My goodness so many things have happened since I last wrote. We had a great time in Charlotte. Cynthia taught 4 classes and gave 2 lectures during the 4 days of the Charlotte AQS show. We were packed to the gills going and it seems like we were even more packed on the way home. Cynthia shipped 5 boxes for her classes and 11 boxes of product. We shipped only 3 boxes back home; the three of us were very busy at the show. One of the boxes we sent back home was stuff I got at the quilt show. I hate to admit it but I never made it over to look at the quilts, between a little shopping and a lot of work, but we still had a lot of fun. The Internet at the hotel was extremely slow and by the time we worked all day and then grabbed dinner it was time to get ready for the next day and go to bed.
We had a lot of good food; Sharon complimented me on the food choices that I made for us. I do happen to have a pretty good “food sonar”. We did eat at some of the chain restaurants but I really do enjoy eating at some of the local places, we ate at Portofino’s Italian, then the next night we ate at Fuel Pizza, at Lucky Lou’s Tavern, then Dragon Fly food Saturday night.
Friday night we were really tired after the show but one of the area fabric stores agreed to be open until 9, so we planned our trip to Mary Jo’s Cloth Shop in Gastonia which was about 20 minutes away. Oh my – what were we thinking – we were exhausted, and we still needed to eat. So we planned to eat near the fabric store and then shop but the restaurant didn’t seem to know our plans and there was a long wait and we didn’t leave the restaurant until 8:30, the bright thing was we had 30 minutes!
Let me just say that the sight of this fabric store was pure exhilarating! Mary Jo’s has 32,000 square feet of fabric and notions and best described as a “Quilter’s Paradise”. It does not look like much on the outside but a case in point to not judge a book by its cover! We had to make use of our time and the three of us rose to the occasion! After we left I wished we had time to think of some future projects but no time to go back for do-overs.
Saturday the foot traffic was a little slow but we were still pretty busy and we had the tear down to look forward to. Since the show was over at 5 and we didn’t get all loaded up we decided to stay the night Saturday night and begin our journey home Sunday morning.
Sunday morning we finished packing up the car and we didn’t get off until noon but it was nice not to have to rush off to the convention center and relax a bit. Cynthia really wanted to go eat breakfast out so that is what we did. Sharon wanted to meet her twin sister in Georgia so we planned a meeting in the town of Braselton at the Antique Flea Market. We got there around 3 and shopped for about 2.5 hours. It was a nice diversion but time to get back on the road. We did get a few small treasures. At the first antique shop I decided to start collecting vintage rolling pins. So at this shop I bought a few more vintage rolling pins and a small child’s iron.
As we continued our adventure home they suggested BBQ for dinner, I said sure. The quest was on for the search of a place to eat. We drive into historic LaGrange, Georgia. We drive around and I find Country’s BBQ and we had the best BBQ pork sandwich. It was a great small town; they had a very nice park and a great water fountain just up the block from the BBQ place so we took another little adventure. Cynthia really enjoys looking for Geocaching, and off she goes.
Sunday night we stopped in Pascagoula, Mississippi but we didn’t get checked in until around 1, another long day but a wonderful comfy bed was waiting for us and we didn’t waste much time getting into bed.
Monday morning we left out a little before 9 and finally got to our craft house in LaPorte around 4:15, she dropped off Sharon and I think Cynthia got home around 5:30.
It was great showing them the house and I got a chance to see all the changes that had happened while I was gone.
I am truly blessed; I hope you are blessed by your daily threads. Love and hugs,