As we were leaving Minnesota, DH thought I should have my picture taken by this pile of snow in a parking lot. The snow was beautiful, but in late April?!?!? We saw many cars in the ditch, but our car is all wheel drive with snow tires, so we were fine.
We went to Galena, IL on our way to the Chicago area. When I was a child, my family would drive to Minnesota to visit my mother's many relatives and on the way we would drive through Galena and my Dad would point out President Grant's home there. I have always wanted to visit the town. This plaque gives some of the history and I learned a lot while there. It is a very old town and is very interesting.
So many victorian homes on the hills above the downtown and river area.
A view from the hill looking down.
We went to this museum and I spent some money in the gift shop.
I went to about 5 quilt shops on the trip, one in Minnesota, 2 in Des Moines, Iowa, 1 in Galena and 1 in Sisters, Oregon. Here are some of the things I bought. First 2 panels.
These will be for table runners possibly.
There was a vintage shop in Northfield, Minnesota that was really good and I bought these items there. 3 yards of the toile fabric and the table runner which is in perfect condition.
There was a huge button section which I could have a couple hours in, but I didn't have time to do that. I wanted to go back later, but the blizzard was going on. I only purchased 2 buttons because I'm wanting to make jewelry with buttons. We'll see if and when I do that.
Now to get back to reality!