun, quilting friends, new quilting ideas, and quilting inspiration, Hattie’s Quilt Shop is well worth the trip. See you there!

Things to Know About Hattie’s Quilt Shop and Spokane Valley

Website: www.hattiesquiltshop.com

Facebook: Hattie’s Quilt Shop

Things to See and Do in Spokane Valley: Spokane Valley offers a host of outdoor adventures. From winter sports at Mount Spokane to a summer menu of hiking, biking,  and fishing along the Spokane River or in the Dishman Hills Natural Area, there’s always something exciting to do. The Washington State Quilters Guild hosts its annual quilt show in mid-October. And don’t miss Valleyfest, Spokane Valley’s huge community celebration each September.

Where to Eat Lunch: For delicious fresh-made sandwiches, soups, and salads, you can’t beat Casey’s Place Deli, right next door to Hattie’s Quilt Shop. Phil and Cathy also recommend Cottage Cafe (6902 E Appleway Blvd) for incredible breakfast and lunch fare.





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Libby Lehman Honored by Rice University

Libby Lehman - Distinguished Alumna of Rice University 2014

Libby continues to recover from last month’s infection and hospitalization in the rehab facility. This weekend, she was named as one of the Distinguished Alumni of Rice University. You can watch the video produced to explain her award at the link below:

Libby Lehman Rice University Distinguished Alumni Video

Libby was able to attend the awards festivities, but still tires easily and was forced to leave before the awards ceremony. Watch her husband Lester’s acceptance speech in her behalf at this link:

Lester Lehman Acceptance of Libby’s Award

From Caring Bridge, here is her sister Ellen’s description of the evening:

The setting in “The Corinithian, The Classic Event Space” was gorgeous, epitomizing the words “fancy shmancy”. During the reception/cocktail hour Libby was a gracious honoree, holding court in her wheelchair while speaking to other guests and enduring (since her collarbone is fractured and tender) gentle hugs from many friends, and smiling through endless photo requests.

Of course, Libby always enjoys seeing family members, including sisters and brothers in law (the two Bill’s), nieces Elizabeth (New York City, NY) and Susan (with hubby Ron and daughter Abbi from Magnolia, TX), nephew Justin (Montgomery, TX), and “almost” family members, like Susan and Gary Gartner. Lester and Cathy both had so many friends that it took several tables to seat everyone and the Libby contingency was definitely the biggest fan base present. Libby’s “original” quilting club filled a table with proud smiles and nodding heads as “one of their own” was honored as a distinguished Rice alumni.

However, somewhere between the gourmet salad and the entree Libby “hit the wall” of too much noise, too many people, and just too much everything without enough energy left to continue the race. So we honored Libby’s request and got her in the car so son Les, accompanied by the ever faithful Tiffany, headed for U.P. with its nice room, comfy blanket, and evening Caregiver Edie waiting to receive Libby with open arms. Libby got to bed well after her normal bedtime but long before the midnight hour.

The awards presentation part of the ceremony was all we thought it would be, with videos and photos of each of the Distinguished Alumni Award recipients, which also included George Hirasaki, Peter Rowe, and Rusty Williams. Lester gave an acceptance speech on behalf of Libby which was clever, heartfelt, and brief -three good descriptors for Thank You speeches. He gave special Thanks to the Association of Rice Alumni and Laureates Committee, to family and friends, to Bill Arnold for spearheading Libby’s nomination, and to Dr. Mark Dannebaum (who was there tonight with his wife) and his team, who saved Libby’s life during her marthon surgeries. It was a well crafted and delivered speech so on behalf of Libby and all of us- Thanks, Lester!

Although many of us wished that Libby could have stayed to absorb the final glory of her accomplishments, she just didn’t have any energy left to finish that race. But still, what an Enchanted Evening for us all! We hope Libby will remember all the good parts she got to share and we will show her photos and the video (if we can get it) of the part she missed. We are hoping tonight that Libby is resting quietly in perfect comfort as we pray this prayer for her:
Heavenly Father, Thank You for the gifts of Libby’s life which she has shared with so many people and for which she has been honored tonight. Protect and keep Libby in your gentle hands as she heals from her infirmities, and help her find peace and solace on her journey. Please be with Lester and Les, and all her family, as we struggle to find ways to help Libby heal and to keep her life fulfilling and fun. Give us strength, faith, and patience, and lead us to wisdom and discernment as we make decisions for sweet Libby’s care and well-being. In humble gratitude, Amen!”

We echo Ellen’s beautiful prayer.

(photo and videos courtesy of Bill Arnold)



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And the Winners Are. . .

We are pleased to announce the winners of The Cross Country Quilt Shop Quest Homeward Bound Giveaway.

Homeward Bound Giveaway Package #1Homeward Bound Giveaway Package #1 goes to Robin W. in Washington state.

Homeward Bound Giveaway Package #2Homeward Bound Giveaway Package #2 will be winging its way to Linda W in Texas.

Homeward Bound Giveaway Package #3And Homeward Bound Giveaway Package #3 was won by Janie M of Illinois.

We had entries from all over the US and Canada, and even one from Australia! And the suggestions for where The Quilt Shop Navigator should go next ranged just as widely, everywhere from Lancaster PA to China!

We’ll be planning more quilt shop adventures soon. In the meantime, be sure to use The Quilt Shop Navigator to plan your own personal Quilt Shop Quest. There are 3690 quilt shops across the US and Canada for you to explore.

Thanks to the Homeward Bound quilt shops for their generous prize donations.

Happy Quilting!



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The Cross Country Quilt Shop Quest – Homeward Bound Giveaway

With the conclusion of The Cross Country Quilt Shop Quest, it’s time for our final giveaway. And we’re going to finish off with an extravagant bang! We have THREE wonderful prize packages waiting for our lucky winners.

Homeward Bound Giveaway Package #1:

Homeward Bound Giveaway Package #1The winner of Homeward Bound Giveaway Package #1 will receive:

2 angel FQs from Quilters Depot
1 floral FQ from Bernina & Sew Much More
1 hand-dyed FQ from The Sewing Connection
1FQ modern dots from Birds of a Feather
2 novelty FQs from Stitch n Sew Cottage
1 bicycle FQ from Thimbles
1 cow FQ from Cosmic Cow
1reproduction FQ from Prairie Point Junction
2 Western FQs from Quilt Essentials
1 pine bough FQ from Keama’s Quilts
1 Christmas FQ from a Little Country Character

all packaged in a bright red Quilters Depot tote bag. There’s a delightful I Spy quilt here, just waiting for the right quilter to set it free.

Homeward Bound Giveaway Package #2:

Homeward Bound Giveaway Package #2Homeward Bound Giveaway Package #2 features luxurious fabric with metallic accents. The winner of this package will receive

6 FQ bundle from The Gallery of Quilts

1/2 yard from The Quilt Shop at Essenhaus

in a Quilt Shop Navigator tote bag. Dress up your table with an elegant tablerunner with this prize!

Homeward Bound Giveaway Package #3:

Homeward Bound Giveaway Package #3The third Homeward Bound Giveaway Package holds

12 FQ bundle of coordinated prints from Threads of Tradition

in a Quilt Shop Navigator tote bag. These fabrics would make a lovely throw quilt.

To win one of these incredible prizes, simply fill out the entry form below and answer the following question:

Where would you like The Quilt Shop Navigator to visit next?

The giveaway will close at midnight, Pacific Daylight Time, on Monday, April 21, 2014. Winners will be chosen in random drawings from the entries received and will be announced on Wednesday, April 23, 2014.

 We can’t wait to see who will win these great prizes and where you’d like us to travel next!


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The Cross Country Quilt Shop Quest — Homeward Bound, Part 15: Keama’s Quilts in Green River WY

Sign at Keama's QuiltsOne of the most delightful parts about traveling around to visit so many quilt shops is seeing the unique personalities that shops develop, all united under the banner of friendship and creativity that is Quilting. And the final stop on The Cross Country Quilt Shop Quest found us at Keama’s (pronounced KEE-ma) Quilts in Green River WY, a shop with personality to spare.Map













When you step up to the front door, you are greeted by hanging baskets overflowing with brilliant blooms.

Keama's Quilt's StorefrontAnd, once inside, the landscape becomes a fantasy of marvelous fabric.

Quilts, Books, Patterns, and Precuts at Keama's QuiltsThe walls are lined with colorful quilts.

Quilts Line the Walls at Keama's Quilts

A row of vibrant batik quilt blocks preside over books, fabric and quilts in the entryway.

Quilt Blocks, Fabric, and More Quilts at Keama's QuiltsAbove the stairway, a wall of project ideas completes the entryway displays.

Sample Projects at Keama's Quilts

A rainbow of threads of every sort runs riot around the room. An open doorway offers a glimpse of bolts and bolts of fabric in glorious array.

Peeking into the Fabric Room at Keama's Quilts (photo courtesy of Keama's Quilts)To the left of the entry, more quilts and fabric line the walls of a large, sunny workroom

Fabric and More Quilts at Keama's Quilts

It was here we met shop owner Lisa, who greeted us warmly and offered to tell us about the shop. Our first question was, of course, “Who is Keama?”

Lisa told us how her fascination with quilting grew into Keama’s Quilts.

Then she showed us around the shop, stopping to point out a favorite quilt top or a project for an upcoming class.

Lisa Shows Off a Favorite Quilt Top at Keama's Quilts

The building that houses Keama’s Quilts was once a bank and the vault downstairs is now used for storage.

Lisa Shows Lynnie the Vault at Keama's QuiltAlso downstairs is the yarn shop, presided over by a friendly bear,

Bear Watches Over the Yarn at Keama's Quiltsand a spacious classroom lined with beautiful quilts.

Downstairs Classroom at Keama's QuiltsLisa’s trusty Gammill resides at one end of the classroom.

Gammill at Keama's Quilts (photo courtesy of Keama's Quilts)Something is always going on at Keama’s Quilts. This spring they have a full roster of quilting classes, covering everything from binding techniques to quick table runners to cuddly minky blankets. You can find the list of upcoming classes here. But a great deal of the learning at Keama’s Quilts happens more informally, as Lisa related:

As we’ve traveled across the country, we’ve visited delightful quilt shops, each with its own personality. But all of them share some very important characteristics: fabulous fabric and friendly, helpful people who love quilting and have a compulsion to share their love. That’s as true at Keama’s Quilts as it is anywhere else in the wonderful world of quilting.

Things to Know About Keama’s Quilts and Green River WY

Website: http://keamasquilts.com/

Facebook: Keama’s Quilts

What to See and Do in Green River: Coming up May 30-31, 2014, is Quilting on the Green, the annual quilt show. This year’s show features classes in English paper piecing, wonky quilt layout, patchwork plus with machine applique, and a labyrinth quilt, plus a trunk show by Jan Krentz. For more information, you can download the show brochure here.

Where to Eat Lunch: Lisa recommends Penny’s Diner (1170 W Flaming Gorge Way) for good food in a fun 50’s atmosphere. Buckaroo’s (580 E Flaming Gorge Way) is a family-style restaurant with a western vibe.





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The Cross Country Quilt Shop Quest – Homeward Bound, Part 14: A Little Country Character in Green River WY

Front Door of A Little Country CharacterThe front door of A Little Country Character is guarded by perhaps the friendliest bear in all of Wyoming. And when you step inside, that friendly hospitality continues.

Fabric and More at A Little Country CharacterShelly at A Little Country CharacterAny quilter would feel right at home among the racks and racks of beautiful fabrics.

We were warmly welcomed by Shelly, the shop’s owner. As she walked with us through the rows of fabric, she gave a particularly lovely bolt a little pat here, tucked a stray corner back in place there, paused to point out a favorite quilt top or pattern in this corner, or a clever plaque in that one. Her fondness for fabric and craving for quilting is as obviously on display as the shop’s merchandise. And her smile expresses perfectly the essential character of A Little Country Character. This is a comfortable place where quilters, fabric, and ideas meet.



Shelly Shows Lynnie a Quilt Top at A Little Country CharacterAnd Shelly is delighted to perform the introductions.

More Quilts and Fabric at A Little Country CharacterStriking quilts boldly fan out to adorn the walls.

An Array of Quilts at A Little Country CharacterA baby crib overflows with bolts of cute, cuddly fabrics, just waiting to be transformed into a newborn’s quilt.

Crib Full of Fabric at A Little Country CharacterAn array of patriotic red, white, and blue proudly waves above a row of delicate pastels.

Patriotic and Pastel at A Little Country

Everywhere the eye can see, there’s an attractive assortment of lovely fabrics.

Bright Modern Fabrics at A Little Country Character

I thought these quick quilt pattern cards were interesting.

Quick Quilt Pattern Cards at A Little Country Character

And I loved this sampler quilt. The red/green version is gorgeous, but I think I’d like to make it in blue, too. At A Little Country Character, the choice is yours.

Sampler Quilt at A Little Country Character

Tucked in a back room, there’s a much used long-arm machine.

The Longarm Room at A Little Country Character

Bernina Machine at A Little Country CharacterAnd, of course, A Little Country Character is a Bernina dealer, so you’ll find a great selection of machines, attachments, and accessories available, plus helpful instruction on how to get the most from your new machine. They also offer repair services.



Shelly told us how A Little Country Character came to be.

And she reminisced about her favorite quilt, which hangs in the stairwell at A Little Country Character.

Right now, A Little Country Character has a large stock of cuddly minky fabrics and can show you how to make a luxuriously soft bound blanket. Coming soon, Simple Whatnots, an exciting new club from Kim Diehl and Henry Glass fabrics. A fun sewing series for kids is also in the works at A Little Country Character.

Things to Know About A Little Country Character and Green River WY

Facebook: A Little Country Character

What to See and Do in Green River: Just south of Green River lies Lake Flaming Gorge, well-known as a boating and fishing paradise. Don’t miss the White Mountain Petroglyphs, carved by Indians over 1000 years ago. And, a few miles west of town you’ll find Fossil Butte National Monument.

Where to Eat Lunch: Shelly suggests you try Don Pedro’s ( 520 Wilkes Dr, Ste 10) for Mexican food that will perk up your taste buds.

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Libby Lehman Update 4-12-14 (scroll down for latest news)

Libby Lehman 2-15-14Libby has been home now for nearly three months. With the loving assistance of her family, friends and home health aides, a full regimen of outpatient therapy (complete with homework!), and her own indomitable will, she continues to make slow progress as she approaches the one-year anniversary of her aneurysm.

Today’s Caring Bridge report from her husband Lester:

We went to see Dr. Fernandez this afternoon. She is Libby’s nuero-opthamologist. She had previously thought that Libby had lost a lot of vision from the stroke. As it turns out, her initial thoughts were based mainly on Libby’s inability to perform a number of tests in the office visit a month ago. Today, Libby was able to do several things she could not do a month ago. Based upon what she saw today, she doesn’t think Libby has lost any vision. Also, a month ago Libby’s pupils were a little off center which now are aligned correctly. She said Libby had significant improvement in her cognitive ability since she had seen her a month ago – thank the Lord!!
I am making a real push to Libby’s cognitive recovery. We saw her GP last week and he increased one of her meds that helps with cognitive recovery after a stroke. He thought Libby had improved since he saw her about 2 months ago. Also, thanks to Les who researched all of her meds and found one, Vimpat – an anti seizure medication, has a very negative affect on cognitive brain recovery. We have an appointment with Libby’s neurologist on Thursday to get this changed.
Thanks to everyone for your continued support, interest and prayers for Libby. We knew this wasn’t going to be a sprint. Libby’s stroke was last May 3rd and she has come a long way!!
Bravo, Libby! Way to go, Team Libby! Carry on!
(photo by Bill Arnold)
Update 4-12-14 – Libby Hospitalized
From Libby’s sister Cathy on Caring Bridge this evening:
When Tiffany, one of Libby’s caregivers, got Libby out of bed today, she found Libby to be even weaker than she was yesterday. When Les and Tiffany saw that Libby was slumped over in her wheelchair, they wisely decided that she needed to go to the hospital immediately. They took her to Memorial Hermann Hospital in the Medical Center. Currently tests are being done – CAT scans, spinal taps, etc. Libby is barely conscious. Lester reported that so far no troubling results have been revealed from the tests. The doctors suspect some kind of infection, but further tests will be necessary to pinpoint the problem. Please know that family members have been and will continue to be with her at all times. She is still in the Emergency Center, and sweet sister, Ellen, will be spending the night with her tonight. We will keep you posted on any news. Please keep Libby in your prayers. Our hearts are breaking with this recent downturn in Libby’s recovery.
Please keep Libby in your thoughts and prayers.
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The Cross Country Quilt Shop Quest — Part 13: Quilt Essentials in Laramie WY

Quilt Essentials Store FrontWhen we drove into Laramie early on a sunny Saturday morning, the Quilt Shop Navigator map and directions feature made Quilt Essentials easy to find. The shop’s bright blue awning was a cheerful splash of color across the front of the red brick building, echoing a bright blue sky.

The building’s understated exterior belies the quilting wonderland within its doors. Still fresh from an extensive remodeling project three years ago, which included custom shelves for fabric and a huge cutting counter, the bright and welcoming interior offers an eye-catching mix of fabrics, quilts, and antiques that draws you in to stay a while.

Wider View Inside Quilt EssentialsThere were beautiful quilts everywhere.

Sample Quilts Displayed at Quilt EssentialsAnd bolts and bolts of beautiful fabric!

Quilts Above the Fabric at Quilt EssentialsBins full of pre-cuts

Precut Fabrics at Quilt EssentialsStacks of lovely batiks

Beautiful Batiks at Quilt EssentialsMore delightful and delicious fabric at every turn

Antique Display Shelf for Fabric at Quilt EssentialsAnd interspersed among the fascinating fabrics and gorgeous quilts are intriguing antiques like this mirror and Canada Dry crate.

More Quilts and Fabric at Quilt Essentials And you’ll find patterns and more fabric,

Patterns and Fabric at Quilt Essentialsand notions and still more fabric,

Notions and Fabric at Quilt Essentials

and books as even more lovely fabric,

Books and Fabric at Quilt Essentials

and beautiful quilt kits, too. I think I fell in love with this lovely Lemoyne  Star.

Quilt Kits at Quilt Essentials

And, since this is Laramie, Wyoming, of course you’ll find wonderful Western fabrics like those found in this quilt, too. Quilt Essentials is excited to begin carrying the Wyoming Bucking Horse Batik from Hoffman this summer.

Western Bandana Quilt at Quilt EssentialsWe were greeted by “the Saturday crew”, Kara and Chris. When we asked what was their favorite thing about working at Quilt Essentials, they said this:

And we were soon to find out how right they were. It was a Saturday, after all, and the Second Saturday Social was just starting in the rear of the shop. So, of course, we had to join in.

Becky Leads the Discussion at the Second Saturday Social at Quilt EssentialsBecky began with a preview of Quilt Essentials’ upcoming summer classes and projects.

Becky Tells Social about Summer Classes at Quilt EssentialsAnd then it was Show and Tell time:

Show and Tell 80More Show and Tell 80The wonderful quilters of Laramie are very creative, indeed! They presented large projects and small, works completed and works in progress. They oohed and aahed, applauded and encouraged each other. A mother-daughter team displayed the daughter’s bound-for-college quilt with well-deserved pride.

Mother-Daughter Team Shares Daughter's Quilt at Quilt Essentials' Saturday SocialIt was just the sort of fun and friendly gathering you’d expect when quilters come together. We asked them why they came to Quilt Essentials.

Quilting has long been a communal activity, bringing people together to create, to provide for those in need, and to support one another. That sense of community is an essential part of quilting, and it’s alive and well at Quilt Essentials.


Quilt Essentials is about to have a new owner! And that new owner is none other than Kara, who welcomed us when we arrived. The shop will be closed March 28-31 for the transition. Expect new and exciting things to join old favorites there when the shop reopens in April!

Things to Know About Quilt Essentials and Laramie

Website: www.quiltessentials.org

Facebook: QuiltEssentials

What to See and Do in Laramie:The Laramie Plains Museum at the Ivinson Mansion (603 E Ivinson St) provides visitors with a glimpse of Laramie history and life housed in the home of one of the city’s most prominent families. The windswept rock formations of Vedauwoo, located 20 miles east of Laramie just off I-80 offer a unique and awe-inspiring setting for hiking, picnics, and seasonal rock-climbing or cross-country skiing adventures. The Wyoming House for Historic Women stands right across 2nd Street from Quilt Essentials and honors the trail-blazing women of Wyoming who were first to vote, serve on juries and in elected office in the USA.

Johnson-Lummis-Hunkin Plaza across the street from Quilt Essentials

Where to Eat Lunch: Kara recommended Lovejoy’s Bar and Grill (101 E Grand) for burgers, sandwiches and standard lunch fare. Don’t miss their amazing Salted Caramel Brownie. Other good choices are
Altitude Chophouse and Brewery (320 S 2nd St), known for delicious chophouse salads, and Corona Village (513 Boswell Dr) for a fiesta of Mexican fare.











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The Cross Country Quilt Shop Quest — Homeward Bound, Part 12: Prairie Point Junction in Cozad NE

Things were really happening when we pulled up to Prairie Point Junction in Cozad NE. Their sidewalk sale was in full swing. There were tables crowded with bins of precut fabrics arrayed on the walk in front of the neat brick storefront.

Sidewalk Sale at Prairie Point JunctionAnd even more tables piled with fabric just inside the door.

Fabric at Prairie Point JunctionThe whole shop was bustling with quilters who were there to revel in the beautiful fabric, find quilting inspiration, and snap up bargains.

Inside Prairie Point JunctionAnd there was inspiration in abundance, like this bold chevron quilt (a Prairie Point Junction original design):

Chevron Quilt and Fabric at Prairie Point Junction

Or this giant Lemoyne Star and more traditional take on an Ohio Star:

Corner Filled with Fabric at Prairie Point Junction

And did you notice those bolts of colorful wool?  Prairie Point Junction is Wool Felt Central. They carry over 90 colors of scrumptious wool felt, plus many, many patterns and kits, including their own original designs.

Sew Many Blessings September (photo courtesy of Prairie Point Junction)(photo courtesy of Prairie Point Junction)

I was intrigued by the welcoming way quilts were displayed in this cozy corner.

Cozy Corner Quilt Display at Prairie Point JunctionBreakfast in bed, anyone?

Another Artful Fabric and Quilt Display at Prairie Point JunctionPrairie Point Junction carries reproduction fabrics

Reproduction Fabrics and Quilts at Prairie Point Junctionand children’s prints, too.

Juvenile Quilts and Fabrics at Prairie Point JunctionJulie at Prairie Point JunctionThe creative mastermind behind this prairie quilter’s playground is shop owner Julie. Julie says that she’s always loved fabric. As a little girl, she spent many happy hours making clothes for her dolls. As she grew older, she joined 4-H clubs and learned to make clothes for herself.

When Julie was 16, she began working at the Ben Franklin store in her home town. That job became a transformative experience for her. The couple who owned the store took her under their wings and taught her the intricacies of running a retail business. Their kindness and generosity and their patient support sparked a new love — business.  And Prairie Point Junction is the happy result of Julie combining her two passions, creating with fabric and operating a successful retail store.

To honor her mentors, a few years ago Julie designed a quilt pattern she called “Working at the Five and Dime”. Listen to her describe it.

And here she is holding a copy of the pattern, which was a very successful Block of the Month program at Prairie Point Junction and is still available at the shop.

Julie and Working at the Five and Dime

And things are still happening at Prairie Point Junction. They’re busily readying the shop for “Wild About Nebraska”, the 16th Annual Nebraska Shop Hop, featuring 35 shops from across the state. The shop hop will run from April 3 through April 12. Read all about it here.

Another exciting program at Prairie Point Junction right now is their Saturday Sampler for 2014. This attractive Block of the Month, designed by Julie, is demonstrated at the shop on the second Saturday of each month and is also available online here.

Block of the Month Quilt (photo courtesy of Prairie Point Junction)

As Julie says, Prairie Point Junction is “a fun place to visit”.

Things to Know About Prairie Point Junction and Cozad NE

Website: www.prairiepointjunction.com

Facebook: Prairie Point Junction home of Wool Felt Central

Blog: Prairie Ramblings

What to See and Do in Cozad: Julie says that you mustn’t miss the Robert Henri Museum (218 East 8th St) which is open Tuesday through Saturday, June 1 through September 30. Housed in Henri’s boyhood home, the museum features not only a collection of Henri’s art, but also tells a captivating tale of assumed identities, intrigue and murder involving Henri’s father, John J. Cozad, the founder of the town. Another fascinating historical site is the 100th Meridian Museum (206 E. 8th St).

Where to Eat Lunch: Julie highly recommends the Green Apple Cafe next door to Prairie Point Junction. They serve all-American fare for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Don’t miss their Broasted Chicken dinner.

Prairie Point Junction

Our next stop is Quilt Essentials in Laramie WY.

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