I will skip the excuses and just do a quick catchup here.
Ruby the bus was left behind in Missoula, and we headed West. Washington proved to be more beautiful than I expected. The mountains surrounding the Kittitas Valley are just an incredible backdrop for barn quilts!
This one is Amish Dahlia.
And my favorite quilt block, Grandmother's Flower Garden. I just love this one with the white fence that matches the trim on the barn.
On to California, where we played tourist a bit. I had a lot of quilt guild appearances scheduled. But we still had to see the sights.
Glen was brave enough to do this--a lot of people stood and watched and wouldn't try it!
The California Coast looks just like in the movies!
And of course, California has barn quilts. This is Ohio Star in Lake County, where we enjoyed our stay immensely.
But there was bad news. Really bad news. Glen flew to Missoula to pick up the bus, and Ruby made it to California. But she just had so many problems. Transmission not shifting. Overheating. Starter malfunction. The repairs not only made our lives difficult; they strained our budget. Again. and Again.
SO--meet Alfa! After a lot of heartache, we decided to go with a "traditional" RV. It was a tough decision, but we honestly have not regretted it one bit. She is so much easier to drive, roomier, and reliable!
Texas--barbecue, of course!
I have been teaching barn quilt painting classes when I visit quilt guilds, and it has been a blast! Here are some of the gals in Abilene. And a Texas barn quilt! There are not many in Texas, but I managed to find some pretty ones.
Kentucky has always been a favorite place for barn quilts. But I still don't think that grass is blue.
Indiana is home to several large quilt trails. This one in Gibson County has over 200. And some are in unusual places.