Most of you may already know that this year I was able to go to QuiltCon (put on by the Modern Quilt Guild) – in Savannah, Georgia! I was there from February 21st to 27th, and I had a ball. I had every intention of blogging each day I was there, so that this wouldn’t happen – not posting about it until nearly a month later! – but the days were long and exhausting, and when I got back to my hotel room each night, I either was wiped out and ready to go to bed, or dying to work on some hand sewing I’d brought with me, after seeing amazing quilts and great vendors with to-die-for fabric all day… so blogging’s not happening until now. I’ll also be breaking up my trip into several posts, mainly so your computers, tablets, and phones don’t freak out trying to load all of the photos I plan to share.
The convention ran Thursday through Sunday, but I arrived Tuesday morning, and didn’t leave until Monday afternoon. At the end, I could have easily handled going home a day earlier than I did, but I wanted to have lots of time to explore QuiltCon, and see some of Savannah as well, without being whirlwind crazy like my trip to DisneyWorld in 2009 – four parks, four days. Yikes.
I took a red-eye flight from SeaTac to Savannah (departing 10:30pm PST), changing planes in Charlotte, North Carolina. It wasn’t ideal, but those flight options got me into Savannah at a much better time than other flights would have arrived – and didn’t require leaving my house at 3am to get to the airport! I also went alone (okay, as you can see above, Annie and Millie came too), but I knew there would be lots of opportunity to make new friends, hopefully meet a few people I only knew through Instagram, and I hoped to see Paula and James there as well – I’d met them at the Pacific Northwest Meetup in Portland, OR in August. I stayed at one of the hotels that offered a group rate discount for QuiltCon, since it’s proximity to the convention center meant that I wouldn’t have to rent a car or use Uber or a taxi once I arrived at my hotel. As a bonus, one of my best friends (that I’ve known since I was 10 years old and hadn’t seen in several years) moved to Atlanta last fall, and was willing to make the three-and-a-half-hour-plus drive down to Savannah to spend a day with me, since I had a day or two to explore before the convention started.
Day One (Tuesday 2/21):
Day One shall be counted as arrival day, not departure day. Although there was a funny bit or two about getting ready to leave, as well… I’d been gathering stuff up for a few days, dumping it in a pile on my open suitcase. Monday afternoon (mind you, we had to leave for the airport about 7pm), I realized that all of the stuff that I had to take for a full week, plus supplies for the two classes I signed up for, was not going to fit in the one rolling suitcase, duffel, and laptop/camera bag I’d planned to use as my luggage. I made a harried run to Costco for bigger luggage, since I would be having to check luggage anyway as they don’t allow rotary cutters in carry on luggage. Being Costco, my new luggage was a two-pack (one large suitcase, one carry-on size), which came in very handy later in my trip. I’d also hoped to get some sleep on the first flight, especially since it was about a five and a half hour flight, but didn’t have any luck on that front, even with a full dose of benedryl on board (side note: why will a full dose of benedryl at work nearly make me pass out at my desk, but I still couldn’t sleep on my flight?). I had around two hours or so of layover in Charlotte, North Carolina, and got to Savannah before noon. I used Uber for the first time in my life to get from the airport to my hotel (success!), and was able to nap/rest a little once I got settled into my room.
For late lunch/early dinner, I checked out one of the restaurants that had been recommended – Huey’s On The River – and ordered a roast beef PoBoy. I also walked around on River Street and checked out a few shops before heading back to my hotel for a little hand sewing and bedtime.
Day Two (Wednesday 2/22):
My friend Mike drove down from Atlanta to spend the day together. I’ve known him since we were 10 years old in fifth grade in California, and it had been several years since I’d seen him. Of course, the one day I was there that it rained…! Luckily, the rain eventually cleared up, and we were able to walk around Savannah a bit after a late lunch at The Six Pence Pub.
One of the ladies from my quilt guild had highly recommended their Key Lime Pie… and she was right. Best. Key. Lime. Pie. EVER. It was amazing.
We did quite a bit of walking through Savannah after eating, since the weather had cleared up, and he also put up with Annie’s photo shoot quite well, since I’d been dragging her around in my purse all day (shhh… there might be another Annie photo book coming at some point).
I also took some photos without Annie, but the lighting ended up fairly dark in most of them… I got some fun ones later in my trip, though, so you’ll just have to wait for that post! After we got done exploring, Mike dropped me off at the convention center so I could check in for QuiltCon before taking the ferry back across the Savannah River to my hotel. The line was nuts, but the ladies working check in sure kept it moving fast!
I was also very excited at check in to find out that I was one of the first thousand to get my registration in online, and got one of the coveted goodie bags!
I had every intention of getting this posted over the weekend (never mind that I’d had every intention of actually blogging while I was in Savannah), but nice weather happened, and here you go. Hopefully, I’ll be able to get the rest of the trip blogged in a timely fashion. It also seems that several of my friends are getting back to blogging after a hiatus… Perhaps a combination of politics and holidays burning everybody out? But spring is on the way, as my sinuses are informing me, and the warmer, sunnier weather is making outlooks seem a little brighter.