After we had our fill of fabric, we wandered around the Country village. We met a few chickens and found some other fun shops - beads, coffee, decorating, scrapbooking and antiques. We found "Lots of everything".
When we got back to the hotel, I opened up my bag and played with my new fabric. Wish I had a sewing machine in my suitcase!
This is NOT what my summer has been like - instead of calm and peaceful it has been non-stop. We traveled, helped our two kids move into apartments, worked on our new website, and in between all of that worked on a new pattern and some projects for our Groovy Girls club. Whew!
In August I had the opportunity to go to the Checker Open House event in Ohio where I was so busy I forgot to even get my camera out of the bag. I talked to lots of shopowners and had a chance to meet new people and catch up with some old friends. What fun! The Checker showroom has every quilting notion a shop could possibly want and the warehouse is packed full of fabric too. Talk about sensory overload!!
On the way home from Ohio, Kirk and I spent the day in Chicago. Love this amazing skyline made out of Legos.
Our big plans for rollerblading and biking along the lakefront didn't happen because it rained all day. So we had fun wandering around downtown in the rain.
On Michigan Avenue one of the shops had a collection of sewing machines in their window - too bad they weren't for sale.
Lots of interesting architecture and detailing on the old buildings.
I know I'm supposed to be working - but look what I found in one of my photo files! Now my head is full of happy thoughts about my all time favorite candy. Whenever we go to the Mall of America I treat myself to a handful of Jelly Bellys at the candy store - cherry and lemon are my favorites. What's your favorite flavor?
Here's my Happy Holidays table runner all ready to celebrate the fourth of July! I used Quilt Minnesota fabric from a few years ago - love that stripe! This picture is from last summer - too bad I can't find the runner today. It's here somewhere, and I'm sure it will turn up on July 5th or 6th. I guess we'll have to eat out on the Fourth!
April showers bring May flowers - just kidding it's almost July! It has been so cold and rainy that it feels like early spring. And I'm just getting started with a few spring cleaning projects - not a few months late but a few years late. Megan and I cleaned out our "thing with all the drawers" in the living room and we found a whole drawer of Girl Scout stuff. She's 21 - not sure how long ago we stashed the Girl Scout balloons and meeting agendas in there. Sylvester supervised all of the cleaning and sorting from his vantage point in the top row of drawers. We have no idea how he got himself in there, but he wasn't too happy when we tried to get him out!
Here's evidence that it actually is summer. These flowers were on the deck at the Bachman's Idea House, and I snapped a photo so I could find the exact same kind in their greenhouse. I'd show you mine but it's raining. And they look kind of scraggly. But they aren't dead yet, thanks to all the rain, so maybe when the sun comes out I'll take a quick snapshot.
These were my other favorite flowers at the Bachman's house - rain or shine they'll look great!
The centerpiece of the "Infinite Variety show was a simple circle of chairs that stands for the women who made the quilts. It was a very personal touch to an overwhelming, amazing show. As I looked at the circle I thought about the friends that I've quilted with - and the time spent together around a quilt frame; and time spent with friends gathered in each other's homes.
Spiraling above the chairs were an amazing variety of quilts. There were 651 quilts on display - and they were all red and white.
The quilts were hung in circles - sky high pairs of quilts hung back to back.
A few of the quilts had circle motifs - ranging from simple snowball blocks to pieced circles with applique.
There was a spotlight on each quilt, and the shadows made circles on the floor.
The tables even had circles - and I sat and visited with quilters from as far away as Texas and London - fellow quilters gathered around, sharing their love of quilts.
Sawyer and I have had our last snowy hike for the year.
Our snowbanks were so high that we couldn't see over them to back out of the driveway, but now this is all the snow that is left! It's grey, foggy, overcast, and muddy everywhere.Yuk!
Which is why these colors look so good to me right now! What fun I've had playing with these yummy fabrics. The quilt top is done and it's at the quilter's getting quilted. Can't wait to see it - I'm so ready for spring!
We had so much fun exploring the LA fashion district. We walked for blocks and blocks, and around every corner we found more fabric. Most shops had fabric spilling out onto the sidewalk. In Minnesota we have snow and ice on our sidewalks!
The shops were jam packed full of fabric - with hardly room to walk. We only found one shop with cottons for quilting - so guess where we spent the most time!
It was so much fun to browse through all of the trims - laces, sequins, buttons, crystals, appliques, pom-poms, rick rack - everything you could possibly imagine.
We even wandered into some bead shops - and look how many beads they had just in turquoise! Multiply that by all of the colors of the rainbow and you'll know why our brains were overloaded at the end of the day.
Was this Project Runway or a red carpet fashion show? Neither! These dresses were on display at the CHA show in L.A. CHA is the Craft and Hobby show - much like Quilt Market but with paper and craft supplies instead of fabric.
Such a creative way to showcase paper and trims and buttons - hard to believe it wasn't fabric.
This guy didn't need a dress - most robots don't bother with fashion!
One of the things I loved about the CHA show is the same thing I love about Quilt Market - lots of color and creativity everywhere.
We just returned to Minnesota from a week in California - and look who was here to greet me!
Too bad we had to leave the beach behind!
We returned Sunday night and drove home from the airport in blowing snow. First thing Monday morning we got to shovel it. I guess it really doesn't matter what kind of weather we have - I'm gonna stay inside and finish some new patterns for Spring Market.
If you missed my interview on Pat Sloan's radio show on Monday, just pop over to Creative Talk Radio and listen to it anytime! Leave a comment on Pat's blog this week and you'll be entered to win a Zippy Strippy Pattern. The drawing for three patterns will be held on Friday at noon.
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