This weekend many quiltshops in Norway has joined the first Norwegian Quilterally (Quilt race). The shops are open both saturday and sunday.This was an event I could not miss, so I had planned a shop hopping saturday.
I had rented a mini bus, and 15 other ladies wanted to come with me. No problem to fill the bus. Early saturday morning at 07:30 we was ready to start our Quilterally (shop hopping). I had it all planned. How long time we had to drive and how long time the ladies got to use in the shop before travelling to the next one.
Our bus driver that brought us safe from quilt shop to quilt shop.
16 ladies smiling and ready for shop hopping.
First stop at this Quilterally was at Merethes Quilteloft. We arrived 09:00 when the shop opened. She is an excellent longarm machinequilter and has loads of beautiful backings (+ a lot of other quilting stuff too) for sale. I was looking for backings, and I found some beautiful backings on sale.
Then on the road to our second pitstop on the Quilterally.
At 10:30 we arrived next pitstop on our Quilterally. Marianne at Trådsnella wished us welcome to her shop.
The box with fabrics on sale was thoroughly inspected. Lots of treasure to be found there.
And my friend Hanne showed us how to use Helen Stubbings applique paper and other tricks doing needleturn applique.
And I love the goodie bag Marianne gave us. Going to try out the little piece of application paper today. And I will for sure trace the cute car and stitch it. Making a purse wihich I will save up money for next years Quilterally. Because I really hope this event was a success and the shops will arrange it again.
Off to next pitstop
We arrived at Kathrines Quiltestue at 12:30.
We was guided into the “class room” where Anna Malin and Helle had mini classes telling us how to use different rulers and machine quilting. Kathrine treated us with delicious chocolate cake and coffee. Wish I had a photo of the cake, it was delicious. If you visit Kathrines quiltestue on facebook you will see more photos.
And of course some shopping here too
At 15:00 all the ladies in my group gathered together to go and have some dinner. All this shopping had made us hungry, althought we have been treated with cakes and coffe at all quiltshops we had visited.
Felt so good to sit down and just relax a little bit with our dinner. Delicious lasagne and pasta dishes at Cafe Elise.
And then it was time to leave for the last pitstop on this shop hop.
Arrived at beautiful Bærums Verk at 16:30 where Lappemakeriet are located.
Always nice to visit this little quilt shop.
They had a special Quilterally room where we was treated with hot dogs. But we were still so filled up from our dinner. We have had plenty of cakes, coffee and food on our trip.
We got a little goodie travelling bag at this place too.
On the road back home again. Think we all have got a overload of vitamin Q this day. So much inspiration and fun we have had. I had a wonderful buch of ladies with me in the bus. Back home at 19:30. Twelve hours on the road. Visited four quiltshops. Lots of inspiration. Lots of treasures in our bags.
And a BIG THANK to the ladies that came up with this idea of the first Norwegian Quilterally. A BIG THANK to the shops we visited. You were all so kind and gave us wonderful service. Not to forget all the delicious cakes you spoiled us with. I hope all the other quiltshops that has opened their shops this weekend has a very good feeling too that this has been a success, and that this can be a yearly event.
Back home it felt so good putting my feet up on the stool with a glass of red wine. Unpacking my treasures and put them on display on the table besides me. I was so tired, but so happy and filled with vitamin Q. I had a wonderful day at the first Norwegian Quilterally.
And for you Norwegian girls that did not join this yesterday, there is still one chance today. The shops are also open today. Visit their website to see which shops that are open and what they have to offer.
Saying for today: