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,