Sunday, April 15, 2012


Yesterday was day 2 of the Quilters' Shop Tour. We started out early again and arrived at our first Quilt Shop at 9 am when they opened. There was four us this time, Michelle's sister Sharon decided to joing us. Our first shop was Joyce's Sewing Shop. There was a very large selection of sewing machines, patterns, notions, and fabrics. The shop was very bright and lots of free goodies to take home, pens, date books etc. Joyce and her employee Kelley were very nice to talk to and made us feel at home while we looked around. We all found something nice to buy. Later in the day when I arrived home, I received a phone call from Joyce's shop telling me that I had won a prize, so I was  quite happy to hear that. I never win anything.
Kelley Richardson holding up my gift that I won at Joyce's Sewing Shop in London, ON.

We left Joyce's sewing shop, made a quick stop at Cotton by Post in Arva, got our passports stamped and headed up to Quilts and Calicos in Exeter. 

We arrived in Exeter and we decided we needed a coffee, so we went into Coffee Cultures and Mary treated us all to coffee and a scone. We walked into Quilts and Calicos and were greeted with smiles from shop owner Linda Bartlett and her employee Deb Campbell. There were iced cupcakes and truffles for the shoppers and the store was filled to the brim with wonderful fabrics, patterns, kits, and notions. It didn't take us long to find some great fabric choices. A great Quilt shop that has something for everyone!
Linda Bartlett  Shop owner of Quilts and Calicos, Exeter, ON.

Mary was having some fabric cut 
and Michelle was looking at the quilting  books

Truffles and Cupcakes
Our next stop was to be in Goderich at Quilters by the Square, but we had to make a couple of stops along the way. Our first stop was at Pine Sampler furniture in Hensall. They had a wonderful selection of wool for rug hooking and a wide assortment of primitive furniture and accessories and giftware. We enjoyed looking around at their latest additions to the store.

Pine Sampler furniture in Hensall, ON.
Next on our list was lunch at the Black Dog in Bayfield, ON. An Irish Pub and restaurant with delicious menu choices. The black bean soup was on special and it was absolutely delicious! We were all so full from lunch, we decided to look around a few shops before heading to Goderich.
The Black Dog in Bayfield, ON.

We arrived in Goderich and went into Quilters by the Square. Lots of goodies for shoppers to eat and drink and many fabric selections. Lots of books, patterns, and notions too. Very friendly ladies were ready to help to cut fabric or find that special pattern you were looking for. This was our last shop on the tour so we handed in our fully stamped passports. We decided we needed to celebrate the end of this two days of power shopping, so we headed down the street to J's Bistro for coffee and carrot cake. The best home made carrot cake that I have ever tasted. So all in all, we had a wonderful time on the Quilters shop Tour. We decide this will be a yearly excursion for us.


  1. Scones, iced cupcakes, truffles, carrot cake??? I think I need to take up quilting. ;o) Seriously - sounds like another fun-filled day....Thanks for sharing the tour with us! Smiles & Hugs ~ Robin

  2. What a wonderful time you are having, interesting eye candy and lots of goodies, what could be better! Enjoy, Julie.

  3. Janet, I want one ov evertyhing!! YUMMY!!! and OH... the black dog sign, love it!! So much fuN! OLM