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Saturday, June 17, 2017

Kansas City Regional Quilt Festival

On Thursday my mom and I drove up to Kansas City to go to the Kansas City Regional Quilt Festival to meet up with my friend Twyla.  We met her at Hawthorne Suites and caught a quick lunch at Freddie's which has pretty good veggie burgers and fries.

We got to the show in early afternoon and caught the shuttle from the off site parking lot and took leaf from my aunt's book to visit all the vendors first thing.  That took a good three hours since there were about 120 vendors and I could have easily spent hundreds and hundreds of dollars. But I decided to wait to buy anything substantial until Friday.  That way I would be sure I really wanted it and it wouldn't be as much of an impulse buy.  I left thinking about this giant cat quilt kit by Moda called Meow Or Never by Erin Michael.

I've been coveting this kit since it came out but was disappointed when I found out the cat was a panel rather than applique.  So I have been resisting it for months.

I was also thinking about getting this kit called Papa's Pickup from Material Girl.  The pattern is by BJ Designs from my home town of West Des Moines, Iowa.  I just love her stuff, it is so whimsical and fun.

I also found some great solid color fabric for a Jinny Beyer quilt I'm thinking of doing.  They are by Paint Brush Studio out of Kansas City and have 168 colors.  Pineapple Fabric had them available for $6.99 per yard and the feel of this fabric is so nice.  I will definitely be ordering some in the future.  I did purchase a really cute pattern by Sew Sweetness for some small make-up type bags.  

I also bought some 100 weight YLI silk thread to use for hand applique.  I found that 100 weight just gets buried in the fabric even though I'm not a great at hand applique.  While purchasing the thread we ran into our friend Karen who had come up with three of her friends, EJ, Kathy and Sue.  We made arrangements to meet up for dinner later that evening at BRGR which is one of my favorite spots in the Kansas City area. 

Here are some of the things that caught my eye in the vendor area.  We stopped at Stephanie Brandenburg's booth first.  She is mom's favorite designer and we got the chance to talk to her for a few minutes.  She was very nice and has some amazing new fabrics that are being printed in the USA.  So cool.

I thought this quilt was cute and I loved the title, "Monkey Wrench".
  I also was enamored with this quilt at a booth that had numerous cute quilts with yo-yos.  

Before meeting for dinner, Twyla wanted check out IKEA for a table she needed for her new house.  She just moved into the church she converted to her home, she is so talented!!!!!  I love IKEA.  I didn't buy anything but mom found this cool table that goes up and down.  So she can sit with the sewing machine at exactly the right level and then raise it up to cutting height.  So perfect for those with small sewing rooms.  We weren't able to get it this trip as it wouldn't fit in the car but we'll get it in July.

After checking into the hotel we headed over to BRGR and had a wonderful evening of food and conversation..  We laughed, shared information and just had a wonderful evening.

I was pretty happy to climb into bed as I was dead dog tired.  

Friday morning, we met Twyla for breakfast and worked out plans for our trip to the Sister's OR outdoor quilt show and Seattle trip in July.  This is going to be such a great trip.  I've never been to that part of the country and am looking forward to it.

We were at the door of the convention when it opened and I made a beeline to buy the cat quilt kit.  Once the shopping was completed I headed to check out the quilt show.  I have to say there were so many awesome quilts that I felt super intimidated so much so I started to think I should give up quilting entirely.  Here are some of my favorites.

I love this quilt.  So mid-century modern.  I mean don't you just love those cats.  I'm trying to track down Linda Frost to get the pattern.  Wish me luck.

These two quilts really struck a chord with me.  The message was spot on and the quilting on both were wonderful and creative.

This one reminded me of a character my dad used to draw.  He wasn't much of an drawer but this little guy always entertained me.
There were several one block wonder quilts which I am always fascinated by.  I'm going to be trying my hand at one in August thanks to Twyla teaching a class at the Table Rock Quilt Guild.

This Harry Potter Project of Doom quilt is on my list of quilts to make.

Words really aren't necessary for these amazing quilts

So many talented women!!!!

We left the show a little after noon and headed up to Liberty MO to check out Angela Walters' shop, "Quilting Is My Therapy".  Cute shop but after all the quilt vendors at the show it was not as impressive as it would have been otherwise.

Mom and I caught dinner with my brother and part of his family before heading home.  It was a wonderful couple of days and can't wait to do it again.

Monday, January 30, 2017

Disney, rain, cold and Star Wars

Day 2 at the Disney World Parks and it is raining: an annoying drizzly cold rain.  But after a hearty breakfast I head off to the Animal Kingdom where I use my first Fast Pass of the day at Expedition Everest which turns out to be this roller coaster that is dark scary and fun.  I almost didn't get on but it didn't seem to go in tiny circles so I figured I could take it.  I could.  

Thank goodness I thought to bring a poncho that I got at Walmart that kept me pretty dry except for my feed which were cold all day.  But the rainy weather kept the lines pretty short and I was able to get in to see a majority of the attractions very quickly.  

I had a great seat on the safari ride and saw some beautiful animals close up.

 At about 3 I headed over to Hollywood Studios where I was going to meet my friend Michelle for dinner.  It was my first time at Animal Kingdom and Hollywood Studios and I was so enthralled with Hollywood Studios from the minute I came into the gate as there was a parade of Storm Troopers going buy as I entered.  I am a huge Star Wars fan and the highlight of the day for me was the show with some of my favs on stage.  I'm pretty sure I'm going to have to have some type of Star Wars souvenir before I go home.

I met Michele for dinner at the 50 Prime Time Cafe, such a fun place.  I've known Michele for about 18 years as we met through our love of "Remember Wenn" which is on of my top 10 favorite TV shows of all time.  She works at the Frozen Sing Along in Disney's Hollywood Studios.  It was nice catching up with her life and finding out some of the back stage details of working at the park.  We finished dinner right about the time of the fireworks display and Michele found us a good spot to watch.  This was the most amazing show.  I MEAN SPECTACULAR!!!!!!  Star Wars multimedia show projected on buildings with fireworks, fire, lasers, you name it this show had it.  LOVED IT!!!!!

Friday, January 27, 2017

Such fun

Well today was a wonderful day in Florida.  I started the morning checking out the dock where the Aya Fiber Studio is located.  I just love boats and water.

Could be part of the reason I live on a lake.  I went to the second day of a Shibori needle stitching class early as I wanted to take some photos but didn't realize I was over an hour early.  I felt bad for encroaching on Suzanne's free time but I did get some nice pics.  Also got a jump on stitching out this bird that I wanted to try.

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Next time I won't put the tail at such a steep angle.   The rest of my attempts today were pretty dismal in the afternoon.  I tried a fat quarter with resist to keep the die from permeating the fabric.  This resist ended up pretty blue with not as much contrast as I would have liked.  I also tried this stitching method where you fold the fabric and backstitch tightly so that the only thing that is white is your stitching line.  I must not have pulled the stitches hard enough cuz there wasn't any white.  Regardless of the outcome of these little samples, I learned a bunch and enjoyed the class a lot.  Just sitting around in this old fish house that was converted to artist's studios right on the water was lovely.  We took a break and went to see some of the work of Cristina de la Vega who did oil landscapes.  Breath taking.  She took a minute to explain why this painting I thought was amazing needed a lot more work.

While we were visiting, a couple with an English Setter was watering their dog and I started to chat with the woman.  Turns out she was a quilter, small world.  However, she is an art quilter and told me about an exhibit in Stuart of 40 art quilts.  Imagine my joy when I found out they were having a reception this evening and I would be able to go!!!!!!!!!  Yeehaw.

The exhibit was in two rooms of the Cultural Center.  Here are a few of my favs. (I apologize to the artists as I rushed through the exhibit and didn't note their names.)

It was a great day and now I'm off to bed to get ready for DISNEYWORLD.!!!!!!!!!!

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Busy Busy Week

OMG, I don't know how I ever had time to work.  I have been so busy this week and loving every minute of it.  Well almost!!!!

Monday I had a lazy morning but early afternoon I headed over to the Kimberling Area Library to help take down the Tree that the Tablerock Art Quilt Group made.

It has been hanging at the library since March and we were going to be moving it to the Ozark Piecemaker's Quilt Show in Springfield.  Yvette, Roberta, Mom and I packed up the quilt which is 10 feet by 8.5 feet in 42 sections.  I was designated the official ladder climber and there was one or two tense moments as we figured out how to get the thing down with destroying the hanging system. We numbered each square so it would go back together easily.  The foam backing board was taped so it folded in thirds but was still almost 10 foot tall thus it had to be carefully moved into Mom's van.

Tuesday morning we headed up to Springfield to hang the Tree quilt at the show.  Everyone in the Art Group was excited that the quilt was going to be in this show so more people could enjoy it.  Yvette, Roberta, Connie, Mom and I hung the quilt.  After a few trial and errors we secured the foam backer with zip ties.  I again was the ladder climber and by the time we velcroed on all 42 squares I was hot, sweaty and tired plus a bit grumpy.  I let the other ladies do all the finishing touches.  I don't think I alienated the team too much which is always good.

I'm going to a do blog post for more info on this quilt latter.

On Wednesday, Mom and I headed over to Paducah KY to meet up with Wilma and her daughter Terry.  My mom has known Wilma for over 50 years and I've known Terry since I was about 6 or 7.  They were visiting Tennessee, staying a few hours from Paducah so we were going to meet them at the National Quilt Museum on Thursday.  We were staying at the Harrah's in Metropolis because I'd been wanting to pay penny slots for a while.

First night, I found this fun machine that was all sci-fi, mad scientist themed and even though it was $.50 per pull which is a little rich for my blood I was intrigued because it paid on lines from both the left and the right.  It was so fun especially since I won $50 off of it over the course of two evenings.  I was up $40 and cashed out the first night to join Mom in the room and watch Captain America Summer Soldier.

I'm pretty sure I would have liked it better without the commercials but it was pretty good.  Geez Chris Evans is such nice eye candy.

We met up with Wilma and Terry at the National Quilt Museum on Thursday morning.
The quilts in this place make me want to lock my sewing machine away for ever but I won't cuz I love it.  They are so gorgeous and detailed.  It was so great to be able to get so close without a big crowd around.  The amazing quilting, the colors, the perfect points.  I was in heaven.  I wish I could have taken pictures but I had to settle for postcards at the gift shop.

We checked out Quilt in a Day shop which is a nice little shop with lots of notions and discount fabric prices.  I didn't buy any thing but I think Wilma got something.  We got a lunch tip from the clerk and headed out to Kirchhoff's Bakery and Deli.  DELICIOUS!!!!  I had this great portabella mushroom sandwich on a homemade brioche bread.  Terry said the chicken salad sandwich may have been the best she ever ate.  If you are in Paducah you must eat at this place.

Next we headed to Hancock's of Paducah.  This is my third time at the shop and I have to say I love, love, love this place.  There is a huge selection of patterns and the fabric goes on forever.  It is organized by manufacturer which has it's advantages and disadvantages but it is well marked and there are lots of clerks pulling internet orders to point you in the right direction.  In my memory, the store didn't have a lot of samples but that was wrong.  There are great and beautiful samples hanging all over the place.  In fact one of the quilts at the front of the store was made by one of their temporary workers and won best applique quilt at Houston.  It has appraised for $17,000.  Obviously it was outstanding.

Wish I had a picture of this but even though I drug my good camera all though the National Quilt Museum and couldn't use it, I neglected to bring it into Hancock's because I was excited about shopping.

I didn't spend nearly as much as I could have or wanted to but I did get some key things I wanted and I loved the prices.  I bought some Tula Pink backing which I had been coveting for a while.  If you haven't touched this fabric you must, it is so so soft.  Love it.

After we completed our shopping at Hancock's of Paducah, we said good-bye to Wilma and Terry and headed back to Metropolis.  I was anxious to get back on my penny slot because after winning $40, I considered this my machine.  But I lost my $20 bucks pretty quickly so I headed back up to the room to figure out the evening.  The key didn't work so I went back to the front desk to get it reprogrammed and low and behold behind me is the mom and dad of Bre's best friend in grade school.

Such a small world.  We arranged to have a drink in the bar later.  It was so fun to catch up about 25 years of news on our girls.  

I played my slot machine again later and walked away $30 ahead so I was $50 up for the trip.  Not bad for penny slots!!!!

On Friday, we headed out of Metropolis after stopping by the giant Superman statue.  

We were headed to Mount Vernon IL to see the Caryl Bryer Fallert quilt exhibit at the Cedarhurst Center for the Arts.  Caryl Bryer Fallert is one of my very favorite quilters and I was so happy to be able to see this exhibit of about 40 of her quilts.  Her color choices and hand dyed fabrics take my breath away.  Mom and I had the gallery all to ourselves so we got to discuss how she did her quilts.

So much talent.

After Mount Vernon, we headed up to St. Louis to visit Jackman's Fabrics.  They are in the midst of a remodel taking over the portion of the building that used to house the upholstery fabric.  This store has so many beautiful samples and tons of fabric.  The prices are more than Hancock's of Paducah but I really didn't even look at prices as there was nothing I was tempted to buy.  They have a lot of books and patterns which were tempting.  

On our way home from St. Louis we stopped into a Maid-Rite place in Rolla.  My mom loves Maid-Rite which are chopped up hamburger that is steamed with special spices and served on a hamburger bun.  They are pretty popular in Iowa but there aren't many in our area.  When I found there was an place in Rolla, I made sure we got her a couple.  She was pretty happy about it.

On Saturday, Mom, Roberta, Aunt Debbie, and Yvette headed up to Springfield to see the quilt show and pack up the Tree quilt.  Lots of fun vendors including shops that I hadn't seen before.  The quilts were lovely and there a ton of them.  Here are a few of my favorites.