Our first stop was at the winery that makes Sweety's favorite port, Ficklin. There are no leaves on the vines at this time. The vines themselves, however, were just beautiful against the cloudy sky - a perfect picture opportunity - again, me bad-no camera. I don't drink (don't like the taste) but Sweety was able to taste a few varieties and bring some home.
Our next leg of the trip took us to a quilt store in Fresno, Cottage Quilts. This was my first visit and was I ever in seventh heaven! They used to be just mail order. Then they opened a retail store and have just expended their square footage. Not all quilt stores are the same as each one has a distinct personality. A lot depends on who is buying the fabric (there are literally tons to choose from all the fabric companies) and how it is all presented. Let me just tell you that it's right up there now as one of my favorite stores. It was bright and cheery and had the fabric I love. Most importantly, I was greeted by friendly and helpful ladies who obviously love what they do. Thanks, Caroline! My son's best friend (do guys have BFF's?) and his wife are expecting twin girls in June. I picked up the pattern and fabric to make two of these darling cherry quilts designed by Holly Holderman of Lakehouse Designs. I so hope they like them!
Our last stop was the city of Clovis. What a darling little town. Antique stores galore, a tea shop and another of my favorite quilt stores, Quilters Paradise. We got home late but had such a great time.
Drop on over to my friend Anna at Timbleanna and read her post from February 16th. There's something going around blog-land called "Where I'm From" where you tell about yourself. That's the simplisitc description of what it's about. Anna's was so moving and dynamic it gave me chills!
I'm going to leave you with a picture of one of my favorite dogs, Ozzie. Now if you know me, you know that I'm a Scottish Terrier snob. Sorry, can't help it. However, I have fallen in love with Ozzie. Maybe it's because he's a tad eccentric. Stop on over to Nicole's blog, Sister's Choice Quilts and read her post of February 15th. You'll fall in love, too. Leaving you with a smile.....
Hi, my name is Ozzie! What's yours?