Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Beach Update, Fabric Shop Visit & 2 More Names!

WEDNESDAY BEACH GREETINGS FOLKS - Just another update for y'all down here from Kitty Hawk, NC. The sun is shining and the air is just right. Not too hot and not too humid either! It's about 6 PM here and we're just returning from a day filled with activity. We managed to go to the NC Aquarium (a favorite of Rowan's), have a nice lunch on the waterfront in Manteo and visit a quilt shop along the way.

Outer Banks Quilts & Antiques, 108 Sir Walter Raleigh St, Manteo, was our first stop of the day. This delightful shop was filled mostly with around 12 antique booths, but right in front was a nice size collection of fabrics and notions. They had an assortment of 30's prints, beach themed fabrics, traditional prints, and some antique quilts for sale. I took a few photos of the inside of the shop to share with everyone. The lady who showed us around was very nice, but I didn't manage to catch her name. Just click on the pictures for a larger view.

I thought this display of antique pot holders and hot mits was interesting. They attached them to the front of an antique quilt.

Here are some images and close-ups of various quilts my wife and I spotted throughout the shop.

This last photo with the log cabin quilt had such great colors don't you think? I didn't realize the picture wasn't of great quality until we got home. I wish I got a better picture of it. The owner let us know her husband made it!

We spent about an hour looking around the shop and ducking into every antique booth's corner. My son's Rowan and Brennan stayed in the car with Gaga and Grandpa Mark. One was sleeping and the other was in no mood to enter an antique store (safely!). And, you didn't think I could get through a quilt shop without purchasing something...

Here's what I nabbed. Some batik, 30's prints and a few more modern fat quarter pieces with 2 packages of vintage ric rack. Not too heavy on the wallet.

After we got back to the car someone mentioned that it was 12:30 and we hadn't had lunch yet. My wife pulled out a brochure she snagged in the shop from a Seafood joint on the water and off we went! Only three pictures were snapped while we were there. One of Gaga and Rowan looking at the boats, one of daddy and Brennan waiting for our lunch to arrive and one of Gaga and Rowan waiting for lunch.

Lunch was finished by 2:30 and we were at the NC Aquarium by 3. We've been to this place so many times in the last 6 years. Rowan has been there almost every year since he was born. It is a great family attraction, but it is rather on the small side. We can go through this place in an hour or so. It is filled with local fish, wildlife and sharks. The number one attraction for our family is the sting ray petting pool. It is located right in the middle of the building and is always swarmed with kiddos. Brennan and I stayed back on the benches while Rowan, Mommy and Aunt Marcie enjoyed the rays. Baby Brennan slept through the whole Aquarium.

So, here we are back at the Beach house. I'm looking forward to a nice dinner, some cool refreshments and a walk on the beach. But first I need to draw a few names. We got in late last night so I wasn't able to draw. That means I will select 2 names today for a SURPRISE goody package I will mail when we get back home.

Today's winners are...

Sandy of Quilting Nanny, who said...
Well kiddo you've done it .... I followed over from

I don't do the follow thing BUT I have added you to my so hope that counts.

Beautiful fabrics. So please throw me into the pot.


Jill of Ramblings of a Fabric Obsessor, who said...

Oh, man! This is bad! I don't *need* more fabric, but I am just a sucker for giveaways!! I am following and I posted about the giveaway on my blog, too.

Just pick me!!! :)


I haven't had one second to use my sewing machine while here. We've been way too busy during the day. I brought supplies and some blocks I've been working on for my STUD (Swap Till U Drop) mini quilt. I'll fit it in sometime. Can you imagine? Quilting with an ocean view. How wonderful!

Tomorrow I'm going to try and visit another quilt shop here in the OBX. Stay tuned for another tour! If I can find them!!

Happy quilting,


  1. Hi Ryan,
    many thanks for hosting such a great give away, to say I didn't win is not true really, as I found your wonderful Blog, that has got to be the best prize surely. You are just great. Keep it up, I'll be watching. Take care, from Jan across the pond.

  2. What a lovely 'trip' you had, family & all. Congrats to your winners. TTFN ~ Marydon

  3. looks like fun! What is a holiday without a visit (or two) to quilt shops!!!

  4. Hi Ryan,
    I've lived in NC for the past three years and have yet to head to the aquarium. As a kid I went yearly to San Franisco's on a yearly school field trip....I miss it. Wanted more photos if it! LOL Thanks for info on the quilt shop and antique shops as to find a map and see how much driving I would have to do it all.
    OH...congrats to your winners!!

  5. I thought every trip had to include stops at fabric or quilt stores.

  6. Thanks for the wonderful pictures...really enjoyed going on vacation with you.

  7. Oh my gosh!! I won! I won!! I'm so excited!!!

  8. looks like you guys are having a great time. My niece is living in that area. You might run into her. She has two dogs a pug and an American Bull dog so if you see a young lady walking with that mix of dogs, tell Katie... Aunt Patty says HI!! lol
    Enjoy your vacation!

  9. Thanks for the tour...Next time i'm in NC on vacation I will have 2 new shops to visit.
    Peggy in NJ

  10. Congrats to the two newest winners. I was SO excited to see this post. I have been to that shop when on vacation there and I LOVE the little town of Manteo. (Andy Griffith lives in a rather nice section of Manteo, from what I understand.) I'll look forward to hearing about this other quilt shop you know of in that I only know now of the one in Manteo....the other two I visited two years back have now closed, sadly.

  11. What a great place to visit. I love all of the quilts, but that log cabin was so special. Have a wonderful time!
    In Ireland

  12. What Great photos you have a lovely family, you certainly sound as you all are having fun.
    The quilt photos are great & congratulations to the 2 winners & previous ones i am enjoying your blog.
    Hugs Janice (in the UK)

  13. Hi, hope you got my email with address regarding my prize of the patriotic fabrics, fun thing is I was born & raised in Poughkeeepsie, NY, married a NC mountain man and have lived here 55 years now, do the grandparents and aunt also live in NC?? Interesting.

  14. Ryan, It looks like you're having a wonderful vacation. Thanks for the photo's so I can tag along. Love those antique shops and quilt stores. Wow you're so generous to pick two more winners. Congratulations to the winners!

  15. Congratulations to the new winners.I'm so loving the vacation via your blog!I've emailed you my details regarding the win from the last post(the fat 1/4 moda folklorique).I hope you received it and I didn't muck up the email addy? :) Barb.

  16. How funky is life when you hear about a local antique/quilt shop from someone who lives in New York and you live 45 minutes north. Who knew Manteo had a cool shop like that. I'll have to take a drive down and check it out next weekend when we're down there for a couple of lacrosse games. THANKS for the tip.

    BTW - nice blog. Cool Denyse Schmidt Single Girl Pillow. I'll be back to visit.

  17. I can't believe I have been in a shop that you have been in! I just went to this very shop in Oct. when we were on our annual vacation to OBX. It's weird how we all have so much in common. You rock!


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