Isn't this barn block great? We went to Gresham Wisconsin on Wednesday and the block is found right in the middle of town. So appropriate for this time of year, don't you think?
It has been such a joy being on a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints here in Wisconsin. One of the pleasures is to find these blocks unexpectedly around a turn or hidden in a niche of the forest and corn fields.
I went to a quilt store on our P-day yesterday. It is the "Ye Olde Schoolhouse Quilt shop in Cedarburg Wisconsin. What a treasure. There are cottons and wools, patterns, books but the best part for me was the staff. I'm not usually someone who converses much with people I don't know but the ladies at this store are my friends. They are so warm and interested in what you have to say or what project you are working on.
I've been in stores where the lady behind the cutting counter makes me feel like I'm intruding on her precious time or she begrudgingly cuts a fat quarter like I'm causing her to loose money. I've also been in stores where the clerks are so superior to the plebian customer that they make me question my choice of thread let alone matching fabric.
I was fortunate to arrive as one bus load of shoppers was just leaving and before the next bus load arrived. I had the whole shop to myself. I was able to purchase some Jo Morton browns, a Quiltmania magazine (that is hard to come by here) and a kit with The Spirit of Christmas line by Judie Rothermel from about 3 yrs. ago. I always regretted not getting some of that fabric and "Voila" I found a kit with all the pieces of that line but one. That one, a green, was found on the bolt in another area of the store. My head is spinning with all the ideas for that fabric. I won't be making the exact quilt that the kit was compiled for - it was a free pattern anyway.
Our mission is quickly coming to a close. It will be great to be back home in Utah, see my family, and enter my sewing room again. But, I will miss the barns, the gorgeous trees, and long lingering sunsets, and especially the association with the young missionaries. The are so valiant and eager to share the gospel. Yes, they get discouraged, but there is always a smile on their faces.