Saturday, October 25, 2014

Golden, TX and the Sweet Potato Festival!

Yes.  There is such a thing as a Sweet Potato Festival in Texas and it is going on this weekend!

Last evening the festivities kicked off with some fun Mutton Bustin’ by the little cowboys and cowgirls ((SO FUN!)) and lots of food, vendors and activities winding up the evening with a bluegrass/gospel night in the band stand!

Golden has had it’s more than 15 minutes of fame --This celebration has been aired on The Oprah Winfrey Show twice, once on October 28, 2004 and January 26, 2005.

I found Golden, TX to be a very small town with a HUGE heart and awesome people and I had myself a Texas good ole time.

Galaxy-Gram! Scrapping up the Bricks in the Barnyard!

What a great day we are having today! 

It's all about sewing with bricks and squares and half-square triangles as we work on our blocks for the center of the quilt this morning,  and will be moving on to our braid border this afternoon!

Another wonderful October day in the heart of Texas!

Love and stitches!

Roll Roll Cotton Boll, All Day in Mineola!

See these silly girls??

They came with custom shirts all ready for our Roll Roll Cotton Boll class complete with appliqued string blocks and a caption that reads “I Come With Strings Attached!!”

What a hoot!

And we did have a hootin’ hollerin’ good ole Texas time at Stitchin’ Heaven Quilt Shop yesterday --

We’ve got folks from as far as Minnesota and Missouri, Arkansas and more, as well as from all over the state of Texas, some coming as far as Corpus Christi to join us for a weekend of quilting fun.

Texas is BIG, Ya’ll!  Some folks within the state drove more than 9 hours….that’s some SERIOUS quilting driving there!  And of course, I’m hearing stories and seeing just what they shop-hopped for all the way across this big country of ours in their pursuit to get here!

Friday, October 24, 2014

Gee’s Bend Under Glass!

Hello Atlanta!  This was the October Morning view as we touched down and taxied to our gate yesterday morning.

We pulled into terminal E, and of COURSE – I had to go all the way to Terminal T, the furthest away I could possibly need to go as far as one terminal to another is concerned.

I really like the Atlanta airport…So much to see and do, and a great opportunity for adding some steps to my fit bit.

I had enough time so I decided to hoof it!

There are great exhibits about the incredible history of Altanta though turmoil and triumph, and I could take the time to go slowly, read the exhibits ((I had always been in a hurry before!)) and really take it in.

Galaxy-Gram! Rollin' with the Cotton Boll

Lunch time post from Stitchin Heaven in Mineola, TX!

We are actually down the plaza at Ranchero for lunch and I am tapping furiously while everyone else is busy eating yummy stuff!

Show & share to follow and a bunch of String piecing from neutrals this afternoon!

This evening we are headed to the Sweet Potato Festival in Alba/Golden!

Gotta love small town Texas!

The Last Show & Share, El Cajon Style!

I had such a great time with these ladies!  They are just so fun to be around!

I had stayed with Sandi two times previously, my first and second trips to San Diego, and she was so kind to shuttle me around, feed me, take care of my laundry and even encourage me to do something I needed to do for myself even though I was feeling pretty worn out – an evening deluxe pedicure after our workshop day was over!

True friends know just what you need…..and boy did that feel good!  Thank you, thank you, Sandi!  For taking me in and taking such good care of me during my all to short visit.

Here is the show and share from the LAST two workshops we held at Memory Lane Quilts in El Cajon!

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Galaxy-Gram! Big Time at Big Smith's!

How about a road trip for nine--

Two from Garland, four from Arkansas, two local and me from North Carolina!

Operation Beef Ribs was underway and we made the 38 mile trek from Mineola to Sulphur Springs with mandatory stops along the way to view the solar eclipse through special view finders.


Here is Big Smith's in all of its glory and the ribs were every bit as good as I remember!

And yes I ate them all and enjoyed the company immensely!

Early to bed tonight---Roll Roll Cotton Boll on deck for tomorrow!

Cruisin to Memory Lane Quilt Shop!

Bright and shiny yellow, California style!

I took this photo of “The Thing” by Volkswagen on our last morning in El Cajon –driving to our workshop at Memory Lane Quilts!

I absolutely love the color of this sweet ride, and it reminds me so much of my jr high and high school years growing up in San Jose and having Santa Cruz a short drive away over the mountain.  Things were coveted for their friend hauling and surf board toting ability.  Buckets of fun, and ugly enough to be cute!

We don’t see these in North Carolina – at least not in the midlands where I live.

We lost this guy at the light when we turned left and made our way to class!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Hearts Breaking for Canada

I don’t know if you are like I am ---busy busy busy – with no news from the outside world until you happen to check into facebook ---

Someone on our Quiltville’s Open Studio group had posted the lyrics to O, Canada and I wondered what was up!

I scrolled down, was reading all of the “We are so sorry”  “we support you”  “you have our prayers” comments and I got frantic.

Canada is near and dear to my heart.  My ancestry flows from England and Scotland over to Canada and finally down into Minnesota on my dad’s side of the family so I’ve always been consciously aware of what is going on across that border.