Accidental Tourists!

We left the Land of Lincoln headed for Kirksville, Missouri, and old family friends. That’s right, we’ll be in a new state and you know what that means…..a new quilt shop! πŸ˜‰

As always, the challenge is to find a shop that is directly on our route, will be open when we pass through, and is timed for a needed break. πŸ™‚ After consulting the Quilters Travel Companion, I set the GPS to find Hickory Stick Gift & Quilt Shop.


It is in historic downtown Hannibal, Missouri, just across the Mississippi River from Illinois. Along the way we saw billboards for the Mark Twain cave and my inner child wanted to beg Dad to go, but we can’t do everything on this trip. 😦

Hickory Sticks is actually in three historic buildings on the Main Street.


Samuel Clemens (aka Mark Twain) grew up in Hannibal and at one time worked in the building now housing the quilt shop.


The shop has many different kinds of fabric, from modern to traditional, but the one I wanted most featured scenes from the Adventures of Tom Sawyer. Here it is in the shop’s sample quilt:


Sadly, all they had left of the fabric was packaged in a kit and it would have taken more than my whole trip budget to buy it! 😦 So, I settled for some fabric that has images of Mark Twain’s handwritten chapter notes for various works. It’s nice, but I wish they would have taken apart the kit for me (it was the last one).


Now, about that “accidental tourist” part… Not really knowing exactly which route we would be taking it was hard to plan ahead. Going through Hannibal was a direct result of our Missouri friends being home so we could “swing by”. Imagine our surprise to find that the Mark Twain Boyhood Home & Museum was right across the street from the quilt shop! (The cave was several miles out of our way.)


The weather was still quite hot and Daisy, my Dad’s little dog, could not stay in the car. (She has become the star of every quilt store, though! lol) But she could enjoy this museum — at least the outdoor part, which was all we really had time for anyway. πŸ™‚ The whole block was a self-guided, informative tour. The guided tour would have taken us inside the houses.

Care to help white wash a fence?

Mark Twain’s boyhood home:

Becky Thatcher’s home (or the girl that inspired her character):

Dad and Daisy:

Mark Twain’s father’s office:

And my favorite at the top of the hill:

Both Dad and I enjoyed being accidental tourists and as I pointed out to him, it was all because of my obsession with quilt shops that we got to see it at all! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

Until next time,
Happy Quilting!


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