mandy munroe

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Road Trip!

We’ve just been traveling out West and covered 1300 miles in a week. Starting in Seattle Washington, then on to Portland Oregon.
Beautiful scenery, a few quilt shops, thrift stores and a different hotel or motel every night.

We discovered a fantastic area in Portland called Alberta Street. Great vibe, Hair of the Dog Brewery and a fantastic quilt shop called Modern Domestic!

I had to select a few fabrics to take home in case this was the only quilt shop we found. The Navy is Michael Miller, sorry can remember the green, Mushroom March by Arcadia (GOTS = organic) and some Lotta on sale 🙂


Then onto Boise, Idaho, where we found a great bar with an open mic night.

Long open roads, crossing Idaho took five hours.

Montana and Yellowstone Wyoming, amazing wildlife, bison, elk, waterfalls, fishing and a few more quilt shops. (The modern, colourful Nel Whatmore fat quarter in my previous post was from Main Street Quilting Co. Bozeman) also worth a visit.


This quilt shop called “Send It Home” in West Yellowstone specialized in animal prints and would ship anything anywhere. Maybe this Moda will be my vacation gift to the Jo Blox girls 🙂

Thimbelina’s in Livingstone had a 20th Anniversary sale, so I finished off a bolt of interesting background fabric by Quilting Treasures and found a samosa by Maywood Studio – not heard of them before!

With only one suitcase each, purchases were limited by space. We tried to support local shops, bars and thrift shops and leave a few dollars wherever we stopped – “Shop Local”. Vintage finds included a Pyrex bowl, doilies, thread, a coke bottle and some fishing flies? Glad we weren’t stopped and searched!


Lovely to spend a whole week together exploring

and lots of treasures to play with now we’re back 🙂


11 comments on “Road Trip!

  1. I.J. Bull
    September 5, 2014

    One up to you. I haven’t been there and am madly envious. It looks gorgeous

    • mandymunroe
      September 6, 2014

      I thought you’d been everywhere Ilse! – We’ve been meaning to go for a while, so much to see, too little time!

  2. Teresa Morgan
    September 5, 2014

    Wow Mandy it looks fantastic. Wonderful blog too, well done. x

    • mandymunroe
      September 6, 2014

      Thanks Teresa, it is worth a trip and the weather was a little cooler up near the Canadian border. NYC is baking!

  3. pippinrunwild
    September 5, 2014

    Wow! Looks like an amazing trip! Beautiful photos, and some lovely finds 🙂

    • mandymunroe
      September 6, 2014

      Thanks, there are a lot more photos! – and there were a lot more quilt shops than I expected.

  4. Julie. C
    September 6, 2014

    Beautiful pictures thanks for sharing. 🙂

  5. knittingwithheart
    September 10, 2014

    Gorgeous pics and so fun to travel from shop to shop 🙂 ❤ ❤

    • mandymunroe
      September 10, 2014

      The trick is to remember to ask at the checkout for directions to the next one 🙂

      • knittingwithheart
        September 10, 2014

        Ah yes, that is an excellent travel tip… Timing is everything, best to wait until checkout 🙂 ❤ ❤

  6. *Wisher*
    September 12, 2014

    lovely trip and love the fabric shops as well.. I think i’ll go crazy inside one and will start to shop till I drop.. 😉 thanks for the sharing. 😉

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