Thursday, April 29, 2010

Another quilt show

I went to the Faithful Circle quilt show today. No photos, as I forgot my camera. Drat.
LOTS of beautiful applique at the show. Some bright colors, some nifty ideas. Sometimes simple approaches work best.

I came home with a couple of yards of beautiful batik, and some bags of scrap material from "Peddler's Alley." I'm bummed, though, because I seem to have lost one. The smallest one, with lots of bits of doggie prints that would've gone into the Bueno brothers' quilts. It could be worse, I guess - I'm only out $1, and hopefully I'll have good karma if someone else finds the baggie that can use it.

The streak will REALLY be put to the test - I only bought one raffle basket ticket! I did buy raffle quilt tickets as well, when it was at our guild meeting last month.

Saturday, April 24, 2010

The streak continues!

I won a GREAT raffle basket today at the quilt show. Cool fabric, mini-size bottles of Mary Ellen's Best Press in all sorts of scents, quite a bit of Insul-Brite, small pieces of other battings (good for journal quilts), some thread, a magnetic wand, small size rotary cutter blades, a beaded ring kit...the list just goes on. Some patterns and stencils, nearly all of which I gave away because I'd never use them.

There were purchases, too...thread from the Superior booth, lots of ginkgo batiks, and not-batik ginkgos, fun fabric, some more black and white, even a little yellow. Also some needles.

Friday, April 23, 2010

No raffle basket yet...

I have an unbroken (so far) streak of winning raffle baskets at our quilt show, plus others I've attended. Two more days to fix this situation!

Girls scouts stopped by today. That was fun. I'm in charge of children's activities, and the take-it-home craft is a pincushion. I just pressed some more material, because I need to sew up a few more blanks in the morning.

I also need to stop by the bank when I take Laura to her painting class. Lots of stuff I'd like to buy, but need to restrain myself to some extent. I will buy some King Tut thread, and some stash enhancement, but not much else.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Quilt show starts tomorrow!

YAY!!! I took the ribbons over tonight after my work presentation, and filled in the "cheat sheet" for the peek-n-seek (THANKS, Roma, for pointing out that the quilt numbers were on the tags on the back).

I think (hope) I have enough pincushion blanks - especially because my featherweight is NOT cooperating. I think I'm going to have to take the tension assembly apart and put it back together. If that fails, I'll have to talk to the OSMG next week. I just hate to have it away from me. I can, of course, use one of the other machines, it's just a little more trouble.

Tomorrow I have to take the children's activities stuff over to the fairgrounds before work; then come back in the afternoon to work the show. Good times, good times.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010


Wow. Quite a long time since I posted.

April has been...busy.

Spring break was OK - I had to work most of it, but I took an afternoon off to go see "How to Train Your Dragon" with the family (GREAT movie!) and took a day off to go to Calvert Cliffs State Park.

The Cliffs:

Small Man on the "beach":

The Mid-Kid:

Silly kids:

I went to Seattle for work. Took a few hours off the middle of the day one day and took the monorail to the Space Needle. Wonderful views - hopefully I can release those photos from the cell phone one day!

BUT, Seattle meant no sewing for five days. Right before quilt turn-in day. Aargh.

The saving grace, oddly enough, was my daughter's school play rehearsals. I sat in the car waiting, sewing on binding, and burying threads. It was down to the wire, but I finished all of the quilts that had to be turned in. This is a photo of the machine quilting in progress, and a close-up of the "design" in the sashing.


Along with quilt turn-in this past weekend were the performances. (So no more picking up from Poolesville!! YAY!) It was a wonderful play - they did South Pacific, and did it well. But I got almost no sleep. And ate really badly on Sunday. So I was really sick all day yesterday, and then woke up today not feeling great. I took kids to school, then came home and went back to bed. I woke up at nearly noon feeling much much better. Lazed around the house the rest of the day.

This evening I got the ribbons done for the Guild Challenge. I don't want to post pictures until after they're up at the show, but I'm really pleased with how they came out.

The only think left I know I have to do for the show is to get the children's activities stuff organized. Peek-n-seek and making sure I have stuff for pincushions, hopefully finding my information board safe and sound.