Thursday, May 8, 2014

Sew, Sweet

On Saturday, I headed to Penn Yan, New York, at the northern tip of Keuka Lake, one of the Finger Lakes, in New York State. Keuka Lake actually has two northern tips--the lake is shaped a little like a tuning fork, Penn Yan is the northern-most tip of the lake.

The town swells in the summer, and there is the sense that this small community is just waking up for the busy season. One year-round staple for locals and visitors is the Flour Shop.

Located right on Main Street, the former FLOWER shop, now bakery is perhaps best known for the cinnamon buns.

Not one to shrink from local tradition, I had to have a try. This mixed-berry variation certainly satisfied my sweet tooth. Accompany it with Spiced Apple Chai Tea, and this quilty instructor experienced a bit of heaven on earth--along with a serious sugar rush! Yum!

Fortified by the bakery fix, a cozy group of the Keuka Quilters Guild got right down to business with the project of the day. The Common Sense Pillow--a workshop-sized version of the Common Sense quilt. Diana, Madam-president-elect of the guild seemed pretty pleased with her progress!

By the end of the workshop, most everyone had the center of the pillow assembled.

And in time for the guild meeting on Monday night, mission accomplished! These ladies were part of the ScrapTherapy trunk show for the guild's regular meeting.

On the drive home from Penn Yan, a quick break to recharge at the Thruway stop found the building practically empty. During the busy travel season, and during daylight hours, this place is usually bustling with travelers stopping for a quick snack or meal. As many times as I've made this stop in this particular location myself, I never noticed this whimsical sculpture in the dining area. Two separate sculptures, really. A fisherman and his pole and a very tropical looking googly-eyed bass (or some such species!).

After a snap of the camera and a fuel fill-up, I was back on the road, headed home--for a little while.

Happy Stitching!


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