Thursday we ventured to Old Town Florence and had a scrumptious lunch of crab cakes for me and a grilled fish sandwich for the man. Desert consisted of Marion berry cobbler for me and a mango/blueberry shortbread for Miles. It was a rainy day so we didn't visit any of the shops there. I did manage to get to a local quilt shop north of town and purchased some fun thing as you can see in the picture below. We also drove to South Jetty to check out the huge sand dunes and will go back for a picnic lunch on Monday when we hope it won't be too crowded.
Sand dunes from the road side in the rain
Friday we went back to Old Town and visited a lot of the shops with most of our money being spent at a cute pet shop by the name of "Raining Cats and Dogs". Lola made out like a bandit with some peanut butter and banana diet treats and bag balm for her sore elbows. I guess they are called elbows on a dog. If not, they are what I think of as elbows. You probably get the picture. Lunch that day consisted of homemade ice cream and salt water taffy at BJs.
Saturday was the best day so far as I was able to register for QuiltCon 2017 in Savanah, Georgia. We went to the Heceta Lighthouse just north of Florence and it was amazing to walk on the beach, hike up to the Lighthouse, and to buy goodies at the gift shop. I got a t-shirt and applique pattern of the lighthouse, Miles got a hat, and together we got a magnet for our ever growing collection. Lunch again was Homemade ice ream at a different BJs. I am turning into a roly-poly for sure.
Heceta Head Lighthouse
Miles on the beautiful beach
I have had some time to baste hexies, one of them being an itty bitty half inch one. I had picked up a small pack of the Paper Pieces' foundation hexies at the Wenz-Daze Quilters Emporium in Florence to see if it was something I'd want to work with. There are several quilts that I've seen that I like that use them instead of the one inch ones I like using. It was a bit odd working with the smaller ones, but definitely doable. For the time being I'll keep basting the one inchers. Here is a picture of the two different sizes.
Redwork prep with 1/2" and 1" hexies
I also scored a Bird Brain Designs redwork pattern (above picture with the hexies) to replace the Christmas one I left at home. It is all about kitties with eight squares done in redwork and four patchwork blocks. I've been prepping a few of the squares to work on next week as we'll be at a National Forest Campground that doesn't have hook-ups so the week will be all about handwork and time on the beach. We won't be too far from Coos Bay which does have a quilt shop so I may just have to check it out.
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