Yesterday was our Milwaukee-Madison Modern Quilt Guild meeting, at a wonderful quilt shop in Jefferson, WI called Tea & Textiles (sorry, no website). Jeanne from Grey Cat Quilts and I carpooled, as usual. Unfortunately, we only had one other person join us, but on the plus side, it was Cheryl of Cheryl’s Chatelaine. This is the first time she was able to attend a meeting, and I’m really glad she did! As we worked on some paper piecing, we discovered that a couple of years ago we took the same class from Karen K. Stone at the International Quilt Festival in Chicago. How funny is that?
In addition to a nice day sewing (and shopping, of course), Jeanne and I went to lunch at a place called Urban’s, just down the street from the shop. It looks like any other family diner, but I was impressed with the variety of items on the menu. For small town Wisconsin, that had a number of vegetarian offerings, and some creative burgers. We both ended up getting the Sour Cream Burger. It sounds odd, but it was a burger with caramelized onions, mozzarella cheese, mushrooms and a big dollop of sour cream. It was AMAZING. I had it without the mushrooms, and when I took my first bite, I promptly dribbled cheese and onions and sour cream all over my hands and face. We ate the burgers with a knife and fork, which worked surprisingly well because the buns were fresh and not too big. We’ll definitely be going back – although in the future we might have to split a burger.
Although I took my camera, I forgot to use it, so not a single photo of our sewing day. The room was set up so eight or ten people could sew, with cutting mats at each place and several irons around the room. There were even four sewing machines available if anyone needed to use one. She was incredibly accommodating, with a refrigerator and coffee maker for our use, as well as menus from all of the local restaurants. She even handed us a remote control for the thermostat and told us to set it however we liked! We didn’t make use of it quite as soon as we should have, as the further you moved into the room, the warmer it was. That was our own fault, though (plus I tend to be warm wherever I am). All in all, I’d love to use the Tea & Textiles sewing room again, especially considering that she did not charge us a fee for the use of the room.