My dh and I just returned from a trip to Nashville, a place that has long been on my bucket list of places I really wanted to visit. We were so pleasantly surprised to have loved every minute. It completely exceeded our expectations. If you like music, it's definitely the place to go. There was live music at every single bar along a 3 block stretch of Broadway, starting at 11:00 a.m. The food was excellent, and we had a car so we were able to venture out further than just near where we were staying.
We both are interested in history so we wanted to take in what we could. I'll fill you in on some history that we explored but I'll start with the quilt part of the trip. What's a trip without a visit to a quilt store?? ;-)
We stopped at a shop that was filled to the brim with fabric -- I mean I was tripping over the bolts! And talk about fat quarters?? I've never seen so many!
Note this was just ONE side of the fat quarter wall! I didn't even try to find something.
What did I buy?? Some brights! Still haven't decided what to do with these fabrics, but one of these days!!
These beauties are from Di Ford and are just scrumptious. I didn't buy the pillar prints they had because I thought I already had some. WRONG... UGH.
I also got two patterns, one of which is a gift for someone.
One of the places we visited was a former plantation that was the scene of a civil war battle and cemetery. I'll share more pictures on another post but I wanted to share this quilt seen in former slave quarters. It was almost on the floor, completely unprotected. The historian who gave us the tour told me it was from the early 1800s. Here is the home:
This is a close up and you can see that some of the hexagons have completely deteriorated but mostly it's in great shape.
We went into a touristy shop in the town of Franklin and I saw this which I thought was a great use of a quilt that's in very poor condition. They called it a memo board. But you could use it in any way you wanted. It seems to be mounted on a piece of plywood but you could use anything, I think.
I've many more pictures to share... will do it gradually so as not to overwhelm you!
Nashville is within three hours of me so I've been there but haven't seen the sights you saw. It remains a very popular destination for many. There are several lovely quilt photos on your post!ReplyDelete
Happy to hear you've enjoyed your trip. Thanks for sharing it with us. Love that hexagon quilt. You can still see the trail between the big hexagons. It has come a long way. Love the quilt on the memo board. Think I'll make myself one. ;^)ReplyDelete
My husband and I drive up to Franklin frequently, and we always stop at Stitcher's Garden. We were there yesterday, actually.ReplyDelete
Nashville was on my bucket list too. Enjoyed it for the very same reasons you did. I have a hard time in a quilt shop like you visited. Overload! I can't even think straight. But you found some good pieces.ReplyDelete
I think the quilt shop you visited is the same one I have been to three times....many years ago. Looks the same. Fabric was stacked in front of fabric at floor level. Had to pull the bolts forward to see what was behind. Tables and shelves of fabric all over. Overwhelming.ReplyDelete
Didn't you love Carnton plantation? I love the history of that area. We went to that shop 2 years ago and it looked just like that. I found some real hard to find Civil War fabrics there. It was a little overwhelming but we persevered and bought a lot of treasures there.ReplyDelete
Glad you enjoyed visiting my city of Nashville and nearby Franklin. There are 2 really nice quilt shops in Franklin. If you enjoyed Carnton Plantation you should read "The Widow of the South" by local historian Robert Hicks.ReplyDelete
sounds like a great trip music and fabric would have loved to visit the shop but must be hard to choose fabric when there is such a massive selection. The plantation sounds a really interesting place to visit bit far from the UK thoughReplyDelete
I think that quilt shop would overwhelm me! What a wall of FQs!!ReplyDelete
History and museums call to me, too, but hubby--not so much. : )
Look forward to more of your trip.
I live 2.5 to 3 hours East of Nashville. What is the name of the quilt shop you visited?ReplyDelete
I lived in Nashville for a year when I was married to DH #2. I learned to quilt at Stitcher's Garden in Franklin. Is that the shop that you visited? I remember the owner as not being a very nice person, but the fabric was very abundant!!ReplyDelete
Stitcher's Garden , bizarre, isn't it? It's looked like that for the 30 years I've been going there, at every location they've had, this is by far the largest. I don't want to move 50 bolts to see the deepest shelves. I am 2 hours from there, make a trip about once a year. Glad you got to see it.ReplyDelete
It's been a long time since I visited Stitchers Garden but it looks just the same! You must be prepared to hunt but the things there are amazing! While the owner isn't the most cordial she does seem to know what fabrics she has and miracle of miracles she can even find it! Glad you had such a lovely time!ReplyDelete
What a fun trip for you and dh ... so glad you went! The plantation sounds like it would have been very interesting. I would have been overwhelmed initially in that fabric store but would have risen to the challenge of finding some treasures and dug in ... what fun! LOVE the Kaffe Fasset and Brandon Mabley fabrics you found ... the perfect project will come your way! LindaReplyDelete
Glad you had such a great time. It has never been on my bucket list... That fabric store looks insane! Sometimes the messy ones are hard to find what you are looking for, but fun to dig through. Love your FQers!ReplyDelete
OMG.....When I see some quilt shops like that, I always think "not fair" !! :)))ReplyDelete
I'm glad you had lovely moments with your husband !
I almost fell off my chair when I saw that photo of the FQ's--yikes!!! That would just overwhelm my brain. I love the Di Ford fabrics--I've been kicking myself that I haven't purchased any of them. Sometimes being on a fabric diet causes a lot of regret--lol!ReplyDelete
Sounds like a fun trip! And, you are right, I have never seen so many fat quarters in one place (other than my sewing room!). Love those brights.ReplyDelete
Very pretty fabric acquisitions! I have some news for you!!ReplyDelete
Hope you enjoyed your visit to Nashville (my city of residence). Stitchers Garden can be overwhelming--my husband says I need a sedative after shopping there. She probably has it in stick, if you can just find it!ReplyDelete
I've been to that quilt shop just this past February :-) It is not for the faint of heart. If you are clostrophobic or OCD organized, do NOT go there. If you don't care.....it is a must see :-)ReplyDelete