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Monday, April 30, 2012

Back from Paducah!

We made it to Paducah and back.  The actual drive time from Burton, Ohio to our home in IL is 8 hours and 22 minutes.  That is a lot for me.  Plus, we travel with 2 cats.  Don't think I need to elaborate on that.
We had such a good time at the quilt show this year.  The weather was absolutely perfect. We always go to the Rotary Quilt Show on Tuesday and then to the larger show on Wednesday.  This year the Rotary featured a selection of antique quilts from the Arlan and Pat Christ collection.  The photos we took are not the best, but here is one of the quilts:
This is a stunning quilt.  Their description of it reads:
"Bethlehem Star c.1840 Collected in Pennsylvania  Hand pieced with printed backing  100 inches x 104 inches  Cotton."  Don't ever pass up an opportunity to see their quilts and lectures.
My husband and I got to chat with them and they are a lovely couple with a passion for quilts.  We hope to meet them again some day.
We got to spend a little time with Pat Lewis and the Yo-Yo ladies.  Pat introduced me to Naomi Ichikawa the Editorial Director of  Patchwork Quilt Tsushin who was doing an article on them.  The Yo-Yo Ladies have now raised over $78,000 for charities.  They are dynamic ladies and I can't say how much I like them and admire them. 
We went to the National Quilt Museum and got to say "hi" to Gerald Roy.  I wanted to give him the Orange and Blue Miniature Quilt.  He had sent me those fabrics among others.  He seemed to like it and said it will eventually wind up at the museum, but not for some time.
We saw Judy Schwender, the curator and she showed us my Miniature Mariner's Compass Quilt which she hung with the "Oh Wow Miniatures" quilts. 
Here we are in one of the Museum workrooms. 
Here is Gerald's entry in the Pilgrim and Roy Challenge that is kicked off at the Paducah AQS show.
It is a very interesting quilt - lots of movement and the more you look at it, the more you see.
Well, that is it for now.  I am pretty tired from all the traveling. I came home with some treasures and will share them in future posts. 
Till next time..................


Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Paducah Quilt Show Story

We are planning on spending next week in our southern Illinois home.  I really miss that little place.  We are also planning on spending some time at the Paducah Quilt Show.  Yippee.  I have spent the past weeks trying to help myself to feel better and this week will be devoted to planning and cooking.  We never eat out because of my problems, so that means a lot of effort goes into traveling.

About the above photo - my husband has always gone with me to the quilt show and I have never had to worry about driving, parking and things like that.  However, in 2009, he couldn't go with me and I headed out alone.  He gave me strict instructions to get there before the show opened or no parking spaces would be available.  Well, I had to go to Hancock's first and wound up heading to the quilt show somewhat late - imagine that!  The parking people said well, there might be about four or five spaces left and I would have to really work to find them.  Yikes.  To my surprise, I pulled in and right in front of the entrance was a spot!  Ha.  An unbelievable happening.  I had to take a photo, as I was sure Vern wouldn't believe me.  The best spot ever!

Till next time......

Monday, April 9, 2012

Did you have a nice Easter?

Happy belated Easter greetings to everyone in blog land.  We had a lovely weekend weather-wise in the Cleveland area.  Hope your weather was nice and so was your day
I haven't been blogging because I have been under the weather.  My auto-immune system is impaired and when the seasons change, I get sick.  I guess it is just extra stress or something, who knows?  So, I haven't been getting much of anything done.  I did clean out a kitchen drawer that used to hold all of Gizmo's gluten and corn laden treats and foods.  He got in the empty drawer and actually licked the bottom of it.  How sad is that?  He is eating his new special hypo-allergenic foods, but only when he gets so hungry he can't hold out any longer.
Here he is licking his chops.  If you click on it you can see his tongue. 

Onto commenting on the comments you left on the last post:

Jill - you always take the time to leave a nice comment.  Thanks!  How is your miniature coming? I am working on a post about how I layer my miniatures for quilting, etc. Think it may help you in the future.

Kimber - we probably spend more on special cat food than we do on people food, if you figure out the price per pound!

Lisa - so one of your kitty cats weighs in at 22#s.  Wow.  That's impressive.  I am sure Gizmo didn't approve of a comparison to a Pomeranian. 

Kathie - I visited your link to the reproduction quilt top you made.  Yes, it is very similar to the antique one your friend has and the antique one I have.  Your repro skills are right on!  Way to go.

Till next time.......