Monday, May 14, 2012

A Belated Anniversary Trip with Habanero/Quilting Overtones

See PHOTO SELECTION OFF TO THE RIGHT - Airing of the Quilts, Franklin NC

Our anniversary was last month so hubby planned a little get-away for us.  Unfortunately (or fortunately, as things turned out...) he couldn't get the accomodations he wanted until this month.  So on Thursday afternoon we escaped to North Caroline, the Highlands/Franklin area.  We stayed at Fire Mountain ( and boy, was it a great experience!  Up the mountain and in the woods.  Our room had two balconies, one facing east and one facing west.  We were able to watch the sun come up in the morning and go down in the evening.  Breakfasts to die for!  Thanks to Matthew and Edith for being so kind to us!  Happy Mother's Day, Edith!

Friday was awesome, weather-wise.  Cool but bright sunshine.  We headed down the mountain to Highlands and took a 'quick' trip over to Franklin on the scariest road in America!  Woo whee ... sharp turns, blind turns, two lanes ... I'm telling you, I haven't unclinched yet!  LOL!!!  

And I can't NOT mention the restaurant Cyprus in Highlands.  What a gem!  A different cuisine each night and we cancelled one reservation at a different restaurant in order to go back to Cyprus the second night!  First night, for dessert, we had a Lavender Ice Cream Sandwich drizzled with honey that was soooooo good!  I didn't know Lavender could taste so good.  And then the second night I had oysters on the half-shell that came with a teeny bit of Habanero Sorbet.  Nice and cold ... and then ... wait for it ... HOT HOT HOT!  It was wonderful!

Anyway, come to discover that the town of Franklin was having its Airing of the Quilts event that weekend!  Could we have come at a better time?  I don't think so ...  it was absolutely beautiful.  

In Franklin, we visited two of the finest quilt stores I've ever seen.  Deb's Cats n Quilts and A Stitch in Time.  A quilt store on either end of town.  And both are great!  Cats n Quilts is more traditional with a lot of Civil War reproductions and Thimbleberry-type fabrics, with a room of batiks and another of children's and novelty fabrics.  Their downstairs area is relatively new and just fun to wander through.  Big classroom located downstairs.  I found several books and fabric and other goodies in this great store.  Thanks, ladies!

A Stitch in Time has those lovely bright colors that I tend to gravitate to ... Kaffe Fassett, Free Spirit, Valerie Wells, with some beautiful voile!  Found a great piece of Kaffe Fassett that I have big plans for ... ok, it is a weakness I have ... but it is beautiful!

Thanks to all in both stores who made us feel so welcome.  We'll be back, I promise!

Saturday we returned to Franklin for the official Airing of the Quilts.  Below are a few of the pictures we took.  I'll try to figure out how to do an album so you can see all.  Be sure to click on the picture so you can see it up close.