Here's dad on the bridge.
After lunch, we headed out to the Japanese Garden. We had met a gentleman the night before at a Japanese restaurant downtown who claimed to have worked on both the Portland and the Chicago Japanese gardens to ensure authenticity so we drove out to check it out.
And here's the Zen garden.
I was a bit disappointed that the leaves haven't changed colors yet. It would have been more spectacular.
Now off to quilt related things. No visit to Portland would be complete with a trip to Fabric Depot. This place is so large it is comparable in size to Costco. Even dad was very surprised.
(Photo from the internet)
So, let's talk about the prices. A yard of cotton quilting fabric was selling at $13.49/yd. You do get a 35% discount off of all the fabric so the price is really $8.76/yd. Cheaper than any regular quilt store but you do get somewhat of a sticker shock when you first see the retail price. All notions, books and patterns were 25% off.
I really didn't stay very long as I was overwhelmed and tired. Plus, there were cranky, crying children so I couldn't think straight. I did peruse through the entire store and as Lynn would say, "There's nothing here that I need."
I bought a Ruby jelly roll and a Quilting Arts magazine. That was it. :)
(Photo from the Internet).