Thursday, June 3, 2010

Seattle Trip

The end of April, hubby and I went on a trip to Seattle. We drove out and took a train back to PA. It was the most awesome trip. The scenery was absolutely beautiful! It is so interesting to see how each state has it's own characteristics and beauty. Of course, we got to stop at some quilt shops on the way out too! Great fun! I would like to share some pics with you of some of the beauty that we saw and also some quilt shops and fun purchases.

This is Abigayle's Quiltery in Olmsted Falls, OH. It was a wonderful quilt shop. The house was full of fabrics and they also carried Pfaff sewing machines which are my favorite machine. It was located in a village with other shops and was a great place to relax, shop and eat ice cream!

We saw this sign in a town in Ohio or maybe it was Indiana, which unfortunately, I forget what town, but I thought it was a great sign. My hubby went around the block and parked, so that I could get a picture of it. Isn't he great!

Next we stopped at the Quilt Foundry in Maumee OH. A very cute shop with a variety of fabrics. I had stopped there many years before and looked forward to seeing it again.

This framed quilt was actually in a gas station's bathroom. You never know where you will find quilts!
We stopped at the Old Bag Factory in Goshen, IN. In that area was a shop called Quilt Designs. Quilt Designs specializes in selling original designed quilts.

The designer is Kris A. Shenk. She does many beautiful quilts. While we were there I fell in love with a beautiful wall hanging. Never in my wildest dreams did I expect to get it. As we were getting ready to leave, hubby asked if I would like it. I couldn't say no! So he bought it for us. Isn't he great! He does spoil me! As hubby was buying it, I happened to think that the day before was our 37th wedding anniversary, so we decided that it would be our gift to ourselves.

In the factory was also a pottery shop. I also love pottery, so I needed a piece of that. I bought I mug, which I just love. I use it all the time.

We took a little time to look around in Milwaukee, WI. This sculpture brought so much emotion to us. It was of children pledging allegiance to the flag. If you click to make it larger, you can see more of the expression on their faces. Beautiful!

This was the Milwaukee Art Museum. It was fabulous! This is the outside of it and the thing that looks like sails or a fin, is on the roof of the museum. At certain times of day, it actually folds down and goes flush with the ceiling. Amazing!
This was the inside. Awesome!

There were so many wonderful things to view in the museum, but my favorite was a special exhibit of a painting called The woman with the Veil by Raphael. It was absolutely breathtaking! You could get within 2 feet of it and really study it. It brought tears to your eyes. You just expected her to start talking to you, it was that real. You could even see a tendril of her hair hanging into her forehead. I loved the drape of the fabric, just everything about it. If you ever get a chance to go see it, please do. It is awesome!
Of course, while we were in WI we had to try the Wisconsin Cheese Curds. Absolutely delicious! I highly recommend them. They are available at A & W's here in PA too.

This is Gruber's Quilt Shop in Waite Park, MN. A wonderful shop filled with all kinds of fabrics, books, patterns, etc. I purposely stayed out of the reproduction area, so that I would be good. After all, I had a lot of shops to see yet! :-)

I could not resist this pattern called Flower Girls. Who knows when I will get it made, but I had to have it.
This is a close up of one of the girls. Each one is different.

This was a pic of the Badlands in ND. What a beautiful site.

Well, that is all for today. I will continue our trip in the next post.

Happy Sewing,

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