Next morning we were off to Pikes Place Market. What a great place. At the entrance was a big brass pig with a slot in it just like a piggy bank. It is suppose to be good luck to feed this pig!
Directly behind Miss Piggy was a fish stand. The fish mongers were throwing large fish and yelling what seem to be a familiar chant to the crowd. Everyone yelled back. Who would have thought that fish throwing would be so entertaining. There were food vendors, fruit stands, jerky, spice, jams, local honey, fresh made mini donuts, flowers and art for sale. Loved those Rainer Cherries! Across the way, eateries in abundance and the original Starbucks with a line of about 30 people waiting for their java. Street musicians, artists and a beautiful view of Puget Sound. People laying on the lawn enjoying the view.
We stopped to eat at Turkish Delight. We had the Chicken Kabob Special! Yummy!
Next stop, the ferry heading for Bainbridge. What a beautiful ride. So calming. On the way back we could see the Seattle Space Needle, Pikes Place Market and the Ferris wheel on the shore line. We passed many sail boats cruising the waters.
Windy and chilly for this Floridian.
The next day we went Row by Row Quilt shop hopping. Stopped at The Quilting Loft on Market Street in Seattle WA. What a great shop. The ladies were so helpful. Their Row by Row really captured Seattle skyline for me. I can't wait to get started on it!
Next we headed down the road to Keepsake Cottage. A nice fabric store in Country Village in Bothell WA. We got there when they were closing. They were nice enough to let us get the Row by Row and some owl fabric. Wish I had more time to browse. Country Village closed at 6 pm, but I will come back and visit on my next trip. So many nice shops to see.
Next two days I rested while Shara went to work. Spent the day looking at the view from her apartment and petting my fabrics.
Monday July 21 was Shara's 31st birthday! We visited the Seattle Library. Holy Moly! What a library! I think if I lived in Seattle I would spend a large amount of time in this library. You can see the city on every floor on every side. What a view.
On the ground floor the flooring has quotes in every language in mirror image. So beautiful.
Reading areas abound on every floor except the 4th floor which is painted in several shades of red and houses the conference rooms.
This is the reading area on the top floor. Very relaxing. Just sat there and looked at the view for a while.
After visiting the Seattle library, we were off to celebrate Shara;s birthday at her favorite restaurant. The Old Spaghetti Factory in Seattle has a Trolley inside. It was fun eating in the Trolley. Food was delicious! Shara was in heaven! Happy Birthday!!
Stain glass windows in the lobby.
We went home and watch some movies!.
On July 22 we met up with a Quilt Forum friend named Misha at Pacific Fabrics. Did a little damage to the credit card and when next door to Star Bucks to chat a while.
It was wonderful to meet Misha in person. We have chatted online for several years. I hope to see her again when I come back to Seattle.
Shara and I decided at the last minute to go up to Issaquah WA and hit on Gossypium Quilt Shop for one more Row by Row pattern. What a great pattern. I just love this store. This was my second visit. Very friendly owners and staff!
On the way back down to Seattle we stopped at Garlic Crush for dinner. I enjoyed it so much on my first visit to Seattle that I had to visit it again. Tiny place with a lot of foot traffic. It was as good as it looks.
We did manage to stop at 2 JoAnn fabric shops for supplies. Cutting mat and rotary cutter for Shara. Of course more fabric.
The next day I showed Shara how to make pillowcases! She made 2 owl pillowcases. I hope this is the beginning of a lot of sewing for her.
I had a wonderful time in Seattle with Shara. I hope to visit again next year with my husband in tow!
Aileen in Florida