Driving into South Dakota you pass by the famous Sturgis- no we did not stop because even though the famous Bike Rally isn't until the first week of August it was still crazy busy. But we did stop at Spearfish, South Dakota at Dakota Quilt Company. I have shopped their online site quite a few times, and they have a gorgeous selection of batiks.
We spent the night in Rapid City, South Dakota so the boys could swim. We had a late start because I wanted to stop at a shop called Betty's Quiltery. Per their online shop it opened at 9:00 but when we got there according to the sign on the door it didn't open until 9:30. I was not about to sit for 1/2 an hour with the three men in the car, so we went off to Mt. Rushmore.
I also had to have some of this fabric.
At Wind Cave park we saw prairie dogs, and came around a corner to this.
There were not many places to eat so we ate at The Vault which is a little bar and grill in town.
Amazingly there is a quilt shop in Hot Springs called Heartsong Quilts. Great shop with lots of modern fabrics, and patterns by more modern designers.
We traveled the rest of the day trying to get across the state of South Dakota. We should have stopped in Sioux Falls, but DH wanted to go a little further. What a mistake. We drove almost 100 miles into Minnesota to find a motel. Got to bed at 1 am only to have a very rude awakening by a woman screaming at someone on her cellphone at 5am. Unfortunately there were not any shops along the way without wandering way off the interstate. We got to Wisconsin and it was the same.
DH saw a sign for a quilt shop and decided maybe we should go check it out. Off the Interstate to Waunakee we went to Mill House Quilting. All I can say is wow. I don't know if it was I was tired, and ready to be home after my rude wake up call, but the shop was overwhelming. They had great shop examples, and lots of fabric but it was too much for my brain that day.
We traveled through Illinois, and made it home by 12:30am on Friday the 24th. It was great to sleep in my own bed.