It never ceases to surprise me as to the huge difference made by adding seam treatments. Below is the before and after of one of my CQJP 2013 blocks for March. I really don't worry too much about how patches look next to each other on a block because I know the stitching will unify the block.
Last Monday and Tuesday my boss was out of town so DH and I decided to take a mini vacation to Kansas City just to get away. We stayed near and shopped at the Crown Center and toured Hallmark, visited Union Station and the WWI Museum. There is so much to do in the KC area. Unfortunately the museum was closed both days so I guess we will have to plan another trip soon. On the way home we went to Parkville, MO and shopped at Florilgium (my all time favorite!) and a couple of antique shops. I drooled a lot and purchased some heart shaped crystals at Florilgium. I bought more doilies and this dainty little fresh water pearl necklace (for a quarter!) at the antique shops. We also stopped at an antique mall in St. Joe on the way home and I bought a couple more doilies and some beautiful copper fabric and some taffeta in subtle reds and golds. The weather was beautiful and we had a wonderful time.
Do you have a special shop you love to visit? Please share and if I am in the area I will be sure to visit it too. I love visiting new places and quaint little shops. My DH and I are planning to drive down to Florida to meet our daughter's family at Disney World and also do a little exploring in route, taking our time. That will be in November some time. I traveled a lot for my previous employer, but my DH hasn't seen a lot of the southeast and I look forward to seeing more. This will be my first trip to Florida. Can't wait!!!