Friday, June 20, 2008

What a Day We Had!

Every once in awhile you have one of those really great days.  Yesterday was one of those days.  I had to opportunity to meet Jeanne of luv2stitch blog fame.  We both live in Michigan and decided to meet half way from where we both live.  We met up at Linda's Country Quilt Shop in Davison, MI.  The shop was great and it was such fun to meet such a wonderful new friend!  Here we are with our purchases!!  

There was a state of Michigan quilt hanging up in the shop for raffle and this was one of the blocks!  clever use of the Spartan "S" isn't it?
We both brought show and tell and Jeanne brought her Dear Jane top which was super fantabulous!!  She had made a bag with itty bitty Dear Jane blocks in it too but I forgot to get a picture (maybe you can hop over to her blog and beg her to post a photo of it, you won't be sorry you asked, it is awesome!)  The blocks in the bag finish at 3"!!  Too tiny for me.
Now just to show you what a sweetheart she is she brought me this little bag and this fat quarter of Northwestern fabric (she helps me find Big Ten fabric for our Big Ten raffle quilt!)  All together now, awwwwe!!!  She is such a nice person.
After we spent time at Linda's (which is an amazing shop BTW) we traveled to Fenton, MI which is about 30 minutes from Davison.  There is a little quilt shop there, The Quilter's Garden.  Well, the shop is no longer little!  It has moved down the street and has expanded.  That was fun too.  I bought some more red and white fabric and a book (you'll see it in a minute)  We then went for lunch at The French Laundry.  It is a wonderful deli type place.  It is owned by Zingermans (for those of you who know the place in Ann Arbor) and the food is delish!
They use locally grown produce and the lettuce here is grown hydroponically.  I thought the bowls with the lettuce growing in them made a neat photo!
Here we are with our lunch.  mmmmmmmm
I had corned beef, swiss cheese and coleslaw with Russian dressing on rye.  Yumo!!
Jeanne had an applewood smoked bacon with cheddar cheese on raisin bread.  mmmmmm
Now, just in case you haven't drooled enough, this is what I bought at Linda's.  I wan to make the red and white star quilt that is shown at Quilting is my passion.  It is awe inspiring.  But I have little to no red and white fabrics, hence all my purchases on this trip.  I know I will need more though.  Aren't they pretty?
I also love this castle fabric and couldn't resist.  I am a sucker for anything that might be con strewed as related to King Arthur!  Isn't it cute?

Then at the Quilter's Garden I bought more red and white fabrics.  It is amazing that these are all different from the first ones.  Now if any of you have any red and white or white and red fabrics that *need* to leave your stash, I will be happy to give them a home! LOL.  I'm just sayin'  stash reduction bein' the rage and all right now.

My DH loves anything Lincoln (since it is his last name) so when I saw this I had to buy it.  The quilt is quite scrappy, which DH is crazy about too.  So I figured it was a great match all the way around.  Who knows when this will get planned, but I have to book when I am ready to do it, right?
All in all it was a super amazing day.  Thanks for such a fun day, Jeanne.  Now we will have to include Pat in the fun when she gets to MI.  Anyone else up for a road trip??

11 comments:

The Calico Cat said...

You two did not even take advantage of the locally grown producr or hydroponic lettuce... (Can you tell that I am craving a salad?)

Myra said...

Wow! What an awesome sounding day!!! Quilt Shops, purchases, and lunch, what more can a gal want!?!
Love the reds and whites! You have a very good start there! I will be watching your progress with it.
Happy stitching!

Mrs. Goodneedle said...

That's a very cool way to spend a day! I read about your fantastic outing over at Jeanne's blog before I hopped here to comment too. I love, love, love your red and white goodies and just think... an autographed copy of a quilt book by Honest Abe himself. WOW! I'm impressed. ;) Thanks for sharing this adventure with us, a blogging benefit. Jeanne's DJ quilt is AMAZING! Love your Longhorn quilt, well done, Pam!

Jeanne said...

It was a great day, Pam. Love your pictures. Looking forward to your red and white stars.

Patti said...

What a great time the two of you had. I've been fortunate enough to meet several bloggers - just the best!

I found your blog by following your comment on Jeanne's post about your day. How surprised I was to see that you have been inspired by my red and white quilt. I dont' remember you leaving me a comment because I think I would have followed it to your blog. If you did I apologize for not remembering! I will certainly start reading your blog now so I can see your progress. Here are a couple hints for fabric - first go to www.quiltshops.com and search for "red and white". I bet you get lots of responses. You might do the same at "thousands of bolts". Also, if you can wait that long, I found red and fabric the easiest to find a month or two before Valentines.

Juliann in WA said...

Great red fabric. I am collecting reds to make the most recent Piece of Cake quilt and good, bright red fabric is hard to find. Sounds like you had a lovely day.

BitnByAQuiltingBug said...

Well, YOU TWO! I live about four miles from Linda's Quilt Shop. I told Jeanne it was very mean of you two not to stop here for lunch! Maybe next time.....
Regina

Faith said...

wow everything looks wonderful there!!! food, quilts fabrics and new freinds cant wait to see what exciting projects you will be working on with the purchase of these wonderful fabrics

Happy quiltingxx

Pat said...

Looks like a lot of fun for the blogger friends! can hardly wait for my turn! Be there after the 4th of July :)

andsewitis Holly said...

Look at the size of those pickles! That is the best part of the meal :) It's fun getting together with fellow bloggers. I really like that Lincoln quilt book/pattern you bought! I just may have to make a quilt like that or a variation.

atet said...

Hmmn...I have relatives who live near Davison, though, it's still a pretty long trip for a shop hop :0). Love the red and whites!

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