The benefit of going alone is that I can spend all the time I want looking at quilts. My first stop was Roesbud's Cottage in Heritage Square.
I always feel so bad that I'm not a regular Quilt Shop customer. Hancock, Jo-Ann and Mill End Fabrics are all so close, that I've never had to venture farther. Most of my quilts are scrap and utility quilts anyway, and those shops keep me within my limited quilting budget. (at least most of the time!)
This year I concentrated on looking at ideas for quilt settings so I can feature some machine embroidery.
Here's one with scrappy flying geese in the sashings between blocks featuring redwork birds.
And one with beautiful green embroidered cabins and northwoods Minnesota scenes that have piano key strips to square up the blocks. Lovely!
And finally some redwork Santas surrounded by traditional stars.