We had been told there were quilt shops on our way to Eureka Springs, including one IN Eureka Springs, so we headed west. We had barely left the town limits and we came across the first one. As I walked onto the porch tiny kittens started pouring out of a padded box under a bench. I had to stop and stand still to keep from stepping on one, and quickly had three of them sitting on my right foot. Did I think to take a picture? Of course not. Sorry! This shop was LOADED with completed quilts and a friendly owner. We told her about our trip and my business, and she told us all about their shop and their building, and gave us directions to more shops, and off we went.
The next shop was only about a mile down the road, and despite what her business card and her big sign said, she was closed that day. Oh, well. There were more down the road. We stopped at another, which was also not a good fit for our business, but had lots to see, and then we came to the “Hillbilly” (owner’s description!) that pointed us to McKee’s Sewing Center, just outside Green Forest, AR. What a delightful visit we had here! Faye was so friendly, and stories! Did she have stories! We even waited a bit while she cut her pastor’s hair, and found that she was from the same denomination I am, so her pastor was brought into the conversations as well. We were there for two hours, and it was delightful! And there are now a few of my kits at McKee’s Sewing Center. Faye sent us on our way with several business cards and some shops that we had to go to.
And on to Eureka Springs we went. And once again, we found the local quilt shop was closed. We walked around one of the most interesting towns I have ever seen, which is built into the side of a mountain. I swear if you stayed here long enough one leg would have to grow longer to keep you balanced. We met many artisans, swapped business cards, and had a very interesting and inspiring time.
We left Eureka Springs, and got back on the road to head toward Mountain View, where Faye told us we had to go and talk to a particular lady. Tomorrow will be another full day!