Thursday, June 14, 2012
I've been spoiled and satisfied with a home-cooked meal, and we are setting up to sew!
She's set up her Pfaff for me, and my sew adjustable table completes the workspace!
Kathy and I have known eachother since I first experienced the wonders of Internet quilting in about 1996---we are happily recalling memories of your journeys along the way.
The music is on, and miss Gracie is happily poking her nose into everything I've drug in---
I received a great welcome from the ladies at Fabric Shack in Waynesville! Something I didn't know---this is a multi-generational family owned business. Daughter, Mother, Granddaughter all playing their part in keeping quilters happily supplied in our most favorite of obsessions---fabric!!
The town is adorable with many antique shops.
I didn't have a lot of time to browse, I'm on a pretty heavy driving schedule today if I'm going to make it to Ashtabula by dinner---
I waved at everyone at the Columbus show as I drive through town!!
Of course, as always---there is more to come!
For those asking why everyone was NOT waving in yesterday’s iphone-o-gram post --- Do you really think that I could get 26 rotary-cutter-weilding-women to STOP what they are doing to always pose for a friendly wave? HA! We got smiles, and looks, and man were they busy --- this 4-patching is serious business.
Either that or the zen of copious amounts of 4-patch strip piecing had lulled everyone into quilter-zombie status, and smiles and glances were all they could muster out of their machine-humming-enduced trance state :cD
Or in other words --- they were waving on the inside, and I wasn’t going to make them stop to indulge my photographic whims!
We had a terrific day ---just LOVE those tri-recs rulers! If you’ve got them in a drawer and still haven’t pulled them out to give them a try, take a word of advice from our whole class yesterday and DO IT! Satisfaction sure to follow!
One of the most fun highlights of the afternoon was when Lisa called me aside to instigate an “impromptu mandatory demo” at the cutting table --- Turns out that it was Wrena’s birthday – and they even brought in a cake for us all to share in the surprise!
Wrena was one of the first gathered around the cutting table waiting for the demo when we all started singing and the cake came in ----PERFECT! It was so fun to be part of her birthday celebration --- and isn’t that a great birthday gift for yourself? She is visiting from Indiana, stayed with friends and attended all three workshop ((Yes, they were that trouble maker table in the way back corner of the room! :cD!)) and celebrate a long birthday quilting-overload with best GFs!
The cake was pretty dang good too….MMM!
Take a look at pics from the class --- look closely! You’ll find some pretty fun fabrics in here! Some may be lingering deep in your own stash --- can you find the block with the ONE millenium fabric square in it?
LOADS of sewing got done today, and these ladies are turning out some beautiful quilts!
Cathedral star blocks were NOT the only thing being worked on in class!
Janice, of fussy-cut-hexie-fame brought her basket of cheddar leader-ender bow-ties to work on in between the seams of her block sewing! Her basket is almost full, and when her cheddar is gone --- that’s as big as this one will go. Any guesses as to how many are IN her basket?! :cD
It’s a check-out and move-on day for me today! I’m loading up the car, heading out to Waynesville, OH to meet up with the guild gals at Fabric Shack at 10am. I was also informed to expect crowds because it’s the first day of the NQA show in Columbus, and quilters are likely to be shop-hopping their way to the show ----
Oh boy --- it’s going to be a fun day!
Wednesday, June 13, 2012
I’m back in my room, day three of workshops is complete! We ended the day with several of us enjoying the patio and al fresco dining at Nick’s in Xenia --- GREAT food!
((How do you pass up an offer of waffle cut sweet-potato fries drizzled with brown sugar?!?))
What a fun group of ladies! In fact – several of us are meeting up and descending like locusts at Fabric Shack in Waynesville---10am sharp ---- to continue this adventure!
I understand that the main street is loaded with antique malls – I’ll have to shop fast because I’ve got to get myself to Ashtabula by late afternoon!
Can I do it? I’m willing to try!
There is something really decadent about being in jammies at 7:30pm, stretching myself out in the center of a big king-sized bed ---TNT & Law & Order on the tube while editing down tomorrow’s slide show. Gosh I feel lazy! But if I get this written, I can hop over to my machine and get some piecing done ---and I can sleep in a bit in the morning!
Just a side note --- did you watch the series DALLAS back in the 80s? Do you remember that whole buzz of “Who Killed JR?!?” And then he wasn’t dead?
Did you see that there is a new Dallas series starting on TNT tonight? A lot of the same actors are in it – like the story has just continued on with a 12 year hiatus! I never really followed the series, but might keep it on just to see if I can get pulled into it.
While digging through things online, I also came across this freebie book that really looks fun:
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Have a great evening, everyone!
Janice and her hubby Ed were both in Monday’s class together, and though he had to work yesterday and today – he still made an appearance to bring Janice to come play with us. It’s been fun getting to know them both.
As they say, the couple that quilts together -----shares the stash! LOL!
Yesterday I walked into class to be stopped dead in my tracks by the most incredible hexie quilt ---and I know Janice said she had been working on it for over 10 years.
TINY Rosettes. FUSSY cuts! All of them! You have to stop and examine each and every one of them, and there are thousands….
Her use of the fabric is so imaginative – come take a closer peek! I just wish I could have caught each and everyone up close and personal ---
Doesn’t this look like a stained glass window? I love that the colors aren’t really ‘organized” –it allows your eyes to travel to each and every one. But check out these rosettes!
Come even a bit closer, that’s not close enough!!
Bugs! And Dinosaurs!
Penguins marching in a circle!
LOVED this one….3 doxies --- fussy cut so they’d join up mid-bodies to complete the design!
Tennis racquets ---and can you see she spelled her name going clockwise?!
Halloween dinosaurs…and there are cows and other things…..she just had the MOST FUN playing with such whimsical fabrics --- it was like a big giant grown-up I spy!
It’s been in the hand quilting process for years – the hardest thing, Janice said, was trying to hand quilt with black thread on black fabric as eyes age. This is something I get very concerned about as my eyes age too. I’d have to shoot a goal of one hex section a day or something…maybe try natural daylight to quilt by, but she says it is really hard on her eyes to sit at it for very long with black hand quilting thread trying to do black stitches on a black fabric.
North Pole signs all pointing round in a circle!
I’m so glad she brought it to guild show and tell too --- it’s just a fabulous quilt, and I am so inspired!
Doesn't it just make you want to go fussy-cut something?! :cD