Hello everyone: Thank you for reading this blog. I haven’t been very active for a little while, as we’ve been driving for 9 straight days to get to Florida. I don’t really have much to say about the drive. We’ve done it before, many times. The weather got warmer as we got south, the rain stopped (until we got east), it got really dry across the deserts, and it started raining again in Texas (where they really really need it). Flooded fields by Louisiana, and here in Florida, lots of wind. We wake to the fog of Gainesville. That means the wind has calmed, and our little boat trip should be smooth (I hope).
I found a great quilt shop yesterday in Panama City Florida, Quilting by the Bay. They were very friendly, helpful (one gal took me around to the horse fabric and then the patterns to show me what I could do with them – lots of great ideas!), and sent me off with some wonderful catalogues and shop fabric bags for our cruisers. The next time we’re through, they want me to do a class with them. I’m very impressed with this shop – it’s a real going concern.
I must tell you about one delightful stop on our drive. We crossed the border into Alabama and stopped at the welcome center for lunch. I recalled the last time we stopped here, and vaguely remembered a display inside, so I wandered in. I was NOT disappointed!
The first thing I saw was a quilt on the wall, made by school children in honour of Hurricane Katrina. It was very poignant.
I hope the making of this quilt helped in the healing for these kids.
In the rest of the welcome center area I found some amazing gowns. It’s Mardi Gras time here – in fact, the waiter at the Louisiana Barbecue place the other night had Mardi Gras beads around his neck! They take their Mardi Gras very seriously in these parts, and the Welcome Center had an amazing display of Mardis Gras dresses worn in the parades. Take a look at these!
So, happy Mardis Gras, everyone! The next post from me will (hopefully) be from aboard the ms Noordam – our Holland America ship taking quilters to new adventures!!!