What happened to the warmer weather?

It was really cold the day I left to visit Deb (-12 that morning) and it’s cold today (-1) but yesterday it was 42, here in Minneapolis!! Luckily I like the cold, now if it will just snow today like they’re calling for, I’ll be completely happy.

Having been gone for days I should jump right back in and start quilting and assemble my heart quilt but I’m going to take it easy today.

I’ve got some packages to go through – stuffed animals from Dawn and a box with more donated quilts from Barbara along with lots of mail.

I think I’ll set simple goals for today – load a quilt on the longarm for tomorrow, unpacking the embellishment goodies I bought at Deb’s, and play with postcards.

Since I missed my Sunday stashbusting report for last week, I’ll add it here:

  • I finished the blocks for the Heart quilt – all the fabric is from stash
  • I finished the Dragonfly quilt (UFO #9) – only the binding was from my stash (the top was pieced with Mom from her fabric and VickiW made me the hand dyed backing)
  • I finished the Coins (UFO #8) quilt donated by Barbara – only the binding from that one was from my stash.
  • I did purchase a backing for my HeartStrings Anniversary quilt from Pam at Real Women Quilt which arrived while I was gone.
  • Technically, this goes against me this week not last, but I did purchase a backing yesterday at one of Deb’s quilt shops that will be used for my Irish Chain quilt.
  • I bought LOTS and LOTS of embellishment *stuff* while I was at Deb’s….perle cotton, beads, fibers, etc along with books.

I can safely say that I can embellish postcards and start my blue/white crazy quilt and count on having all the supplies I might want on-hand. Now I just have to find a way to store them in a way that I can easily find what I’m looking for.

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A new postcard, heading home

Deb has a couple of beaded purses and I decided I wanted to try a postcard that is completely beaded. I looked through a motif book she has and I found a butterfly and started beading it. It’s not going all that well but I’m learning as I go along. She’s been a really bad influence on me – I’ve ordered 9 books from Amazon.com since I’ve been here(I’m a sucker for books anyway). I can’t wait to get home and absorb all the content!

I’ll head home tomorrow around noon – I have a long travel day ahead but hopefully my flights will go as well as the ones coming down.

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Postcard fun!

Deb and I made this postcard tonight – isn’t it cute? We used her wool and then used heart brads we bought at Joann’s this afternoon. Isn’t this cute?

While I was attaching all the brads, Deb was filling up a big box that she’s going to ship to me with hand dyed fabric, wool, trims, yarns – TONS of stuff for me to use when I get home.

Quilt Show

Deb and I went to Port Charlotte to one of the local guild shows and although she didn’t enter any of her quilts – there were 3 she had quilted for customers and all 3 had ribbons. I made her stand by all the quilts so I could take her photo. Again, she didn’t piece any of these but this first one won Best Machine Quilting.

This one won first place.

This one won 2nd place. This guild doesn’t give out double ribbons so she won’t get two of these but she will get the machine quilting ribbon to add to her collection. I bought some beads, ribbons, perle cotton and a book for inspiration at the show.

Quilt Show

Deb and I are heading for a local quilt show and then going bead shopping today. Here’s her wall of ribbons – pretty impressive considering she’s also had customer quilts win in shows that don’t give ribbons to the quilter. Wonder if she’ll add more today?

Last night I *consulted* with her on her next show quilt….I wonder how much of my advice she’ll take? You know I’ll take credit if she listens to me and the quilt does well. I don’t enter quilts into shows but I’m good at telling other people what to do!

See the photo on the far left? That’s the last portrait we have of Mom and Dad together – I should find mine and hang it up but I think I might have left it in Marietta. We tried to talk Mom into coming with me on this visit but she didn’t feel up to making the trip.