Weekend in Wisconsin

Fresh Lemons Quilts

Last weekend, I drove up to New Glarus, Wisconsin for a little relaxation and creative recharging with some of my favorite Iowa, Wisconsin, and Upper Peninsula Michigan quilty friends (and a couple of Houston and Nashville ladies thrown in for good measure). Somehow, I have no pictures with any of them! I suppose we were having too much fun. We rented the house you see above, about 5 miles outside the downtown New Glarus area. I had no clue that New Glarus was like a mini Switzerland, so you can imagine my surprise when I rolled into town. Lucky for me, this meant cheese fondue was on the menu and yes, I indulged.

Fresh Lemons Quilts

The weekend was just perfect. I love Wisconsin with the rolling hills and beautiful farms. On the way up from my home in the Chicago suburbs, I saw lots of corn, lots of black and white cows, a huge sunflower field, and at least 15 quilt barns.

Fresh Lemons Quilts

Our house even had sheep! I’m pretty convinced I need to move somewhere with sheep now.

Fresh Lemons Quilts

I spent quite a bit of my two days there sewing, and managed to finished all the blocks for my current quilt. Jeni came up with the perfect name too – Picnic Point. I’m so thankful that I trimmed up all the HSTs before leaving. Everything went together easily.

Fresh Lemons Quilts

I threw the blocks up on the design wall for a quick photo before packing up to leave. I’m hoping to sew the blocks together this week and start basting!



  1. Reply


    July 28, 2015

    Where was the sunflower field? I’ min Madison and would love to go see it!

    • Reply


      July 28, 2015

      I wish I knew! It was on some backroad around the IL and WI border. I let Google Maps guide me and it took me on a very non-major road route.

  2. Reply

    Nicki B

    July 28, 2015

    New Glarus is an awesome town, I grew up there, and though I live far away in North Carolina now, it will always be home.

  3. Reply


    July 28, 2015

    Picnic Point is a great name for your quilt! Did Jeni tell you about Picnic Point in Madison? It’s on campus and is super popular. 🙂

    • Reply


      July 28, 2015

      Yes! That’s the one! We thought it was perfect since the quilt was finished in that area (well close :)), and is summery and has lots of points. 🙂

  4. Reply


    July 28, 2015

    love the quilt and your trip pictures

  5. Reply

    Susie Q

    July 28, 2015

    Relishing your description of the scene. I too am from Chicago burbs and each summer of my childhood we drove to northern Wisconsin to visit grandparents. My mom would name the cows breed as we passed different fields…. those black and white cows were probably Holsteins… My grandfather was a cheese maker so cows were sort of the family business for a while. This generation my cousin was the farmer. She had a farm in New Glarus! with pigs and sheep… so you can see why your post was so special this morning.

  6. Reply


    July 28, 2015

    Is this a special quilt retreat house? Is there a listing for it? I’d love to check it out. My sister and I do a lot of “sisters’ weekends” and we are both quilters. This looks like a perfect, peaceful place. Thanks so much!

  7. Reply

    Anne Beier

    July 28, 2015

    That is such a beautiful part of our country. Sounds like a great time with friends, sewing and good food.

  8. Reply


    July 28, 2015

    I have been on quilt retreats at that house…it’s a great getaway, far enough from the western Chicago suburbs, but not too far for a long weekend getaway.

  9. Reply

    Mary at Fleur de Lis Quilts

    July 28, 2015

    What fun! I’ve been lucky enough to have had two opportunities for retreating with quilty friends this summer. I would so love to visit this place. It looks so rural and quiet and restful.

    Love the name Picnic Point! And you’re design is striking!

  10. Reply

    Lee @ Freshly Pieced

    July 28, 2015

    Double donuts! : ) (I’m on my computer, so no emojis.)

  11. Reply


    July 29, 2015

    Beautiful photos! I’m originally from WI and always enjoy seeing pictures of the area 🙂 I love your quilt and it’s a great name. Can’t wait to see it finished!

  12. Reply


    July 30, 2015

    I don’t know if you made it down but Monticello is just 5 miles south of New Glarus and is home to the Quilter’s Compass quilt store. If you ever get there again, tell them Amy sent you! I was customer number 2 when they opened. Barb and her group are wonderful! Monticello is my hometown and I will be returning there to live in the house I grew up in when my parents move.

  13. Reply


    August 4, 2015

    Had so much fun, glad we could hang out!! 🙂


This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.