Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Visiting The Mothership

Today was a planned visit to "The Mothership", as I affectionately refer to the main store of Keepsake Quilting in Center Harbor, New Hampshire. I went to restock our Belknap Mill Quilter's Guild advertising bookmarks in the ladies room rack, but more importantly, to meet face-to-face with my internet friend, Marsha Hodgkins from way over in Vermont.
Marsha's blog is here, if you'd like to meet her.  http://quilterinmotion.net/veterans-quilt/

Here she is after we exchanged bear hugs, modeling her beautifully made quilted jacket!
Those New York Beauty curves towards the lower part of the front of this jacket are actually the openings for the side pockets. Clever design, eh? Here's the back,
We had fun shopping, especially raiding the 25 cent scrap bins and doing our Show & Tell of our respective ongoing projects to receive the September 15% off discount coupon on regularly priced items.

I bought one yard of a teal print to use on the inner borders of my Hugs & Kisses top.

After we shopped, we braved the light rain and drove just beyond THE (one and only) traffic light to the Center Harbor Diner for some chowders; Marsha chose corn chowder, mine was clam chowder. Yummo!
The food was good and so was the service, so I would go again.

This is a place where the local workmen come to eat their lunches, nothing fancy, just a real honest-to-goodness American diner! It is a family business that you always love to support.
We parted company after lots of fun chat, I ran a few errands on the way home, and also stopped off at The Quilted Frog for a few new greens for that Community Comfort quilt that Jean Vaillancourt and I are doing with the Sew & Sews.
The blocks for this one are really tiny! Only 3 1/2" wide in a rail fence scrappy greens. Here are some of the panels that I sewed this morning and yesterday for it.
The green strips are 1 1/2" of dark, medium, light, sewn in order, then pressed and crosscut into the little baby blocks. Lots of fun!


Glady said...

I can't wait to finally meet some of my blogger friends. I love Marsha's quilted jacket and am going to check out her blog. It looks like you had a marvelous day and I hope to make it back to the "Mothership" again some day. When I do, we will have to go get some chowder.

cityquilter grace said...

ooohh road trip! you are tempting me, both with the mothership AND the chowder, but i keep chanting, lancaster, lancaster, lancaster...LOL

Debra said...

Hi Vic, Isn't it Fun to meet with your Online Friends?! I know how much I enjoyed our little visit together! Just wish I had taken pictures! Your friends jacket is Lovely. Next time I go to the Mothership, I'll stop by again. Love & Hugs.

Tennye said...

Love your red quilted jacket. I am jealous you got to visit that part of the country and Keepsake Quilting. Looks like you had a good time.

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