I fell asleep at 7:30 last night! I think I needed it. I couldn't keep my eyes open, and slept all night. I vaguely remember it raining. We need rain so bad. I looked out side this morning, and yes the streets are wet. It finally feels like fall here in SC! Love it.
The leaves were gorgeous going up toward DC through NC and VA....and on the way back you could see that more had changed over the 4 days that I was gone. The only thing that I don't like about fall/winter is the getting dark at 5pm. If it gets dark at 5, I'm ready for bed at 7, and it feels like I accomplish only half of what I should during the day.
I need to finish with the rest of my trip! On Sunday afternoon, Amy and I took the metro into DC to go see the exhibit at the Renwick Museum! I love that the museums in DC are free. Because it was a Sunday, there were not a lot of people down there. We did stop and watch a dance troupe and some singers doing a performance about global hunger. Interesting contemporary stuff. But I think there were more performers than there were watchers...
(this arial viewpic is linked from their website)
We walked the few blocks from the metro station to the museum. Of course, they didn't allow pics of the quilts, they wanted you to buy a $45 book....so...I took pics of the banners out side!
This is one of the only pics I found of quilts in the exhibit, linked to their site.
I left DC about 4 pm and started my trek homeward. Traffic getting OUT of DC, even on a sunday afternoon was horrid and it took forever at 23mph to get anywhere. It was 7pm before I made it to just south of Richmond, near Petersburg where I decided to pull off and spend the night. I checked into a Days Inn, ate at a seafood place near by, and went back to my room. Yes....me and the featherweight sewed some more! It was there that I finished the last block for the string quilt. YEAH! I was deep into an episode of Law and Order, so I pulled out some X album type blocks that I had pre-cut ages ago and chain pieced those.
In the morning, I packed up and headed the rest of the way home! If you ever travel down (or up) I-95....follow the signs and take an exit at Selma NC! The down town area is loaded with antique shops! I thought this would be a "short" detour, and it took me 3 hours! *LOL* I had fun just cruising the antique shops, and even found some goodies to bring home. I fell in love with this old english tea pot. Another store had these cute (not antique) vintage looking enamel ware cups and pots with sayings on them. I had to buy the one that said "kitty treats" for Oscar's treats. it was too cute to pass up. Another shop had tons of quilts, the prices were up there tho, and the condition was not so excellent on most of them. I did however find this little cutter piece that someone had bound! I love the burgundy resist fabrics in it and the shirtings of course. I also love how it is a "SQUARE ROUND" drunkards path variation instead of the usual completely round ones that we see!
I made it home around 5pm and laid down for a 2 hour nap. I've been trying to catch up on more sleep ever since. I think after last night's 12 hours I'm good to go.
I have more pics of quilts I took in the antique malls, but they'll have to wait for another post. The day is passing, it's already 9:30 and I've gotta hit the door running!