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How to Visit Quilt Shops On Trips With Your Family

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Do you get to travel with your family and take advantage of visiting quilt shops along the way? It takes a bit of planning, but family trips can be fun for everyone.

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How to Visit Quilt Shops On Trips With Your Family

Do you get to travel with your family and take advantage of visiting quilt shops along the way? It takes a bit of planning, but family trips can be fun for everyone and a great way to see quilt shops that you would otherwise miss.

Start by using the Quilter’s Map/Trip Planner on Quiltinghub.com and put in your starting point and your ultimate destination and it will provide you with a list of shops along your route (or close to it). Then you can preview the shops by going to their website or FB page to see which ones look the most interesting to you.

How to Visit Quilt Shops On Trips With Your Family

 

Divide and Conquer Quilt Shopping/Eating On the Run

After you have your list of shops to visit, it is time to develop your visit strategy. I like to plan what time of day we will be near the first quilt shop. If it will be near a meal-time, there are two good options. One option is to have the family drop you off at the quilt shop, eat, and then bring you some food to have in the car while you are continuing on your route.

Picnic Basket

 

The second option is to eat with the family and have a fun destination planned for the family after the quilt shop. If your budget is tight, you can always pack a picnic lunch with special snacks and send them to a park to eat and play for a while if the shop is a large one.

lunch spot

 

Occupy the Family While You Visit

The third option is to have new games or music available for your family to play while you are in the shop that they don’t see or know about until you actually get there (this works particularly well with smaller children).

Games

 

Visiting — The One-for-You, One-for-Me Method

As our family grew a bit older, we found that the one-for-you, one-for-me method worked very well. We visited one quilt shop, or one day’s worth of quilt shops and the next activity would be a destination chosen by the rest of the family. This is a great way for your children to gain an appreciation of what you do, and helps teach them patience at the same time and a spirit of give-and-take.

 

Helper Shopping at Quilt Shops

If you are wanting to visit quilt shops and your family will need to stay with you, you may find it helpful to make an eye-spy list for them (sort of like a quilt shop treasure hunt.) They can “help” you find certain items that you are looking for in the store. You can even have them take pictures of the items with your phone and the child who finds the most items from the list can “”win” a special little prize or be given the option to pick the next thing that you will be making for them.

A combination of these ideas might be just what works for your family travels so that you all have fun. Explore your options and see how much fun you can all have.

Treasure Hunt List

 

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