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Project Linus Quilts

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

I had another quilt retreat in NC this past week so DH and I took another trip. We went to VA and finished riding the VA Creeper Trail, and almost road all the New River Trail before my quilt retreat started on Thursday (more on those later). Every Saturday we have our own little quilt show at the retreat. Here is a picture from this year.



I took the 6 Project Linus Quilts from the 500 member celebration on Quilt and Lose team and included them in the show. Only 2 are quilted, but the last 4 will be soon.

Here are the quilts:













I will soon have them all quilted and ready for delivery. Look for some bike adventures tomorrow.

  
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JGMK55 10/12/2010 8:57PM

    Stunning!

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BEVPRESLEY 10/12/2010 8:36PM

    Thanks everyone, we had some really talented quilters this year.

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1BEARWIFE 10/12/2010 8:12PM

    What lovely quilts! I wish we had a quilt show coming up in our area. I'm getting "quilt show fever".

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HYJEAN 10/12/2010 1:54PM

    They are all so beautiful!!!

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MAKULEWAHINE 10/12/2010 11:03AM

    Beautiful quilts. I always thought I would like to do some Hawaiian quilts but I don't have the patience, or the eyes either anymore. So bike it is!! Look forward to hearing about your bike adventures. So many trails, so little time:)

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ILUVTOTAT 10/12/2010 10:59AM

    Lucky you that you can go on these retreats! Someday I'll get to as well. Have fun!

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CARLANNIE 10/12/2010 9:34AM

    How fun to see the Linus quilts - you did such a great job. Yes, a quilt retreat sounds like fun. I'd love to go to one sometime.

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DOLLBABE56 10/12/2010 8:07AM

    These are BEAUTIFUL!!!! You are truly gifted. I can't wait to see more pictures! emoticon

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DOR2BFIT 10/12/2010 6:47AM

    Wow! Beautiful- very impressive work! emoticon emoticon

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NANA2PRINCESSES 10/12/2010 6:03AM

    Great photos. Good work. I have yet to experience a quilt retreat, I think I would like it.

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Mackinac Island, MI - part 5, saying goodbye

Tuesday, September 07, 2010

There are many more lovely places and sights on Mackinac. I have not mentioned the fudge. There are at least 12 shops and they all make wonderful fudge. We bought a slice every evening after dinner to enjoy with coffee in our room. Chocolate/pecan is still my favorite. Here are some of the other places we visited:

St Ann's Church


and cemetery


Little Stone Church, very popular for weddings


The butterfly house (they have a web cam if you are interested)


Our last dinner was at the Carriage House, a Grand Hotel restaurant


MY quilting friends will understand this one. This is the floor in the ladies room at the Garden Gate.


A very special thanks to our hosts at the Cottage Inn B&B, Rich and Marge. Please stay with them if you visit the island.

So it was with a rested, but sad heart we spent our last evening watching the sun set across the water. Thankful for a great week, looking forward to our next adventure.

  
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POUNDSTOGO3 9/10/2010 10:16PM

    Had to leave to go to dinner but just stopped back to see your last pictures of the island. It makes me want to go back and stay a few days. Our trips were always one day trips.

And it is surprising how tired you can get sitting in a car.

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ILUVTOTAT 9/9/2010 12:46PM

    What a beautiful place! It reminds me of when I lived in Virginia. I must go back someday. Thanks for sharing your photos.

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LOULOUBELLE2 9/9/2010 12:35PM

    Ahhhhhh Your not alone in taking pictures to remember for quilt patterns...I do as well.

What a wonderful celebration you had. I relived our visits there in viewing your pictures on all the 5 blogs.
You did a awesome job of showing off the island, ever think about being a tour director?
I could "almost" taste the fudge...I liked the Chocolate Mint one when we were there.

Great memories....Have you planned your next adventure yet?
A Belated Happy Anniversary to you both...may the 2 of you enjoy many more adventures together.

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HYJEAN 9/8/2010 11:37AM

    I live near enough to drive there now. That has always been a dream to go there. I love your Blog and the pictures are just wonderful.

What a great place just to get away.

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NANA2PRINCESSES 9/8/2010 5:46AM

    Lovely farewell, thanks. I have a similar sunset photo taken on a music cruise in the Straits area a couple of summers ago. Thanks for sharing.

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ELAINESHAFF 9/7/2010 11:05PM

    I have been there several times and hope to go back within the next year. Beautiful island!!

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MAKULEWAHINE 9/7/2010 10:52PM

    Oh my gosh. I feel as if I were there with you. Thanks.

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JGMK55 9/7/2010 9:59PM

    Deep sigh - beautful! emoticon

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1BEARWIFE 9/7/2010 8:30PM

    I love it! It's good to know that I am not the only one who takes photos of floors, windows and ceilings because they have interesting quilt patterns that I don't want to forget!!

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DOLLBABE56 9/7/2010 7:35PM

    The pictures are beautiful! I'm so happy that you have had such a lovely time.

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Mackinac Island, MI - part 4, hiking around

Monday, September 06, 2010

Mackinac Island is full of "roads" and trails that can be hiked, cycled, or ridden on horseback. We didn't get to all of them, but did get over 20 miles in. Some of them were horse trails and a bit to mucky for my liking.












Thursday we took a wonderful couple (Jean and Rob) who were staying in the same B&B to dinner. They had eaten at the Yankee Rebel and enjoyed it, so that is where we went.


The Walleye was great, but best of all ... they had SWEET TEA! For those of you not from the south, that is a big deal.

My poor feet paid the price for all our walking. For some strange reason the shoes I have hiked in for 3 years bruised my toes and I had to buy some sandals. Fortunately, they weren't painful and I could still walk and ride, just had to avoid the messiest of the trails.

Next time, miscellaneous sites and saying good bye.

  
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POUNDSTOGO3 9/10/2010 5:59PM

    Just catching up on your trip. DH and I went to North Dakota on Tuesday and returned on Wednesday....559 miles. Picked up our 21 year old grandson as he had to go back to school. He left last June to meet his harvesting crew in Texas so he has been gone all summer. Looks as though you are enjoying your vacation!

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POUNDSTOGO3 9/10/2010 5:59PM

    Just catching up on your trip. DH and I went to North Dakota on Tuesday and returned on Wednesday....559 miles. Picked up our 21 year old grandson as he had to go back to school. He left last June to meet his harvesting crew in Texas so he has been gone all summer. Looks as though you are enjoying your vacation!

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1BEARWIFE 9/7/2010 1:35PM

    Love reading your blogs. I especially like the photos of you. You are looking absolutely Perfectly Healthy and Happy!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

I think you have walked enough in those shoes. Time for a new pair, my friend! emoticon

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LILPAT3 9/7/2010 10:59AM

    Thanks for sharing!

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CARLANNIE 9/7/2010 10:34AM

    What fun to watch your journey through your photos! I have a pair of shoes that end up squishing my toes together after I've been in them a long while - can't figure out why? I think they have loosened up over time and my foot slides down into the toe of the shoe more. A new pair is on my list.

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DOLLBABE56 9/7/2010 8:17AM

    Sounds like you had a wonderful time. Love the pictures!

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NANA2PRINCESSES 9/7/2010 6:22AM

    I've enjoyed your accounts; by next summer I'm hoping we're semi-retired and able to spend a little more time enjoying the natural beauty so close to us. (Take care of your feet).

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MAKULEWAHINE 9/6/2010 9:39PM

    What fun. I love those trails muddy or not. One of the things I found with hiking or walking shoes is that you HAVE to keep your nails clipped. I've lost big toe nails because I neglected that little bit of upkeep:( But it sounds like a new pair of shoes is in your future.

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LHACKING13 9/6/2010 9:15PM

    thank you for sharing all those pictures. I've always wanted to go to mackinac Island and now I want to go even more. Hopefully one day I will.

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Mackinac Island, MI - part 3, forts and other sights.

Monday, September 06, 2010

We visited many interesting places on the island. I'm glad they are making such an effort to maintain their historical and natural attractions.

The first one we visited was Arch rock.


We climbed the stairs to the observation deck (located on the left of the arch), but found the bike trail the next day. It was a much easier way to get there.


Then there is Ft Holmes, the highest point on the island. I think the GPS said it was 941 ft above sea level.


This is the front gate.


Me on the top of the wall which is a mound of dirt topped with logs.


We hiked and rode by Sugar Loaf Rock.


The Governor has a mansion on the island. It has one of the best views anywhere.


Then there is Ft Mackinac.


They have cannon firing demonstrations through out the day.


The buildings have been restored and maintained.


The Boy Scouts serve as honor guard for the Governor's mansion and hosts in Fort Mackinac. I must mention what a great job they did. They answered questions and gave directions all day and were always polite.

Dinner Wednesday at GoodFellows. DH had a strawberry/pecan salad. I had 3 cheese ravioli. Forgot to take pics again, but trust me, it was awesome and we had enough left for lunch on Thursday.

More later.

  
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NANA2PRINCESSES 9/6/2010 11:09AM

    Bev, gorgeous photos. The winds calmed a bit, so they should have been able to get the bridge walk in okay this morning. It just started raining here, hopefully it isn't raining on the walkers. Thanks again for sharing.

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MAKULEWAHINE 9/6/2010 10:48AM

    Wonderful pics and journaling. I always like to say that I've never been farther east than Texas but I enjoy seeing and hearing about others' adventures. Thanks for that. You got in a good amount of exercise too. Hiking and biking....can it get any better?

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JGMK55 9/6/2010 10:29AM

    Love the photos and descriptions. Thanks for sharing.

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POUNDSTOGO3 9/6/2010 10:11AM

    Beautiful pictures. I guess I'll take out my album and refresh my memory. It's been many years. We didn't bike around the island because our many different friends didn't bike but we did take the horse carriage.

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POUNDSTOGO3 9/6/2010 10:11AM

    Beautiful pictures. I guess I'll take out my album and refresh my memory. It's been many years. We didn't bike around the island because our many different friends didn't bike but we did take the horse carriage.

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DOR2BFIT 9/6/2010 7:35AM

    Looks like a wonderful place, and sounds like you got the most out of everything on the island. emoticon emoticon

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DAVEINSEOUL 9/6/2010 2:52AM

    Yes, I remember Mackinac Island fondly. Many years ago (too many to count), our Boy Scout Troop was asked to participate in the "Govenor's Honor Guard" program on the island for one week. It was one of the highlights of my entire Boy Scout career.

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Mackinac Island, MI - part 2, cycling around

Friday, September 03, 2010

Tuesday was our second day on the island. We rented bikes and rode every day, but I will combine all the ride pictures here. It is 8 miles to ride all the way around, and if I put all my pictures together there may be a complete picture of the shore. We rode both directions morning, afternoon, and evening so we could see everything in different light. Most people just ride around the island, nice gentle ride, even saw some little ones with their training wheels. We also rode the trails and roads inland where there were some nice hills, but also some really great downhills.

The shore is white rocks, the water is perfectly clear. When the sun hits it, it looks just like the water in the Gulf of Mexico (before the oil spill).


Yup, you can also ride horses around the island.


It seems to be popular to build cairns, so of course, we had to build one, too.


It is just beautiful along the shore.




Rode past Arch Rock along the shore, and took the bike trail from the back side also.


Inland had it's beauty, too. Some of the roads are paved, some are crushed rock, but all are great.




One of our rental bikes.


Tuesday's dinner recommendation was steak at the Pink Pony. It was possibly the best rib eye I have ever eaten.



(sorry, forgot the before picture)

Tomorrow, the forts of Mackinac.

  
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POUNDSTOGO3 9/6/2010 10:06AM

    Brings back memories.

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LILPAT3 9/5/2010 10:11AM

    Very nice...thanks for sharing. emoticon

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NANA2PRINCESSES 9/4/2010 8:05AM

    Bev, beautiful pictures. I'm afraid you'd find the water pretty steely grey today. We're having high winds, and very overcast skies, some rain. The folks trying to get the Mackinac Bridge ready for the Labor Day walk Monday are having trouble because of high winds, vehicles being escorted, etc. Supposed to get better tomorrow. It truly is a gorgeous spot. You'd enjoy the U.P. region of Michigan around the Pictured Rocks Lakeshore also. Biking opportunities probably not as good because of the hills, but great hiking routes. We were there a few weeks ago, put a lot of steps on the ped. and Lake Superior one of my favorite destinations.
JoAnn

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