Monday, June 21, 2010

Touring Asheville!

After a small hop around town on Wednesday after class to the new fabulous location of the EXPANDED Waechter's Silk Shop in Biltmore Village...and drooled over all the lovely fabrics and a HUGE collection of Kaffe Fassett...they are now kitting VERY cute little girls clothes along with a great magazing at sewwow!! Waechters is hand down the COOLEST fabric store around ...80 years in business and they KNOW how to do it...

and dinner at Pomdora's on Tunnel Rd...we were worn out!!!

The next day though we were off to make the most of our day in Asheville...I think we went to at least 12 stores and galleries!!! Asheville is an art lovers paradise with countless galleries and I have heard more than 10000 tours name it they have it...

We started out at the Folk Art Center on The Blue Ridge Parkway just off Hwy 70 or Tunnel Road awesome place filled with juried arts and crafts from the nine states that share the Blue Ridge Mountains...

Then we were on to Biltmore Village...Biltmore Village was built for the estate workers and servants...The houses are a slice of England in the US with tiny narrow stairs and stucco and daub exterior...storybook houses...wish i had one!!

...I had to go to the Yarn Paradise at Biltmore Village! Stop #1 on my list...all the LYS in Augusta have sadly closed!!

we drooled our way thru Bellagio's where the clothes were marvelous!

A tour of the magnificent All Souls Episcopal Church built by George Vanderbilt in the 1890s...his daughter Cornelia was married there later

there are bells in this picture...five of them ...not that you can see them:>

Its a wonderful oriental looking half timber building - a cruciform design by Richard M. Hunt in a style "... from the Norman period of transition from Romanesque to Gothic." The building is in its original state as are the art work...gorgeous..a treat to go in!!

So heres a minitour!

The chapel!
Need stand for the votive candles...
My favorite kneeler...the church was filled with needlepoint kneelers and we pulled everyone out to look at and admire....
The kneelers were usually dedicated to a deceased church member...I have always loved this japanese wave!

Reminds me of the crusades
A quilted banner!
Loved this sunflower...a favorite of mine
Such alot of work!
Awesome colors when you consider what was available in 72...i guess needle point wool was a wider range than quilt fabrics!

Definitely a british one!

Medieval looking

The baptismal font has awesome carving on it!

Awesome carvings on the four sides of the font!

The parish it just appeared out of Midsomer Murders!
Side view of the church...All Souls Cresent used to run between the church and the Parish hall...till they added the Sunday school rooms and that was that!!

One of the many stained glass windows

Check back for more pics of the tour of Asheville and of All Souls Church...if i lived in Asheville i would go to church there!


YankeeQuilter said...

Asheville is still on our short list of places we would like to retire to....

Leeshy said...

Thank you so much for sharing.
Those kneelers are amazing.

Lucky enough to live in NC....but sadly not in Asheville.
It's on my short list of places to live!