Finally, I can prove that I did actually get some sewing done!  I know some of you may have been thinking that I just shopped and ate the whole time!  I worked on the sashing blocks for “Hop To It.”  It took me a bit longer than I originally thought it would.  There are over 120 hourglass blocks that finish to an odd size that make up the sashing of that quilt.


These are a couple of the applique blocks with sashing laid around them with the corner stones.  I’m making a primitive version of this quilt and used a brushed cotton homespun for all the fabric besides the wool in the applique.  With using this type of fabric, you really need to have a very scant 1/4″ seam to make sure your blocks come out to the correct size.  Being the perfectionist that I am, I made all my blocks bigger and then trimmed them up.  Yes, it’s much more time consuming, but they are ALL the correct size and NOT wonky.  I love how scrappy it looks already!!

Now “Hop To It’ is ready for the quilt top to be assembled as soon as I finish stitching around the last two blocks!  Yipee!  I’m almost there!!

Now for some of things that followed me home from Shipshewana!

My sister, Kristin gave me a gift certificate for Lolly’s for Christmas.  I spent it on replacing 3 of my rulers.  The corners were just terribly shaved off and rulers can add up quickly!  I thought that was pretty good use for my gift certificate.  I picked up some of the other items at Yoder’s.  I love the French General fabric.  I’m using that on a project I plan on starting very soon.  Not the pattern in the photo.  I have other plans for that one coming very soon as well.

Shipshewana has some really neat shops to buy things for your home.  I really love a few of the primitive shops and amazingly there is always some orphans that follow me home! 🙂

I picked these up at 50% off from one of my favorite primitive shops called A Thankful Heart.  The wool sheep is just darling!  The prim houses have a place in the back to plug a light in.  I think they were a steal at less then $35 for all three!

I’ve been collecting vintage or reproduction game boards to decorate the stairwell to our downstairs.  I picked up a few over the weekend.

They are all from different little shops and ALL on sale.  I especially like the checkerboard with the pineapples in the corners.  That was a last minute find right before I was leaving the store.  I just happen to spot it in the corner on the floor.  My lucky day!!  Oh and the quilt sign in the front of the group, I thought it would look nice hanging in Annie’s studio.  It was only $5.00.  What a steal!!

This is where Scott will hang the new game boards.  They will join a few that I picked up last year in Shipshewana.

Don’t worry I did some shopping for the rest of the family too.

I have just a few more photos from trip.

I  wanted to show a closer look at some of the beautiful quilts hanging in Lolly’s At Home.  Just beautiful.  Inspiring!  Yes, the clock reads 6:13… AM!  You can see some ladies off to the left of the photo shopping in their pj’s!

This was in the window ledge of one of the bedrooms at the bed and breakfast.  These sweet little bunnies reminded me of Darlene!  I had to take a photo just for her!  🙂

This concludes my trip.  I hope you all enjoyed Shipshewana!


  • Darlene says:

    OMG, your Hop To It blocks are looking wonderful – love the scrappiness.

    Lots and lots of fabulous purchases – yummy!

    Look at those adorable bunnies – thank you so much for thinking of me and sharing the picture. You're such a sweetie.

  • Sunnybec says:

    Thanks Linda for the guided tour if I can't be there then this is the next best thing. I really enjoyed seeing all the lovely shops – drool. Maybe one day I will be able to find one nice quilt shop to visit….Your blocks are fabulous cant wait to see the finished quilt. Hugs Linda

  • Country Prims says:

    Oh I love how your quilt is looking-prim! It will be amazing:)

    As for those purchases…I'm drooling! Love the sheep and the game boards-can't believe the prices you paid-I think I'd have bought a lorry load:))

    Thanks so much for sharing your trip-I would so love to have something like that here,

    Shazy x

  • Lori says:

    Your Hop to it blocks look perfect with that pieced sashing!!

    I love all of your goodies, but especially the lamb! How cute is he?!!

  • Yvette says:


    First, I love the sashing blocks! This quilt is going to be spectacular. I look forward too seeing it on the Longarm.

    Look at all those goodies you got. Wow!! What a dream getaway.

  • WoolenSails says:

    Love your blocks and the sashing is beautiful, nice pattern.
    I have one wood house, I like them without lights, so hard to find.
    Looks like you hit a lot of good stores and have lots of new things to decorate with.


  • Impera Magna says:

    Love your blocks… that's going to be one spectacular quilt when you're finished… great finds and it's cool you're hanging vintage/repro game boards in your stair… great idea!

  • Karen says:

    Your project that you worked on is wonderful! The setting for the blocks makes it all so special.
    And I like the sheep and houses in the one photo.

  • Candace says:

    I think I enjoyed the trip almost as much as you did, Linda! Thank goodness I don't have to worry about what I ate, though – LOL!! I see you picked up some of the same goodies I got recently – stencils and Sew Clean! I love your primitive goodies and the game boards are fantastic! Your stairs down are almost identical to ours and I've been trying to figure out how to decorate them! Can't wait to see Hop to It finished – it will be a materpiece for sure!

  • Anne says:

    Thanks for taking us along with you. What fun and you really scored some great buys! LOVE your Hop to it blocks. Might have to add that book to my wish list!

  • mary pernula says:

    Thank you for stopping by, I love all your prims. I collected a lot of them several years ago and just started to do it again, the sheep is to die for. HUGS MARY

  • Mama Pea says:

    That's a lot of hourglass blocks. I would have wanted to use my Triangulations for that! haha. Love your gameboards. What a find with the one with the pineapples on it. I think it looks like you had a great time shopping!

    My rulers are getting chipped up, too and need replacing. I went for a long time with no chips and then all of the sudden….lots of chips!

  • West Michigan Quilter says:

    I've enjoyed all your pictures. Makes me want to get back down there soon. Love your Hop To It blocks. Looks like you brought home some great finds.

  • LuAnn says:

    Beautiful Hop To It blocks; I love seeing your photos from Shipshewana. Looks like you had a fun time!

  • Donna says:

    I love your blocks! I have the book and hope to make Hop To It one day.
    I have enjoyed seeing your pics from Shipsewana and all the pretties you bought! You got some great deals.

  • Joan says:

    Hop to it blocks are looking wonderful – and its great to share your retreat with you.

  • Allie says:

    Your Hop To It blocks are wonderful, the scrappiness is just perfect – gorgeous glowy colors! You're really moving on that quilt. I love the stuff you got, especially the game boards – don't you just love the graphic quality of them? Love how you have them hanging in your stairwell!

  • QuiltSue says:

    Your blocks are just wonderful. I really love them.

    The things that followed you home are all great, specially the sheep. He is just gorgeous.

  • mary pernula says:

    I am glad you stopped by to see my fabric collage I got from my partner and to see me in all my GLORY. Have a wonderful day. HUGS MARY

  • Maria says:

    Oh that quilt will look fantastic when it is all done, plus you will get to use your new A1 on it as well. I am so envious of you being able to see Amish quilting up front, which is what got me interested in quilting once upon a time. I would love to be able to go there and have a better look for myself at everything quilt related. In Sweden it is very far between quilt shops and we don't have that many retreats either and all seem to be hosted so far away from where I live, oh well.. at least I can read about your adventures! Love your sheep :))))

  • Quilts And Pieces says:

    Ahhhh, such wonderful purchases! You have me drooling! And I love your Hop to it blocks!

  • Sue says:

    Hi Linda,
    Don't know how I missed phase III of your trip. I am really loving your Hop to it blocks. Just beautiful:)
    Your trip sounds wonderful and I love all your photos in this post too. Sweet:)

  • Miki says:

    I LOVE going to Shipshe!!! We live about an hour's drive from there. Whoopie pies are awesome!!
    Thanks for stopping past my blog.