Program 176 – What I Did on My Summer “Vacation”

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Yeah, if it were only a real vacation, not a working one — but I’m not complaining!! I had the time of my LIFE this Summer. Beginning in January of this year and my Quilting Stash Coast-to-Coast trip, I had no idea that I would be traveling so much this year — all having to do with quilting (well, almost all!).

Here is the run-down and highlights of my Summer:

North Carolina:

Thimble Pleasures Quilt shop has moved from Carrboro to Chapel Hill. To see pictures of their NEW fabulous store, click on this link: New TP Quilt Shop

Where Celeste and I had dinner: Mama Dip’s, a North Carolina institution!

A Southern Season all foodies need to apply ; )

Baltimore, Maryland:

I met Barbara Burham — an incredible quilter who decided to recreate an antique Baltimore Album quilt that she bought on eBay.

bboldA block from the original quilt. You can see the stains and deterioration of the quilt and fabrics, but you can also see the beautiful detail in the hand applique and quilting.

bbnewHere is the new block. Barbara used fabrics that would most closely mirror the fabrics in the original quilt. Marty and Barbara worked together to create quilting that would best represent the original quilt as well. This quilt is a MARVEL!

mimimartyMimi Dietrich and Marty Vint, discussing Baltimore Album Quilt history in the Baltimore Historical Society Museum.

groupwthinkerMimi, Barbara, Marty and me with Robin’s ‘Thinker” at the Baltimore Museum of Art. The museum has an extensive collective of Rodin pieces, as well as one of the best restaurants that I have ever had lunch at – not cafeteria fare by any means. If you go to the museum, plan on eating there — you’ll be amazed!


pennsignOn to Pennsylvania to meet up with the Red Rose Quilt Guild — this was my very first trip to Pennsylvania!! And it was a great one!

amishqOne of the many Amish quilts in the collection at the Lancaster Museum of Quilts and Textiles. Inspiring!!

Here’s a link to the Central Market.


The Lititz Area Event Calendar so you can find out more about the area and what’s happening.

wilburA little trip to the Wilbur Chocolate Factory… the give out freebies to everyone. This is one of their signature dipped marshmallows. The castle that you see behind my little friend is ALL chocolate. Wilbur Buds, the first original “kiss” is heavenly.

sutterJohn Sutter is buried in Lititz – best known for the gold that was discovered at his mill that began the Gold Rush, my state’s history. It was cool to see how he influenced Lititz as well.

vickiqMy hostess, Vicki’s past Presidents quilt. Isn’t it gorgeous?

julieHere is my bud, Julie Broderson, Quilting Stash listener and contributor, who is responsible for bringing me out the Red Rose Quilt Guild. It’s always a pleasure to meet and hang out with listeners!

And on I go to Liz’s of Lizzie B Cre8ive:

Valley Forge Park is in Liz’s ‘backyard” — she rides bikes there with her dad.

logcabin1The Log Cabin Quilt shop in Bird-in-Hand – fabulous fabrics at even more fabulous prices.

liznchrisLiz and Christine looking at the detail of this wonderful quilt, that was for sale. It was a steal!

The Kling House is a great place for lunch – Liz’s favorite.

contrystoreThe Old Country Store, quilt shop area. They have an online store — and their prices are amazing!!

bedQuilts for Sale! Isn’t this one on the bed a beauty?!

Here is Liz and me, contributing to each other’s delinquency…

shoesGuess whose shose are who’s? ; )

Here’s a link to the Dansko Outlet ONLINE — I had no idea until I did this podcast that you can get their great shoes at great prices online.

New Jersey:

debbieQuilting Stash listener, Debbie Markowitz, from Jerusalem, Israel, was visiting family in New Jersey and stopped by Aardvark & C. to meet me!

To hear more about my New Jersey trip, listen to the podcast with Mark Lipinski.

Now — on the road with “the band” – Pacific Lights (formerly Sleepwell):

bandHalfway into the trip, we finally crossed the border into Texas. The boys were so happy to get out of the trailer-pulling Suburban!

I hope you liked their new release, “Move Me” on their new CD Sunnyside.

The boys also enjoyed a little impromptu street concert in Tempe, AZ on a hot summer night:

band 1

Band 3

They drew a good crowd — that is, until they had men on horseback…

PoliceWho shut them down… well, it happened to the Beatles too ; )

thinkerI’m “thinking” that I had a pretty great Summer!

I’m happy to be home for a little while, as I will start traveling again in October and November and December and … you get the picture…

I hope your summer was great, too!!

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5 thoughts on “Program 176 – What I Did on My Summer “Vacation””

  1. Loved the podcast. You had a busy summer but how exciting to see all the sites, visit the quilt shops and meet wonderful people!

  2. Annie- I did a double take when I saw the pod cast title ‘My Summer Vacation’- I know you have been too busy for a vacation in the regular way. Nice to hear more about your adventures. Wasn’t the Chocolate Cafe in Lidizt PA the best? But I missed the Log Cabin shop in Bird-in-Hand…next time.

  3. I’m glad we finally got to meet when I was on my summer vacation 🙂 Besides Eddie’s, I did get to Cabin Fever Quilt Shoppe in Auburn. Back in Bangkok.

  4. Thank you for the podcast, Annie. I look forward to them always!! Let me know if you travel to the Denver area. I’d love to meet you and take you to “my” quilt shop! Tami

  5. Another great podcast, Annie! I loved meeting you in NJ and it was fun to hear you talk about me. One small correction, so far I have two grandchildren and hoping to reach five and many more. Looking forward to hearing about YOU becoming a grandma!

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