Beautiful Beaufort by the Sea!
Founded in 1711!
Whenever you hear the words Beaufort, South Carolina, that is the phrase that rolls right off of the tongues of natives and visitors alike.
Beaufort is a BEAUTIFUL place, and my history loving self was in hyper-drive trying to fit in as much of beautiful Beaufort as I could in between classes and lectures.
Upon wrapping up our Friday workshop day in Hilton Head with the Palmetto Quilters, I made a beeline over to Beaufort where I would be teaching the next morning. There was daylight to be made good use of, and I had some time to wander before finding myself dinner.
Where do you go in Beaufort? The WATERFRONT of course!
You’ll likely pass a few of these on the way!
And homes like this, made for dreaming.
Who lived here? Who loved these porches?
Or these?? WOW!
Beautiful late afternoon.
Short sleeves. Sunshine.
This is fun…look at all the porch swings!
You can sit and swing and watch the water as the sun begins to do this:
Oh my. *happy sigh*
Palm tree silouettes.
I am enamored with this old bank now a restaurant.
And I learned something!
You may have thought that Tabby only referred to a kind of cat, but it is actually a compound made of sand, lime and oyster shells!
Tabby is a concrete made from lime, sand and oyster shells. Its origin is uncertain, although early documents record Indian burial vaults with walls made of oyster shells and lime, no such structures have survived. It is likely that Sixteenth-century Spanish explorers first brought tabby (which appears as “tabee”, “tapis”, “tappy” and “tapia” in early documents) to the coasts of what would become South Carolina and Georgia.
Beaufort has an example of Tabby used in the late1500’s. In the New World, Fort San Felipe, built in 1577 on what is now Parris Island, S. C., is an early example of tabby construction. The compound contained more than sixty tabby houses. [source]
As fun as the history part of Beaufort was, darkness was quickly falling and I had a class to teach the next morning!
I love this photo!
We sewed up a storm, and I love how the avalanche word on her shirt, echos the avalanche that is happening on the table in front of her….hahaha!
We were busy with Wonky Star Making and String Sashing Piecing, aka Wonky Wishes!
Busy hands sewing!
Busy irons pressing!
Busy quilters networking!
It was a fabulous Wonky Wishes Workshop day!
The Green Husqvarna has a new home!
Still up for adoption are the Spartan and the 99k but there is one workshop left on this whirlwind Low Country Tour.
Catch the scenes from our workshop day in the slide show below:
What a fun day!
And that was not the end of the excitement. As class was just ending rain began to fall. A huge weather system with tornado watches was rolling through from west to east, and I was driving in the midst of it back to Bluffton where I am teaching today. It passed fairly quickly, and I was able to meet up with some friends for dinner after checking into the next hotel.
Dinner with the Carolina Pine Girls!
A group of friends from a guild I used to belong to here in South Carolina are also on Hilton Head retreating. They’ve been doing this yearly now for TWENTY years. What an amazing group of women! And I got to meet up with them for dinner. A great time was had by all. So great catching up with everyone!
Quiltville Quote of the Day!
Sometimes the hardest part is just getting started and once you do you find your own pace and can move forward. Just begin! If I can just jump in and get started, all of the kinks seem to work themselves out along the way, and things come together. Sometimes even better than I had imagined they would.
More Big Thunder Boomers rolled in around 4 a.m. and I've been up since. It’s still rumbling out there, so who knows what today will bring, but we will be inside sewing our hearts out.
When class is over, I’m headed up to Columbia, SC for a birthday dinner with my son Jason, his girlfriend Jenny, and I get to meet Jenny’s mom for the first time.
Tomorrow--- I’m 55!!! How did that happen??
Have a lovely Sunday, everyone!