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Thursday, May 31, 2018

Gone Quiltin’ in Jackson!

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Yesterday’s flight to Jackson, MS  was a breeze!

2 short flights of a bit more than an hour each – one to Atlanta, and then on to Jackson – the only time I was tapping my foot was when we found ourselves parked out on the tarmac in Atlanta waiting for weather to pass and being slightly rerouted on our flight path to Mississippi. 

That was no bother.  I had a busy bag to keep just just that – BUSY.

And all the while traveling, I kept humming THIS little ditty in my head (And sometimes quietly out loud to myself!)


Cuz’ I’m Goin’ to Jackson!

And the best part of all – I knew these gals who were meeting me at the airport.  They’ve participated in other workshops from Texas to Alabama to Tennessee in the past and this was a welcome reunion – one we’ve been waiting 5 years to happen.


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One – just one done.

But as I said – it was just a bit over 2 hours of flying time all together.

Hopefully I’ll get one more done on my flights home Sunday.

Signature 60 thread in light gray.


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Beautiful!

Take a look at the bottom of that photo – doesn’t it look like that one body of water is in the shape of a heart?  Maybe it’s a triangle – but the world is gloriously green when viewed from up above.  The humidity will do that to ya – and let me tell you, this humidity is THICK.  Like a dishwasher on steam dry.  My skin was thanking me for the extra hydration.

What was the first thing I did upon gathering luggage and waiting for the car?  Get into my suitcase and instantly swap for flip flops!  It’s summer y’all!

Lunch was had, and we headed over to the venue for the MQA  (Mississippi Quilters Association) event and checked out my classroom space.  All fine and dandy – room for 50 each day over the next 3 days.

We were able to unbox all of the books and things I’d sent ahead to much oohing and ahhhing of those who were helping me. 

Many hands made light work, and we had time before dinner to head on over to a local quilt shop, The Cotton Blossom!

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Check out those high humidity clouds!  It sure makes for a beautiful sky!

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I have always loved this Georgia O’Keefe quote!

It so applies to how I feel about color in regards to my quilting!

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Beautiful arrays of fabric everywhere!

And because of MQA, we were given coupons for 15% off everything on the bolt including sale fabrics – I may just have to go back!  I had left my wallet in my backpack back at the hotel when we checked me in after lunch.

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Notions, notions – who’s got the notions!?

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Wonderful Samples and arrays of color everywhere.

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Babylock machines!

The Cotton Blossom is the local Babylock dealer, and they’ve got wonderful display machines set up and staff on hand to show you what is what.  I watched some beautiful quilting designs going in a sample piece using an embroidery machine – just wonderful.

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I had a great time meeting with the owners!

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All the important info!

Dinner was a fun affair for 10 at Outback – and the ribs were fall apart to die for.  It was about 8pm by the time I was back to my room and I couldn’t figure out why I was so tired.  Oh yeah.  Time zone change.  My body was saying it was 9pm – no sewing was going to happen, I had better just put myself to bed.

This morning our festivities start with a Carolina Chain workshop for 50!  Let the scrap strips fly!  We are going to talk a lot about value, contrast – and really delve into “what is a neutral?l” and why I find them so important as the glue that holds my quilt designs together. I think that is one of the hardest concepts for folks to grasp because they’ve been taught that “well if this is lighter then that, then this is a light.” and it just isn’t true in my book.

Hopefully I’ll be sewing in my room just after dinner time tonight!

Did you see that we’ve got a Quiltmaker Gift-Away happening?  Check yesterday’s post and enter there to win.  Drawing to happen on Monday.

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Quiltville Quote of the Day!

Vintage quilt found in North Carolina.

Keep your focus on the road ahead. The only reason you should be looking back is to appreciate just how far you've come.

Headed to breakfast – and then on to this day!

Have a terrific Thursday, everyone!



11 comments:

  1. Since you're in Ridgeland.....see if someone will take you to the Cock of the Walk restaurant there on Ross Barnett reservoir. The seafood is great and the view :) !!! We happened to find it on a family get together in Ridgeland -halfway between Texas and Alabama meet up. Sounds like you will have a blast on this trip! :)

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  2. When i get into my quilting I humm! sign of happiness

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  3. Bonnie, looks like such fun. Need to tell you Thanks. I put my first binding on a quilt using your instructions and it was perfect on the first try. I have struggled with this for years. Thank you.

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  4. Looks like fun. Wish I could be a fly in the car!!

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  5. Looking forward to my class tomorrow! Need to get all my stuff in the car after I run it all down. Hmmmmm, where did I put my seam ripper, I know I will need it. I don’t think I can leave home without it! Love Cotton Blossom, my home away from home and where I am spending my children’s inheritance!!

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  6. I saw my Kansas City friend; Pam in a picture with you today. Fun!! Have fun in Mississippi, yes I sing as I type that...

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  7. just loving your fun with the Inn and how strong you are to live in the present, and put that aside as you go traveling and teaching and immerse yourself in the now... no looking back! Good quote for the day; they usually are spot on... thanks again for your contribution to MY life (and others, too) Cats from Carlsbad CA
    PS: thanks i've caught the vintage machine bug.... bought a "project" red eye treadle for $120 (delivered)! Pictures to follow.

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  8. I don't know where all this energy and talent comes from but thank you for sharing with us and managing to make everyone feel like we are a part of your circle of friends and an important part of your life. You are so special. Thank you for just being you.

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  9. Just for fun, "Cotton Blossom" was the name of the boat in Showboat!

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