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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:

Design Originals by KC said...

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

Carolie said...

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!

Andee said...

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!

Gretchen Mcroberts said...

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!

Beth said...

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

Mary Ellen said...

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!

Teresa said...

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

Meg E. said...

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

Ann Mary Wagner said...

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!

Karen said...

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

mardigrasgirl said...

Enjoyed reading you look like you are having a ball

mardigrasgirl said...

Enjoyed reading you look like you are having a ball

Farm Quilter said...

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!!!

Cindy, The Purple Quilter said...

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

Lisa said...

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

Deb Reiner said...

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

Deb Reiner said...

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

Katie said...

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

Barb in Mi said...

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!

Kathi Kraftyzales said...

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

mascanlon said...

Such fun Bonnie, thanks for bringing us along!

Kathi Kraftyzales said...

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

Kathleen from San Juan, Texas

Glady said...

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 . . . ?

Karen - Quilts...etc. said...

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

The Thimblemouse of Country Crossroads said...

Simply Wonderful! Thanks for sharing.

bunbear said...

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

Pat O said...

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!! :-)

Pauline said...

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.

Tami C said...

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

Kevin the Quilter said...

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!

Beth said...

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.