7/25/2012

JJ Stitches Quilt Shop, Sun Prairie, Wisconsin

Now I knew from reading biographies of Georgia O'Keefe that there was nothing left to see of the fact that she grew up in Sun Prairie, but I still was excited to drive through her home town for the first time.  Here are photos of JJ Stitches, another wonderful shop!  Street view:


The 30s Feedsack section was set up as a baby nursery.  Great idea!  

Wonderful samples high on the walls:



Lots of vintage suitcases, unfortunately NFS.  All kinds of other nice goodies here and I made a very nice haul.




We got an excellent dinner at Market Street Diner while still in Sun Prairie, but also some very important dessert, two pieces of Carl's Cakes.  You'll understand why from the photo of the pastry case :-) :



They had a tiny free lending library inside the entrance: 

Gorgeous Midwestern scenery leaving Sun Prairie, on to the next destination, Primitive Gatherings!!








No photos allowed at Primitive Gatherings!  All I have is the guardian crow of the bathroom light switch!  But you all know about Primitive Gatherings, much more than I do, and it is worth a lot to make time to go visit it.  We even got to go see the 4-space booth all set up in one of their warehouses as it would look at their next show in California, which looked fabulous!  I was good and didn't take a photo there either although I could have sneaked one as I did the Guardian Crow :-) :

Next up are a few shots of the farmstead where the Cedarburg cheddar quilt exhibit was shown and our visit to Ye Olde Schoolhouse, a very special and wonderful shop.  I have been making a kit from Ye Olde, one of Sue Daley's patterns, and hope to have it finished or at least to flimsy stage by next post. 

9 comments:

Taryn said...

You made one of my favorite shop loops. Aren't those Wisconsin shops great?!? I've even looked for cheap airfares just to spend a couple of days quilt fabric shpping at them. I have my fingers crossed I will be back in Wisconsin this fall. Plus, that gorgeous farm scenery makes the drive a pleasure, too.

Vivian said...

I would have been hyperventilating as soon as I set foot in that wonderful store. I recognize many of the samples on the walls -- my favorite kind of quilts.
The next time I visit my family in NE Iowa, I think I should keep heading east and north and end up in Sun Prairie, WI. Thanks for sharing this stage of your trip.

Tina said...

I live in the West and will probably never get to this part of the country, so I really enjoy seeing pictures of quilt shops in other areas. Do you know why pictures aren't allowed in the Primitive Gatherings quilt shop?

Sue said...

We just got home from Wisconsin, but unfortunately, I was not able to get to this quilt shop. Guess I'll have to go back as these pics are just wonderful!
I did enjoy all the wonderful farms!!

Love those vintage suitcases. I have a small collection of them myself!

Me and My Stitches said...

I swear we should have done this trip together - we ate at that diner too! It was good - tons of food, and cheap! But, no dessert for me - I just couldn't do it!

Libby said...

Yummy!

Melanie said...

What a great shop.... love the photos....

Colleen said...

Ahhh... my stomping grounds! Love JJ Stitches and of course, Primitive Gatherings. Did you get to Country Sampler in Spring Green? That is supposed to be fabulous too for us prim lovers. It is about half an hour or 45 minutes west of Sun Prairie. Also worth the trip, I hear. My goal is to make it there soon. Glad you enjoyed yourself! Great pictures :o)

Gretchen said...

All this eye candy is out-of-this-world wonderful!! Thanks for sharing! I could spend forever in JJ Stitches just looking at all the sample quilts. WOW!