I know I missed day 4, but we were so tired last night we crashed. Today was Vermont, and Maine. We did stop at Keepsake Quilts and got some goodies and then spent the day in the mountains. For dinner tonite we had pulled pork and beer at a place in Freeport, ME called Gritty’s. Was so good I tried their raspberry beer. It was light and good. I wouldn’t have thought to put fruit in beer. Last night I tried seafood chowder for the first time. Pretty good also. Tomorrow may bring lobster to this girl. Who knows.
We are used to the Rocky Mountains in Colorado, and to see the Mountains in the East are so different. Both are so beautiful. Yes, the leaves are starting to turn. I can’t wait to see them in the Acadia National Park. I think that is tomorrow.
So many new things my head is spinning. Till tomorrow.
Oh here is a little snippit of what I bought early on in the trip…
Got to Gettysburg, PA early and spent 4 hours driving around the battle field. Seeing all these markers, cannons, and reading about each person makes you FEEL the history and understand more the agony, sadness, and the passion each side fought for. It is so different seeing places like this than reading about it in books. Pictures of this to come later.
Later in the day we were on the way to Kingston, NY and I realized no fabric stores from PA so we found a wonderful one in Lebanon, PA. It was “Martin’s Fabric Barn” This was down winding roads, some country and some were thru farm country. It was a wonderful place. I found lots of fabric and all I bought were on sale for $3.75 a yard.
Got up early this morning and was on the road by 3:30am Central time. We had lunch in Cloverleaf, Indiana. We enjoyed a wonderful hamburger and hand dipped onion rings. The burger was open flamed grilled and so good. Then drove to Indianapolis, Indiana at Quilt Plus and visited her. This was a modern quilt store and she had some really cute things. I purchased a pattern for little felt animals, some cork fabric to try to make a little bag and a license plate. Indianapolis, IN is home to the Indy 500 race car track. So in honor of this her license plate is “Sew Fast’. Finally stopped for the night at Richmond, IN. We are just a few miles west of Ohio. Tomorrow I will see what quilt stores are open and stop and visit. We hope to get as far as Gettysburg, Pennsylvania tomorrow. We will see. .Sunrise west of St. Louis, Missouri, and the temp outside is 68 degrees.
St. Louis Arch.
This was so pretty the way the sun was shinning on it. This is Effingham, Illinois.. Love the names of some of these towns.
So many quilt shops closed on Sunday and finding them closed even on Mondays. Oh well this was a nice shop and the owner was so friendly. Gave us some good advice on travels.. Stay tuned for tomorrow.
We are enjoying music, the smells of funnel cake, kettle corn, and so much more. It’s a little hot right now, but nice breeze. Alicia had shirts made for us. I love them.
I have been making peanut and pecan brittles and decided to make something a little special for Alicia’s good friend. She and her family have been adopted by us and we love them to pieces. For her hubby I made peanut/rum brittle. I know the alcohol cooks down so I used only a 1/4 cup of rum in the syrup. Then instead of the vanilla and water at the end I put rum. Of course I had to try a piece and it tasted like butter scotch peanut brittle, but with little kick at the end. I do think Phil will like it.
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I have everything ready for tomorrow and Saturday. Craft fair days. Pictures will be on tomorrow. Then Saturday night unload the car and re load the car for vacation. Hubby will be staying home and will take a nice long nap Saturday(a very hard job, but then someone has to do it.) Then we leave Missouri and head out to the New England states. We will be seeing the beautiful maple trees in the fall (I hope), eat fresh seafood, see some history and visit about 14-18 Quilt shops along the way.
Now to find something to do to kill time.
I have been getting ready for our vacation that is in 3 days. I have made my lists and have the important things lined up. Clothes, list of Quilt Shops, and a hand applique project ready for the time in the car. The rest will come together and that is good.
I found a cute pattern in Arkansas and will have a new wall hanging for the Holidays. It will even last thru the winter.
Now here is what I have for it. Just the window panels. I think this will last me for 2-3 weeks.
The other day I was asking for suggestions on how to start designing my own quilt and have gotten some great ideas. I have gotten a sketch pad and am trying to get inspired. I need to just let it happen.
As we travel around I will bore you with the highlights of the trip. Only good and funny stories.
Here is hoping you have a wonderful day today and tomorrow.