Monday, May 24, 2010

To Quilt Market and back!

Hi to all!  I've had the wonderful opportunity to go to Spring Quilt Market, with my traveling SIL and friends.  This is our 4th market together, and I think, my favorite.  People are starting to know who we are, and we know them, so it's like a big reunion with some of the most talented people on the planet.  I can't wait to share some photos. 

First off, things didn't start off smoothly.  We ended up sitting on the runway in Denver for over 2 1/2 hours during an incredible electrical storm.  There was also a tornado warning in effect!  Thank goodness the people next to me were fun to talk to!   I kept thinking... "Well, if we get stuck in Denver, there is a new American Girl store here!"
We did make it to Minneapolis, at 3:30 in the morning.  Imagine my surprise the next day when we went to the "Mall of America" and they had an American Girl store!  I was in heaven!  I spent many hours and dollars here!

My husband says this is a dangerous place to let me loose in!  He's right.  I could look at everything 3 or 4 times.  I don't get tired of it.  I must be a kid at heart, because I love these dolls!
Our hotel was right across the street from the Mall, and they had a giveaway for Lanie the cute doll above.  I entered every time I walked past the desk. 
I bought my daughter some little gifts for her birthday.  The typewriter, the guitar and the doctor set.  Imagine my thrill to see this at market....
More AG dolls!  This is Playdate, the new line from Patty Young, and ModKid
 I like Patty, because she is just my size!  I really wanted to buy every pattern she has, but my closet is already overflowing with projects to do.  I will probably break down and order some of her doll clothes patterns eventually.  They are too cute for words.  I especially loved the little "wardrobe" suitcase.  (hanging next to the bed on the left) What a great thing to take to Grandma's.  
Most of our day was filled with "fabric buying"  We had back to back appointments with Michael Miller, Moda, Studio e, yaddie, yada, in between trips to the bathroom, I would wander around and get pictures of things I wanted to see.
I stopped off at one of my favorites...Fig Tree, and low and behold one of my favorite fabric designers was there...Kate Spain!  (The nicest person you will ever meet!)
I reminded Joanna of the time she came to my little town to do a trunk show.  My mom and I got to sit at her table for dinner.  We ate a very famous local restaurant named Maddox.  Well, because it was a very large event, we had 3 options for dinner.  FRIED chicken, Turkey FRIED steak, and Chicken FRIED Steak, (which is beef, not chicken.)  You should have seen Joanna's face when the choices were read...She grimly said, "I'll have the salad?"  wondering if there was any proper way out of this FRIED unhealthy food night.  A very funny moment to watch.  She remembered it perfectly.  It was fun to reminisce about. 
 As you can see we were laughing way to hard to have a proper picture taken.  Really it was because I am so short, and these 2 ladies tower over me.  They were practically on their knees, and I was as high on my tiptoes as I could get.  Too funny!  BTW, Siobhan.  I told Joanna all about you!  She now knows she has a very devoted fan in Ireland that "stalks" her website.!
 More of Fig Tree's beautiful booth.  Joanna talking to Kate Spain.

 This was Michael Miller's booth.  (A fabric company)   It was really elegant, but interesting, as everything was white...I can assure you that none of their fabric collections are white.  It made for a nice backdrop to show off all of the different designers collections.

To the right is the booth for Bonnie and Camille.   They are a mother and daughter team that both have their own patten companies, and together,design fabric for Moda.  This was a great new fabric collection called "bliss".  Turquoise and red is all the rage this year.

Here I am meeting the famous "Elliot"!  A highlight of the trip I'll have you know!  You have to go to Amanda Herrings website to read the adventures of Elliot.  Amanda is the wonderful pattern designer of "The Quilted Fish".  
Amanda is a doll!  So much fun to be around.  She is from Utah too, so I'm hoping for a lunch date!  What do you say Amanda?  Check out her new darling fabric line in the window panes above!  So cute.

Oh, I just loved this booth of Ann Sutton.  Bunny Hill, has become one of my favorite designers.  Her patterns are very detailed perfect works of art.  I have to say, that it was very busy in this booth when I went by, and I didn't get the chance to talk to Anne, other than to say everything was wonderful.  To tell you the truth, I was really nervous around her!  I am such a big fan, I was just too chicken to tell her!

Love these vintage colors.  I got the charm pack from Anne's quilter that was helping in the booth. 
On the stitching front, I finished my freebie from Plum Street.  I want to mount it on this basket, but I've never done that before.  If you know how, or have seen a good tutorial, I would love the link!
I also did some deep stash diving and found this pattern by Homespun Elegance.  I don't have very many "travel friendly" projects right now.  I've got to buy more stash..Darn!

Hope you enjoyed the pictures.  I really appreciate all of your sweet comments.  I'm all inspired to work on some quilt projects this week!  Have a great week...It's the last week of school, I could not be more thrilled!  More market fun later!

Monday, May 17, 2010

Meeting blog friends, Rainbows and Stitching!

A quick post to show you who I got to finally meet this past Friday night...

Jolene and me with stitch group.  My SIL was suppose to take this picture of our faces, not me scrunching down like this!
This is my dear blog friend Jolene and I.  We have been trying to get together for several months, and finally our paths crossed, and I was able to get my stitch group together on a night she could come up.  It was so fun to meet Jolene, FINALLY.  She is a doll.  We hope to do this a lot more often!
As you know from Jolene's blog, that she is very generous with her thoughtful gifts.  She surprised everyone with a  little gift of unique scissors and a beautiful scissor fob.  She made our night! 

 A beautiful and thoughtful gift from Jolene
 She had this cute cork on the end of the scissors, to protect them from punching through the tissue paper.  Teresa (Lower Left) reminded us of the movie "Dirty Rotten Scandrals".  The part with Ruprect having a cork on the end of his fork, so he wouldn't poke his eye out...well, we couldn't help demonstrating how useful the cork will be for us!  No one will be poking their eyes out with this ingenious little addition. 
Later in the evening it started raining, and we had this beautiful double rainbow.  It was great to sit out and watch it, but it did get too cold to stitch, and we ended up going in the house.  :(

 I got my Bent Creek wedding row back from the framers.  I opted to leave the heart buttons off, as they made it look more valentiney, and  I want to leave this up all year.  Sort of a "silent sermon" to my family members of my love for them.
Finally, I have been cleaning out some things in my sewing room, and came upon these.  I decided to show you the sewing accessories I designed for a retreat that I did in Park City several years ago with Cynthia Zittel from the Drawn Thread.  These classes were taught three different years, and eventually I wanted to complete a shaker box to put these in.   Unfortunately, the store that held the retreats went out of business and that ended all the fun. 
 A photo of the back sides.  I never published these designs, but have thought about doing it in the future, when time comes my way again...LOL!

That's all for now.  Thanks for stopping by.  I hope you have a great week with lots of stitching!

Thursday, May 6, 2010

A little chocolate, and a Philly Cheesesteak!

Hi to all.  I'm hopelessly behind on life, blog reading, get the idea.  However, I cannot complain, as I have been traveling to Pennsylvania this weekend, and I can't wait to show you some things.  Here we go!
Enjoying a fresh pretzel at Immergut (It is Good in German).  Yes it was!
My husband had an overnight trip in Philly, so I took the kids a few days early for a little "field trip".  We drove through the Amish country the first day and then up to Hershey.
Thanks to Siobhan, I was able to look at beautiful scenery like this...instead of the freeway.  She used to live here, and gave me great directions on what to do, and where to go.  My husband bought me a GPS before going, and "Lola" (as my daughter named her), did not like the fact that I was taking a different route, but I ignored all of her instructions and stuck to route 896.
 I bought this cute doll in Intercourse at a the Old Candle Barn.  Then it was on to Eldreth pottery.  I looked at everything, and honestly had the hardest time deciding what to buy, so I left without a thing.  We went to Hershey that night, and after a fitful night of dreaming about not getting a piece of Eldreth pottery, I made the stop on the way back to Philly and bought two plates.  The little black one was my first choice.  I loved the colors, and thought it looked great with my new doll.  The other plate was sitting over with 3 other plates.  They all had names and dates on them, and normally they would have been $50.00.  I don't know if they were ordered and never picked up, or what, but this plate was marked $2.00.  It made me think about orphan samplers with other peoples names on them.  I  decided my doll could be named "Anna Marie", and I bought it.  I told the saleslady she probably thought it was weird that I would buy a plate that had someone else's name on it, but she said people do it all the time.  (I guess I'm not the only crazy person.)
We went on a buggy ride with a former Amish teenager named Kaleb.  His family is Amish, but he has decided to pursue an education and become a vet.  It was really interesting listening to his perspective on things.  We learned much about Amish culture.  A real highlight of the trip.

My daughter was so excited to make her own candy bar, as we had seen on the Hershey website that it was new for 2010.  Well, Wally World was closed when we got there.  The machines have net yet been completed, and it won't be open until the end of June.  It was the biggest letdown!  We toured the factory, and she really loved the ride, so her spirits were better after that. The next day we went to the Hershey museum and went to the "Chocolate lab".  It was really interesting to learn about, and taste chocolate from all over the world.  We didn't know that we would be making our own candy bar in the lab, and DD was thrilled!  We added crushed red peppers to our chocolate to make it more like the Mayan's would have done.  It just makes the chocolate taste warm, but it's not spicy like you would think.  A wonderful place to visit.  I think another trip back to Hershey to stay in the Hershey hotel, is on our list of family vacations!
This little quilt was in the Hershey museum.  I can't wait to find some pink, and make one.  It was so sweet.  The back was interesting too.  It was a pieced quilt as well.  Very different color schemes, that seem to work great together.

This was a sampler in one of the cases.  Love the design of this one too.
Back in Philly, we walked around a bit the first night.  We went to "Logan square" which has some beautiful fountains.  This use to be the place that they had a gallows set up.  Hanging's happened here every weekend.  Hard to imagine, and a little creepy.  They moved the cemetery and made this park, I think in the 60's.
The next day, I didn't take my camera, because we wanted to go to the US Mint, and when I was there last year, camera's were not allowed.  I left it in the hotel room.  Well, wouldn't you know it, they are only open Monday through Friday, so we didn't even get to go, and I had no camera for pictures of Independence Hall, and the Liberty Bell!  UGGG!  DH took pictures on his iphone, but it's likely I won't see those again. Our kids favorite thing, Chinatown!  So funny.  DD bought a silk dress, and Chinese parasol there.  DS bought a pack of fake money!
 Lastly, we went to Las Vegas and spent the night.  We had to take a late flight home Monday night, and had the whole day to kill.  We found a Cafe Rio in Vegas (which is one of our local favorites), and right next door was our local favorite custard shop, Nelsen's Custard. 
 After that we went to see the lions at MGM Grand, and walked around all day.  Our feet hurt, and it was hot, and I think we were all feeling "vacationed out".  I don't enjoy the Las Vegas strip at all!  It was hard to have my kids there as there is so much crap that they can see, that I didn't want them to see!  It was not a good end to the trip, however it gave us much to talk about with them, and it helps them to realize what stuff is out there. 
Back home...
Before I left, I received a special surprise in the mail.  Jolene, sent me a wonderful set of silk to stitch Carriage House Samplings Noah's Ark Stocking.  I was so overcome with emotion.  I am so blessed with wonderful friends.  Thanks so much Jolene.  The colors are beautiful!  You are such a sweetie!
When I got home, I received another surprise from my great friend Terri!  She was sending me belated birthday wishes.  I just love this flower frog, and the darling sewing set she made!  The scissors are perfect too.  Terri, you made my day.  Thanks from the bottom of my heart!
My SIL, Melanie, gave me this great tile changing frame.  She made all of the vinyl stickers, and spent a ton of time making this cute gift.  It was so different, and I love it!
I won Sharlotte's blog contest last week, and she sent me this darling towel.  It goes perfect in my house.  It really looks great with Terri's gift!  Thanks Sharlotte!  Love it, and your stitching is wonderful!

On the stitching front:
I'm almost done with my little bunny.  I just have to finish the basket and words.  It's funny how fast this was going at first, and then I kind of stalled.  I hope to finish it up this week.  I don't like how the dye lots change on the dress.  I had an extra skein that I started with, and it was obviously a little brighter than the 2 new skeins I bought.  Oh well!  I still love this little bunny.
I started this little sampler on the airplane.  It is a freebie from Plum Street Samplers.  I thought it was appropriate as we went to the Betsy Ross house, and this reminds me of her house.  We had a lot of turbulence and it was hard to stitch anything.  This is all I got done on the 10+ hours of flying!  Can you believe that?  It was a  wonderful week!  Thanks for checking in with me, and leaving a comment!  You are wonderful, and you make my life sweet!