Friday, Marie and I visited the Kaji Aso studio where there was a Tanabata art exhibit and, among other things, a lovely Japanese garden and tea room.
There was an amazing selection of plantings. It was hard to believe I was half a world away from Japan.
The farther North we went, the more plentiful the signs to beware of moose crossing. Since the passenger seat where I was sitting is the driver's side in Japan, Zooming down a road labeled "Moose Ally" was a bit white-knuckle for me, even without control of the wheel or brake.
It was after midnight when we finally turned in for the night in a place called Pittsburg with a cabin along the shore of the First Connecticut Lake. The loons welcomed us with their plaintive calls and a soft bed was a perfect ending for a long day..
Moose Country Quilting ! The quick thinking Son in Law pulled into the drive and so we had to go in and check it out.
I hardly need to add to my stash, since I will have to live to 200 to use up what I already have, but I found two fat quarters of polka-dot fabric that wanted to be added to a project I have in mind.
One does not get there entirely by driving.
Fresh moose tracks along the trail did not crush this delicate Indian-pipe.
The only moose we saw the whole trip are right there on my socks. Please notice that a few rows of piecing did get done.
The last big stop Sunday on the way back to Boston, (if meals don't count, that is....) was a trip through the lovely fabric displays at Keepsake Quilting.
I had been given a gift certificate from Susan Phillips at http://www.starwoodquilter.blogspot.com. Now, that was just too good to pass up! I love all the assortments of fat quarters this store has on display and had hoped to find a few more polka-dots to add to my collection. No sets, but I found a few to add and ended up rounding off my purchase with what I think they call a jelly roll. I think these are intended for machine piecers but the size and selection seemed just right for a project I have in mind, a nice medley of fall colors.
So ... here I am with my treasure and my adviser and shopping coordinator. Did she help me decide? Yes, if I say "I kinda like that", she agrees with me that it is a good idea.
So... That was only the highlights of our weekend. Today we did a bit of poking around in stores. I am now fixed for jeans for the next few years. The time is speeding by and tomorrow I will take the final leg to Washington D.C.
Without internet connection I have fallen behind on my blog-reading so if you have not heard from me I will be playing catch-up one of these days