Journey to Quilt Market 2013: Portland, at Last!

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joan_ford Joan Ford, contributor
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On Monday morning, we left our hotel in Boise with the intent to make our first stop at Quilt Expressions in nearby Garden City, Idaho.

Quilt Expressions

 

Joan Ford at Quilt Market Joan Ford's Journey to Spring Quilt Market:
• The Journey Begins
Day Two
Day Three
Day Four
Weekend Travels
Portland at Last!
• The Amazing Journey Concludes

 

Blue and White display   More tall ceilings at this shop and lovely displays. Don't you just love this combination of blue and white fabric with the antique furnishings (also available to purchase!)
Shop   Featured in the most recent edition of American Patchwork and Quilting Quilt Sampler, the shop boasts a huge variety of fabric, notions, and home-grown stash buster kits. Customers can finish their quilts by renting time on one of several long-arm quilting machines.

This would be the last shop we vistied on the drive to Portland. We visited so many shops along our route that it could be easy to get them confused with one another. However, each shop had its own unique personality and product offering. One thing that seemed constant was that special brand of friendliness that any quilter appreciates from 'their' home shop!

And so we were on to Portand!

The route along the Columbia River was particularly windy and, at times, it felt like Vanna was more like a sailboat than a U-Haul! The combination of river and mountain created absolutely breathtaking views as we traveled from eastern Oregon to Portland along I84. Unfortunately, I didn't take any pictures to share, but then I think this is one of those things you have to experience for yourself. A photograph could not come close to doing justice to the beautiful scenery!

We checked into the hotel on Monday night. Exhibitor set-up starts on Wednesday. That left me Tuesday to explore Portland a little.

Bridges   Portland is known as the City of Roses, but I think it could also be the city of bridges. Water is everywhere and it seems the city is split into parts by water.
Voodoo Doughnuts   Anywhere in the country, Portland-based Voodoo Doughnuts seems to be a common textbook case-study for state-of-the-art marketing tactics. The company has established their unique brand in a saturated market by being different.
Doughnut   They sell tons of unique doughnut varieties, but perhaps the most well-known is the Voodoo Doughnut which comes with its own pretzel-stick stabber. To top it off, it 'bleeds' raspberry jelly. So if you are feeing a bit frustrated, you can take it out on your doughnut!

Carts   This entire area of the city is a great people-watching spot. Around just about every corner, carts full of wildly varied lunch offerings open onto the sidewalls, serving just as wildly varied customers.
cart   I just loved the painted side of this vendor's cart. 
Soup   I settled for this bowl of Tuscan Tomato Soup with crusty bread, and found a shady spot in the park to have lunch. It was total YUM! 
Manicure/pedicure   And after all that walking, I treated myself to a mani/pedi! 

On Wednesday afternoon, the real work begins–setting up the booth for Quilt Market.

In the meantime, Happy Stitching!

Joan

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