Last Saturday my quilting buddy, Mary, and I embarked on an adventure. We traveled to the quaint little town of Tryon, NC in order to take a week long course in design using the 9 degree ruler developed by Marilyn Doheny. The trip was going to take us several hours, some of which were planned to be spent shopping at quilt shops along the way. But first, in Greensboro, NC, we came upon the Gingher factory sale! Mats, rulers and scissors for $1 or so. We loaded up, and so did many other individuals as well as shop owners.
It was like Christmas! We also took in Mary Jo's in Gastonia, NC, which, if you have never been there, is worth a day trip at some point in your life. After these two shopping sprees, I was feeling overwhelmed. Eventually we found a darling little tea shop in Gastonia and had a delicious lunch at Chantilly's Tea Room and Restaurant.
Finally, we arrived in Tryon, NC and cautiously drove up the hilly and winding streets until we came upon the lovely old Melrose Inn. Presently, Marilyn Doheny is refurbishing it, but in the midst of decorating the rooms, the plumbing failed, and she had to attend to more basic needs before she could continue. However, eight of the nineteen guest rooms are prepared for guests, each with a unique theme. My room was call Floral Abundance. Mary's was the Egyptian Room. There are other motifs in play, such as the Equestrian Room and the Angel Room, but you really have to see it for yourself.