A weekend in North Carolina’s Outer Banks

This was the view from our hotel room. Absolutely breathtaking! Worth every penny. Didn’t matter how cold it was, I sat on the balcony with a mug of tea in hand, soaking up the sound of the waves pounding against the surf. This girl has missed her beach time! The last time I stepped foot on a beach was pre-COVID. Far too long!

Hubs and I had a relaxing weekend in the OBX eating our fill of seafood and seeing the national parks. My fave was visiting the lighthouses from Currituck to Bodie Island to Cape Hatteras. Going during the off-season means fewer crowds and reasonable hotel rates, but many attractions are closed for the season. We still found plenty of things to do and places to eat.

There is a quilt shop in Nags Head that is open all year round – The Rusty Crow. Our welcoming committee consisted of two good sized Bernese Mountain dogs. After the obligatory pats on the head and back rubs, we were allowed inside. This shop’s focus is on wool applique with plenty of specialty threads, buttons and other handwork notions. The other side of the shop is devoted to a selection of current Moda lines, OBX and nautical themed fabric, plus dressmaker and home dec fabrics. I picked up a really cute piecing, applique and embroidery project book called Gossip in the Garden from Hatched and Patched, based in Australia. I’ll be making use of my Stick N Stitch for the embroidery transfer. I’ll also substitute raw edge appliqué in lieu of the needle turn appliqué called for in the pattern. Honestly, that is the only way I’ll make this quilt. 🙂

Speaking of quilty travel, Mountain Quiltfest in Pigeon Forge has released its class schedule for June. Riley Blake Designs announced that Garden of Quilts will be September 13-16, 2023 at Thanksgiving Point. And finally, The Featherweight Shop has 3 separate FW retreats coming in May at the Missouri Star Retreat Center in Hamilton, MO. Not into bunking with strangers? There’s a FW maintenance class being offered by a different instructor (not affiliated with The Featherweight Shop) at the Kansas City Quilt Festival in mid-June.

Now for my dilemma – quilt show in Charlotte, NC or quilt shows in Ft. Walton Beach and Pensacola? All three shows are the same weekend. I’m thinking beach time!