Thursday, September 10, 2015

My Birthday part 2

After my daughter realized what we were doing and she saw one of the Row by Row quilts on display, she got excited.  When we got back to her home, she mapped out a 200 mile round trip for us to pick up free patterns. Seeing some sights along the way, and picking up fabrics for the free patterns.  Like I said earlier, FREE you say.  

Ready to head out on our great quilting scavenger hunt.

The Old Opera House in Deland, FL.

The Quilt Shop of Deland, Inc.  I wish I had taken pictures of all the shops we visited.  this was like the sixth in Florida and I had gone to four in Indiana. 

On the way out of Deland, we saw a mural on a building and stopped to look at it.  This is the only alligator we saw this weekend in front of the mural.

A big building at the end of the street.  We have no idea what it is, but my daughter thought I should take a picture of it as it was neat looking as we came to the end of the street. 

It was very cloudy and overcast all day.  I tried to take pictures of the clouds and when I looked at it, the sun was shining through, even though I could not see it with my eyes.

Passing Lake Jesup. It was on both sides of the road, very large lake. 

After traveling over 200 miles on the quilting adventure, my daughters fiance made dinner while she made me a birthday cake from scratch.  My favorite chocolate cake with butter cream frosting (my mom's recipe).  What a great birthday she gave me.

The morning of my last day we went out the barn so FL girl could ride her horse.  She did not get much riding in as it started to rain.  We no sooner got into the barn and it started pouring.  By the time she got the horse cleaned up and the stuff put away it had stopped raining.  We then went for a walk around down town Sanford, FL.  Most things were closed when we got there, early Sunday, but we had a good time looking around.  

 First stop was this war memorial. 

There is a walk on both sides of the green way, with large squares.  Each square has the name of one of the wars that the United States has been in.   Along the green way there are smaller stones  with the names of all who have died in the wars.  I'm assuming these were Florida residents.

The next few pictures are of Lake Sanford.  You can see the smaller stones in the first picture.

Boats in the harbor at Lake Sanford.

Cobblestone roads in downtown Sanford.

Spanish moss hanging from a tree in down town Sanford.

By now we were getting hungry.  Stopped at a little place called Tony's Deli.  The little advertisement on the sidewalk boasted of the #1 Gyros.  We both got a Gyro and decided to split the fries.  The girl cooked too many fries and just divided them on our plate.  This was the best Gyro I have had in a long time.

Spotted a water fountain in town.

An old building.  The date on the buildings always fascinate me.  Had to get the shot.

The next few pictures are from the outside of a building.  I don't recall if it is a museum or an art gallery.  It was interesting to see all the items inbedded in the concrete.

I have a Star Trek Fan.  She pointed this out right away.

Wonder who these girls are.

Appropriate for a Mom/Daughter outing to spot this.

Wonder what these keys opened.

An assortment of shells.

An fire house which was converted to a store front.

And if you are interested, you can buy the old jail house. 

Thought this was an interesting display.

Saw this on a pylon when walking down to the War memorial.

 End of the trip.  Back home in Indiana.  Sorting out the free patterns (free you say) and the assortment of fabrics. 

The fabric we purchased for the free patterns. 

More fabric and free patterns. 

And more free patterns and fabric.

These few patterns were from Indiana.  The above ones were from Florida.

Fabric that was purchased in Indiana. 
Some fabric I found at home that will work with those free patterns too.  

Some times 'Free' is not always what it means.  We spent quite a bit on fat quarters and yards of material.  It was a great birthday adventure and it was so nice to see my FL girl again.  

So I will not get my Row by Row done by the end of the contest, but I will be looking forward to making these for my two daughters.  This may be my 2016 project.  Please stop by and see how my progress is next year on these two quilts.  Also don't forget to stop by and see the progress of the 20 year old quilt I am working on and my husband's camper, both are coming along well.  

Happy Reading! 


Sunday, September 6, 2015

My Birthday Adventure

I decided to fly to Florida to visit my FL Girl for my birthday.  Alone.  Just me.  Solo.  This may sound strange, but I have not gone any where by myself in the last 30 or so years.  Once I met my husband we have done everything together and I would not have changed a thing.  I have taken trips without him, but my two daughters have been my companions.  My daughters are both adults, and one lives in Florida. My husband could not get the time off and I got a pretty good deal on the flight so I made the trip myself.  I had great time too. 

Here are some highlights to my trip.
First stop.  Bahama Breeze for lunch.

The ceiling of the Bahama Breeze, very neat looking.

Mm mm.  Lobster and shrimp quesadillas and Cuban black bean soup.  Delicious.

I have missed this smiling face too much.  She got the Jerked Chicken sandwich and fries.  Strawberry Lemonade toast to my birthday. 

Our waitress was nice enough to snap our picture.

FL girl kept asking me what I wanted to do. I discovered online a new quilting project going around.  Row by Row Experience.  For traveling quilters, stop in by to get a free pattern.  The first to return your completed quilt, with eight different rows, wins 25 fat quarters.  FREE you say.  Well this sounds like fun.  So I told her this was what I wanted to do.  Little did I know. 

We managed to stop by four shops in FL the first afternoon.   With the four patterns I picked up in Indiana, I thought I was good to go.  In one of the shops was hanging a completed quilt so FL girl was able to get a better ideas of what I was doing. She liked several of the rows in that quilt.  

When we got back to FL girl's place, she mapped out several more shops for us to explore and pick up free patterns.  Two hundred mile round trip. Ten patterns in all. We almost made it to all the stores, two we did not.  One we decided that neither of us really did not care for their pattern and one we just did not have time.  FL girl was excited at every shop we stopped at, picking out different fabric for her one of kind quilt.  She said it was like being on a scavenger hunt. 

As of this writing, FL girl informed me she was able to get the last one she wanted.  Waiting anxiously for the mail. 
One of the many quilt shops we stopped by.  I was disappointed that this shop did not have a flamingo on their pattern for my sister.


Every day we walked around the pond at her apartment complex, which is nice because it has a sidewalk around the entire pond.  Take your camera she told me as you will see a lot of wildlife too.  

Almost stepped on this little guy at Bahama Breeze.

Oh, these little guys are everywhere.  This is at FL girl's apartment.  We would walk down the sidewalk and we could see them scatter back into the bushes.

Beautiful blue heron.  Same bird above and below.

Hanging out on the fence.

More little salamanders

Another one.

One scaling the wall.

These birds were walking along the shore, every once in awhile they would bend down and eat something. 

What is this?  Looks like a frog.  A big frog.

Another one. 

This bird flew in and landed near us. 

Off to another pond.

Slug in the middle of the sidewalk.  He was pretty good size, about 4 inches long.

We were totally surprised by his little turtle. 

This bird flew from tree to tree and would spread his wings out to dry them. 

Another bird drying his wings out. 

I will post more about this trip soon and the Row by Row Experience progress.

Happy Reading!