Wordless Wednesday…………….

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“Twin” finishes…………..

Yup……all completed! Right down to the labels, washing and drying. Yay! Each one started out measuring (approximately) 36”x 42” and now measure 2” less both dimensions. No..I do not prewash! BUT, there was no color bleed (the “Shout” sheets were the same as when they were put in the washer!!!!!)!

First: “Rhyme Time”……………..IMG_5798 IMG_5791 IMG_5794 IMG_5799 IMG_5795 IMG_5800   And the backing…………IMG_5793

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The FMQ was done on Ms Sweetie (HQ Sweet 16). The first was a few feather plumes and swirls; the second I did another fave: circuit board. Fun!

Thread: (top) Glide poly,40 wt; (bobbin) Connecting Threads Essential Pro poly,70 wt.

Batting: Hobbs Heirloom cotton/poly (80/20)

Now….on to some alterations and a grandson (tech school) graduation…..

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To answer ‘those inquiring minds’……….

The 2 panels I used for these small quilts are…………first,              “Street Map” car panel by Timeless Treasures. I purchased the panel I used at a quilt shop in Fredericksburg, TX, (One Quilt Place). It is available in this color-way only.

The second panel……………….

                             Is called “Rhyme Time” by Henry Glass and is available in other color-ways. It, also, was purchased at the above Texas shop. If you go to the above link, there is a free pdf pattern download for this panel. I kinda used it ……… but not really (my usual approach to a pattern!).

The other fabrics used in the quilts I put together were from my stash (left over from all the “Super Hero” quilts I did last summer).

These 2 tops finished at, approximately, 36”x 42”……a nice sized floor quilt or, as the child grows, a drag-around blanky.

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Sometimes they come in pairs………………

Babies, that is. A friend just had twins! They are ‘fraternal’ not ‘identical’!! Healthy bouncing baby boys! Quilts……..they must have quilts!!!! IMG_5779  With cute backing……………IMG_5785  And, #2…………….. IMG_5783  With backing……………….IMG_5784 

I love panels for “whole cloth” stitching BUT the type that requires you to cut them apart and rearrange the resulting blocks is a royal pain (usually). Why??? Well, they, most often, are printed off grain or stretched askew so badly that no amount of steaming or washing or pullin will give the desired correction. And these were no exception! Definitely not for the beginning piecer. I did manage to ‘whip’ them into submission (somewhat!) so that the finished top will not appear too much “out of whack” when washed.  Now, to commence with the sandwiching and quilting…………………stay tuned……

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Where or where???????????????

Did the “warm” go!!!!! 39F this morning, as I looked out at the brightly shining sun, and saw that ‘below average/temps’ would be around for a while longer! Springtime in Minnesota…….a little something for all!!!!!

Tuesday eve was my smaller/local quilt gathering was exactly that…..smaller. Other life activities always have a way of intervening but, for those who attended, the evening began early with a wonderful supper and ended quite late………with non-stop chattering! It was so good to be together!

A few photos of quilty completions and ‘finds’…………..IMG_5761  Twyla is always busy with items for her business. Both the runner above and below are dual season toppers with the backing suitable for winter or spring………..IMG_5762 

Ann, along withTwyla, has been helping with their church mission quilt project and brought a simple top example to share………………..IMG_5763

And our quilt historian/rescuer, Joan, did it again with this thrift shop acquisition that was saved from being turned into a possible pet cushion!!! She spied it as she and hubby were about to leave the shop……….$2 (yes, that is correct!!!) was the price on this beauty………………IMG_5765IMG_5766  Hand quilted! We figure, because of it not having any type of batting, that it was a sweet summer bed coverlet. The only real “damage” was some of the yellow center hexies have disintegrated, due to the fabric dyes used years ago. Other than that issue……perfect!!!!

Marilyn brought this finished top/”flimsy” with the question……to border or not. We decided ‘not’, since the size was large enough. She is now in search of more of the lattice fabric for the binding!!!! IMG_5767

To see the items I shared, just check out my previous posts for the vintage bling and posts here and here.

Now, on to some current projects……reveals soon………………………

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Finishing “loose ends”……………….

Sigh………sometimes I wonder about myself!!! Looking back over my Texas projects, I realized I had not posted the actual finish of the Stacked 4 Patch quilt that I had done in a workshop in February! (insert another ‘sigh’………). To finally complete this, I offer these photos………………IMG_5775IMG_5776 IMG_5769IMG_5770 IMG_5773    All the quilting was done on my Juki TL2010Q and includes a ‘piano key’ border using my FMQ foot modification and Kelly Kline’s new ruler set. Since Ms Sweetie (HQ Sweet 16) was tucked away in my MN home, my Juki needs to fill many roles!!!!

One last close-up of the stitching and note…the outer border is the fabric before cutting into the “tiles” for the blocks…….IMG_5771  Thanks for stopping by today and Happy Tuesday!!!! (Ooops! In MY world!!!!!!)

 

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A sweet Texas reminder………..

Last Saturday, DH and I took in a couple of artist studios on the annual S.E. Minnesota/Bluff Country Studio Art Tour. Our last stop was at the Copper Crane Pottery, the studio of friends Joel Sampson and wife, Maria. It was a beautiful day for catching up on life happenings! While the visiting was pleasant, I did spy a little vase that was the perfect vessel for a few cuttings from my struggling Texas window flower box plants. (Remember these………IMG_4956          became this, upon our return home……………… IMG_5693

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And, now, I have this wonderful little piece………….IMG_5760           Is this not the perfect setting for such delicate blooms?? Since it is fairly common knowledge that my gardening prowess is somewhat(!?) lacking, this really is the ideal for me!!!!!

I’m so glad you stopped by for a wee visit! Have a great week and we’ll visit again…………………………………..

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Sometimes a little “bling”………

Is a good thing. This vintage piece first appeared here and here and looked ‘ok’ but I thought it needed a little “oomph”, so I added a bit of sparkle (which doesn’t really show off in these photos ‘cuz the sun is not doing its thing today!!!!)!……… IMG_5756 IMG_5757 IMG_5758  This is the first I’ve added pearls/beading to these little vintage pieces (although, I’ve certainly done many hours of it on the bridal gowns I used to make——miss that!).

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Quilt shop “personalities”………

Are as different as each of us and our approach to ‘life’. Coming from a garment construction background, I’m always looking at quilt shop fabrics with a dual mindset………what would work well for a current/future quilt or how would the fabric translate into a possible garment application. Having said all that, the first shop we scoped out, on our way home from Harlingen (TX), was located in Kerrville, TX, and was possibly the most perfect melding of all things possible for fabric inspiration!!!

Grab a cuppa and let me take you on a (not so) quick tour.

Creations” is situated in a beautiful Victorian home and invites one to enter into textile dreaminess!! IMG_5648IMG_5649IMG_5650

The entry way already had my attention!!! IMG_5651  And a pleasant “Hello” greeted me.IMG_5652  Each room had a theme but the common ‘thread’ was “inspiration overload”!!! LUV!!!!!  IMG_5653 IMG_5654 IMG_5655IMG_5656 IMG_5657  IMG_5665 IMG_5659 IMG_5660IMG_5662 IMG_5663IMG_5664

         Of course, there must be   Bluebonnet fabric!

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Our next stop was in Fredericksburg at “One Quilt Place”………IMG_5680  Situated on the edge of town, this picturesque setting was the epitome of Springtime in Texas!!!! IMG_5678IMG_5681  The building straight ahead is the actual shop, with the Cottage (right), available for rent, housing up to 8 for those fun quilty get-away times. Across the parking area is the Studio, where classes/workshops take place. Now, for a short tour………IMG_5682IMG_5683 IMG_5684IMG_5685  There’s definitely something for every quilter’s dream here!

Fredericksburg was our overnight destination that day and, because we were somewhat on a homeward schedule, we had an early breakfast at the Old German Bakery & Restaurant and finished our meal too early for the opening of all the amazing shops!!! Ugh! Well, next time. But I did snap a pic of the plate (yup, just the plate—with the vestiges of the wonderful apple coffee-cake—)my bread came on……….IMG_5689 I see quilt patterns!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 

The rest of our drive through the winding, gently hilly roads of the “Hill Country” were filled with large areas that glowed with the brilliance of Bluebonnets and Indian Paint Brush. I/we look forward to returning next February for a few days (sound ok, Kathy????).

Now, on to the day………………

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Back in MN…………..

And slipping back to a “northern routine”! Spring Grove “Piecemakers” met last Monday  for a workshop making a necktie water/wine tote…….IMG_5703  There were many cute finishes for some and for others (like me!) it was a time of catching up on the happenings. Following is a quick(?) photo recap of some of the sharings…IMG_5704IMG_5705IMG_5707IMG_5708IMG_5709IMG_5711IMG_5714IMG_5715IMG_5716IMG_5717IMG_5737

A beautiful “Stack ‘N’ Whack”…….IMG_5736  And Donna, who came with…what?????IMG_5720  Well, not really…but a box crammed full of vintage quilts from a visit with her aunt!!!!!!IMG_5721IMG_5722

 

 

Amazing yo-yo coverlet!! But the “show” was just beginning…………

 

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There were more but this will give you a ‘taste’………..

 

Ruth had taken stitching with ties to a whole new level!!!!!!! …………..IMG_5731IMG_5732 IMG_5734 IMG_5735         And this “Row Along” that became many mini’s…………….IMG_5743IMG_5740 IMG_5742 IMG_5744 IMG_5741

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Another breathtaking time of sharing creativity that seems to know no bounds!

The group is gearing up for a show next month…..stay tuned, I’m sure it will be a “must see”! Til next time, I hope this peek will get your “creative juices” flowing! Thanks so much for stopping by!!!!!

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Welcome to “Whatz’it Sunday”……………

This feature will come and go as ‘the spirit moves’ (and the appropriate item presents)!!!!

So…………….ID, please…………….IMG_5694  Any thoughts????

A little hint………………………….IMG_5696  This was a b’day gift from dear quilty friend, Carol. How well she knows me! Quilting and wine……the perfect pairing. Anyhow……back to the question of the day……………..IMG_5699  Now, here’s a BIG hint, hmmmmmm??

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This “wine purse”/tote will be the perfect thing for those daily (yes, daily!) happy hours in Texas. Every day, at about 3:30pm, 8 couples/neighbors (who have so graciously included DH & I) get together for an hour, or so, and catch up on the day’s happenings. We each bring our own chairs, beverage, etc (snax optional) and gather at one of their sites. Then we head back to our individual homes for our supper. Once in a while there will be a potluck/shared meal or fish fry (a couple of the guys fish most every day!).

Onward to the week ahead…..back in MN!!!! (with beautiful warm 81F) weather!!!! Til next time……..hugs..

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This ‘N’ That………….

Is happenin’ now. Last Saturday we took advantage of the perfect weather and headed downtown Harlingen(TX) for a car show on Jackson St. Relaxing. I’m up for pretty much anything that burns fossil fuel (sorry to all those who are not of my persuasion………._). 4 blocks of horsepowered muscle beauties!!!!!! IMG_5612IMG_5611IMG_5614

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And, then, THIS price bracket!!!!!!IMG_5621IMG_5622IMG_5623

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IMG_5631   The car of my dreams!!!!!!!! Yup, an old Willys! IMG_5633 and, next to it, a Willys Jeepster!!!!!!!!!IMG_5632 IMG_5625

Now, we ready ourselves for our northern trek. Hurricane shutters/awnings in place and flower box emptied…………………  IMG_5643IMG_5647IMG_5644IMG_5646

Getting things done nicely. The hours are ticking away…………………

 

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This “reblog” advice canNOT be stressed enough!!!! Be careful – why taking care of your machine matters — Teri Lucas Quilts

It happened recently. I saw it and I saw why all in the space of 4 and 1/3 minutes. A way back when I took the guide class for my BERNINA 1080 I remember the instructor telling us to clip the thread at the top and pull down in the direction of the thread path. […]

via Be careful – why taking care of your machine matters — Teri Lucas Quilts

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Some links and hints…………………

FMQ related. There’s so much info “out there” right now about machine quilting and each of us has our own personal “faves”, based on how we see and learn this art, that I thought I would do a simple post that includes a sampling of my favorite hints and mentors that have inspired me over the past 5 years.

To begin with: a couple of products that have made my (FMQ) life easier….

    Basting safety pins that are fine wire which slip through batiks, and other finely woven fabrics, with ease…. IMG_5609  Please, note the yellow flower in the upper left corner!!!!! IMG_5610 This makes all the difference!!!! Ask your favorite shop to stock these!!!!!!

Next are the Spiral Eye (hand sewing) Needles……..the link is here.

SPIRAL EYE EASY THREADING NEEDLE Logo

 

Pam (the inventor) also makes available machine needles with this feature! Check out the above link.

 

 

 

 

And, here is a list of a few totally awesome FMQ gals………..

Leah Day: http://freemotionquilting.blogspot.com/                   Lori Kennedy (“Inbox Jaunt”): http://theinboxjaunt.com/       Wendy Sheppard (“Ivory Spring”): https://ivoryspring.wordpress.com/                               Karen McTavish (“Mctavishing”): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ga6pTEAkGyg                   Cindy Needham (“The Linen Quilter”): http://blog.cindyneedham.com/                                      Diane Gaudynski: http://dianegaudynski.blogspot.com/  Sharon Schamber (the pin basting method I use): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bhwNylePFAA        Kelly Cline: http://www.kellyclinequilting.com/              Karen   Miller (“Karen’s Quilts, Crows and Cardinals”): http://karensquiltscrowscardinals.blogspot.com/

One last link for info on the Juki TL2010Q machine that I use for FMQ:  http://www.raichert.com/TL2010Q/tl2010.html That link will take you to the specific page/machine. A free telephone call will answer any questions you may have. Free shipping is a plus (along with an excellent price!!!!) Servicing is no problem….any technician will happily give the machine any needed check-ups, as it is a completely mechanical (no computer!) straight stitch machine.

Feel free to let me know if there are any other pieces of info you would like to see on this blog!!!!!

Sending warm South Texas hugs to y’all………………………..

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The last KB meeting til next year……EEK!!!!!!

Can’t be!!!!! No-o-o-o-o-o………there’s so much more to share!!!!! OK, I’ve gotten that off my chest………today’s meeting, although it really had no “business” to talk about, began at the usual time and ended just before noon. I have photos of the shares……..

First..some more 3-D blocks (from the previous week’s workshop)…IMG_5584  and, this gal did not one, two or three but……..IMG_5601 IMG_5602

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The pedestal for this little felt pincushion was a chunk of a fallen tree near this gal’s home…which she turned on a lathe to create this cutie. Creative versatility!!!!!!!

And then, the obsession for totes continues this week. another expandable tote and one with many interior zipped pockets……….

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A cute purse with a water bottle tote(w/ pocket) to match!

 

 

 

 

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60 degree triangle fun!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Check out this darling snuggle blanket complete with little hand pockets/warmers and figured hood….IMG_5604  She has made kitty,bunny, puppy (even Snoopy!), etc, versions from this very vintage pattern!!!!

This Minky quilt is from a kit…..totally plush!!!!!!!

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And, finally, a super machine tote/trolley deal scored at a JoAnn’s Fabric Store……..IMG_5600

That’s a ‘wrap’ and, although there was much more that happened, I have no photos cuz, you see, I was the presenter and had brought my trusty Juki 2010 and many samples to share and give a peak at the FMQ workshop coming next February. It will come quickly and the more practice there is, well, the more relaxed they will be when the time comes!!!!!!

Farewell my dear Killer Bees friends!!!! I will think of you all often and “see” your goings-on on Fb…….won’t I???????? Sending many hugs…………..

 

 

 

 

 

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A wrap up has begun……..

And this first Texas winter get-away will come to a finish……for this year. On Wednesday we headed to Mexico, Nuevo Progreso, to be precise. It’s just a short walk on the bridge over the Rio Grande River from the US parking area.

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On our previous treks, the streets were totally packed with bargain-seeking US shoppers, this time…not so much!

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It was definitely an interesting experience! Not to be repeated til next year.

The barn quilt was finished up later that day. I’m pleased with this one!! IMG_5582

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This will be hung when we return, the end of December.

Now……let’s see…..what’s next…………..

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A ——decade birthday…………

Ummmmm, shall I just say it is one of those numbers I didn’t think would ever be  attached to me!!!! Anyhow, The day dawned bright and sunny, with a wonderful card from DH. Then we took off on 2 wheels for South Padre Island via some (very straight, but beautiful) back roads. We decided to grab an early lunch at our fave, “Dirty Al’s”. I had my usual Mexican soda…..IMG_5562 to accompany my blackened shrimp tacos…………IMG_5565

 

 

I know……I have this every time! But it’s the best!!

 

The view from our table..IMG_5563  Outside (above) and inside (below)…….IMG_5564

 

Next, we were off to my fave little thrift shop, run by the local Humane Society………..IMG_5567 

Picked up some beachy decorator pillows “for a song”!!!!!

The day was moving along way too quickly!!! Back across the water to a wonderful place called the Causeway Café in Port Isabel for a “Chocolate Decadence Frappe”………….IMG_5569IMG_5568 IMG_5570

Riding back was pure joy……especially knowing that the water in the pool at the resort would be so-o-o-o ready for us!!!! And, so I close out this special, many-decade year observance. I leave you with some very warm thoughts……and photos…..IMG_5572

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Barn Quilt….progress…………

Just a quick glimpse before we head out for some time on South Padre Island (TX)………………… IMG_5561 

Check this post to see this project’s beginnings. The colors in the above photo are quite accurate!!!!!

Now, on to the island. With temps forecast to be in the mid 80’s and sunny, the motorcycle is the perfect transportation……..hmmmmm??? Lunch at “Dirty Al’s” is my goal (blackened shrimp taco—-always!!!!!). See ya later……………

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The changing “landscape”……….

With each passing day/hour(!), the Winter Texans are heading out. Where, once, we were hemmed in by RVs & motorcoaches; we have wide open spaces! To the East……… IMG_5556

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One more week………………………….

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Design Wall Monday…..with a twist………

The “twist” part is in the definition of ‘wall’. Today’s version is not what’s on it but that it is the wall! To be clearer, it’s wood with a quilt block as the design. For those who are familiar with the term “Barn Quilt”, this is not a new term but, for those not acquainted, let me explain. “Barn Quilts” are square (usually) pieces of exterior (again, usually) appropriate material (wood, metal, composite) that is painted (using exterior appropriate paints) in a quilt block design and hung so as to be viewed by a passer-by. It may be on a house, garage, barn or, in this case, a shed.

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has been changed to this….

    IMG_5555 and it’s just begging for some ‘sprucing up’!! So, here’s the “blank canvas” area just waiting………….IMG_5553 for a little attention! The drying lines are on the back and the area to the right of the “wind screen” (a must down here!) will be perfect (I think….. unless we swap the two…LOL!)

The idea I’m working on is a “Mariner’s Compass” quilt block and had this humble beginning…. IMG_5552  The colors/paints used will be the same as the window/flower box………IMG_5479  First, paint the board and transfer the design……….. IMG_5545IMG_5544 IMG_5543 

Next, tape and paint………….. IMG_5547  Believe it or not…..this is the lighter red that’s on the window-box! Wait a bit (few hours), 2nd paint coat and remove the tape………….. IMG_5551  Now, you are able to get a better idea of where this is going. The darker burgundy will be next (later today) and the 2-tones of green will finish the secondary points. Stay tuned………….

 

Grab a cuppa and visit this link to see how my home county (Houston County,MN) has developed this idea into an area-wide self-guided tour!

 

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15 Minutes of (FMQ) play……..

Or however many moments you decide to set aside daily, will make such a huge difference in your FMQ “comfort zone” after a very little while! Sometimes, though, one needs some fresh ideas (read “mojo”) to get started. I’ve used this idea myself when I’ve wanted to give myself a “kick-start” when looking at a blank practice sandwich! Several years ago I saw a good solution to this dilemma. Take a piece of fabric, having an interesting print, and use it as a starting point for my stitching! I previously posted about this here. Here are some current practice sandwiches…………… IMG_5538  IMG_5539 IMG_5540 IMG_5541 IMG_5542

So……….grab a vibrant (or not) print fabric and get started!!!!! Spray-basting this all together makes for easy prep!!!!! Any thread will do, as long as there is COLOR!!!

The most important thing is……….have fun!!!!! There are no rules!! Just you and your machine…….bonding……………su-weet!!!!

Til next time…………….

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Another tasty post…………….

Another “love”, coming in a close 2nd to quilting, is finding those unusual places to enjoy unique food creations. Harlingen (TX) is home to so many excellent restaurant, bakery, taquerrias, eating experiences that it will take years to visit them all!!!! However, DH and I (on the advice/urging of KB Jan) thoroughly enjoyed lunch,after the KB quilt meeting, at the “Antigua Bakery and Café”. With a “tea room” atmosphere (the restaurant is located in a ‘house’ structure) but with a menu that would please all comers!

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The roasted Poblano soup was amazing as was the house-made hummus (available by the pound for carry-out) that accompanied it.

 

 

 

 

DH had the chicken salad (available for carry-out by the pound!) sandwich and I had a vegetarian artichoke/avocado sandwich (to “die” for!!!!). We opted for the 1/2 sandwich that included the above soup and salad (of the day…..which was Asian)………….IMG_5531  We will definitely be going back!!!!! Even DH spied many other offerings that were “must tries”!!!!!! IMG_5529 IMG_5530 IMG_5532 Our little table may be seen through the doorway.

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Although the temps were pushing 100F, the ride was a nice one!

A huge 5-star recommendation to visit this café (open for breakfast and lunch ‘til 3:30).

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