For the past few days I have been trying to catch up! You see, we took a little short vacation up to Canada to see our families….I think the post I wrote about Canada Day on July 1 st made me a little nostalgic! Anyway, when a chance popped up to go for a quick visit, we decided to go for it! Life is short and you have to take advantage, right?!
My husband and I are lucky in that both our families live in the same town so it was pretty easy to shuttle between houses and even bring everyone together for dinner two times. ( I did indeed finish the table runner for my mother in law so was able to gift thatand she in turn gifted me these old wooden spools that belonged to my husband’s grandmother! I love wooden spools, don’t you?!)
We also tried to do lots of touristy stuff to keep our boys entertained! Isn’t it funny how you don’t tend to do tourist stuff in your own surroundings but you will do them when you visit? Anyway, we enjoyed dinner and lunch at our favorite restaurants, had delicious ice cream and frozen yogurt at the BEST place to get that, and enjoyed a Ghost Tour
and a tour of an old prison.
We of course had to visit the beach ( yes, there is a beautiful beachy place nearby that is right on Lake Ontario, with beautiful sandy beaches and some dunes!), and we got to take the ferry across the lake two times!
( and no, our 9 year old did NOT get to drive, but while waiting for the ferry he decided to pretend!)
While driving around we also discovered that the Tall Ships were nearby so had to stop and take pictures of those!
There is something so fascinating about these big wooden ships to me, and I especially love all the flags!
I did bring a quilty project with me, thinking that if I had any down time I would get to do some hand quilting, but we were always on the go. I didn’t even think to check out any quilt shops in town, however, we did spot some barn quilt blocks so I had to jump out and take some quick pictures of those!
On our drive back home I did remember that there was a quilt shop in Syracuse, NY so looked up the address and hubby and boys obliged by making a quick pit stop there. I was very, very good and only bought 3 half yards of fabric and this book : I did not sew along with the Splendid Sampler when it was happening last year. I was busy doing other stuff and didn’t want the pressure of trying to keep up, but I have been seeing all the cute blocks and do want to make some version of that quilt. So when I spotted the book in the store it had to come home with me! Maybe I will have a chance to make a block or 2 sometime soon and I will have that to share with you.
What’s on the horizon? I am busy working on the first block for the I LOVE HOME block of the month that will be starting the beginning of August. I have my applique finished but need the rest of the block still. I am also working away at finishing the quilt that Wendy over at Four Peaches so kindly sent me the pattern and fabric for. She will be giving away a bundle of that pattern and fabric right here on my blog, so stay tuned for that!
And finally, I am sure you are all dying to know who won the set of red and white fat Quarters that I was giving away in my July 1st post….and the winner is…..Diane aka Lookoutmountainquilter! Please send me an email with your full name and address and I will get those out to you ASAP!
Until next time, happy creating!