CQJP2015 Peacock Project

CQJP2015 Peacock Project
Only four out of 12...in progress

Monday, May 14, 2018

Award and Northern Idaho Trip!!!


I call this quilt "Victorian Enchantment"!! I started it in 2007 with my first of four classes with Judith Baker Montano, called Basic Crazy Quilt! It took me a total of 5 years to complete, with working on other projects in between! It received recognition at the Idaho State Fair, 2017, and now 2nd place in Intermediate competition at our local Pocatello Art Center! May is their competition for mixed media! My quilt was the only quilt in the room!!! 

This was our month to take a trip to Coeur D'Alene !! What a fabulous time we had!
We stayed at World Mark Arrow Point on the Eastern side of the lake.

Since we were ahead of the tourist season, it was quiet and no crowds!!! But it was rainy and chilly. Still we enjoyed the beauty and SO many trees!
But this was after visiting the Capital of Montana in Helena! It's actually faster to go up I15 to Missoula than to go up the whole state of Idaho. We went and stayed the night in Helena to see the capital, had our book stamped and then made our way over to Coeur D'Alene! Such beautiful country!
We stay in CDA, for four days, so we got to see quite a bit. Made our way up to Sandpoint to see an old friend from our Ogden, Utah days! She was our hairdresser back then....
It was truly fantastic to see you again, Christy!!!
Had a great time shopping at Bear Paw Quilting and Bernina ! Just a beautiful shop, with great service! And tons to spend your money on, including the full line of Kaffe Fassett fabrics! Oh, so many fabrics, so little time, so many projects!!!
We made our way over to Spokane, Washington, only about half an hour. We walked around the Riverfront Park.  The water was thunderous!!!

With the CDA being too cold for us in the winter with the amount of snow it gets, I googled "where is the banana belt of Idaho?" 
With two major rivers, the Clearwater River and the Snake River, which is at the lowest point of Idaho, only 745', we knew we had to see it... 
And we fell in love! Mild winters, warm summers, friendly people!!! Lewiston and Clarkston are sister cities, with Lewiston on Idaho side of River, while Clarkston on the Washington side! And yes they are named for the famous explores, Lewis and Clark!
Met some wonderful people at the Valley Art Center and we talked about me teaching classes when we move there next year!!!
Then I spent a lot of time in Patrick's Craft Shoppe! Connie and I had a great visit and she has a wonderful inventory of fabrics along with Brazilian Embroidery Threads! Looking forward to meeting on Wednesday mornings for some refresher lessons, Connie!!!
After a couple days there, and we could have spent a week, maybe in June we will have another chance, we headed out on highway 12, the scenic route back to Montana. We followed the Clearwater River all the way. It is absolutely beautiful, but a slow ride. We got into Missoula with no hotels available due to graduation night of a nearby college. So we made our way down to Hamilton to hit the hotel after midnight!
In North Fork we stopped at a delightful General Store !!! Just ask Birdie for help, she really knows how to provide service!!! Thanks Birdie!!!
Our last stop on the way home was in Salmon, Idaho ! We had lunch and walked the streets! Of course, I found another Quilt store, Copper Mountain Quilting! Another wonderful selection of fabrics and great service. Wish I was closer, sounds like an active class schedule!!!
Well, we had a great trip! I enjoyed meeting everyone!!! 
Thanks for visiting...and be sure to stay connected on my facebook site: https://www.facebook.com/brenda.sandusky.1
Happy Sitching
BJ Sandusky