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of mice and men (and quilters) often go awry. My current project has a deadline of December 18. I’ve been working really hard on it and looked forward to this long weekend for the sewing time. Friday I hauled my stuff up to TQW for a day of sewing. At about 4 p.m. this

was a completed quilt top about 60″ x 60″. However, when I put the last border on and then put the quilt up on the design wall, said borders were wavy. So, I spent the rest of the day removing the 2 outer borders. And, 2 hours on Saturday sewing 3 sides of the first border back on. It seemed like nothing was going right. I knew I’d forced the fit on the side panels of the quilt top, but I thought I would be able to “quilt it out”. The plan was to actually have the quilt sandwich done on Saturday. See, the best laid plans…

So, as they say, back to the drawing board….or the scene of the crime….or if at first you don’t succeed. Yeah, I’ve spent all morning taking the 3 border strips I sewed yesterday off. And, the skinny little inner borders. And taking the quilt blocks apart and remaking the problem blocks. I’ve done 2 of the 8 blocks and put them back together and sewed them to the center medallion…much better.

This is what something like 600 inches of borders looks like:

Now, my 9 a.m. allergy/congestion medicine seems to have failed me. At least the allergy part. I’m sneezing up a storm and have a raging headache. I’m off to take some Tylenol and spend the next 45 minutes or so writing Christmas cards. Tonight, bowling.

Last night, I saw “Tangled” with the girls. It was a cute movie. Of course, it made me cry. I’m going to blame PMS. It could just be that I’m a silly girl who cries easily. Anyway, I would definitely recommend the movie…we saw the 2D version and I don’t think we missed anything by not seeing the 3D. (What is it with all the 3D movies these days, anyway?)

I also finished the latest JD Robb book, “Indulgence in Death”. I enjoyed it. Now, I’m on to “The Postmistress” by Sarah Blake (the author of “The Help”).

I hope, if you are an American reader, that you had a lovely Thanksgiving weekend, got all of your Black Friday deals if you were brave enough to venture out, and are having a relaxing last day of holiday before going back to work tomorrow.

…or the Absolute Best Place on Earth if you are my 70-year-old mother. Mom’s birthday was Saturday and my sister and I took her to Carthage, MO, to the Precious Moments Chapel and Park as her birthday gift. (Okay – really my sister drove for 12 hours over 2 days with Mom…I drove for 5.5 hours on Friday afternoon and met them in Carthage.) Dressed in a sweatshirt that she got back in the early 80s as a club member gift, Mom posed at the marquee wishing her a happy birthday from the Precious Moments’ staff.

I have to give the staff credit. Each person who stood still long enough got to hear about the fact that Mom has been a member of the Precious Moments Club since it began, that this was the first time in her whole life that she’d been there (never mind that 59 years of that whole life occurred before the Chapel even opened!), and that this was her birthday gift from her 2 girls. And, especially to the woman in the museum who very patiently let my mom plop her purse down on the podium that her cash register sat on and dig through her wallet looking for God knows how many membership cards to show off.

We got Mom to kneel next to the 7-year birthday train car and add a “0” to make it 70.

This mural is the focal point of the main room in the Chapel. The colors are so vibrant!

I think the gift shop was a little overwhelming for her. After putting a t-shirt and a windbreaker in her shopping basket, she wandered around for at least a half hour before putting any figurines in a 2nd shopping basket. When we asked her if there was any figurines she specially liked, her answer was “I want them all”. All told, she went home with about a dozen new Precious Moment items.

And, if you’re here because you want to see some quilty news…I did manage to make it to a quilt shop in the middle of nowhere – even though the address said “Joplin”. Bittersweet Quilts was a cute little shop that held an interesting combination of very country fabrics and very modern fabrics. I bought some yardage of “Fruitcake” by Basic Grey for Moda. There won’t be time before this Christmas to use use it, so I’m hoping to find a project and have it for next Christmas!

And, that’s it for today. Happy Thanksgiving to you!

Yes, I overheard a man talking on the phone yesterday and that is how he described what he was doing!

Here are more pictures from Festival 2010. There will be some individual photos below the mosaic.

1. Icing on the Cake, Linda Roy, TN 2. The Coming of Spring, Mariko Nakano, Japan 3. Circles of Life, Linda French, OH 4.Wings and Feathers, Mark Sherman, FL 5. Fireworks, Nettie Smith and Linda Hibbert, CO 6. Snow Dancing, Harue Yumoto, Japan 7. Heartful Days, Aki Sakai, Japan 8. Circular Momentum, Becky Goldsmith, TX 9. Vintage Button Bouquet, Linda Roy, TN 10. Sun Dance, Cookie Warner, CO 11. Port of Cassis, Lenore Crawford, MI 12. Facade, Melissa Sobotka, TX 13. Reynolds Crossing, Sherry Reynolds, WY 14. Sundance, Debra Crine, NJ 15. Sun Salutation, Janice Head, CA 16. Time Goes By, Asako Haruyama, Japan 17. Good Morning Sunshine, Manon Gagliardi, FL 18. Dance As If No One Is Watching, Carol Goddu, Canada 19. Fashion in Motion, Diane Dempsey, WI 20. Caddy and the Cakes, Janet Fogg, OR 21. Komorebi, Shizuyo Morishita, Japan 22. Kirara’s Walking Road in the Wood, Ayako Kawakami, Japan 23. Kimono’s of the Far East, Betty Gould, FL 24. Go! Be Dazzled, Sarah Vedeler, AZ 25. On a Quilted Breeze, Nan Scott, Lisa Taylor, Mechelle Johnson, Dennis McGregor, and 44 members of OCQG 26. Geese in the Garden, Nancy Tracy, CO 27. The Regal Realm of Curlicued Flowers, Martha Mook, FL 28. Sea to Sky – Mariner Compass, Connie Brandau, CO 29. Leafing Large, Laura Wasilowski, IL 30. Night Flight, Sally Wright, CA 31. Spellbound, Lynda Claus, OH 32. Mystical Mont, M.C. Bunte, IN

If you click on the mosaic, it will open in another window…then click again and it will zoom.

Here are a few more, in case you aren’t too tired, yet!

Look at that face!
“SHH! She’s Sleeping” by Barbara McKie, CT

Simple, and beautiful…
“No Horizon 2” by Enid Gjelten Weichselbaum, MN

Selvages – so cute!
“That’s Graphic!” by Diana Sharkey, NY

“Glory of Ancient Remains” by Hiroko Goda, Japan

In the center photo is the quiltmaker, showing the ruby slippers on the back on the quilt. On the bottom is the detail of the Wicked Witch’s face quilting. I loved this quilt! I asked how long it took to complete – 6 months.
“Long Road Home” by Peggy Parrott, CO

“Visions of Fairy Tales Danced in my Head” by Margery Hedges, TX

“Ruffled Feathers” by Roxanne Nelson, Canada

These 3 quilts were in the Swarovski crystal display…totally blinged out, which doesn’t show all that well in the photos.

I took over 150 photos…I could have taken twice that many, easily! I am always overwhelmed by other people’s talent. Maybe, one day….

Warning: Image Heavy!!!

My feet are sore and my wallet is lighter…my 2nd trip to Houston for International Quilt Festival must be a success! I’m now stretched out on the couch in my hotel room, tummy full of Church’s Chicken and leftover chocolate bread sticks from Pizza Hut (oh, they are sooooo good!), Bones on the tv. When I finish this blog post, I’m back to this:

Well, not that particular block per se, as it’s giving me fits and I need to take it back to Dallas and ask Sam at TQW for some help as it’s her pattern. I’m pretty sure I’ll be starting this one over from scratch.

Anyway, back to Festival – you want to see the beautiful quilts there, not my crazy little mistake riddled block! I figured I would shop today and go back tomorrow to view the quilts. I ended up getting both done today. I was on the lookout for yardage of Pure by Sweetwater for Mode. I bought a layer cake, recently, and found a pattern, but I need some yardage. Sadly, I didn’t find any. I did, however, add to my Lorelei collection, and bought some great fabric from Fern Hill. The Stephanie Brandenburg Daydreams collection is gorgeous. I got a panel of the Iris and Daylily. I also got some 1/2 yard cuts from the Hollyhock Dolls and Garden Garments collection, and the Fingerpaints collection. We’d seen these fabrics at Spring Market, but they weren’t available to buy as yardage there.

A spool of thread from Superior Threads because I was afraid I’d run out tonight before I was ready to quit sewing.

And, Kaffe Fassett’s book Simple Shapes, Spectacular Quilts. Normally, I wouldn’t have bought a hard cover book at the show, but Kaffe was there, signing books. He also had about a dozen of the quilts from this book on display and he gave a walking tour of them. He was different from what I was expecting…more down-to-earth and humorous. I had my picture taken with him, but it’s very blurry. That’s what happens when you hand your camera to a stranger. Anyway, here are some pictures from way back in the crowd while Kaffe talked to us.

You can click on any of the photos to see a larger version. They will open in another window.


“Bordered Diamonds”

“St. Mark’s”

“Tumbling Fans”

And, then, do not adjust your screens…or reach for your eyeglasses, or take them off…this is the blurry picture, my “proof” that I met him:

Here are some of my favorite quilts from the display floor. Actually, there were many that I really, really liked from the “500 Art Quilts” book’s display. However, we were not allowed to photograph them.

The “Best of Show” quilt was by Sharon Schamber.

This pretty little wall hanging caught my eye because I love irises. The lady sitting to the left is the quiltmaker.

“Flower Songs” by Eileen R. Campbell of Victoria, Australia

I especially like how her flowers flow outside of the “frames” that the irises are in.

There were a lot of quilts that featured people. This one, you needed to stand back from to see.

She’s made of yo-yos! “Grace” by Shin-hee Chin, of Kansas.

Isn’t this a beautiful little face? Look at some close-ups of the quilting.

“Innocence” by Hollis Chatelain, North Carolina

This quilt came about as the result of a self-portrait challenge between the 10 ladies you see here.

Here’s a close-up of the bottom left face, so you can see the way the fabric was used:

“Hanging by a Thread” by Nadine Sanders and the Hanging By a Thread Quilt Group of Washington.

This one caught my eye because the 3 ladies on the left are walking into the quilt. Very cool concept.

Color Comes to Back of Beyond by Janice Munzberg, Pam Holland, Pauline McPhaulin, and Jeanette Coombes of South Australia, Australia

Another clever use of fabric pattern used to create a face.

“Rwandan Lady” by Virginia Greaves of Georgia

“Yes, I Am” by Deborah Sylvester of Washington

One of the quilts in the “Oh, Canada” area:

“The Snow Queen” by Christine Alexiou, Ontario, Canada

And, it’s time to take a break. I’ll come back tomorrow with even more quilts from Festival. Promise! Until then, have a great night.

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