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!!
Our host, Jim West, mingling with the lovely ladies!
My beautiful friend Sherry Denton sitting across the table from me!
Cheers, everyone! Yes, we are REALLY HERE!
The wait staff was taking very good care of us!
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!
Much discussion over the menu from Table 5, the Batting Babes!
If you could be here which entrée would you choose?
Being as I did the salmon last night, it was the prime rib for me…..DELICIOUS!!
Pam Holland, announcing the winners of various show awards!
((I can’t wait to see the quilts at this show!))
And the most fun of all ---
Eleanor Burns getting her lifetime achievement award!
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!