Monday, April 27, 2009


Well, I got a little distracted today and didn't get as much done as I thought I might. I ended up dog-sitting my "grand-dog" for the better part of the day which means taking him out for walks, games of tug-of-war and throw-the-stick in our backyard. Good practice, I suppose, for the real thing, although we should be a long way from that. Here's a picture of him. He's a really sweet dog.

I did get a little sewing done and I did move the furniture around in my sewing room. I have a VERY IMPORTANT reason for needing to do that. More on that next'll want to come back to see what I'm so excited about!

I've also added my husband's blog as a blog I follow. He's an amateur photographer with some really fabulous pictures and info on his blog so check it out. Plus, he's helping me with all these baby steps I'm taking in blogging and adding pictures. Thanks, honey!

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Day Three

The Show! The Show! and the Vendors! Although we're rather tired by now, there is so much to see. The quilts are wonderful, inspirational, artistic, engaging, colorful, imaginative, fascinating, brilliant, captivating (especially the miniatures), each one distinct, and new, representing a piece of their heart and mind's eye. A big thank you to each artist who put their work out there for us.
I took several pictures, not hundreds, of ideas that will really help me in future projects. And, I shopped a little bit, but it's really such an overload, sad to say, that I found myself thinking, yeah, more hand-dyed fabrics, ok, next, patterns, yeah, great. Isn't that awful? There were a couple of things that caught my eye, of course, and so, I picked up a pre-cut kit to make a small storm-at-sea quilt, something I've been wanting to make for a long time, and I thought this would be the only way I'd ever get to it. And, I bought the supplies for trying my hand at making a bowl from the "It's a Wrap" book which is made by wrapping cotton cording (clothesline) with narrow strips of fabric and zig-zagging the coils together. They were very cool. I think I will work on these two projects very soon.
The biggest project of the day was testing out long-arm quilting machines. I tested a different one each time we needed a sit-down. After another horrible night sleeping debating about which machine I need, I have a long way to go before deciding which one would suit. More on that another time.
Well, we're leaving today and it's time to get packed up. What a time! We'll be back next year if at all possible. In the meantime, Happy Quilting!

Here are some views of the Ohio River in downtown Paducah and a great spot to bring your carry out lunch! That's where we ate our Last Lunch from Kirchoff's before hitting the road back home.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Day Two

Alright, we've done Hancock's and the Museum and there is still more neat stuff to do here. So, today, after a giving ourselves permission to sleep in, we headed over to the vendors on Kentucky Ave. I was tempted by a loom to make rag rugs. Any comments on making rag rugs? Do they go with any decor? I'm wondering if a rag rug will look too "country" in my house.

Next stop, lunch at Kirchoff''s, for a bowl of delicious tomato soup and half a muffaletta sandwich. So good. Now we're off to the Rotary Club's antique quilt exhibit and, you guessed it, more vendors. Cherrywood has their booth there and I used some of their fabric in my nephew L's quilt a couple years ago. So, I had to get some more and a pattern I'd seen before and liked.

We called it an early day after that and headed back to the hotel to sew and look at our new stuff. We've had such a good time that we wished we could stay another day....could we? Hmmm. Maybe we could..............DONE! We're staying another day. Maybe we'll go see a demo at the show but, we'll definitely spend more time there and that's going to be great.

We Came, We Saw, We Shopped

We're in Paducah, KY my friend, C and I. We arrived Sunday afternoon as the rain finally broke and the skies brightened. Since we changed time zones coming in from Indiana, we had an extra hour to check things out. First, we drove around the downtown area to see what was going on. We happened upon Eleanor Burn's shop Quilt in a Day and decided that would be a good place to stretch our legs. Inside, they told us that their tents (of fabric and books) were also open so we buzzed over there. Picked up a couple of goodies there and then headed over to our hotel to check-in while it was still light. We got a ground floor room, so handy to shlep in our sewing machines and all our accessories. Here's our room with our machines set up. C had a Sew-Ezi table that worked great for her machine while I used the table already in the room.
Our first full day in Paducah was a total success. FIRST STOP: HANCOCK'S! Woohoo! Major hit! A couple more reds, a couple of unusual pieces for fun AND, about 20 one yard cuts of Kaffe Fassett prints which I have been coveting for $5 a yard. Also, batting for my mother-in-laws cross-stitch top I said I would quilt for her to give to my nephew at his upcoming wedding, and a new pair of snips. And, it's not even lunchtime! Oh, and lunch! You must go to Kirchoff's Bakery for one of their fabulous sandwiches. But, you won't be able to choose just one so plan on coming back the next day for another! And, save room for a cookie from their bakery for dessert! After lunch it was time for the National Quilt Museum. Oh My! That is always breathtaking and so inspiring. It makes you want to go home and sew up a storm. Pictures aren't allowed inside but allow yourself about two hours to take it all in. Next we visited Caryl Bryer Fallert's shop and that was like a quilt show in itself. She is soooo talented and soooo nice! She autographed a book I bought with photos of her quilts in it. That stop is a must. We made a couple of other stops too, each one necessitating the purchase of some little remembrance to come back with us. The Kentucky Oaks Mall had a redwork vendor which was quite nice; I love the old handwork so I had to get a pattern and some thread for one of those projects I'll have to do someday. Whew, are we tired or what. That was yesterday but, it's time for dinner and I must go. Hope you all get a chance to make this trip some day. And, make it at least a three day trip, you'll enjoy it so much more if you're not pressed for time. I'm already wishing we could stay another day.

Monday, April 13, 2009

Getting any sleep lately?

I've been waking up almost evey night around 2:55 am. Last night I thought of a least a dozen things to blog about which kept me laying awake until sometime around 4. (You'll just have to wait for those:) The night before it was about the latest quilt I'm working I want to piece it, how I want the colors to wash over it. The night before that I worried and my mind spun round and round until I convinced myself that was enough.

I really wanted to get this up and going because I'm going to Paducah next week for the quilt show. I love going there and this year I have a different traveling companion and I think we will have a great time. I don't go every year but there are so many things to look forward to. Look for pictures next week assuming I can figure out how to do that.

This blog will be about all the things going on in my life and things I figure out about myself as I go to the next stage of being an empty-nester. But, I'm not that deep, really. I'll talk about quilting and knitting and projects around the house, like constantly rearranging the furniture (something I think I picked up from my Dad, much to hubby's chagrin). Mostly I'll keep it fun with things I hope you want to hear about. If you want more info about anything all you have to do is ask. Since I'm new at this please cut me some slack until I get things figured out. Whee, here we go!