Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Another Fabulous Quilt Show

Last weekend Annie Star Quilt Guild's biennial quilt show, held in Chico, CA. Kudos to Kaywood and Debi for their great work in organizing the show. It was great! Here are a few pictures of quilts, with more to come!

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Pacific International Quilt Festival

For those of you who attended the PIQF, wasn't it great? For those of you who did not attend, I recommend you put it on your calendar for next year (Oct 14 - 17, 2010) and start planning now! I haven't been in a number of years and wasn't planning on attending this year, but a friend had some extra room so invited me along. What a fabulous event. I enjoyed every minute of it, and occasionally kicked myself for letting the recent years slip by without attending. We were there Friday and half of Saturday and that really wasn't enough time. There was sooooo much to see. Beautiful quilts, interesting quilts, big quilts, small quilts. There was also sooooo much to buy. And, by Friday some vendors were already sold out of some items. Yikes! You really need to be on your toes or you'll miss out. Also, the long arm dealers are there with an opportunity for you to try out their machines. I was able to pick up a few patterns, a small bit of fabric, and lots of gadgets and supplies. I'm posting a few pictures for you to enjoy.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Love that LOVE

This is just a quick note to let you know that Mrs. Schmenkan Quilts is having a give-away for a stack of 8 fat quarters of Amy Butler's LOVE in honor of Sweetest Day. Be sure to check out her blog and leave a comment - who knows, maybe you'll be the winner. But be sure to hurry, the deadline is Saturday, Oct 17. Good luck!

Monday, October 12, 2009

Good stuff

Hi friends. This post isn't about quilting, sewing or crafting, but it is about GOOD STUFF! With the weather changing (and the big storm headed this way this evening), don't you want to be warm and cuddly at night? Well, I have two words for you: Fleece Sheets! No kidding, check them out at Costco. Last year I bought my son some fleece sheets and he said he loved them. This weekend I was cruising the Costco aisles (obviously I was without my DH) and came across King fleece sheets, about $35.00 in the store. I can only say - WOW! I absolutely love them. Now, for more GOOD STUFF. For quite some time, I've followed the Bakerella blog. Now Bakerella has its own website and you need to check it out. Today they featured snickerdoodle cupcookies (my phrase, not theirs). But how cool! It is certainly on my "to make" list. I mean really, have you ever meet a snickerdoodle that you didn't like? Now image a snickerdoodle cupcake with snickerdoodle cookies on top. Wait - I just gained 2 pounds thinking about them. But with the cold, wet weather barreling in, doesn't it sound nice to stay indoors, get the fireplace going and bake? OK, that's it for now. Let me know if you 1) get fleece sheets and 2) make snickerdoodle cupcookies. Stay warm and dry!

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

It was my time - a quilting retreat, that is!

I'm almost recovered from the fun times at Cindy Needham's "My Time Quilting Retreat." Three fun-filled, and fairly productive days. We left at 6 am Friday morning and arrived at the McCloud Mercantile around 8:30 am. Upon arrival, all 38 retreaters quickly settled in and got busy. This was my second time attending a Cindy retreat in McCloud and it was great. The accommodations are fantastic as they are just steps from the main quilt area. My room was probably 800 square feet. Wow! I was able to finish quilting a block swap quilt top, a Christmas block-of-the-month, and made good progress on a vintage linen that I'd started some time ago but forgot about. It was also fun to meet new quilters and to be inspired by the multitude of quilting projects that were in process. Enjoy the pictures!