Thursday, July 25, 2013

My Kind Of Town


We just spent a couple of days in Chicago........
 We had some nice seats at Cellular Field to watch the Tigers play the White Sox. The Tigers won, the weather was brilliant, and the train ride there and back was fun.
 I took my own advice and we spent a lovely afternoon on the Architectural Boat Tour of Chicago.
 What a great way to spend the afternoon.

Cannot wait to get back there.
 A leisurely, lovely breakfast at Ina's was one of the highlights.
 And look what awaited me back here in Ann Arbor - the pre-cuts of Grant Park. (Grant Park, by the way is right next to the Art Institute of Chicago, where we saw The Fashion of Impressionism exhibit.  Sorry, they wouldn't allow cameras.  If you love Impressionism, France, and 19th century fabrics and clothing - this is a must!!)
 Guess what else the postman brought? A pack of quilting playing cards.  These were a gift from Monique Dillard and C &  T publishing.  Monique used our fabric to make the quilt on the back of the cards.  Thank you Monique!! We love these!


 Our 2 1/2 day vacation was just what the doctor ordered. We relaxed, saw great stuff, ate great food, and we are now back to work, refreshed.

What do you do when you need just a little time away? Comment here about that - or anything else and you could win a Grant Park pre-cut and a deck of quilty playing cards.  We'll pick 3 winners for a chance at a Jelly Roll™and cards, a Charm Pack™and a pack of cards, or a Candy™and a pack of cards.  Comment before midnight Saturday July 27th.  This is your only chance to get Grant Park before it ships next spring to your local quilt shop.

Laurie








117 comments:

Jacqueline said...

When I need some time away I hit the road for Amish country. I love the quilt shops, antique shops, great food and beautiful country side.

Yep I am fortunate enough that it is just a couple of hours away.

Samplings from Spring Creek said...

Go antiquing, take a hike in the woods, go to the garden center--endless possibilities

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

When I need a little time away we head to the North Shore of Lake Superior - it is awesome!

Pat said...

We love to go to Lake Tahoe. It's a five hour beautiful drive for us so fairly close. We get a cabin and go enjoy the scenery.

Geoff's Mom said...

Hi! Loved my recent trip to Ohio and West Virginia! Lots of wonderful antiques and home of the Woolen Willow. Love your fabrics. I'm thinking about using them in a new design! Glad you had such fun!

Margaret said...

Interesting you should ask. My answer is, I go Up North! I was in northern MI last weekend (Torch Lake), and visited Petosky to go to their annual art fair. It was marvelous - similar to Ann Arbor's albiet smaller and sans the heat!! Very relaxing weekend, spent with close friends, good food and perfect scenery.

Donna K. from N. Texas said...

I've always wanted to visit Chicago to see the architecture. Didnt know their was a boat tour. That sounds like fun.

Janelle said...

If I am going for a good getaway the beach = relaxation. We live in Washington, so it's not white sand and blue water, but it's still so calming to me!

Janet said...

We pack up and go somewhere new, first finding a hotel with a pool and a waterside for the kids :0) I would be ecstatic to win some of your new fabric line!!! Thanks for the chance.

andsewon said...

DH and I will just jump in the truck and head up a country road.Find some neat junk shops and a place to grab a bite. Day tripping mostly as we have pets we cannot leave at this time over night. We also love the Blue Ridge Mts of Virginia and beaches of NC!Love those cards!!
Lola

Margaret said...

A little time away usually means a day trip to our favorite antique-y towns where we can wander and shop and eat yummy food.

Sue Bennett said...

Time away at antique stores is always a great get away.
Love the new fabrics.

suebennett1975@gmail.com

Miss Jean said...

I take a good book and go somewhere and have a cup of coffee and read. Or take a nap, that works, too!

Pam P said...

I'm a single mom to one daughter, 4 cats, a homeowner & I sill work full time - so there isn't much time for getaways :) Sometimes when I need a little break I just watch a great movie on TV! And I love to read - that's a great escape too. Simple stuff for me! Thanks for the chance for some Grant Park goodies - looks great!

Summerafternoon said...

I love to spend a weekend away in Door County with the wine tours, great food and of course, shopping. I love the quilt barns of Door County. All the stress gone with a few days away!!!

Carol said...

One of my favorite trips is to the Oregon Coast. But for a shorter, quick break I love to go to local antique shops or to local quilt shops!

Terrie said...

I have seven kids so time away albeit much needed is rare and is ussually just a nice lunch out with the hubs but every once in a very long while w sneek off to laughlin for the weekend. Gotta love the colorado river.

Vicky said...

I love to go to the mountains or the coast if I have a day or two. If I only have an afternoon, I like to go to Huntington Gardens in Pasadena. So relaxing! If it's a true vacation, I go home!!!

Carol said...

I escape with a good book and a soothing cup of tea - or maybe a walk on the beach.

Ellen said...

I love to travel- we just returned from a trip to Montana and Alberta, Canada. I also love to visit public gardens and museums when I need a quick getaway. Love your fabrics!

Deb said...

With two teenagers I do two things - make a lot of trips to quilt stores not right in my area, and go to New York for a week without husband and kids. It's the best time!!

Susan Smith said...

When I need time away, I love to go somewhere north where it is cooler! We like to hike, visit waterfalls, historic places, go to the pool,etc. We are planning a vacation in VA to do some of those things but you know what I'm bringing with me? My featherweight! I'm hoping to get in a bit of a sewing retreat if my guys find a gun club to go target shooting. I'd love to take along some Grant Park!!

AnnF said...

Time away? I could go just about anywhere! A break sounds perfect right now. Glad you enjoyed yours!

Strlady said...

I find that my "getaways" are never that relaxing so when i truly want to get away from it all, I clear my calendar, buy groceries on Friday and disappear with my sewing until Sunday night. LOVE when I get to do that!!

SharoninStitches said...

I go for a ride to my local farmer's market next to which is a lovely bird sanctuary with peacocks. I sit on the park bench and just chill out. I found out they survive the Michigan winters too. Go Tigers!!!

Quilter Kathy said...

If I could go anywhere, it would be ocean side...any ocean...but for now, any quilt store will do!

Susie Johnson said...

I go to Kalona, an Amish settlement in Eastern Iowa with a great quilt shop.

Tammy said...

When I need a get away I go visit my friend Robyn in Portland and fabric shop, or we drive up north and visit our grandson. Quick, easy trips and always clears our heads from the daily grind.

kathy said...

I live on an island, so when I need a break I head off island and visit the local quilt stores! Nothing like stroking and sniffing fabric to restore the soul!

Lisa said...

In search of a change of scenery I often venture to a nearby town, Cambria, CA and go to Linn's for a leisurely lunch and then for dessert I walk down Main Street to see what is new at the antique shops...eye candy instead of sweets! If I need adventure I like to drop the kayaks in Morro Bay and paddle around otters, seals and jellyfish for a while, then have a picnic on the dunes. Each is a delicious escape!

Karen M said...

Thanks for your post about your trip to Chicago. Memories. I moved from Michigan to Kentucky four years ago. There are some things I really miss, including a quick trip to Chicago. I've done the architecture boat tour...loved it.Go Tigers!

Linda C said...

I pack up some sewing, gather a bunch of girlfriends and head to our beach house. It's so calm and peaceful, you can feel the stress leave you as we get closer. No phone, no distractions!! Just good friends, fabric and food!!

Debby said...

Recently, it is nice to have a few hours all by myself. I love to ride out of town and turn the radio on to whatever station I want to listen to - or not turn it on at all.

Smeek said...

I would love to win. My favorite thing to get away is to quilt with friends.

Donna said...

When I need away time I light a few candles and sit quietly for a bit.

emmy said...

We like the park overlooking the beach or reading a good book anytime. Can't wait to see the new fabric. Thank you for the giveaway.

Cathy said...

What is a better little getaway than a visit to a quilt shop. I always feel renewed after a visit to my LQS.

Mary Jane said...

My own back yard with a glass of ice tea, a good book, or hand appliqué.

karen @ badlandsquilts said...

Hmm...this weekend my 11yo finishes his traveling baseball season (35 games plus 3 state tourneys) and I am very excited to say we are leaving next week to check out UP Michigan which we have never been. Last year we went to Houston/Galveston where we used to live and I'm so looking forward to a cooler getaway! Pretty fabric!

Nyla said...

Fort Davis is a lovely, cool respite from the heat where I live in Texas. Your new fabric looks lovely! The playing cards are cute!

Elaine said...

Go on a quilt retreat!

kshackabq said...

A day trip to Santa Fe always takes care of it for me. Chicago is definitely a fun place to hang for a couple of days. Go Tigers! Thanks for the chance to win.

Jackie at Adirondack Urban said...

We usually head over to Boston for a quick getaway. We have dinner at an Italian restaurant in the North End Nd spend some time wandering around Faneuil Hall. Thank you for the opportunity to win some of Grant Park. The sneak peeks I've seen so far indicate these are some fabrics I really want to have.

Mary said...

My husband and I just back from a little two-day trip where we went to a minor league game, shopped, ate and went to the zoo. Very laid back and relaxing.

MarshaB said...

Good timing for this question as we are on a get away trip on the Oregon Coast. I love to watch the waves while I'm doing handwork. If we only have a few days to get away we take the RV and head to one of the nearby lakes. Cute cards and pretty fabric!

Dawn said...

Those waffles look AMAZING! no wonder breakfast was a highlight. Grant Park looks fantastic, can't wait for it to ship :-)
Cheers - Dawn

farmhousequilter8 said...

When I need a little get away I like to go to our cabin and SEW!
Just being somewhere different, sewing with friends and eating out or cooking can make a world of difference. Thanks for the give away.
Paula in KY

Mary Jorgensen said...

Our family loves to drive on the back roads of Holmes County, Ohio....lots of cute shops, wonderful vistas and friendly folks.
Thank you for the great giveaway!
Mary

Kristy said...

When I need a little time away, I go to my sewing studio and do some mindless sewing. It is such awesome therapy, to get your prepared to go back and face the realities of life. I also like to play solitaire when I am in the hospital, as a way of distracting my mind from issues there. Your giveaway is gorgeous....the fabric and the cards.

Janet said...

I take a day off work and spend the day playing with fabric ... works for me!

Laurie Shain said...

My husband and I work long hours so often we short trip to get free time....somemtimes only for a day. A day away really helps your perspective and refreshes you! We live in SOUTHERN Illinois...beautiful hills, the Shawnee National forest, the woods, apple orchards, Great River Road and the mighty Mississippi....come farther south sometime! You'd be welcome.

Quilts And Pieces said...

When I need to get away it is a trip down to my basement for a little alone time with my machine and some fabric. Those playing cards are just too cute! But I'm totally intrigued by your new Grant Park line! I hope I win!!

scottylover said...

When I need a little get away, hubby and I head out antiquing or thrifting, whichever strikes our mood for the day. Sometimes we do both! :)
Sandy A

Anita said...

When I need a little me time I head to my local quilt shop or fabric store and spend time petting the fabric. It puts me in my happy place :) thanks for the giveaway!

Mary @ Neat and Tidy said...

Just started a new job, so I won't be going on vacation. But I like spending time in my sewing room or knitting - those are both good escapes for me.

hiyacinth said...

My favorite getaway is Marathon, Texas. The Gates Hotel is charming, the food is great and hiking in Big Bend is an experience.

Debi said...

We head to Amish settlements in IN. Just get in the car, hit the road till we clear Chicago traffic & get to the country roads of Northern Indiana. Then settle in our room at a place we've been going to 'forever' & then back out to have some good Amish food to eat before we just drive the back roads , peacefully enjoying the farms & scenery. It definitely relaxes & revives me! Even thinking about it calms me down!

Anonymous said...

I cannot wait for Grant Park!

Anonymous said...

The Grant Park fabric looks amazing! I especially love the reds.

Karen L.

twoives said...

We have a one-room house in the country. It is the perfect place to relax. I take some hand work..rug hooking, knitting, and/or wool appliqué; a good book; a DVD or two and the makings for meals. Then I try to not spend the time taking naps!

Ann said...

Wondering if we were on the same boat looking at those fabulous buildings! We got a little sun and lots of photos! It was a great time in Chicago!

Ann

Jana said...

I like spending time in my family room knitting or sewing and almost every day like to go for a walk with my husband.

Anonymous said...

We go to Carmel, CA and we walk, eat, absorb the art and recharge our batteries. Mary

helen said...

Eat, read,stitch, bitch , drni and hang out at the beach shack of a crafty friend. Realise that we all struggle with similar things and then count our blessings

Kathy ... aka Nana said...

Hmmmm, we don't get away for a couple of days. If we get away at all, it's GOT to be to the beach, so we wait to go when we can spend a week there, since it's a 13+ hour drive to our favorite beach destination. In the meantime, I find relaxation in my sewing room. ;-)

llavmc said...

When I need to get away for a few days I head to Sedona, AZ where the red rocks are beautiful and I can get in some hiking and photography. It's always helps me to reset and be ready to get back to daily life.

rebecca said...

Grant Park looks yummy!! And your trip to the Windy City was a great trip! Go Tiger's!!

Quilter Kim said...

We love to go away in our camper. I can also sew when we go as I keep an sewing machine in the camper and always a project. (or 2)

Jennifer said...

I head to the ocean when I need a little time away. Nothing like the sound of the sea and the fresh air to soothe the soul.

Thimbleanna said...

One of my best quilting buddies will be thrilled to know that you were at the same baseball game that she was and that you were both rooting for the same team. (I, on the other hand, had to scold her for wearing orange and blue in the kingdom of black and white LOL.)

I LOVE Chicago. AND those playing cards. I know what everyone in my family is getting for Christmas now! Oh, and for a getaway -- I love to go quilt shop hopping! (And I'm perfectly happy if I don't win 'cause I'm getting Grant Park no matter what! ;-D )

Sharon said...

A weekend in Traverse City or East Tawas seems to soothe my soul.....
Your fabrics are beautiful, as always!

marychristina said...

I love a night or two on Mackinac Island! The Iroquois Hotel is one of our favorites! But I love the train to chicago idea, going to have to try that sometime!f10

sndy1 said...

Time away means a few days at a cabin in the mountains. Sometimes with the sewing machine, sometimes, without.

PattiO said...

Love your get away to Chicago. My husband is from there and would love to have joined you but we would cheer for the White Sox. I'll try the tour next time we are there. PattiO

Glynette said...

We are lucky, depending on which direction you drive, in an hours time you can be in the mountains or at the beach!

B Drou said...

I like to head to the beach. Not much beats big water and white sand to calm a racing mind...

augustus' mom said...

I think I love to visit my daughter. She lives about 2 hours away-and it feels almost like being home. We sew, we shop and we eat! Yay!! Love "Grant Park" fabric! Thanks

Anonymous said...

I prefer the cool. Like a cabin in the woods, or a forest with lot's of nice trees........but sewing is like a get a way to me....my mind in sewing......

Helen said...

When I want a quick getaway I like to go to Whidbey Island, which is just a short drive and a ferry away from Seattle. We get a hotel on the beach and stay and work on quilts or knit. We also walk into town and cruise the yarn and fabric stores. There are some very good restaurants, including one that has great breakfasts--the cowboy burritos are my favorite.

Brenda said...

I go shopping at my favorite quilt stores!

Sarah said...

I enjoy going to a quilt shop I haven't visited in a while. A day trip to Chicago is also a nice day. We're within a few hour's train ride and always enjoy it.

Gayle said...

I have been collecting playing cards that reflect my love of quilting and rug hooking - would love to add this deck to my others. And of course the fabric looks so yummy!

Kigwit said...

I love to go up to the lake where we have a tiny 18 ft rv. It's not too far of a drive and the best part is that my phone doesn't work there! If I drive five minutes away it does but when I'm at the lake itself I am completely cut off from my major stressor-work! (and there's a little quilt shop in town!)

Lola Z said...


My husband and I like to take day trips to Amish County in Ohio when we need a quick get away. Great shopping, quilts and food. And a beautiful drive to get there. Also, I loved seeing the pictures of Chicago, 43 years ago when we were first married we lived in Chicago. The pictures triggered loving memories.

Anonymous said...

Any kind of road trip refreshes me!
Love Michigan, and I have a dear friend there. debnydegger@hotmail.com

Jo said...

"Time away" sometimes is just a road trip in the old '37 Chevy pickup to small towns in Missouri or Kansas. Of course, I'm always on the lookout for quilt shops, fruit stands and interesting shops. The truck has no air conditioning but the windshield cranks out, so as long as we're moving we call that air conditioning.

Nancyz said...

We live in Erie, PA on the shores of beautiful Lake Erie, and when I need a break away, my husband and I like to take a ride on roads by the lake, either into Ohio or NY. So relaxing to watch the water. Can't wait to see your new line in the stores. Thanks for the giveaway.

tamidug said...

When I need a little getaway, I try to head to Lake Tahoe. The beauty and peace is just what the doctor ordered. Thank you for the chance to win!!

Tami
tamiquilts(at)att(dot)net

susan said...

For a little getaway we like to go to a lake and take our fishing boat. Very peaceful on the water. Thank you for the chance to win.

susan said...

For a little getaway we like to go to a lake and take our fishing boat. Very peaceful on the water. Thank you for the chance to win.

Julie said...

I like to go to quilt shops that I have never been to for a little get away.

Regina C. said...

I wish I could do just what you did on your time off. It looks like a perfect time.

Edna said...

I love to go to Hartville market and outside flea market in Ohio for some relaxing time away. Its great to walk and browse.

Anonymous said...

Today is the first day of my vacation and I'm spending it at my favorite place on earth, my family's cottage on a lake. I love it here! Glad you enjoyed your time off in Chicago.

Beth F.

Deb said...

I think of a friend that I'd like to spend some time with and get together for lunch--sometimes locally and sometimes that means travel. All fun for a delightful getaway.

Four dogs and one quilter said...

When I need a break I get out the fishing poles and head to the river or lake. Always refreshing to be away from all the hustle and bustle.

jenny said...

I love the beach, looking at ocean as I sew or read calms me.

Anonymous said...

A mini New York weekend...and some Cross Stitch...the BEST!!!

Pam Schoessow said...

The Chicago boat tour is the best! Whenever someone comes to town, that's where I take them. I get a mini get away whenever I pour over a stack of quilt magazines for inspiration.

Lynn S said...

I love to go to quilt shops in the areas I travel. Lots of wonderful quilt shops out there!

Rebecca Stevens said...

Head out to the quilt shops!

Karen in Breezy Point said...

We live on a lake, so a quick spin around the the island is always a nice way to unwind. I also love to just walk around our bay. It's usually pretty peaceful in the mornings and it's my little visit with nature before the daily grind!

Trudy Moye said...

I am headed that direction this fall for a short trip. Can't wait.

Anonymous said...

Camping in the woods! I love to camp where there's no TV, computers, etc. Just board games, cards and each other....and maybe a little hand sewing too :) SWarren

Mimi said...

Chicago is just to far for a little time away.... so I go shopping! Ending up at the bookstore to read mags.... but if I had Grant Park in my fabric room I would be there sewing!

Mary said...

I usually head for the coast when I need a vacation. It's a couple of hours away, so I can do this even if my vacation in only one day!

Kathleen C said...

I like to take a simple day trip with a friend. Sometimes all I need is an afternoon in a quilt shop :).
I follow Monique's blog and saw the cards there-they look great and so do the fabrics. Thanks.

Edwina said...

I have a story about Grant Park. On our honeymoon, 52 years ago, my new husband informed me he was playing in a softball game the next day in Grant Park. So needless to say I spent a lot of evenings in Grant Park watching softball games. It is a beautiful park and enjoyed every minute and have lots of great memories.

Alicia said...

I quilt when I'm "away". Since I had to spend 6 years working in another city to make it to retirement, I don't leave home much. When I do, it's usually to quilt market. I'd love to have these cards!

ruthie said...

Go for a drive and eat someplace new for a day trip. For a few days I love going to MI to spend time along Lake Michigan in the area of South Haven and Holland.

Nancy said...

Chicago is a fun town. I'm just going to stay home and keep quilting. Nancy P. in Missouri

Chris said...

When my husband and I need a little time away to recharge and relax we find a Bed and Breakfast within about 2 to 3 hours from us for a 2-day-get-away. Sometimes we take the kids and head our for a bike ride and picnic, just out of the blue. :) The unplanned surprises are the best! :)

susan said...

Thanks for the chance to win! I just had a little getaway to the Maine Quilt Show in Augusta. Have a workshop tomorrow to finish off the weekend. Great fun and great company

Polly said...

We love to go the the desert (but not in the summer) and I always take some handwork along. LOVE Grant Park and my fingers are crossed. pollyhada@gmail.com

Cecilia said...

I like to go to the mountains in Tennessee and rent a cabin. We just hang out on the porch and relax. Thanks for the giveaway.

cook said...

For time away I head for the grandkids, they live near San Francisco so it's a double treat.

Miranda said...

We will stay at home, here in the south of the Netherlands. Lucky we're having a very nice summer weather... and with extra time I can make some quilts! Enjoy you're summer and thanks for the giveaway.

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