About a week ago, I drove over to Shelby to meet with my runner for the Charlotte area to get the quilts for the hurricane project left at the drop shop, Quilt Patch. As I was coming out of the mountains, I was struck by the many different colors of green on the mountainsides and down the valleys. Naturally, I had to stop an get a picture, actually several times!
Amazing isn’t it? So many shades of green in the new leaves next to the darker evergreens.
In Shelby, I drove through the historic home district to get to our meeting point. This Japanese cherry was in full bloom. I stopped and took this picture looking straight up.
Historic Shelby is full of huge wisteria vines, most growing over tall trees. I do wish I had one of these in our yard.
The flowers were covering most of the vines.
Cascading waterfalls of lavendar flowers were everywhere.
White dogwoods were blooming next to stately homes.
Pink dogwoods were in bloom too, interesting contrast of color next to a Japanese maple.
It was like the trees were dusted with pink fairy dust, sprinkled like confectioner’s sugar.
I got to our meeting place, delighted to meet Emily!! She is a fellow blogger who blogs at The Darling Dogwood. Emily is an Island Batik ambassador, and works a lot with Accuquilt Go. We hugged immediately, as we have ‘talked’ a bunch on email, and met this day for the first time. Quilters are instant pals anyway, but we have a lot in common.
We both love sushi too. So, we met at a sushi place. Now before you wrinkle your nose, take a look at her meal. Shrimp tempura wrapped in rice and topped with a slice of mango and a bit of soy sauce. No raw fish here. Doesn’t that sound scrumptious?
OK, full disclosure, mine did have a bit of raw. I had a roll with cooked shrimp inside, sashimi grade tuna on top, with green onion topped with a sriracha sauce and tobiko which is similar to caviar. Yum!!!
We spent over an hour chatting and and laughing. It was a delightful time! After lunch, we both headed home. My route took me back through the same neighborhood. There are places that the trees create an arbor over the road. You can see azaleas blooming here, and more wisteria down the street.
Then, back to the mountains with their verdant greens. Our flowers were coming a few days later.
In the car, eleven quilts for the Carolina Hurricane Quilt Project.
I couldn’t get all of them photographed, but here are a few. All were anonymously donated to the Charlotte drop point, Quilt Patch. Thank you to all the donors, you know who you are!! This one with the black background was strikingly beautiful.
This one had tiny squares sashed in yellow.
Patriotic colors with cute prints.
Another black background with brights.
Simple and sweet.
Lively colors should bring a smile to someone’s face.
They joined the ever growing pile on the guest bed.
And the stacks on the cedar chest.
All of these will leave here on Friday for the trip to Wilmington. At this point, there are 58, and I may have a few more before the week is over. So a great day for driving and meeting a friend! Isn’t it fun to meet new friends? Have you done any day trips recently for fun?