Had the opportunity to visit an LQS in Oshkosh, WI.
Quilt Essentials is "The Friendliest Quilt Shop in Fox Valley,"
and strives to have the most batiks in the region.
This is Marilyn, doing a Vanna White imitation. She graciously entertained our questions (even though we turned up just 15 minutes before closing time).
Above shows some of their beautiful batiks. Below are fat eighths. These would be ideal for stripping or scrappy quilts.
Above is a log cabin themed quilt. Below is a new technique, in which you cut and fold your fabric to make a three dimensional diamond pattern. Quilt Essentials carries a special ruler to produce this effect.
I'm intrigued by realistic images of landscapes, people and animals - such the owl quilt above. Below are some seasonal projects, and the aforementioned "essentials."
For more info about Quilt Essentials, see http://www.quiltessentials.biz/