Sunday, June 09, 2013

I made it.....to Country Sampler





Definitely one of those 'Bucket List items' ... I visited Country Sampler in Spring Green WI a couple of weeks ago. I spent two hours wishing and visiting with the Shop keeper in this wonderful quilt shop. It's a shop that honestly stays very true to their style of quilting.  When you walk in -- it's like coming to what every quilter calls 'home'....

I knew I may never get back to Country Sampler again -- I wanted  my purchases to count. Hardwood floors full of shelves holding bolt after bolt of fabric made the choices tough. They had  beautiful samples -- no photos allowed--.  The photos would not have done them justice anyhow.  

Then I wandered down the basement stairs to  dark, Dingy room filled with clearance items.  There she sat --- all alone--- markdown down several times.... with her tiny feet, wooden wings and rumpled dress She just sat there.  I don't go for the really primitive hand made stuff. ... But she was different.  I don't know if she's a Christmas Angel, or A Harvest Angel, or maybe a Garden Angel....but I did know  she was definitely being taken out of that basement And coming Home with me. I had several other things picked out ... but back to the displays they went because  she was more important-- something I would always have to remember the visit.


Also in the basement were candlesticks marked to five bucks a set.  I purchased the small kit from the door's entryway.  I haven't decided whether it was the pattern or the reproduction fabrics--but I'm certain that purple ribbon that had something to do with the purchase.

Hungry for gardening, some sort of spring, and definitely anything green outside--- this was my last item.


This photo book finds beauty in the small things...

If you ever get the opportunity to visit this quilt shop-- do it... it's worth the drive, the flight, and the miles it takes to get there.....



12 comments:

Kindred Quilts said...

Your words definitely capture Country Samplers uniqueness. The shop isn't big, but every available space holds treasures that won't be found in other quilt shops. They have a wonderful website that I visit often to see what has been added to the shop, and many of the models featured in the pictures are available as kits. I've ordered from them in the past and have never been disappointed. For those reading this visit www.sgcountrysampler.com. I'm so happy you had the chance to visit one of Wisconsin's premier quilt shops... and there are many!!!

Shakerwood said...

I think you made the perfect choice by adopting "enter name here". She needed to get out of the basement!

Diane said...

Hi,

This sounds like a wonderful place to shop!
Have you ever been to the quilt shop in the Hancock area of the UP?

Blessings,
Diane


Libby said...

I hope that sweet angel is given the most perfect name - she's surely found the perfect home!

Colleen said...

I live 2 1/2 hours away and STILL haven't made the trip. I will! I really will! Maybe this fall :o)

Sue said...

It's definitely a place to go back to. I bought that same book, Melanie. It just spoke to me. I've been going through it every day since I got home from there. So glad you got to see it.

Muddling Through said...

Good for you! Sounds like a good time and I really like your "loot"!

Gypsy Quilter said...

What lovely treasures. I wish I could have joined you.

Mary @ Neat and Tidy said...

I love the angel! I'm so looking forward to getting to this shop someday.

Karen said...

If ever I get to Wisconsin, Country Sampler will be at the top of my list. I love to read their shop updates on the blog. So full of pictures of quilts I want to make.

Karen said...

This shop is a favorite - it packs so much into it's space and the other fun things in the shop make it eye candy everywhere you look. I hope to get there again this fall when I head to Madison to visit my brother. The peeps actually spent a night in her retreat center and if it wasn't so dang far for us - we would do it again for more than an overnight. That little sweetie you found lurking the the basement is precious and adorable.
hugs - karen

Kathie said...

its on my bucket list for sure!
that angel is a treasure, I am so glad she went home with you.
love the pictures of your garden.
Kathie