Tuesday, November 10, 2015

One Day Shop Hop~Final Stop and more...

I was getting tired and my shop hop was coming to a close.
My final stop was Fat Quarters Quilt Shop in Vista, California.
I can tell you that I perked up pretty quick the moment I walked into this lovely shop!

This beautiful display greeted me as I walked in the door.

The shop seemed to go on and on from room to room!
Each one holding glorious treasures!
And the hallways were filled with gorgeous models as well.

You had to be sure to look up and down in every corner or you might miss something extra special!

Even a trip to the restroom brings beautiful, inspiring models to view.

And such a wonderful selection of fabrics!
Michelle Joyner, the sweet proprietor and quilt designer and all the shop gals made my visit so fun!

They made sure to point out this sign ;)

You can find Fat Quarters Quilt Shop's
website here
and their Facebook page here.

Wow! It was such an incredible day and created so many wonderful memories for me!
I just realized that I haven't taken any photos of my purchases. I will have to do that soon...

I did get to see more of San Diego that just the quilt shops. :)
The night we arrived we headed over to Coronado Island for dinner at Hotel del Coronado.
A historic hotel built in 1887, it is one of the largest wooden buildings in the country.
Guests over the years have included dignitaries, royalty and celebrities, too.

I just love the history of it and the fact that they have preserved the building and its beauty.

The next night we had dinner at Coasterra on Harbor Island and enjoyed the San Diego skyline.

That's the mile long bridge to Coronado Island.

We enjoyed the sights of Harbor Island where we stayed.

Stopped to visit the sea lions in La Jolla.

They reminded me of our pups at home.

We spent some time in Old Town San Diego - I loved the cacti.

And since Dia de los Muertos was just a few days away, we were lucky to see the altars and my favorites:

The calaveras or paper-mache skeletons.

I've always loved the traditions of Dia de los Muertos and had several childrens books about it that I read with my boys...

While at Old Town we stopped for a rootbeer float. 
Look at the selection of root beers!

Of course I liked this one :)

On our last night, we went to Little Italy. 
(At the suggestion of the gals from The Country Loft. Thanks Ladies!)
What a fun and lively neighborhood!

We decided to eat at Filippi's Pizza Grotto (the original) - voted most popular Italian restaurant by the locals. It's been there for 65 years so you know that they are doing something right!

We weren't disappointed! I loved the chianti bottles with messages hanging for the ceiling!
The worst part was not being able to take our leftovers with us as we were leaving at 5:00 am the next morning :(

It was truly a wonderful and memorable trip!
I do hope to return again one day...

God thunders wondrously with his voice;
    he does great things that we cannot comprehend.
~Job 37:5

Blessings, Patti


Marilyn said...

You visited quite a few shops on your trip.
What great picks of all the goodies in the shops, and the gorgeous pics of different sites of CA.
Thanks for sharing them.
Can't wait to see what you purchased!

Three Sheep Studio said...

What a fabulous trip. Thanks for taking us along ! Eager to see your purchases ;)

paulette said...

Loved EVERY moment!! Now for the FULL meal deal we need to see what you bought! haha We are so nosy!

Jacqueline said...

What a great trip. Thanks for sharing.

Sandi said...

It looks like you had a wonderful time in San Diego. I recall a very small but lovely shop in Coronado that had both some stitching and quilting in it. Sorry the name doesn't come to mind.

Love Little Italy! Thanks for the lovely memories, look forward to see what you bought.

Trace L Hentz said...

Patty - love the dachshund rootbeer. I have a question. Have you thought about widening your blog template? I teach blogging.