Thursday, April 10, 2014

Sewdown Nashville - the day before

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I went for a long walk today in Nashville. After strolling through a beautiful university campus, I came to this small little enclave, Hillsboro Village.

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After spending an entire day travelling here on Wednesday (I had to make a stop in Toronto), I was glad of the beautiful spring day to just walk for miles.

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This sign, together with a vague statement from my husband, about having had the best ice cream ever somewhere in this area, led me inside.

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It was lovely, and indeed, Jenis Splendid Ice Cream was splendid - best ever I think. I had one scoop of Goat Cheese with Roasted Red Cherries and one scoop of Yazoo Sue with Rosemary Bar Nuts (Yazoo Sue is a Nashville brewing company and the ice cream was made with wood smoked porter). If you live in the USA, you can get this ice cream delivered by courier, truly.

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There are quilt inspirations everywhere - look at the bricks. Oh, and also pancakes - I had sweet potato pancakes which were recommended, and also fantastic.

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This store was amazing. A 40 year family business, cluttered and full of wonderful stuff.

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Beautiful old buildings, some with decorative ceiling tiles. More quilting inspiration.

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You don't see signs like that one in Canada. Made me think.

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Seriously, more quilting inspiration.

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Old signs.

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And yet more quilt ideas, look at those windows.

Wednesday night I enjoyed conversation and wine in person with one of my internet quilting friends - Jen - also knows as BettyCrockerAss. Tomorrow I get to go to Anna Maria Horner's house for a studio tour and social with the whole Sewdown Nashville group. And on the way home, a stop at a new fabric shop.

And then, the weekend includes classes from Anna Maria Horner, Carolyn Freidlander, Victoria Findlay Woofe, and Angela Walters. Lectures from Alexia Abegg, Elizabeth Dackson, and Maddie Kertay. In between times there will be time to meet a lot of quilters, some of whom I have met on the internet. I will do my best to report back after it is done on Sunday - the Modern Quilt Guild has put together a fantastic plan for the Sewdown.

You might have noticed Jess and I deferred Decipher Your Quilt for one more week. Jess is up to her armpits with sick kids and a wedding quilt deadline, and I am in Nashville, so look for deciphering 16 patches next week.

Best,

Leanne