Farewell to Michigan ~ Hello Tennessee

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On June 30th, we said farewell to our home in Commerce, Michigan and hello to our new temporary home in Tennessee.  One of the first events we did after arriving was to go to see a baseball game between the Tennessee Smokies and the Jackson Generals. The Smokies won the game and there was an awesome firework display after the game on the 4th of July.

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My friend Janice from Quilts of Compassion said, “Never say, Good-bye… Always say, See you soon…”

Mini Quilt: Treasure Coast RV Resort

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This mini quilt was inspired by our two week escape from the frigid North to the glorious South.  The camper pattern was collected during the 2014 Michigan Row by Row Experience with some awning and carpet embellishments I added.  The original pattern had pine trees which I replaced with a palm tree and the sun, two things not found in the North.  Since I am new to quilting, a wonderful quilting tutorial from the “The Inbox Jaunt” guided me through the quilting process for appliqué.

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Here was the inspiration for this mini quilt.  Treasure Coast RV Resort in Fort Pierce, Florida is 10, 10, 10 in my book.  The managers, Bill and Diane, do a great job!  The staff and guests are warm, fun and friendly.  There are planned activities to enjoy, water aerobics, bingo, line dancing, cards, pool and entertainment to name a few.  We spent time exercising on our bicycles and swimming and came back lighter and more tan than when we left.  We met some great folks too: Marty, Connie, Allen & Cynthia, Joey, David, Debbie to name a few and had some wonderful neighbors Larry & Lois and Jerry & Dar.  My brother and his family came down for a visit and we visited with our long time friends, Tom & Suzie, who are snow birds in Delray Beach.  It would not have been as fun without our wonderful friends, Tracy and Linda, who shared our motorhome on Lot #149 and Mike and Leni who came down and spent a week in their camper on Lot #33.  I can’t wait to spend every winter glamping in Florida but it will be for months not weeks in years to come.

2014 Michigan Row by Row Experience

I learned of this fun challenge during the Modern Traditions Shop Hop in June 2014 when Mary from The Quilting Season shared the program particulars.  Patterns were free from July 1 – September 2, 2014 and kits could be purchased for each row from the individual shops.  Patterns were removed from the shop shelves from 9/3-10/31, 2014 giving people time to complete the quilt (pieced, quilted, bound and labeled).  The quilt has to have a minimum of 8 different rows.  The first person to turn a quilt into the shop would win 25 Fat Quarters.  If that shop’s row was on your quilt, an additional gift would be awarded.

Quilt #1:  Summertime at the West Shore

See On the Edge Quilts Page of this website for details on this quilt

Summertime at the West Shore 2014 Michigan Row by Row Experience Pamela Lefler Becker (left) Martha - Shop Owner (right) Front Porch Quilts, Troy, MI pameladianedesigns.com

Summertime at the West Shore
2014 Michigan
Row by Row Experience
Pamela Lefler Becker (left)
Martha – Shop Owner (right)
Front Porch Quilts, Troy, MI
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Contest Prize Awarded: 25 Fat Quarters

Shop Prize Awarded: 4 Fat Quarters, 5/8 yard fabric and a label

Contest and Shop Prizes 2014 Michigan Row by Row Experience pameladianedesigns.com

Contest and Shop Prizes
2014 Michigan
Row by Row Experience
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Quilt #2:

Lake Michigan Sunsets: Stitched Studio, Grand Rapids (7/21)

Big Mac on a Summer’s Eve: Alley Kat’s Quilt Shop, Marquette (Qultn’ in Da UP) (8/15)

Boats: Bernina Sewing Center & Quilt Shop, Kalamazoo (7/25)

Summer Camping: Kean’s Store Company, Mason (Quilt S’more) (7/21 & 7/28)

Awakenings: The Quilters Garden, Fenton (I “Heart Symbol” 2 Quilt@) (11/5)

Tulip Time:  The Quilting Season, Saline (Happy Quilting!) (11/5)

Celebrate a Season: Quilted Memories, Montague (Log Cabin Qultr) (7/24)

Treetops Quilt Shop: Creative Quilt Kits, Brighton (8/5)

Trees: Everlasting Stitches, Holt (Works 4 Fabric) (7/21)

Changing with the Seasons (Leaves): Bits ‘N Pieces, Wayne (Sew Happy) (7/29)

Fall Leaves & Bittersweet: Lake Street Mercantile, South Lyon (8/11)

Snowmen: Material Mart, Midland (8/14)

Patterns Only:

Northern Michigan Lights: Fabric Stash, Cheboygan (8/15)

Showcase Monroe: Lake Erie Mercantile, Monroe

At the Beach: Quilt-n-Bee, Traverse City

Scrappy Camper: The Silver Thimble, Birch Run (8/14)

Fall in Michigan: Material Girls, Dearborn

Leaves from every Season: Yards of Fabric, Mason (Quiltn’ Stash) (7/21)

Cottage: Hearts to Holly Quilt Shop, Charlevoix

A Little R&R

On June 13th I flew to Seattle to meet my mom and sister so we could see my brother and celebrate my nephew’s graduation. It had been 25 years since I had been to Seattle, the first time was when my brother got married.  I have incredible fond memories of that trip 25 years ago. At that time, we also visited Vancouver, one of my favorite cities.  My plan was to do so again but at the last minute I could not find my passport.  The graduation party was on Saturday and we visited again on Sunday. Monday we went to lunch with my brother and sister-in-law in Bellingham on our way back to Seattle.  Our flights departed for Michigan and Wisconsin at 6am Tuesday.

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My brother lives in Blaine so I rented a house for us in Birch Bay.  It was Absolutely Perfect!

My VRBO review…

We had the most relaxing stay at Rancho Relaxo this past weekend. It was very clean and tastefully decorated and offered just the right amount of space for my sister, mom and myself. Since we arrived very late Friday night, the owner offered to pick up a few groceries on our behalf. The fireplace was especially nice feature as it was a cool and damp weekend. There were several other amenities available which we did not use but it was nice to know they were available. The Bay and C Shop are a short stroll away and the state park close by to watch the sunsets. I would definitely stay here on a return trip to see my brother or for future vacations in the area.

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I fell in love with a picture the owner had on the wall in the bathroom which I sent to my husband as I was thinking about and missing him on this trip.

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Myrna provided the following information about where to purchase it.

I did a little research and found the artist who painted the watercolor print that is hanging in the bathroom at Rancho Relaxo.  His name is Perry Woodfin, and the title of the piece is called “Anacortes Fuel”.  Anacortes is a relatively small town about 45 minutes southwest of Birch Bay.  I found that the print is available for purchase through a website called www.fineartamerica.com I posted the link below, which you may just have to copy and paste into the browser.

http://fineartamerica.com/featured/anacortes-fuel-perry-woodfin.html

I had thought about visiting Treehouse Point in Falls City on Monday but the tours were booked all the way out to mid-July.  I tried to get tickets at the last minute.  What was I thinking?  Upon my return home, I got the brilliant idea that my husband and I should renew our wedding vows (40 years) in 2016 and invite our family to stay at the B&B.  This trip will be made on our motorcycles and will be patterned after our 2nd honeymoon where we visited Mt Rushmore, Yellowstone, Grand Canyon, Sequoia, Las Vegas and other sites in a “hippy” conversion van. We had spent many midnights preparing the van for that epic trip.  On the 2016 trip I will add stops in Glacier National, Hwy 1, Bryce Canyon, Zion National plus more.  The name of the 2016 journey will be:  We’ve come a long way, Baby!