Archive for May, 2010

A passion for photography

He’ll probably fuss at me for lifting his photos but its so neat to see Chris work on developing his photography skills. I have a passion for it as did my father and father-in-law so it’s really special to see that passion in Chris too.

I love this photo he took of Caleb and look at the photo of Becky, that was the first quilt I made her before they were married and she’s still USING it!

He challenged himself to 365 daily photographs and he is well on his way to meeting his goal.

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Barn Quilt Contest!

Just in case everyone didn’t realize it, the contest was for runner up. Accuquilt had already chosen the winner but I did win 2nd thanks to all your votes! That means not only a gift certificate to buy more dies (very exciting) but along with the winning block, my block will also be placed on their headquarters in Fremont, Nebraska (very,very exciting!)

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I had my camera with me

But I was having so much fun at dinner that I forgot to take a photo of Dawn and her SIL Vickie who are here for Market. The weather cooperated and while it was overcast, it didn’t rain so we were able to sit outside on the rooftop at Brit’s Pub, one of my favorite places this time of year.

It’s just such a neat thing when you finally get to meet an online friend in person! I also got a sneak peak at one of the quilting designs that will be on the new DVD and I know it will end up as one of my favorites.

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And more Market — Accuquilt

Being my first time at Market, I was somewhat ignorant and didn’t know I wouldn’t actually be able to purchase anything so I was a bit disappointed I could’t pick up any new dies for my GO cutter but I looked and guess what, they had a sneak peak at dies coming out this summer and two of the ones I’ve been wanting are on the list!

They’ll announce the winner for their Barn Quilt Contest at the show and there’s still time to go vote for my block on Facebook which is in competition for runner up. The contest ends at 5pm today (central time) so hurry and vote for me if you haven’t already! You do have to become a fan or “like” Accuquilt to vote so you might need to go to their main Facebook page and then come back to my block to vote.

Vote for my block

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More Spring Market –EQ7

I wandered by the Electric Quilt site to check out in person some of the new features in EQ7 and now I really can’t wait to get my upgrade due out in June! I use EQ to draft/design all my quilts and for the instructions I post on my MaryQuilts.com site.

Visit the EQ website

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I can look but I can’t buy!

I’m attending my first Spring Market and while it’s great to see all the neat books, fabric, embellishments, and tools it’s torture not to be able to buy! I was able to attend as a designer but this show is really for shops and retailers to purchase/order for their businesses.

Because I’m posting from the iPad, it’s easier to post several times rather than one long post so here goes.

I went up and introduced myself to Patsy Thompson, I frequently refer people to her site for her quilting DVD’s and handouts. She quilts on a domestic machine and is one of the inspirations for my freehand Baptist Fan quilting. I looked at her new book on feathers and it’s gorgeous.

Visit Patsy’s site

I didn’t think to get the camera out until after I left Patsy’s booth but here’s a general shot coming in the doors.

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Please go vote for me

I’m in the top 10 for runner up in Accuquilt’s Barn Quilt Contest.

Please go vote for my entry and help me win!
EDIT: I think you have to choose “like” or become a fan to vote.

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Washington DC

Even damp and dreary, DC is one of my favorite cities to walk around.

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Ugh, it’s rainy!

Had a leisurely morning here at the hotel with Keith, he worked and I went through my email. Then I took the Metro to Union Station to meet Cecile for lunch. Can you tell how dreary it is outside? I had to stop and buy an umbrella on the way.

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Have you ever visited Arlington National Cemetery?

I feel grateful and humble walking through the cemetery to the site where my father-in-law’s ashes rest.

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