Sunday, April 22, 2012

Meanwhile, a Week later . . .

I enjoyed a wonderful visit to Kankakee, IL, last weekend! Finally--a week later--I have time to talk about it!

The folks in Kankakee have always been so supportive of me throughout my research and writing. I feel as if I have family there--lifelong friends at the very least. So it was no surprise that the Friends of the Library, The Convention and Visitors Bureau, and the Barn Quilt Committee came together to invite me to visit.

I stopped off in Chicago, then took the train to Kankakee. it was a long trip, so after a meal of fabulous Mexican food, I was ready to crash.

If you are ever in the area, you must check out Riverview guest house--Nita is an amazing hostess. Be sure to ask her for peach French Toast for breakfast! Oh, gosh, this post is getting food-oriented already!

The next morning, it was off to Blue's Cafe for lunch and butterscotch pie. Now, if you have read the book, you are laughing, because Blue's Cafe and pie were a big part of my original Kankakee experience. If you haven't read the book--HUMPH. Better head to and get a copy. Or you can search for "kankakee" in the box at the top of the page here. So-the pie:
On to the library, where many friends were ready to greet me, including some from other areas of the state! I was so honored that everyone came to see me and that so many wanted a signed book. It's one thing to see sales--either on my website or elsewhere--but truly special when I get to visit.

I was delighted that some of the people who are in the book were on hand, including the family whose corn crib graces the book's cover!

The next day, I rode along on a tour of some of the barn quilts I hadn't seen before and also made some new Kankakee friends.

I love the detail on this fan--really painstaking work:
Then back to the Kankakee County Museum, where Rhubarb Pie is now even more spectacular with blooming tulips in front!
Whew! It was a great trip.

This week was a "non barn-quilt" weekend, though I did have a pleasant surprise. Stay tuned for that.

Next weekend, I will be back out on the road in Burnsville and Mars Hill, NC for signings and talks.
As always, please email if you have comments, or updates and check to see my schedule.


  1. Thank you for posting this. It’s exactly what I was looking for!

  2. As I was reading your lovely article, my eyes kept returning to that very large slice of butterscotch pie! I think I just gained 2 pounds! Thanks for such a nice story and taking the time to take some pictures.

  3. Hi Suzi...have you posted about this barn in Oregon? It would be cool if you added a link to each quilt barn with the state location. Might be a big undertaking though! :) here's a link to my blog with the Oregon quilt barn.
    love you all the barns!

  4. The wonderful barn that Karen refers to is actually in my book! The story is a favorite; I also include it in my presentation when I speak to quilt guilds and other groups. No map of each quilt barn--there are 4,000 of them, after all--but my website has a terrific map with links to all of the quilt trails!