I’ve made a lot of friends in the quilt world these past two+ decades.

One of them is the quilt shop owner, Pat Waelder, from Hannibal, MO.,

Mark Twain’s hometown in case you’re not familiar.

Do you know her & her shop?

If not, you’ve got to go!!!

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With the exception of the past few years,

I’ve taken my mom & our three kids to Hannibal every year

since our youngest was small enough to be wrapped up

in my mom’s coat to tour Mark Twain Cave!

She’s now taller than her grandma…

Besides the cave, there are many things to do around Hannibal.

There’s the Mississippi River which you can take a riverboat cruise on.

They have a museum that encompasses a lot of historic buildings

including Mark Twain’s boyhood home.

I’ve not personally gone on that tour.

When the kids got big enough for that

my mom offered to take them there while I spent time at Hickory Stick!

There’s a lighthouse with lots of steps to tire even the most active of children.

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Not sure why my mom’s not in this one…

There’s lover’s leap park that has a beautiful lookout over the river.

The train runs through town along side the river near a park

where we’ve eaten countless picnic lunches.

Some terribly hot, some a bit too chilly & breezy & others just right!

Antique & other shops line the historic downtown,

and most of our trips ended with the ice cream shop.

Lots to do there, and it’s a pleasant two hour ride for us.

So, as a quilter, I became friends with Pat.

When I started designing & marketing my patterns,

Pat was one of my first shops!

Through the years, she’s sold lots of my Abe Lincoln Tribute patterns.

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She liked it so well that she asked me to design a similar pattern for Mark Twain.

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They’re both patterns with full-size, reversed applique sheets.

Lincoln has been so popular that I’ve worked with a

laser-cutting company to make a pre-fused, cut-out!

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Just peel, fuse & stitch!

You can find these at Hickory Stick or on my website.

Now back to my original reason for posting today…

When Pat has a pattern sample, she sells!

So, I offered to make her a sample of my new

“A Pretty Table” table runner that I showed you

in conjunction with going to Pittsburgh spring market in May.

SuznQuilts+A+Pretty+Table+Hickory+Stick+sampleHere’s a very quick (& not good) photo with my phone.

To spark your memory, it’s quilt-as-you-go &

it also has place mats included in the pattern.

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On my list of things to do, I really need to buy a decent camera & learn to take & edit photos!

I hire a photographer to photograph my pattern samples, but I really need to work getting better for other instances.

Any suggestions???

Hickory Stick will be selling kits of this pattern.

If you’d like to take a trip…

I can highly recommend it!

Until next time,

Susan