Besides all the pond troubles, I've been getting ready to speak and teach 3 days in Florrisant, MO for the Flower Valley Quilt Guild this Thursday, Friday, Saturday. I've been cutting new kits, printing patterns, and preparing props for my workshops. I spoke with the vice president of the guild yesterday for over half an hour. She was excited about me coming and that got me excited and we just had a good old talk. She said they have a Civil War group within their guild and they are taking my workshops for sure. I know it will be a really fun group. I've been auditioning which quilts to take for my display too. After adding my new purchases from Maine, I can't take everything I usually do. It's way too much. So, I'm tweaking my display. Only the best items will make the cut. Kayla is going with me to help and to have fun with when I'm not teaching. Our hotel is about 200 feet from Helen's Hen House, a quilt shop loaded with CW fabrics, I've been told. Oh, we'll have fun there for sure!
I got a set of pictures printed from all the ones I took in Maine last month to give to Mom. She's never been to Maine and isn't able to travel, so these pictures will have to suffice. It reminded me that I hadn't shared more of them with my followers.
I found this CW doll quilt (top) at Lucy's Doll Shop in Camden, ME. The vintage doll dress came from Wiscassett, ME.
Here are a few of the fabulous English, French, and German 1870-1880's doll houses at Lucy's...
Here I am with the harbor behind me in Camden. I just can't get enough of looking at the sailboats, seagulls, and scenery Camden has to offer...
This man with his pampered bulldog made me laugh and I had to take his picture.
On the way home from Camden, we stopped in Wiscassett at an antique shop that was closed. It was pouring down rain, but the place looked incredible, so Jimmie volunteered to go to the door and see if they'd let us in. The shop is in the owner's 200+ year old home and she was having cheese and wine with friends after hours, but Jimmie can be very charming. He came back to the car with a big grin on his face and told us we could go in! Her home/shop was fantastic and she was very gracious about our intrusion after closing. She had tons of early antique furniture and primitive items and best of all...quilts! It was hard to choose, but I bought a CW Basket quilt in red and green on white with tiny quilting. It was my last purchase this trip. I have a real weakness for basket quilts and this one is special.
It's nice to be home again, but I am already dreaming about next year's trip. Who knows what adventures Sissy and I will experience then? We have a year to plan and save for it. Till then, I have those pictures to remind me.