Mad City Quilters, Madison, Wisconsin

Tuesday dawned, not particularly bright and beautiful… but the sun came out on the way up North to Madison, Wisconsin.

It’s around 160 miles each way so I was glad to have some company on the journey. Thanks to the wonders of modern technology… in car GPS, maps app on the phone and the paper map printed out before we set off… we reached our destination in plenty of time and popped in to Stitcher’s Crossing for a few minutes.

Stitcher’s Crossing is up for sale so the inventory wasn’t quite what it was last time I was there. It’s still bright and cheerful, with lots to look at, but we all actually came away with our wallets intact!

Dee was waiting to greet us at Attic Angel’s Place, the home of the Mad City Quilters and we quickly unloaded and set up. Joan and Sally were soon doing a brisk trade in patterns and threads.


There was a good crowd for my Safari Through African Folklore presentation, all ready to learn the six rules of AFLE.


We had a fun time with lots of thread prizes… Did you know a giraffe’s tongue is 18″ long?


Then it was time to shop again!!
We went back to our seats for Show and Tell. There was lots to look at.

A modern quilt…IMG_3371A modge-podged chair.IMG_3377Big quilts including this wonderful whole cloth quilt covered in feathers,IMG_3374a modern one made from a Craftsy kit,
IMG_3378and this lovely Snails Trail made with the owner’s Civil War reproduction scraps.IMG_3380

What a super guild! We heard membership numbers are on the rise and no wonder. However, they are still in need of a program chair for next year… I’ve heard that one before.

We packed up and got back on the road. Surprise, surprise we made a little detour to stop at another quilt shop!

Here are Joan and Sally outside Loose Threads in Miltown, just near Janesville.IMG_3384Described as the area’s largest quilt shop in Southern Wisconsin we all found something we needed and boosted the economy quite adequately !

Meatloaf all round at the Milwaukee Grill in Janesville set us up for our journey home. It was a good day…


I’ve been stitching a little bit this week getting to grips with triangles, sitting at the keyboard a little… my wpm rate is improving slowly… and enjoying some hand work. Less than three weeks until Quilt Festival, time flies when you are having fun?



  1. Nadine Donovan said:

    Sounds like a great time. I am going on a retreat at end of month and hope to get in some fun and excitement also!

    October 9, 2015
    • catherineredford said:

      Nadine, have fun on your retreat. I’m looking forward to my next one in January.

      October 9, 2015
  2. Dee said:

    Thanks, Catherine. So glad you came to share your wit and adventures with our guild! ~~Dee

    October 9, 2015
    • catherineredford said:

      Thank you for inviting me! We enjoyed ourselves in Madison.

      October 9, 2015

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