I've started doing a Block of the Month at a fairly local quilt shop. It sounds really cool - the first kit cost $5 and included the fabric and directions to make the Pinwheel Block above. When the next month rolls around we bring our completed block in and receive the next kit for free! In theory I can complete an entire quilt top for only $5. And even the penalty isn't bad - if a block isn't completed in time or if I can't make it to the quilt shop on the designated day they only charge $5 for that block. Overall it will be a scrappy sampler quilt all in the '30's repro fabrics and I really like it.
I now have kit #2 in my hands and 4 weeks to complete it. And if I get enough other things done in this month I'm going to splurge on some fabric for a little project for B. Sometimes it can be dangerous walking into a wonderful quilt shop because there are so many temptations!
On the way to the quilt shop we stopped to get some lunch to go. We've started picking up copies of Texas Highways magazine and are having such a grand time finding out of the way places. We absolutely love the mom and pop type restaurants or quirky places. This magazine has a feature where people can write in and recommend restaurants throughout the state. The most recent issue a woman wrote about Big Fatty's Spankin' Shack in Valley View, Texas as having the best barbecue briskit sandwich she'd ever eaten. Who could resist such words? Especially when it turns out that it's just maybe 2 miles off the interstate.
We had a ball in here! It's a small place and the people working are so mellow and laid back. In addition to the briskit we also got some potato salad (which turned out to be more like creamy mashed potatoes with onions and peppers in it - absolutely fabulous!) and some "crazy stoopid corn" (which was very similar to a corn chowder). The briskit was wonderful and we will definitely return.
Wherever you live, find out if there is a similar magazine for your state. We're starting to fill up our tentative vacation plans with things all around. I'm going to start cutting out restaurant recommendations and travel destinations and putting them in a notebook so that we can pull it out on a weekend where we have no plans. Kind of like a spur of the moment mini vacation! And seriously - we would never have found this place without seeing it in the magazine. As it turns out, it's not that far away and we'll enjoy returning.