We had a great trip, but we are glad to be home. We got here about 1:15 this afternoon. (And my email problems are solved now that I'm not trying to send them out over hotel wi-fi connections.) We covered 2510 miles in 10 days. The last two days I got to visit a few quilt shops, but before that we were too busy doing other things. I like to stop at quilt shops when travelling because I believe in supporting the owners in their labor of love. Where would be be without them?
Here are my purchases from the trip - except the fabric I can't show because it is for gifts rather than quilts. Most is French General by Moda. This is a designer that came on the scene while I was knitting and spinning, so I'm just discovering her wonderful fabrics. They are definitely my colors and style! I have a small amount of yardage - two large prints and three background prints. I have two jelly rolls and four charm packs. That is plenty for a souvenir quilt.
I would dearly love some suggestions as to the pattern I should use for this quilt. I have so many books, magazines and patterns there are too many to choose from. I like complex piecing, and I also like simple piecing. I'd like this to be pieced so I can sew it quickly, but a little applique would be OK.
Please tell me what pattern you would use if you brought these fabrics home.
And yes, a few other things just happened to sneak in. A beautiful large print by Jo Morton that I've never seen, and needed to add to my Jo Morton stash. A book I found intriguing. Some dish towels and iron-on designs, as I also love to embroider. A jelly roll - Indigo Crossing by Minick and Simpson - that I really don't need. It jumped into my bag all on its own - it must have! Surely I wouldn't cheat on my no-buy pledge! (Crossing my fingers behind my back.)
I also found quite a few things waiting for me when I got home. Did I mention how much I love books? And that quilt history books are NOT part of my no buy pledge? What did you say?
You think you see a couple books that don't qualify? I didn't hide them well enough, did I. What can I say - I love books. And since I gave almost 300 quilting books to the local library last year - most of which were in like-new condition, I figured I could toss in 3 or 4 that technically are cheating. I promise - I won't do this very often at all.
I'm closing with a picture of today's lunch - my last hurrah. Tomorrow I go back on Weight Watchers, starting with a weigh-in first thing tomorrow morning. I'm afraid it isn't going to be pretty.
Our last stop on the Pacific coast was Tillamook, Oregon - home of the famous Tillamook Cheese factory. We wanted ice cream - and boy, did I have ice cream! We've been there several times before, including taking the fascinating tour to watch cheese being made. Today we just had ice cream - we were too tired to do anything else.
It feels so good to be back in my sewing room. Tomorrow I might even get to sew something!