I had a wonderful time in Florissant, Mo last week with the Flower Valley Quilt Guild. They had reserved a room for me at the Hampton Inn on Dunn Street. A perfect spot since it was right next door to Helen's Hen House, a quilt shop I've wanted to visit for 5 or 6 years now. Boy, was it worth the wait! Kayla came along to help me and I promised her a trip to Helen's. The shop is in a mansion built in 1869 and has a large amount of Civil War repros as well as 30's, batiks, and other fabrics, along with notions, stencils, patterns and more. We had a few hours to spend before I spoke Thursday night to a group of about 140 guild members and guests, what fun! I'm glad Kayla went with me to help navigate and run my sales table. She was a life saver in busy traffic and managing my sales. I was busy setting up my display before and answering questions after my talk. I couldn't have done it without her. Here are pictures of Helen's Hen House. If you get the chance, you need to check it out at 180 W. Dunn Rd. in Florissant. The welcoming and helpful owner is Christy Starr.
Kayla looks like an ant next to Helen's in the side yard. It is quite a mansion...
It was a fun evening. Kayla and I packed up and some of the members helped us load my car. We got back to the Hampton Inn at 11 PM! (After we stopped for a milkshake, of course.) It was hard to unwind, so we talked till about 1 AM. Not the smartest thing we could have done since we needed to get up early to go back to the church where I would teach the Winds of War workshop on Friday. I'll share that story and pictures tomorrow night.
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