Winter Trip-It’s time to start planning!

Hooray!   In less than two months we’ll be heading south to spend nearly three months in Texas.

As always we’ll begin the trip with a week stay at my son’s home in North Carolina.  It’s become tradition for us to leave the Syracuse area a day or so after Christmas and head for a visit with my son and the girls.  We’ll celebrate Christmas with them on New Years eve and on New Year’s Day we’ll have a traditional Italian meal (for good luck in the coming year) featuring lentil soup and maybe even some homemade bread made by Grandma.  Who knows – maybe we’ll be able to watch the SU football team at a bowl game also – You never know!

We normally leave his home on January 2 and head to our winter destination.  This year it will be Mission Texas (on border between Texas and Mexico) and about 40 miles from Gulf .  We’ll cover about 1600 miles after leaving North Carolina and plan to take up to two weeks to get to our final destination.

So now I mapping out our route and stops along the way.   Our focus is to find places that provide photograph opportunities for Tom and quilting opportunities for me.  I wasn’t sure exactly where I was going to start until I picked up the Fall/Winter 2010 issue of Quilt Sampler. It features three quilt shops that are along the way to our final destination

  • A Stitch in Time, Franklin NC.  boasts that it has thirteen-foot ceilings that make it possible for the shop to display a sample for each quilt in the shop.  I can’t fathom just how many kits a 3,200 sq. ft. store can hold.  We’ll probably travel along the Blue Ridge Parkway and I’m sure that well end up in the Smoky Mountains National Park .  They also recommend a stop at B. Fat Buddies Ribs & BBQ.  How can you visit the southeast  without trying some authentic barbecue?
  • Our next stop will be Tiny Stitches Quilt Shop, Marietta GA.  Since we live in Marietta NY this is a must stop also.     Needle turn applique is one of the owners favorite techniques, and mine also.  I’m anxious to see just what she carries specific to applique.  I just love the technique because it is so portable.  Apparently activities in the shop are not limited to quilting. There may be ice cream sundaes or a costumed shop owner dressed as Scarlet O’Hara also.  I’m anxious to see if they have anything that eclectic going on while we’re visiting and  I’m hoping that the project, Fall for Color, that was featured in this issue of the magazine is on display.
  • Lastly Quilters Emporium, Stafford Texas.  (15 min SW of Houston)  This shop seems to be all about color to enliven the senses.

Now I have to finish my homework, check out happenings near the time we’ll be in the different areas and determine how long we’ll stay at each stop.  Too bad we only have two weeks to travel.  I’m sure we could spend more than a month just getting to our final destination!

There is always time to quilt!
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