OOOOO -- I am dead tired and totally exhausted but *must* tell you
all about meeting Jessamy and the Old Mill LQS and her lovely little boy
and everything else. But first let me say that there are really only
three things I don't like about traveling in Europe -- almost no free
public rest rooms (except when traveling on the major highways), rough
toilet paper and -- MOST awful of all -- NO ICE for drinks:-))). I
never realize how dependent I am on having ice for my cold drinks until
I go to Europe :-).
The trip over wasn't bad at all until we got to Venlo and tried to
find our hotel. DH had gotten directions from the hotel and from --
BOTH were wrong so we got the official "lost tourist" city tour --
LOLOL! I had DH stop in one of the shopping areas and I went in to a
shop that sells flooring and asked for directions. Well, first I asked
if anyone spoke English :-). Anyway, with proper directions, we finally
found the hotel and got ourselves settled.
Jessamy phoned the next morning about 9:30AM to say she was on her
way and would be there in about 40 mins. I had breakfast and settled
myself in the lobby with my needlework -- MagEyes and all. Jess showed
up less than 10 minutes later and we proceeded to have the official
"meet & greet". She told you about the "special surprise" which I knew
she wanted but couldn't purchase. I had a coupon for Joann's so I got
her the ruler as a thank you for schlepping me around :-). It was FUN
watching her take it out of the bag -- I do love to be able to surprise
someone with a gift that I am positive they will like :-))))))
She told you about the Kitty Fabrics (what else would I bring AND
they were in HER fav colours) and the Jelly Bellies I brought for her.
Even though she knew she was going to get the candy, you'da thunk I had
brought her the most awesome culinary delight ever made -- LOLOL. I
told her I would be happy to trade jelly beans for stash any time and I
think she almost went into a fugue state thinking about a relatively
unlimited supply of the little yummy things :-). Anyway, what she
DIDN'T tell you about was the PURPLE fabrics I brought her -- LOLOLOL!
Not just one purple fabric either -- I brought several.
Besides the absolutely wonderful chocolates and cookies (AKA
Biscuits) that she brought for me, she also brought some truly lovely
fabrics for me. As she said, they were made in her hometown and I am
jealous that she has access to "fresh" fabric!!!!! She brought three
different fabrics -- a lovely red with a sort of star burst background
print and a large hibiscus fl***stripe done in beige & a sort of khaki
with gold outlining -- truly unusual and lovely. The other two fabrics
look to be from the same line -- they coordinate beautifully. They both
have a beige ground with a black and med. brown all over geometric
background print. One has a sort of square in a square background with
paisley looking pheasants that have some dark navy accent areas. There
are also largish paisley fl***"medallions" in a style whose name I
can't remember!! The other print also has some navy blue and it too is
a paisley looking fl***"stripe" that is really an "S" curve. They are
all three quite lovely and almost all of the chocolates and cookies have
On to the LQ&NS. First tho', I could NOT believe how nervous Jess
was about making that 3 point turn (actually only needed 2 turns) on the
hill. I didn't think it was that big a hill but Jess was almost
sweating bullets by the time she got turned around :-). So, I had
thought I might ask Jess if she knew where there were any LNS but
remembered that almost all of the shops I had been in while in Europe
sold both quilting and embroidery stuff. This shop was no different and
had a lovely supply of needlework fabrics that just aren't available
this side of the pond. I bought a 2/3 m. piece of a sort of table
topper fabric. It has a lovely geometric design woven into it that
forms eight squares that are suitable for Hardanger -- exactly what I
was hoping to find :-).
Now, the fabrics I saw were wonderful -- truly lovely stuff. There
were the standard American fabrics that I would loved to have bought but
didn't see the sense in spending my money on stuff I could get at home.
I bought a half meter of three different fabrics. First is a
wonderful little purple fl***with tiny little yellow centers and small
green leaves and a very dark navy ground. Next is a bright red, yellow
& orange plaid that is probably about 52" wide! Then I got a wonderful
red, white & green plaid -- perfect for use in all sorts of Christmas
stuff and I plan on putting some into my Christmas Kitty quilt. Finally
I bought a FQ of some KITTY Christmas fabric :-). It's from this side
of the pond but that's OK -- I didn't have it in my stash AND I bought
it in The Netherlands :-)). It's got kitties and puppies all over it
playing and doing silly things with candy canes and holly in the background.
The shop was wonderful with most of the fabric upstairs and the
needlework stuff and notions downstairs. You could look up to the roof
and see all of the gears and wheels, etc. of the original mill. You
could almost feel all of the people who used to walk through the mill --
it was truly wonderful! Add to that the fact that this was the first
time Jessamy had been to the shop and it was a WONDERFUL experience.
We went to the town center and walked around a bit looking for a
restaurant. Jess picked a "cafeteria" in one of the department stores.
Not a regular walk through the line cafeteria but one of those that
has salads in one section, soups and sandwiches in another, desserts in
another, etc. I had a lovely salad and a wonderful carbonated
blackberry soda and did my best to scrounge up some ice but it was not
to be :-(. After eating I got to see all of Jessamy's wonderful small
quilts and pictures of her larger one in the quilt magazines. OOOOO
they were ALL beautiful . And yes, I got to see all of the horrid,
tiny little hexagons she is cutting out and sewing together. She is
sick, wrong in the head, will need special counseling once she has THAT
project completed -- LOL! She is grouping the different colors into
different shapes (large "flowers", diamonds, squares, etc.) and it will
be quite interesting to see what the final quilt will look like!
As Jessamy said, after lunch we had to head home. Poor little
Alexander -- who had been absolutely wonderful the whole time -- fell
asleep in his car seat in the back seat. We got rain and then hail on
the way home but made it back to my hotel OK. I was tired when I got
back to my room but had a wonderful time going through all of my
chocolate AND fabric stash!
I'm going to have to try and scan the fabric Jess gave me and the
ones I bought. DH has loaded a new scanner program so I'm not sure when
that will happen. Fool that I am , I totally forgot to bring my camera
along when I met Jessamy so I have no photos of us :-(. I also don't
have any photos of Venlo since I never had time to do any sightseeing!.
Same for Dusseldorf and Prague. They were just airports we were in
and where we got the rental car. I DO have some great photos of the
historic district of Olomouc in the Czech Republic. That is the only
place I actually had a bit of time to go sightseeing while DH was
working. Again, I'll have to get DH to help we with loading them into
the 'puter. Once I do and I have stuff up at Webshots, I will post to
let you know.
We were gone from Sunday to Sunday and were in FIVE countries --
two of those just airport stops (Paris & Zurich). But I was there and
even got to see it snow at Charles deGaulle during our 3 hour layover!
OK -- finally getting tired and think I will actually be able to
sleep. It's nearing 10:00PM (or 2200 hrs in European time :-) ) so it's
off to have a nice hot soak in the tub. I'll post when I get photos up
at Webshots. CiaoMeow >^;;^<
PAX, Tia Mary >^;;^< (RCTQ Queen of Kitties)
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