Mums ... I miss them. They don't do well here in my remote corner of the planet ... it is too wet.
While in Missouri, Mary Ellen took me through Amish communities on our way back to Iowa. These Mums were on display and for sale in front of an Amish mercantile. I love the fall color palette Mums create ...
... colors that are reflected in fall themed dillydally projects!
Before we began our drive through Amish country, we stopped at a wonderful quilt shop, Crossroads Quilting in Cameron. Every once in a while, I come across a shop that seems to cater to everything I love! I plan to return in 2018!
What beautiful country ... the backroads of rural Missouri are inspiring. The farms are gorgeous ... it was wonderful.
We visited two quilt stores ... this one is authentically used by the Amish community. It was such fun to see and touch the fabrics used for their traditional clothes. It also carried fabrics for the general public.
Parking spaces were provided for both cars and buggies ... love it!
Our second Amish shop catered to tourists, it was certainly different, but enjoyable!
We eventually made our way to Des Moines for the American Quilter's Society show! Wowser! This was my first AQS experience!
Isn't Mary Ellen just the cutest? I was so excited ... she did an amazing job of assisting this "country mouse" in the big world of quilting! The show was amazing ... we saw every quilt ... inspiration overload!
And then the vendors ... omgosh good golly ... shopping overload!
While in the vendor mall, both Mary Ellen and I signed up for a Online Mystery event! We purchased the same kit ... the fun began last week ... and here we are sewing together while 4,000 miles apart!
I look back on these experiences ... and part of it feels like a fantasy! I am so grateful for the trip and my ability to revisit and relive it!