Thursday, August 30, 2007


On our trip to and from BC we stopped at quite a few quilt stores (well more than a few, but usually only one a day ;o) Anyway, I collected all different yellow and blue fat quarters that I hope to make a quilt with using a pattern called Bento Box. Here's one of the quilt stores we stopped at. This one's in South Amana, (I can't even rememer the state right now...) The best thing about all these stores is that most of them didn't look like much but then you walk in and it's so full of colour! Another thing, I don't think we once went out of our way, other than going down a side street, for a quilt store. Most of the time we'd be driving through a little town (with me looking both ways in case I saw the word "quilt") and there it would be... "Quilt Shop" or something similar. Needless to say, it would make my day :).
When we were in BC I had a day out with my sister Alisa. We went to Quilt Essentials in Abbotsford and they had a couple tables full of fabric samples that you could buy by the pound! It was like we had found gold! We went a little crazy stuffing things into our bags - it was so much fun. I mostly collected brights for a nice kid quilt one day.

We hit Fabricland at the end of the day too and I picked up some fabric to make a bag. I was inspired to make one by the bags my sister-in-law made. Should be fun (when I get around to it).

Before I came to BC Alisa sent me a couple fat quarters. She also had the same ones and we both made something with them and other fabric without telling each other what we were doing. It was a really neat thing to do. Alisa's is a pillow and mine a table runner that is still in progress as I'm hand quilting it.

Home Again

We arrived back home on Saturday around 4 in the afternoon. I can't believe it's already Thursday. Coming home always takes some adjustment after staying in my parents' big and bright home. It sure is nice though to be back in our own beds and home after six nights in hotels! I must say though, I like the guestroom bed at Dad and Mom's better than ours! The trip went really well again. It's amazing how much kids will tolerate. We didn't have as nice weather and it wasn't as picturesque of a landscape but still very beautiful! Here's a beautiful picture taken just before a huge storm. Thankfully we were all safe and warm in a hotel before it hit.
We did get stuck in Chicago because of all the flooding - part of the I-80 was closed. We had no idea about all the flooding until we finally got off the highway after an hour, and maybe going 1 km, when we asked at a hotel what the problem was. We stayed there that night and then in the morning it still took an hour to get out of that area.
When Conrad makes another album of our trip home we'll send a link out. If anyone's reading this who didn't get the links for the other pictures and would like to see them let me know.
I'll make another entry about all the fabric I got :)