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A Day Out and About

So about every two weeks or so or when the summer weather isn’t blistering hot we will take a day trip up to the Princeton area.  Such a pretty town with the university and its gorgeous buildings and  landscaping that the university does.

Yesterday was one of those days.  We started out early and as usual got stuck in the traffic north.  I seriously can’t envision myself having to make that drive every morning to go to work.  No wonder most look so miserable; I would be too if I had to drive that commute everyday.  We finally made our way through and picked up the NJ Turnpike north.  It was an easy-peasy ride to Exit 7.

First stop, why of course, Mastori’s for breakfast.  If you have never been and are traveling in the area, this is definitely a place to eat.  Huge omelettes, delicious crispy home fries and the best sweet breads with a choice of cinnamon or cheese, warmed.  YUM.  I can tell you that after eating a slice of sweet bread, the crispiest of the homefries and my omelette; I was stuffed.

After breakfast we headed over the river to Morrisville to a wonderful produce store where I found huge cherries, Canadian blueberries and all sorts of nut/dried fruit blends.  They also carried imported chocolates.  Had to have some of those too.  Also purchased some imported Acacia honey imported from Poland.  It looks like liquid amber.  Can’t wait to taste it.  I remember my dad talking about the Acacia tree and the honey they used have from the bees when he was a child in Poland.

Next stop  was Pennington Quilt Works.  I was looking for a backing for Seasonal Bouquets but instead found this gorgeous floral/bird print from Blackbird Designs.  It definitely deserves the front and not the back of a quilt.  I plan to use it as a border fabric.  Now, to find other soft, coordinating colors and make blocks for the center.20160804_192731

This is so pretty and soft looking.   Background is a caramel color with greens and muted reds/pinks.

I love red.  Any opportunity that I may have I will add to my red fat quarter stash.  This piece piqued my interest.  I can see it as flower petals in a needleturn block.  20160804_192744-1

The last purchase was the window template for 1″ honeycombs.  I love to do EPP  when I have a chance and want to try some fussy cutting of some of the pieces.  Don’t know when I will get to that but winter will give me a chance to play more.  (no yard/garden work to tend to)

The final stop was for some homemade ice cream at CJ Sweets in Princeton.  We don’t eat sweets often so when we do, I want artisan made ice cream.  This was the first time we ever stopped at CJ Sweets and it did not disappoint.  Hubbie always gets chocolate with nuts.   Me, I venture off a little and get mint chip and chocolate.  You could taste the deep, rich cocoa in the chocolate and it was not overly sweet.  The mint chip was minty but not overpowering.  It had tons of fresh shaved chocolate chips in the mix too.  The consistency was smooth, rich, creamy and delicious.  This will be a stop again before summer is over.

So today, recharged and full of ideas I am headed to my studio to finish writing the pattern for Puffy Stuffy-Autumn’s Arrival and the last two blocks of Seasonal Bouquets.  Lots on the plate to get accomplished.

Wishing everyone a wonderful summer weekend.  Hope you all get some stitching in too!

New Projects

Yesterday we did a road trip to Princeton and Pennington.  First was a stop for breakfast at Mastori’s.   What phenomenal omelets.  DH had his favorite, a veggie and mine is the Florentine.  After eating these we never eat again until supper.   So huge!.
Next was a stop at Needles and Pins in Princeton for a bit of thread shopping.  Then onto Pennington Quilt Shop.  A few additions to my red and cream stash, an orange for a new design, couple of creams for the ever growing neutral hexie quilt and a fun black and cream that may end up as a table runner or maybe edges for placemats.  All in all a fun day out.


And a cute pair of thread snips shaped like a kitty.


Then today I began some Christmas gifts for a friend’s granddaughters;  3 doll quilts and matching nap quilts for the girls.  First doll quilt in reds and pinks done and nap quilt blocks are cut out; 5 inch squares in the same fabrics as the doll quilt.


One doll quilt top done.  Glad I started early.  More pictures as I progress on this project.

Enjoying a Spring Day Out

Since the weather today was going to be in the mid-60’s we decided to take a road trip.  What better place to go than up to the Princeton area.  I hit my favorite needle work shop, Pins And Needles.   Look at my pretty new perle cotton threads and some Petite Velvet. 


Trip is not complete without a stop to Pennington Quilts.  Found a interesting Japanese woven with birds, right and the fun gray cotton with the red, turquoise and yellow birds.  A couple of neutral tone polka dots for backgrounds.


The best was a stop at Goodwill for wool hunting.  Came out of there with 4 blazers, a skirt and a pair of pants.   Have to wash before I bring them into the house.  50% off.  Yahoo!
As always,  a breakfast stop at Mastori’s.  Always a phenomenal breakfast.  Still full from that omelet.  Will post pictures of my new woolies once I wash and dry.