Saturday, July 2, 2011

Adventures in Oregon - Part 2

First stop of the day is the International Rose Garden located in Portland "City of Roses"
This is a remarkable display over looking the city and showcasing many varieties of roses.
Very fragrant. It was hard to pick just one favorite, so many colors, and sizes from minature to as big as a dinner plate. We talked to a volunteer who comes to help deadhead the flowers. Others were there to walk their dogs or photograph the flowers. The house near by were set on the hills, rose bushes and blue hydrangeas in their yards. Cute!

Next the Fabric Depot is located east of the downtown area and were having a 30% off everything in the store. Inside the door was a table with Marie Bostwick in person, autographing her books, BFF went out to the car and got the #4 book Threading the Needle she bought to read on the plane. Marie autographed it. I got an autographed bookmark as I am planning to read BFF's book when she is finished- more money for fabric that way. Marie has been a quilter for 25 years. She had been in Iowa at Ottumwa talking at a quilt guild and Des Moines at book signings. I found a bias print -black and white that I will be using for a binding.

Hollyhill Quilt shop in West Linn is where we went next. We weren't there very long when a bus arrived. It was the tour from TX shop- Stitching Heaven. One lady in the shop -not on tour -
grew up in the Cedar Rapids area. She lives in Washington now and was also traveling on to Sisters with her husband for 3 days. We got shop pins there. I found some fat quarters from Minick and Simpson that will go with some of their Prairie Paisley line I have at home. There were lots of kits/quilt samples and a lot of fabric lines.
A late lunch (too busy shopping to eat) at Coopers Mill was right down the street and not crowded.

The next shop was A Common Thread. They were open later as waiting for the same bus to arrive there. The owner gave us each a kit of "Quilt Oregon" block. It was a nice treat.
BFF got two patterns and the one I wanted by Toad U Sew was out of stock. We liked their classroom and the samples in the store. They also sell Bernina and had a lot neat sample quilts.
Rush hour traffic as we left Portland for the coast- curvy 2 lane roads when in the mountains.
Beautiful scenery. Closer to the coast is farm country and dairy farms.
We did not have time for three more shops on the list. Maybe next time.

Our final stop for the day was the Garibaldi House Inn Suites in Garibaldi near the ocean.
It is a small village that has a harbor and fleets of fishing boats. After checking in, we had to find a place to see the Pacific Ocean. It was cloudy, damp and low 50's watching the waves rolling in.
Seagulls were nearby.
Along the road was a restaurant- Pirates Cove with a view of the bay. One of the specials to eat was fresh salmon cooked on a cedar plank with citrus glaze. Always eat local cusine. Not much fresh seafood in Iowa. I could not eat all of mine and packaged it to go. Refrigerator in room was nice.
The next morning in the parking lot, I met 4 biologists who were loading their boat. They were working on a marine life study of burrowing shrimp. What a job!

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