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Thursday, June 06, 2013

The Grand Reception! What a Night!

Yes, I know it’s midnight as I write this, but tomorrow the festival starts, my classes start – and I wanted to just send you some photos of how things are going here!

I have come face to face with a couple of ladies whom I have admired for years and years and years and we are getting along so swimmingly ---tonight I kept pinching myself, why am I here? Do I really deserve to be here?

This whole trip is like a dream come true, and Quilters are gathering from all over the globe to partake of this event – SO MUCH WORK has gone on behind the scenes….you’d have no idea how much unless you were given a glimpse over the past year to see just how much has gone into it continually ---and this is it.  It’s happening.

It’s really fun to get dressed up and be driven off to a fancy place!  The reception gala was held at the beautiful Galway Bay hotel.  We mingled and schmoozed and got aquainted with those who had come from near and far – champagne and cocktails were served for those who imbibed…there was juice and other beverages for those who didn’t ---and then we were ushered into the banquet room for the evening's festivities.

So beautiful!  Oh boy, here we go with all that silverware again…yes…I know…work from the outside in!!

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Our host, Jim West, mingling with the lovely ladies!

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My beautiful friend Sherry Denton sitting across the table from me!

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Cheers, everyone!  Yes, we are REALLY HERE!

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The wait staff was taking very good care of us!

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All around the room Quilters were talking about their tours this day ---We had spent the day at Kylemore Abbey – more photos of that to come as soon as I get a chance to really sit and edit and write!

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Much discussion over the menu from Table 5, the Batting Babes!

If you could be here which entrée would you choose?

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Being as I did the salmon last night, it was the prime rib for me…..DELICIOUS!!

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Pam Holland, announcing the winners of various show awards!
((I can’t wait to see the quilts at this show!))

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And the most fun of all ---
Eleanor Burns getting her lifetime achievement award!

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Look!  Eleanor and I are color coordinated! :cD

But the most fun of all was watching her with her Irish-Colored gifted Feather Boa…

Check this out!


It’s just a short clip…I fumbled with the camera and it cut off the end of her speech…

After that, we had a fabulous time with the Trad on the Prom Show – Irish Music, Song & Dance at it’s Best!  Think River Dance – only better….and we had front row seats!

Okay, so this explains why it’s after midnight and I’m still so jazzed…..

I better shut it down now though and get some sleep because classes start tomorrow morning ---

More love from Ireland!

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31 comments:

  1. Looks like you are having a lovely time.. and YES you deserve to be there silly! You are a quilting great! Kathi

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  2. Loved the picture of you and Eleanor Burns together! It's a treat to see and hear about this fantastic trip--can't wait for more from you.
    Take care!

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  3. Thanks for taking us all with you Bonnie! Looks like a great time! Congrats to Eleanor too! Her patterns were the only ones I could follow before I found your blog and your fab directions! You gals have that in common--you make quilting accessible for so many of us!

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    1. Yes ... I agree! You both are so down to earth! But Bonnie, I'm sorry... Eleanor was my first love! LOLOL

      Sounds like you are having a spectacular time. Enjoy every single minute, and don't worry about us .. we shall be envious from afar!! :-)

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  4. Thanks so much for taking the time to keep us posted on all the festivities! It's the next best thing to being there! Enjoy every moment---you deserve it!

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  5. Bonnie - thank you for taking the time to share with us. What fun :)

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  6. Jim West looks very handsome dressed up in a formal kilt. And, know what I noticed? Not a single hat on any of the ladies. Seems like everyone else had the same thought you did about that!

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  7. Bonnie, I know you are having a blast! Can't wait to see more pictures of your trip.

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  8. Sounds like you are having a wonderful time! Thanks for sharing it with us! You deserve every minute of it.

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  9. Keep it all coming! I so wanted to do this trip but just couldn't make it work out. This way, I'll be living it along with you. Have a wonderful day tomorrow - or today - or whatever! And keep us updated!

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  10. What? no lamb on the menu at this time of year? Horrors! Enjoy Ireland, it's a fantastic country to travel in.

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  11. Enjoyed reading you look like you are having a ball

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  12. Enjoyed reading you look like you are having a ball

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  13. Looks like you are having a fabulous time!!! I will forever be wondering what traveling with Eleanor was compared to!!! You so deserve this wonderful trip - have a blast!!!

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  14. Love traveling with you and sleeping in my own bed! :)

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  15. I can feel your excitement! Thanks so much for taking the time to post!

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  16. Thank you! We all wish we were with you! Loved the pic with you and Eleanor! Deb

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  17. Thank you! We all wish we were with you! Loved the pic with you and Eleanor! Deb

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  18. Such an awesome experience for you! I want to go to Ireland some day! Enjoy your visit!

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  19. That's too funny: my best friend Carol from Canada (and the one that got me into quilting ) is on your photo of table 5 Batting Babes. Certainly looks like you are having a grand time!
    Enjoy every minute of it!

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  20. great!! I am having fun, watching you have fun.
    Kathleen from San Juan, Texas

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  21. Such fun Bonnie, thanks for bringing us along!

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  22. Mary Ellen is right. No hats!!!!! Awesome.

    Kathleen from San Juan, Texas

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  23. Bonnie,I love it when you travel and take us with you. Thank you so much for taking the time to post all these wonderful pictures. What a fun evening. Great picture of you and Eleanor! So finish this line from the speech for us: travelling with Eleanor can be compared to . . . ?

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  24. thanks for taking the time to post and share - love hearing of your travels and the photos.

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  25. it sounds like you are having the time of your life over there! good for you! i just had to smile at that clip of eleanor burns. what a great lady she is! i've seen her in paducah and you just can't help but love her!
    tammy k. in illinois

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  26. No matter what happens later in your life, you will always have the wonderful memories of this trip to Ireland. Thanks for sharing the pictures and your thoughts.

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  27. Traveling with you is so much fun and it's very enlightening! Thanks for sharing your trip with us!

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  28. It looks as though you are having an absolute blast! And, I can't believe it! Two of my most favorite quilters together in one photo! Be-still my heart!

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  29. You are a super star Bonnie!!! Thanks for taking the time to share your trip with us! The room looks beautiful. I can see why you were still so pumped at midnight.

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