Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Hen and Chicks in Conrad, Iowa

Amanda of Kaleidoscope of Colors is our Robert Kaufman Stockholm fabric winner!

jill here... On a beautiful November morning, Marny and I took a road trip to mideastern Iowa.  Neat and tidy, those Iowa farms look prepared for the coming winter.  Traveling through the rolling hills and gentle plains, we arrived in Conrad where we were greeted at the Hen and Chicks Studio.  The quilt shop and retreat center, The Nest, will celebrate its ribbon cutting this Friday, November 18th.  The grand opening will continue through Saturday.  Heidi Kaisand, owner, has renovated this beautiful vintage building to house her dreams of scrap booking, quilting and creativity.  Many of you know Heidi as a former editor of American Patchwork and Quilting.  With her family close by, this studio reflects Heidi's entrepreneurial spirit.  She describes it as the perfect place to gather and devote time to your favorite hobby.  Should you retreat here, you will be well fed and inspired!

Beth, the manager, opened the door to welcome us!

Wall of patterns...relish the MQR designs.

Upstairs at the Nest retreat center.

Sleeping quarters.  Shhhhh.

Sewing center with room for twenty.

And the essentials outside of very modern facilities!

Heidi ready to help.

A brand new collection from Anthropology waiting to take shape into a Market Values.
Hope you can visit this cute Conrad shop with a great selection of fabrics.
Stay tuned next Tuesday for a series of Market Values to temp your taste buds!


  1. Thank you so much for the giveaway. Congrats on the ribbon cutting of the Nest!

  2. Lovely fabric set for your new Market Values! The Hen and Chick looks like a nice comfy getaway spot!

  3. I had the most amazing experience during my first visit to the Hen and Chicks in Conrad Saturday. So friendly, HELPFUL, and wonderful shop. I needed 15-25 various green fabrics for a project and received so much help from the wonderful lady working. The retreat looking like fun too!! I will be a regular customer even with the 1 hr plus drive.


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