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Quilting, Shopping, and more Quilting

Well back from 4 fabulous days of quilting fun. Stefanie picked me up Wednesday morning early and we were off for Paducah KY as our first stop. We had lunch and then rushed into the wonderful world of Hancock Fabrics. I used more self control than normal this trip and only bought a few things. I got a cool fabric with Scarlet O'Hara for my sister and a beautiful jelly roll of civil war fabrics from Moda. I also picked up these civil war fabrics which were just too nice to leave behind.


The second day Stefanie and her mom and I went to the National Quilt Museum and spent almost 2 hours in there in awe of the beautiful quilts. The large quilts that had been quilted on a standard home machine always blow me away. They also had a new exhibit called Imagine Hope and these stunning art quits were done by Hollis Chatelain. Amazing work. One of them is on the home page of the museum site. I also picked up a new Jim Shore piece while at the museum - couldn't resist it.



Stefanie and I also took all our gear and sewed every day we were there. Keeping the machines buzzing till near midnight each day. I did get a good bit done, but not as much as Stefanie - my count may be off but she knocked out 5 quilt tops - correct me if I'm wrong an it was more Stef.
I got binding made for 2 quilts I've got ready and also got a good start on my Christmas quilt. I've had this fabric for over a year and couldn't wait to get started on it. I just love silly reindeer stuff.
This is a start on another Christmas present for my in laws. I have 12 of the big blocks like in the center of this section done, but couldn't work out the layout so I set it aside. The layout came to me this morning while eating breakfast - odd how my mind works


This is a table runner I started and all it needs is the back and binding. It's for my sister. I did my first quilt as you go on this. I'm thinking of using an upholstery weight fabric for the backing, I'd like for it to be reversible.
We had a really good time while we were gone and got a lot done. Some mild excitement one night when going into Stefanie's folks place there was a raccoon in the garage. No way was this city girl getting out of the car and walking thew the garage, but Stefanie said I'll take one for the team and got out and used a big umbrella to chase the raccoon out of the garage - wonderful theory, but the raccoon didn't budge over this. We finally sat in her car and waited about 10 min or less and he came wandering out. He didn't seem near as scared of us as I was of him. About the wildest thing I'm used to seeing in our neighborhood are the neighbors.

Comments

Angel said…
Sounds like a Thelma and Louise adventure!
Barb said…
Oh wow....what a fun time...

love the fabrics and that Christmas quilt....
BJ said…
Oh..... your new Jim Shore piece is fabulous! I love it. I can see why it was calling your name!
I'm so glad you two had such a fun time, got great treasures, got a lot of projects worked on and I'm sure laughed lots!
It felt like I pieced five, but it was only four. That grid quilt took much longer than I expected it to, but I am so pleased with how it turned out.

This trip was just what I needed. I'm already looking forward to the next one.

All the beautiful quilting we saw at the museum has really inspired me to start focusing more on that aspect. Will definitely practice my skills.

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