Sunday, April 22, 2012

White Oak, April 2012

Our semi-annual getaway took place this past weekend, and not a minute too soon. Honna and I left home a little before three and pulled into the White Oak lot a little before five. Helen and Judy had just arrived and were unpacking. With the entire Executive Committee on site, the decision was made that the first order of business was to be a nap.  When we awoke, everyone except Kathy had arrived, the wine was open, and the weekend had begun.

Kathy came in just as dinner was ending, and it didn't take long for her to catch up. I worked on two projects and finished one to filmsy stage. It is the yield from a swap of blue, brown and creamy CW four patches and HSTs. Finishing at 90" in length, it doesn't completely fit on my design wall, but surely you get the idea. Please click on the photo to enlarge it so you can see the gorgeous fabric I found for the outer border.

Saturday morning Turbo and Suzan asked if I would be willing to take them out to the Log Cabin in Bird-in-Hand and they didn't have to twist my arm. When I go out to White Oak, I always like to stop at the BIH Farmers Market and get some cinnamon buns to bring home to Joe, and this was no exception. The fabric selection at LC is good and the prices are competitive; they even have one very large section of sale fabrics. Turbo and I each picked up a bottle of their wonderful goats' milk lotion -- I like to put it on my dry skin. It smells of marigolds.

When we left White Oak a little after noon, Honna and I decided to make a stop. Pat had long sung the praises of one Bitty Kinna fabric shop in Intercourse, famous for being the only thing open on a Sunday. Bitty Kinna did not disappoint and I predict will now be a regular stop for me when I go to Intercourse. It is a lovely shop, spacious and well-lit. She has fabrics that I've never seen anywhere else, probably because she doesn't have any Modas. (She doesn't need to; the Old Country Store is just steps away and they appear to have every Moda ever made IMHO.) Prices at Bitty Kinna are right in line with the rest of Lancaster County and Bitty herself is a delight.

It was wonderful to spend a weekend with nine other wonderful women, to experience Rob's great hugs and Carol's marvelous hospitality. And we return in just six more months . . . .

8 comments:

LizA. said...

Just lovely. Sounds like a spectacular weekend. I'm jealous.

Mrs. Goodneedle said...

I'm inspired, as always...

Salem Stitcher said...

As I read, it brought back wonderful memories of my visit last summer. I think I will smile about it all day.

Glad retreat was wonderful! Now I've got to go play with my blue & brown blocks...

cityquilter grace said...

oohh, tell me more about log cabin...

Janet O. said...

I did enlarge the photo--you are right! Gorgeous border fabric and you really can't tell without enlarging it. I love it! Besides, blue and brown is a favorite combo of mine and this quilt does it proud.
Sounds like you have had some fun excursions!

Lynn Dykstra said...

very, very pretty

Jean Burke said...

Bitty's is a cute shop, isn't it? She has some beautiful samples hanging and is such a pleasant person! Glad you had fun......

Pat said...

These weekends are so restorative! My batteries were running low and needed that jolt of friendship and sewing. For all those who think this particular quilt looks good up on Ms. N's design wall, you should see it in person. The colors are wonderful. So glad you like Bitty Kinna and thought it was a worthwhile little detour on the way home.