just pop into the local Ben Franklin store and the gal has quilts to show you.!!! she tells me she made this quilt in three days. It's little visits with people like this that I enjoy so much. This quilt is also an example of regionalism. We would never see fabric like this in Australia, it's pure "woodsy" Our hotel is "woodsy", in fact the room is label "The bears den" Light fittings, pictures on the wall reflect the things seen in the surrounding, water, green trees, birch bark, geese, bears and fish.... I think it's wonderful.
The weather was simply marvelous, a little cloudy, sometimes misty rain and then at other times bright sunshine enfolded by clouds of grey.... you know what I mean when the sun peeps through storm clouds!!! The greens become even more iridescent. We drove most of the day in this environment stopping only for lunch and a little retail therapy. We drove into a small town called Black Duck in the far north of Minnesota, some 80 miles from the Canadian border. Joan said casually
"I think there is a fabric place here"
Just as she predicted... there it was Andersons fabric warehouse. Now there are only 180 people in this town so it's a bit like a dot on a page..... As we walked up to the storefront, I noticed a car parked by the curb. A gentleman was sitting there in the driving seat. I did a double take.... the entire back seat was filled with fabric.....up to the ceiling no less!!!!! It was a hint of what was to come.
Walls and walls of remnant fabric.
Most of it was around $1 a yard, however, you could buy it by the pound, I purchased 5 pound for $5.
There is a factory in Black Duck that manufactures decor items.
You should see the fabrics, some silks, mostly cotton and of the most wonderful designs, and of course they are all wide!!!!
The the most exciting news, they had huge bags, (( could barely lift two) FREE.
Can you imagine.?
Now that explains why the guy was in the car enfolded in fabric... AND his wife was still in the store getting more !! There is a large area of quilt fabrics, notions and patterns, They were mainly moda and certainly fabrics that would blend with the beautiful cottons on the shelves...
There are a number of Amish families living in this area. Each summer several of the women (and occasionally the young girls) bring two buggies down to the main road, string a line between the buggies and display their quilts. They are made from bright polyester fabric however, I have seen some made from cotton. The men make baskets and they are highly prized so there are always a number of people visiting Of course, you are not allowed to take photos, so I'm careful not to include the women in the photo and only took it from the back. This is not a tourist area unlike in Pennsylvania or Indiana.... the Amish are old order, speak mainly a combination of Old German and Pennsylvanian Dutch. The adhere strictly to the
rules set down by the Elders of the group, but are always friendly and warm and it has been our pleasure to visit with them.
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Carolyn Foley I am a high school Heath & Design Technology teacher, married with three children, all young adults.
Di Mill I am a Freelance Textile and Craft Representative with 2 children. I travel the state of Queensland, Australia, selling patchwork, quilting and craft supplies to retailers withing the industry.