Monday, July 8, 2024

Holiday Weekend and a New Quilt

Hope you had a good holiday celebration!

I have some good news and I promise I will get to it. But please let me whine first. After all, if I don't do it here, where can I?

In Yorktown

Paul and I decided to visit Colonial Williamsburg so we made hotel reservations a few weeks in advance. The plan was to spend July 4th in Yorktown, July 5th in Williamsburg, and July 6th in Jamestown.

I booked us a sailboat cruise (6:30 - 8:30) on the York river, after which we could watch the fireworks. As we drove from our hotel to a parking garage (near the waterfront), as recommended by our hotel concierge, we were looking forward to a great evening.

Alas, there was no way we could drive to the waterfront.  After 45 minutes of driving in circles and being rerouted by cops, we parked in a battlefield.  We had to walk about 25 minutes in 90 degree heat to get to the sailboat tour location.  It was crowded but everyone else seemed to be in a party mode, dragging coolers, herding kids, pushing strollers. Many folks were scantily clad, ready for a day at the waterfront. 

Hot and sweaty, hungry, thirsty and wiped out, we were relieved that we made it to the location in time just to find out that the stormy weather had led to the cancellation of the tour. The sailor graciously agreed to refund our tickets. Thank goodness!!!

Paul suggested we seek refuge in one of the upscale restaurants on the location. After a 45 minute wait, we were seated. Finally, we were comfortable. So we lingered as long as we could, since it was pouring outside. When we stepped out around 9:00PM, we were just in time to watch the fireworks, over the York river. It was a double delight because the fireworks not only lit up the sky but the reflection on the water surface was just as beautiful.

Then we walked back to the battlefield. I almost lost my left shoe in the mud/muck, thanks to the rainstorm. By the time we returned to our hotel, thanks to the traffic and cops routing the cars, it was 11:00PM.

I begged Paul to abandon our Colonial Williamsburg plans for the next day. It is going to be 96 degrees, I pleaded my case. We can revisit in Fall, I added. Surprisingly he did not need much persuading. 

We began July 5th with a complimentary breakfast where I played with my mediocre food (see pictures below) and Paul left the dining room hungry. 

Boiled Egg - Yolks with Salt & Pepper

Cream Cheese and Hot Sauce added

Mixed Well

Deviled Eggs

I suggested that he go find breakfast while I stayed in the room and watched TV. When he returned we spent some time at the indoor pool. Just something to do on a hot day.  Later in the afternoon, we decided to catch a movie, followed by dinner.  

Outside the movie theatre - Paul looks cool, I look visually handicapped :-(

The movie (Despicables 4) was fun but the food at the stylish DoG Street Pub was disappointing. 

Paul ordered Shepherd's Pie and I got Pork and Broth.

Pork and Broth

The Shepherd's Pie was bland and heavy on the potatoes. Paul added salt and did not complain. The Pork was flavorful and the broth was savory but the dish was overloaded with thick undercooked noodles. Paul ate half of his while I stopped as soon as I ate all the pork I could find.

I guess the pub was a beer haven and the food was an afterthought. We should have left just then but my disappointment saga had more in store.

When I saw Eton Mess on the Dessert Menu, my mind conjured up images of Hannah Waddingham and Drew Barrymore having a blast. Sadly my dessert was overloaded with meringue, with less than two strawberries in it. It lacked the summer freshness I was seeking. 

The lone strawberry in the Eton Mess

I dutifully complained about the entire experience. They dutifully apologized and removed the dessert from our check. Small mercies.  I had made reservations in advance and the place had decent reviews. May be we just ordered their worst dishes.

At the College of William and Mary

After dinner, we walked around a bit around the College of William and Mary before returning to our hotel. 

Historic Jamestown was captivating. Paul was particularly interested in the maritime aspects, since he was in the Navy, albeit briefly.

Paul, the seaman :-)

We watched a movie in the cool indoor auditorium :-) I learned that colonists had a difficult time as they tried to manage in a new place while they dealt with disease, starvation and a hostile environment away from home.  

Such reverence for the colonists' struggles while many of us loathe the immigrants who are trying to do much the same - searching for a better life and fleeing persecution. How do we pack so much double standards in one place? Will America ever self-examine? 

I'd had enough so we visited the gift store.  

Surprising Find in the Gift Store

No, I did not Buy :-)

Paul still wanted to see a bit more. So we walked across the pedestrian bridge, over the swamp to the James River, where we saw remnants of an old church and the statue of Pocahontas. All I wanted to do was dip my feet into the river as the hot sun was beating its hammer on the earth's anvil. But the shore was stony and there wasn't a safe way to do so.

Too Hot

The Swamp

Once upon a time Church

Rocky Shores of the James River

We ate lunch at Sal's by Victor. In spite of the snooty waiter, we had a good meal.  I got a Burrata Salad (too hot to eat anything more substantial) while Paul got Spaghetti and Meat Sauce. Just before leaving, I asked for ice in a to-go cup. But the snooty waiter wasn't a good listener. He brought iced water in a to-go cup, which melted even before we got to our blazing hot car. 

Goodbye Jamestown

It was time to return. I drove with A/C on full blast, while Paul napped. We got home shortly after 5:00. I have never been happier (or more heat exhausted) to be home. 

Me: Paul, if we ever travel in the summer, let's go north, please. 
Paul: Like Chicago?
Me: Or Boston or upstate New York. 
Paul: No guarantees that those places won't be burning. 
Me: I know. But we stand a better chance.


I came home to a new magazine by Annie's - the special publication - Perfect Precut Quilts. And now the good news. My quilt Shanvi is in it :-)

Shanvi, 60" by 80"

Shanvi is a layer-cake friendly pattern. Designed in EQ8 and made with Island Batik fabrics Fire and Ice, an original collection by Claudia Pfeil, Shanvi finished at 60" by 80".

Scrappy Pieced Border


I used the bright fabrics to make the focus blocks and used the subdued colors to make the alternate blocks. The scrappy border completes the look.

Here comes the Sun!

The binding is Island Batik light grey solid and the backing is an Island Batik Basic (BE33-E1 Tin Dot). I used Thermore Batting by Hobbs. I quilted a 2" grid using my walking foot and the trusted squiggly stitch.

Binding and Backing

I am loving Shanvi. Hope you will check out the magazine. It contains 11 precut friendly patterns.

One last sideways glance!


In other news, Angela has announced the Rainbow Scrap Challenge color for July - Turquoise. Here are my picks - all leftovers from Island Batik fabrics.

We have just received our second shipment of boxes from Island Batik and some supplies from Missouri Star Quilt Company. That blogpost is next. I will be sharing with all my favorite linky parties (see full list on the sidebar) and Angela's on Saturday. 

Please stay cool and hydrated.


  1. sorry your weekend away was a mess - it is very hot time to visit tourist areas and then to have your day cruise cancelled too makes it disappointing. My sister lives in Williamsburg so I have seen every thing numerous times and love it - but when it is hot I just want the shade and ice. Congrats on the magazine

  2. Beautiful quilt. I like the Fire & Ice collection. It's so pretty and you made the most of all the colors. Hope you're sewing in a chilled sewing space!

  3. I'm glad that you received a refund for the river cruise and a partial refund for the meal. You are right to point out the duplicity in American culture; it's a bit mind boggling how often that kind of illogical rhetoric is popping up. And congratulations on the publication of Shanvi, which i just read means peaceful and calm. I sure wish for more of that!

  4. I am sorry it was a less than fun or delightful weekend...except of course for each other's company. I can guarantee you things are at a frenzied pace out there and historic venues on these weekends are a nightmare. I have done it when I was more. I think it gets worse each year since covid, too! Now, on to your delightful teals...wonderful colors. Shanvi is delightful - congrats on the publication.

  5. Your weekend really shows how you and your Hubby are well matched. Even when things didn't go as planned, when the weather was dreadful and when you were cranky...the joy of being together still shone through. I admire your ability to look at the bright side. I love your quilt Shanti. I don't get the magazine however, so I'm going to have to hope it's available somewhere else.

  6. So sorry you had problems everywhere you went this past weekend. I'm all for staying inside during this ridiculous heat wave. Here's hoping there is a little relief soon -- and some rain too. Shanvi is a wonderful quilt. Hum, I might have to find the book (magazine?). I assume it's available from Annies? Stay cool and keep on quilting.

  7. Beautiful quilt! Such a shame about your weekend as it looks such an interesting area to visit. x

  8. When you get to Chicago I'll show you around (all the quilt fabric stores!!!) The Lake has fireworks ( and boat trips with yachts to pirate ships (I rec the Pirate ship!) But you had each other and that's the prize. BEAUTIFUL quilt!

  9. Sorry your weekend was a disappointment but your quilt is beautiful!

  10. Lovely post, even the whining!!! FYI, I tried to use your MSQC link to order online. It did not work, tried talking to customer service and was told this program no longer exists! Weird.

    1. I am so sorry. Will you please try again? Click on the logo of MSQC (MSQC Partner) in the right column and then navigate to the items you want. The item in your cart should show up at 80% of the marked price. If that does not work, please email me at

    2. Thanks Preeti, it’s too late, I already have the order at hand and ready to be prewashed! Some of what I ordered was on sale anyway. I really wanted it to be the perks for you plus you being aware of the issue, not necessarily a discount for me. I very much appreciate your newsletter, etc. and your reaching out. Keep up the excellent work!!!

  11. Your Shanvi is lovely! Sorry your Colonial Williamsburg trip was a disappointment on so many levels. Believe it or not, it looks to me like the historical society has actually attempted to do a better job of discussing their history in a way that acknowledges and includes the perspective of the Powhatan. I'll bet 20 years ago those placards would have been telling it like the good European settlers arrived to find an uninhabited wilderness rich in natural resources but plagued by some ignorant savages who didn't deserve their land because they weren't using it in a way that made sense to the colonists. I agree with you that the current text does not go far enough. The colonists were more like invaders than refugees or immigrants from Europe because they were there not with the intent of making new lives for themselves within the context and structure of the existing Powhatan community like today's immigrants, but with the explicit goals of claiming territory, displacing existing populations, erasing their culture, and seizing their land and natural resources for a foreign power.

  12. So hard to do touristy things when it's hot and muggy out! It seems you made the best of things. I love that area and have visited and the history is always so fascinating. Congrats on Shanvi! She's pretty. Thanks for sharing on my weekly show and tell, Wednesday Wait Loss.

  13. My goodness!! What a full post!! I think maybe alaska or canada for the north part in the summer??? Sounds like you saw some very cool things in spite of the disappointments.

    your new quilt is gorgeous ! Love the design!!

  14. Sorry you had a less than fun trip, Preeti. It is going to be in the high 90s here at least for the next seven day. I don't even want to think about the heat index as humid as it is here! Shanvi is beautiful. Congratulations!

  15. Congrats on being published! The quilt is a real beauty!! I don't blame you at all for whining a bit - that trip would have disappointed anyone. Hope your next trip exceeds expectations to make up for it.

  16. Hi Preeti, I'm sorry to hear about your so-so vacation. Unfortunately I'm not sure that going slightly north would make much difference weather wise. Congrats on your latest Shanvi quilt being published. It really looks great! Thanks for linking up to Free Motion Mavericks.