Monday, March 18, 2013

I'm back from Lancaster......

and I can honestly say that I......

1.  Survived the avalanche at Obie's!  Ha!  (If you've been know!)  It was only 6 bolts that fell on me, so it wasn't too bad!  lol

2.  Shop hopped like crazy at all the great spots!  Burkholder's and Sauder's were my two favorite spending spots!  Great deals, and the girls at Burkholder's were the most efficient fabric cutters I've ever seen anywhere!

3.  Ate some really good food!  If you go, don't miss Shady Maple smorgasbord, Jennie's Diner (awesome french toast!), Katie's Diner (Amish run, and the Amish Peanut Butter spread is SO good!), Diener's Restaurant, and in Lancaster city, a couple blocks from the show is the indoor Farmer's Market.....had a couple yummy Greek cookies.....I was very happy!

4.  Saw a wonderful exhibition of quilts at the Museum upstairs at the Old Country Store.  And the gift shop (truly beautiful items) had so many amazing books on antique quilts from Schiffer publishing.  I guess I hadn't paid much attention before, but their books are beautiful.

5.  Got to meet up with Maureen from Pursuit of Quilts Blog!  She was at the show with a bus tour, and had only a few hours to see the show before they headed to Zooks, so I was really glad she took a few moments out to find me!  Sweet!  So great to see you again, Maureen!

6.  Saw some really amazing quilts at the shows!  The AQS show, of course, does not want you to publish any pics of the quilts.....(Boohoo face!)......but I went through my pics, and found several of my favorites that have links elsewhere on the I've linked them at the end of this post, so you can see them easily!  Ha!

We went to some great lectures at the show given by Pat Delaney, Alex Anderson and Suzanne Swenson.  The All Star Review was nothing more than a commercial, and so poorly organized and set up that I will be sending AQS a comment!  (If you are going to a future show, don't waste your money on the All Star Review!)  But everything else was great!

We saw a wonderful slideshow presentation from Jenny Bowker on the Tentmakers of Cairo.  She is the curator of the Egyptian exhibit, and there was a fantastic display and sale of their work on the 3rd floor, as well as two of the men working away on pieces!  Awesome!

There were also the quilts and vendors at the Continental Inn and Lancaster Host Resort out on Rt 30.  Sue Reich had a wonderful display of antique signature quilts, and in the lobby of the Inn were some amazing antique quilts, as well.  I have pics of some of those below!

I, of course, did not take any pics of any Amish folk, so there are no photos of the Gordonville Mud Sale (huge Amish Auction) that we went to on Saturday!  Really fun......and I wish we had been in a bigger vehicle, cuz I would have bid on some of the furniture there!  (Note to time, bring a U-Haul!)  They were auctioning off 650 quilts, and the girls handling the quilts have it down to a science!  Totally fun to watch!  The next day, we hit the Renninger's Antiques & Flea to walk through, but space in the car for any big purchases!  lol

Oh.......and between the 3 of us......we purchased 234.25 yards of fabric!!!!!  HOLY COW!!!!  And yes.....I WAS THE WINNER....with 85.75 yards!  HA!  And here it is, in all it's glory!

The solids in front made up over 30 yards!  But they were just such a great price.....I had to get them!  All the rest are mostly 1 to 2 yard cuts of repros......I hate getting just a smidge of anything, especially when it's such a great print and ALL were purchased at a major discount!!  I know I'll use it......someday!  lol

Look at that great pillar print with the eagle!  LOVE IT!

I just couldn't pass up charm packs with repro chrome/cheddar/purple and all blacks in the other!  So hard to find and yummy!

This pile of wool was purchased before we ever left Maine!  HA!  Couldn't pass it up, either!  All big remnants at $2 to $4 a piece!  Awesome!!!  I think I'm just about ready to start some wool projects!  :o)

Here are some of the quilts hanging in the stairwell at the Continental Inn.

 This antique was really lovely, but the reds were shredded.  The quilt next to it is a reproduction of it!  Beautiful!

 Just look at that wonderful pillar print on the border!  And what a great edge treatment!  Sorry it's blurry!

Here are a couple of the signature quilts that Sue Reich was showing across the street at the Host Resort.  Her tour of her quilts was wonderful, and so informative!

Here are some links to view some of the quilts in the AQS show (websites/blogs/etc)......all the quilts were wonderful, but these were a few of my favorites (that I was able to find links to!).  Enjoy!

Simple Elegance by Margaret Ferguson
Sam's Owl by Barbara Korengold
Trees AND Tree of Life by Tim Latimer
Rainbow Nouveau AND Meet Me at Giverny by Margaret Solomen Gunn
Masquerade by Birgit Schueller (BEST Longarm Workmanship award)
All Around the Town by Teresa Rawson
Tennessee Treasures by Linda M. Roy (BEST Hand Workmanship award)
Sampling the Silk Road by Christine Wickert (BEST of Show award)
Zebra by Lisa Gorski
Desert's Glory by Lois Podolny (BEST Machine Workmanship award)
Doormats #1 by Marcia DeCamp
Flourish on the Vine by Kathy K. Wylie
Tangerine Dream by Karen Watts

And this was my hubby's 'little joke' when I returned......the poor man was left to suffer with paper plates and cups for 10 days!  HA!  I sure missed him!

I've finished unpacking, petting new fabric, doing my laundry, and food shopping!  Tonight.......I'm sewing!


Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Just 3 days.......

......and I'll be in Lancaster!!!  WOOHOO!

I'm so excited, I can't stand it!

And I'm nearly all packed already, which is unheard of in our house!  We usually are packing at midnight the night before we leave for around, trying to find the shoes, or pants, or necklace that we MUST have!  LOL  This is totally groundbreaking for us!  Truly!  It must be that over-50 thing, working it's older/wiser magic on me!  Ha!  I'm liking it!  A LOT!

Let me just say right now a HUGE THANK YOU!!!!! to all of you who sent me more suggestions for our trip!  You are awesome in every way!   Eegads!  I can't wait!!!!!  This is going to be so much fun!!!!

Since it's been so dang long since my last post......I thought I'd share the latest quilt top with you!  I just finished it up 2 days ago!  (With all the travel clothes laid out on the spare bed, I had no where to take pics of it, until now!)

OMG!!!!!  I'm totally loving this quilt!!!!  LOL

Here are some close ups of some of the fun blocks!  It's completely made from recycled shirts, and I had the MOST fun making the blocks where 'anything goes'.......stripes heading off in different directions, random colors, reversed piece placement!  So much fun!!

And I'm so glad I have a hubby who shares his opinions with me!  He was such a huge help when it came to the alternate blocks.  I originally had a mix of the plaids and the stripes for the alternates, but when I got it all laid out, it was awful!  It was such a jumble, and chaotic; what a mess!  Then hubby said that the stripes were sending your eyes off in too many directions, and he was TOTALLY RIGHT!!!  So I removed all the stripes, and replaced them with all plaids, and now when you look at it, the alternates fall back and allow your eyes to see the pieced blocks.  Even though the plaids are busy, so many of them read as solids, that they give your eyes a chance to rest.  Yay!  I'm so happy with it!  :o)

And I've been working like crazy on the log cabins blocks, too!  I have 257 now......I just need 203 more!  Woot!  Past the half way mark!  Haha!

And while I've been making these churndashes and log cabins, I just couldn't stop myself from putting the littlest scraps together for 'made fabric'......and this is what I've come up with for that!......

I auditioned a bunch of fabrics for the background, and of course, cheddar won!  (Duh!)  I had thought maybe to alternate cheddar and red, but then it became stripes of alternate blocks, and I just don't know about that.  Still in the playing stage, so who knows what the end will be!  But then I thought it could use something more, so.......

I just might have to add a little wedge on the corner of each block, so they create a spinning star!  Yes!!  Because we all know that when it comes to piecing......more is better!  LOL

This is planned to be a wall hanging, about 30x40ish.  The blocks will finish at about 5", and I already have all 48 pieced strips done!  Woot!  Maybe it will get a red border......we'll see!

I think one of the best things about quilting to me is the 'playing, and see where it goes' part.  I rarely use a pattern, and when I do, it usually gets played with, too!  I love sketching an idea out, working it out on graph paper, and figuring as I go.  (I don't have the computer programs for designing......I'm totally happy with graph paper.)  Sometimes I don't even figure it out, but use what I have and let it determine what I'm doing.  For this scrappy quilt, I had a stack of 3x8 pieces of phone book pages, that were the trimmed off part from another project.  I just grabbed those, with no idea in mind, and started piecing the bits on them until they were covered.  I've seen some antique quilts on the net in this pattern (don't know the name....sorry!), and thought it would be fun in the shirt scraps!  :o)  I'm so glad I put those littlest of scraps to use!  (A lot of them were less than 1" square.)

It's so funny, when my friends give me little baggies of scraps, they roll their eyes, and I'm sure they're thinking, "What the hell is she going to do with those!?!  What a nut!"  :o)

Yep.....I'm a nut!  :o)

And since I have not really played with my new phone much, I don't think I'll be posting from Lancaster, but you can be sure I'll have plenty to post when I return!  :o)

Oh, and I almost forgot!  On Saturday, we were at a historical quilt lecture given by Kathy Kenny!  It was awesome!!!  From her brochure, it looks like she travels the New England area, with lectures on The Mill Girls of 1830's (that's the one we just heard!), Crazy Quilts 1880-1900, Feedsack and Fancy Work 1920's-1940's, and more.  Each lecture includes over 20 vintage quilts!  If you're in this region, and your guild is looking for a speaker, she would be an excellent choice!  Here's her site:

Ok......I'm heading back to the machine, to get more log cabins made.....yay!  I hope you're getting some stitching done, too!