So, my Day #1 post was titled Treasure Valley Shop Hop because that's what I thought it was...turns out, I included the "Valley" on my own (we do live in the Treasure Valley so I thought that's what it was). Anyway, Day #2 (Monday, April 18th) consisted of my friend Beth and I traveling to Kuna, ID (not much of a travel really, Beth lives about 2 minutes away) where we went to Knit One Quilt Too (no website that I could locate), a quaint little shop that is great for knitters and quilters alike. Of course, wouldn't you know I didn't take any photos of the local quilt shops...I guess because they're closer I didn't think about it. Next we went to Nancy's Quilts and More (again, no website) - you might remember me talking about the shop in this post. After Nancy's we thought we'd take some of the back roads to get to downtown Nampa, ID (Nancy's has a Nampa address too, it's just out in the country). We figured it was going to be an easy trip and surely we could figure it out despite the fact that neither of us had ever been this way. This is another reason I really wish I had a camera with me (we did have our phones, but thought about taking photos after the fact): we got lost! It didn't seem like we were driving for very long (time-wise) but we ended up about 10 miles from where we wanted to be, though, probably drove an extra 20 or so at least to get there. Well, we weren't really lost, we just ended up taking the back roads, the more scenic route. We were driving around something neither of us had ever heard about - the Deer Flat National Wildlife Refuge and it was really quite peaceful. I happened to glance out of the window and saw a huge body of water of which I couldn't see the other side...I had thought, up until this point, that it was just a swampy/marshy area. I exclaimed, probably rather loudly, "is that a giant body of water?!!!!" And Beth just started laughing hysterically - that was a yes. It was such a memorable moment and I wish we would have taken our pictures by some of the Wildlife Refuge signs.
Bluebird Quilt Studio in downtown Nampa. This is definitely not my favorite shop for fabric but everyone is nice and they seem to do a lot of classes, and block of the month type projects that seem fun.
Day #3 was Tuesday, April 19th. My friend Sara (different than Day #1 Sara) and I were able to go to the 2 shops in Boise, Quilt Expressions and The Quilt Crossing, while my 5 year old was in school (I dropped him off at 1230 and had to pick him up at 3...I was late). I love Quilt Expressions - it's huge, has a great selection of fabric and my dream is to take their longarm class so that I would be able to rent time on the machines (they have like 5 or so in their shop). The Quilt Crossing is also fabulous - great selection of fabric and I had 2 gift cards from my Birthday, and I only used one that day!
Join me again to hear about the final day and last 3 shops!