It was during a random conversation between my niece and I about our shared interest in quilting that the idea for a quilt trip was formed.
And it – as some ideas do – stretched and changed until it became a reality last weekend.
My mom, Angel Girl, one sister,2 nieces, and I traveled to Lincoln, Nebraska to explore the International Quilt Study Center and Museum at the University of Nebraska.
Although not everyone in our group were quilters – we all appreciated the beauty and history of the quilts displayed.
I loved the old quilts the best – the ones carefully cut out of old garments or the bits and pieces of left-over material.
Everyone chose a favorite. Angel Girl chose a autograph quilt from the 1930’s which included autographs from the Jubilee Singers of Fisk University.
After fully immersing ourselves in quilts for several hours – we decided that it was past time for lunch.
Our criteria – something unique that we wouldn’t get at home.
After much deliberation – our choice was The Pho Factory – a brand new Vietnamese Restaurant close to the museum. It was fab-u-lous!
After almost drowning ourselves in noodle bowls bigger than serving bowls, we left with an appreciation for chop sticks and a new addiction to Vietnamese fish sauce. (Well – at least I did!)
We grabbed a bubble tea to go – and were not thrilled to learn that the “bubbles” tasted like black licorice. The strawberry slushie “tea” part was yummy, though.
By then it was time to get out of Lincoln. The Cornhuskers played at home that night and traffic was getting heavy.
Since most of Nebraska was in Lincoln at the game, we headed back to Omaha and my nieces’ favorite bookstore downtown.
In a family of bibliophiles – it was like Christmas morning.
Books from floor to ceiling – stacked on chairs, on the floor, in boxes. Thousands of books.
I wanted to touch them all – but I only bought one.
We would still be there if it wasn’t for the lure of Ted and Jerry’s ice cream. With fun flavors like coffee and doughnuts, black raspberry chocolate chunk and Dutch chocolate in hand – we headed back to my nieces for pizza.
And yes – we ate our dessert first. It was an adventure day after all! 🙂
It was a little later than we planned when we finally headed for home – but we filled the day with fun and memories.
All that because a random conversation sparked an adventure idea.