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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.








Saturday, September 3, 2016

Catching Up

Well it has been a while since I've posted and it is due to the fact that I have been doing all the stuff I wanted to do in retirement.  I've used my boat a few times since I got back from Australia,

I've visited quilt shops, I've been sewing up a storm (both quilts and bags).  I even had a visit from my daughter so I have neglected the blog for a while.


I had a great time when my daughter visited.  We spent time watching the Olympics while she rebonded with her cat, Della. I made sure she got some good Mexican food which she misses living in Australia.   I love hanging out with my kid she makes me laugh and between her and my mom, I lost a pound or two due them entertaining me.

I have been to a number of quilt shops in the past month or so but for some reason I didn't document the visits with my camera as I've been doing over the past year.  Went to Crinklelove which is a fairly new quilt shop in Springfield MO.  It is a small shop on Commercial which leans toward modern fabrics and quilts.  I have been trying not to buy fabric unless I need it to complete a project but I bought two yards of Cotton and Steel and two yards of shot cotton.  Four yards of fabric that I have no idea what I am going to use them for but I had to have them.  The store also carries some cool modern patterns which I passed on, proud to say.



Went to a small quilt show in Yellville AR a couple of weeks ago and went on to a couple of quilt shops in Mountain Home AR.  Stopped at Sew Unique first and I bought an awesome pattern that uses ombre fabric in a great bargello look pattern.  Amazing!!!!!  Then we stopped by Remember Me Quilt Shop.  This is a really nice shop with a lot of samples and great fabric choices.  I bought something bur at the moment I can't remember what it was which is ironic considering the name of the shop.


I went to a sewing retreat in Des Moines at Woodside Quilting.  It was a really nice shop and I bought this pattern I've been coveting for a while, The Sew Together Bag.  Here is the one I made.
I made the back of my Star Trek Next Generation quilt which makes me smile just to type that.  How lucky was I to score a fat quarter bundle of STNG fabric.  I have loved that show since about 1992 and I have some of the best friends that I met through that show.  Working on this quilt is so a labor of love.

                                             

I also whipped up this cool organizer at the retreat.  


Since this retreat was in Des Moines, mom went to some of her favorite places to eat like George's Chili King, Maxies, and The Tavern in West Des Moines and she had a Maid Rite which always makes her happy.  Best part of the whole trip was thar mom got to visit friends that she has known for over 50 years.  Awesome.


I also spent about 5 days over the last few months sewing with friends at Sewing Machine express where I finished the top of a Storm at Sea baby quilt using the stable piecing method that I learned at a guild meeting.  Brilliant technique to do perfect piecing.


This last few weeks I've been home a bunch and finished up a couple of quilts.  The Ghastly's Quilt I've had the top done for a while and finally got around to quilting it.  I tried some ruler work on it and it wasn't horrible.


I also finished the gradation quilt this week.  I saw this great kit and since blue is my favorite color and I'm a huge fan of anything with color gradations I had to have it.  The piecing was pretty much a piece of cake but I got inspired on the quilting and tested my long arm ability.



I was pretty happy with the result.  I have to say that retirement suits me!!!!!

Sunday, July 24, 2016

My Last Day in Australia

I know I know this is way late.  I've been home from Australia for a few weeks now and why am I just getting around to writing this blog.  Well I've been pretty busy as Mom and I and Juanita drove up to Des Moines to hook up with my friend, Twyla, at a retreat at Woodside Quilting.  More about that in the next post.  So I was gone from Thursday till late Monday and I finally got some down time for a few days which is my excuse for being so late.

Anyway, the last day I was in Melbourn Bre took the day off and we decided to go to some quilt shops I hadn't had the opportunity to visit until this point.  It was a rainy so shopping was a great use of the day.  All four shops were pretty close to each other which was good.

The first shop was Sewn and Quilted which is in the back of the owner's home.  But gosh she has a ton of wonderfulness packed into her shop.  A really nice selection of patterns, books and of course English Paper Piecing supplies.  Every shop I went into carried a large selection of EPP papers and templates.  The store was packed wall to wall and there were 8 or 10 customers there while I was there.  The clerk was very helpful and nice.  As I recall the fabrics were bright and happy and there were lovely samples all over the place.  I bought a little bag leather handle but there was a ton of other stuff I would have loved to have.  It really is worth a visit.

The second shop we went to was mainly an embroidery shop, Craftpaks, and they had samples of the most beautiful 3 dimensional embroidery that I'd ever seen.  Maureen Tarnok makes them and they are amazing.  She also teaches at Craftpaks.

I would definitely take classes at this place if I lived in Melbourne.  They had an amazing selection of embroidery floss and ribbon.  In fact, when the owner found out I was from Missouri she said she'd just shipped an order of floss there.    Small world!!!  I bought a really cute Christmas applique pattern.    They had some floss brands that I'd only seen in Australia and a really large assortment of ribbon.  Awesome shop.

After we left this shop, we were starving so we stopped at this French Patisserie shop and got a spinach pastry that was like a small quiche.  It was amazing!!!!!!!  They were small so we bought two each but they were so rich we could only eat one each.  So good.

Then we went to the largest shop of the day, Patchwork with Gail B.  It was a bizarre location for a quilt shop.  It was inside of a large tile shop.  (shaking head)   But don't be put off by this.  The shop had a ton of patterns which I purused for quite a while.



I didn't buy anything but they had patterns I hadn't seen at any of the other shops.  There were also two full aisles of notions and English Paper Piecing products.  There were aisles and aisles of fabric all very tempting.  They had some very nice smaller samples displayed but I did find the place a bit claustrophobic.

The last shop of the day was Lilly Patches.  The shop was small but cute.  The owner was very helpful and when I spotted a Doctor Who panel I'd never seen she climbed a ladder to take it off the wall since it was the last one.  Turns out there was a tear in the border section of the panel so she sold it to me for less than half price.  I had to have it!!!!
I loved my trip to Australia and hope to go back if Bre decides to stay.  I think winter is the time for me to visit as I enjoyed the cool weather even though it was a bit rainy.