Sunday, September 29, 2013

QUILTED HOUSE TOUR PART 1

As a quilter, one of my favorite stops in the Twin Cities area is Eagle Creek Quilt Shop, a Quilt Sampler Top 10 shop. Owners Becky and Lori have done an amazing job of creating a home away from home for quilt lovers in the vintage brick depot that houses their shop. They're also expert event planners with a knack for orchestrating one-of-a-kind experiences for their customers. One of those events is their annual Quilted House Tour. This year's theme was Quilts in the Country, and the setting was a beautiful 1890s brick Victorian home nestled on a pastoral property. Doesn't it take your breath away?


All of the quilts on display were brought from the shop or are antique treasures. We were greeted by one of the shop quilts on the welcoming porch, enveloped in a verdant garden of evergreens and hydrangeas.


Dressed in a charming table runner and a wool appliqué pillow, this rocker evokes days on gone by.


The heart of the home, below, was not original to the house, but owners Sally (a gifted quilter and rug hooker) and Tom (a gifted woodworker) did a phenomenal job of creating a haven that reflects the period charm of their home. I just love the apron-front farmhouse sink in the island, and what a treat it would be to have a cooking zone lined in brick walls! I'll share more of Sally's wonderful kitchen decorating ideas in a future post.


The cozy dining room beckoned with more beautiful quilts from the shop. As you can see, Eagle Creek Quilt shop owners Becky and Lori have a knack for displaying quilts.


The living room hosted this amazing antique crazy quilt that was a gift to Lori from local quilter, teacher, and designer, Patricia Cox.


The home was replete with wonderful woodwork, such as this railing that partially enclosed the living room. 


Cloth dolls make wonderful companions for quilts. I loved how the shop owners paired this quilted treasure with a cloth doll in the entryway. 


A beguiling assortment of pink antique and reproduction quilts lured me into one of the upstairs bedrooms. Isn't this little reproduction quilt darling? Becky had it displayed so prettily on a dresser.


Want to see more of this amazing quilted house tour? Come back soon when I'll share more photos, including my favorite space in the whole house—Sally's attic sewing room. I could have easily moved right in! Speaking of Sally, she and her husband were such gracious hosts, and they happily shared details about their wonderful home with us. Their enthusiasm for their home gave us renewed inspiration for our own old Victorian. Owning an old home has it's challenging moments (we often refer to our house as the "old yellow doghouse" with all its problems) and with the Great Recession, many of our remodeling efforts came to an abrupt halt as we decided to wait things out so we could feel more comfortable about making continued improvements. Needless to say, we definitely needed fresh inspiration! 

8 comments:

  1. These are beautiful ! Thanks for the tour!

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  2. Thank you for sharing such wonderful eye candy! I don't live in a Victorian home (sigh!), but am always keen on new ideas for decorating, especially with quilts!

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  3. Love it, everything looks so beautiful! The quilt hanging on the front porch looks divine!
    Thanks for sharing this with us,
    Gina

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  4. How fun, wouldn't that be a fun house to live in? I loved that white pillow with the applique...you knew I would!

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  5. what a quilters dream home!!

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  6. Thank you for sharing, I sure enjoyed my time at your blog seeing these gorgeous quilts and the red brick victorian was a huge treat to tour!!! Loved it.
    May you have a blessed Autumn,
    d

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