As most of my long-term readers know, I usually go to Maine in the fall on vacation. I haunt the used bookstores and look for interesting fabrics in the fabric stores. It is truly a quiet, restful two weeks. I need the down time and come back ready for real life for another 50 weeks. I thought you might be interested in what I found this year for my vacation quilting haul.
I have several used bookstores to visit while up in Maine. I think the long winters must by why they have such wonderful used bookstores. I added stops at the Goodwill and St. Vincent de Paul thrift stores this year.
Anyway, I found lots of books to get home by favorite authors or interesting topics, but only these three quilting books. I don’t recall ever seeing them before. Total cost was $18 for all three.
Ok, I do not need fabric. None. But I still checked out the fabric stores in the areas I was. Of course, I found several pieces that I did not have and would be at home in my stash
Someday I will make a Paris themed quilt, so I always look for this kind of fabric. I bought a yard of each of these.
Growing up, my biggest hero was John Wayne. I wasn’t aware he made other movies besides westerns until I was an adult. But I watched his westerns any chance I had. I remember sending him a get-well card when he was in the hospital the last time. When he died in 1979, I cried long and hard.
I have found some John Wayne themed fabrics at Paducah, but not in red, so of course I had to get it. The boot fabric was on clearance for $2 a yard – sure can’t pass that up.
Then there were these two beautiful batiks. I plan to make either one or four blocks of the Bonnie Hunter’s Star of Hope pattern to use these in a wall hanging.
I love the coast of Maine. It is rocky, cold, beautiful, and breath taking. Aside from shopping for used books and fabric, I mostly just relaxed at places I enjoy along the mid coast of Maine. There is truly something to curling up on a sunny bench or rock with a good book and a better view. I come alone to the coast because I need the rest and quiet.
People ask me why I never invite others along. Simple. Most people are extroverts and want me to be a tour guide. They also talk a lot and expect me to carry on a conversation. I have to talk and deal with people every day at work. This is my time. I work hard and save carefully to be able to do this. If it is rude to say “NO” to folks who want to come along then so be it. I will show them the photos when I get back.
- I hope you enjoyed seeing the few quilting things I got for my Vacation Quilting Haul. Maybe it will encourage you to shop for quilting items when you travel.
- Find some time to rest and relax. Our world is busy and crazy. All of us need some quiet time to recharge for our physical and mental health.
HAPPY QUILTING TO ALL MY READERS.
Just a reminder:
ALL PHOTOS AND WRITTEN CONTENT ARE MY OWN UNLESS OTHERWISE NOTED.