I drove up to Sisters Oregon for the quilt show the whole town puts on every July. I came up with two dear friends, Debbie and Marlyn. We spent our first night in Redding, CA on our way up, and arrived in Bend the afternoon before the show. We visited a couple of quilt shops in Bend, then returned to the hotel. I was very good and didn't buy any fabric.
After a relaxing evening, we woke early and drove to Sisters at 5:30 am. We had an early breakfast at the Ski Inn in Sisters, then relaxed in the car a bit while they hung the quilts around town. Finally we walked up and down the main street, Cascade Ave. I separated from them for a bit to walk to the town library to meet up with other Stashbusters. That was wonderful to put faces to names and meet all the lovely ladies. We had a nice chat, took a group photo, then split up again to view more quilts. I met up with my friends for lunch at the Agave Grill. Lunch was yummy and we drove to the other end of town to visit the quilt store, which had been too crowded to get into in the morning. The Stitchin' Post was a very nice quilt shop with a lot of cute things, but I was very good and didn't buy anything except a tote bag with the logo of the Sisters Quilt Show on it.
We decided we were tuckered out and headed back to our hotel in Bend. On the way, Debbie spotted a sign that read 'Quilter's Sale' on the side of the road. We decided to check it out and found a lovely and sweet lady who was selling off her collection of kits and fabrics and machines and miscellany from the B&B from which she used to run quilt retreats. I made my first real purchases of the trip - a kit to make a dragon quilt and a couple of pieces of fabric, all at great savings.
We got back on the road to Bend, visited Bend's third, and final, quilt shop before returning to our hotel. We've been watching movies and relaxing, since then, recovering from the long walk this morning.
Tomorrow we visit the Quilt Expo in Redmond, Or, a new show the same weekend as the Sisters show, except it is an indoor show with vendors. We'll spend one more night in Bend before heading home, again stopping in Redding, CA on the way.
I love the Marriott in Redding because they have a hotel cat named Jack, who makes me feel more at home and miss my own kitties a little less.
I have been having a glorious time, traveling and chatting with my friends along the way, and we have been great support for each other not buying unnecessary things, though I did buy a little gift for my secret pal in one of the cute little gift shops in Sisters. At least I haven't bought a bunch of unnecessary fabric... and believe me when I say there was a lot of fabric that we saw that I REALLY wanted!!! I was strong and resisted... Hopefully I will be as strong when we hit the vendor's booths tomorrow at the show in Redmond!
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