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Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Missouri State Fair

OK, I have to admit it. I have never been to the Missouri State Fair. Since I'm living in Missouri now, and the guild I belong to is in Missouri, it's only right that I go. So I did! I tagged along with the group who presented for the "education" part of the fair, and we sure had a good time!
Diane, Donna, Prez Elly, Peggy, Quiltgranny
There were quilts cases
On walls....
Above our heads.....
With the special winners in special cases.
From the fair, we went to the famous Wheel Inn in Sedalia, MO for my initiation to a Guberburger.  I'll let the pictures speak for themselves.
This used to be a really cool circular drive-in with tile on the building.  But they had to move to another location....
I got mine with onion rings and a diet coke.
Would I do it again?  Or add peanut butter at home to my own burger?  uuummmmmmmmmm - no. Then on from lunch to the fabric store on the side of the highway back home.
D & T Fabrics
I was good, really, really good.  No fabric came home with me at all.  Just look at this really cute planter made from recycled jeans and embroidered sewing items stuffed with flowers and tied with a tape measure!
Smarty Pants!
Sew, till next time, keep stitching, and take time out to go your local county or state fair, too!
Quiltgranny and Granny

Sunday, August 15, 2010



Bonnie has come and gone, and now I am recovering from the hectic pace keeping up with her. She arrived Sunday mid-morning, and we visited, had BBQ ribs and wine and watched the first episode of Prime Suspect with Helen Mirren.
You'll never see Bonnie with empty hands, either! Here she is finishing the hand quilting in the borders of her orange quilt. A nice relaxing evening inside with the 102 degrees outside temperatures!
Cookbooks and quilting - a winning combination!

Monday morning found us with 100 lbs of quilts, 300 lbs of books and all MY gear for the Lee Summit Quilter's Guild trunk show and program.  Be sure to enlarge this photo to see my license tag holder, too.
Quiltin' Gals on the Go!
Tuesday morning we went to the Greater Kansas City Quilter's Guild for the same trunk show and program. Then in the afternoon, Bonnie had the Pineapple Blossom workshop.
This might be the Cathedral Stars workshop.....
Then, right after the workshop, we hit the road for dinner with the next guild. Of course, we had to make a quick stop at Culver's to keep Bonnie from whining, then to the the Olathe KS Quilt Guild program.  Are you tired yet?  I was!!!
Bonnie with her "teaching" quilt.
Wednesday morning was an all day workshop with the Greater KC Guild again.  This time it was Cathedral Stars.
Yes, I AM that short!
At the end of the day, you would think we would just go home and put our feet up, right?  Well, the Energizer Bunny, Bonnie and I went to the hospital to make a personal call on Margaret.  Margaret had to have hip surgery scheduled on the VERY first day of Bonnie's week!  She even tried to schedule it later, but the docs weren't having any of that.  So Bonnie took a mini-trunk show to Margaret!  I know this will get Margaret back on her feet and out of re-hab to get those Pineapple Blossoms and Cathedral Stars started!
Margaret, Mary, Bonnie
Bonnie is also working on her hexagon project that is about ten years old. She laid this out prior to leaving the house to see just what else was needed.  I don't think a black cat is really necessary, do you?
I think *my* Bonnie was trying to claim it.
Thursday morning was a relaxing day, and we did a few errands here and there.  The day was so darned hot though!  At one point the thermometer on my car for the outside temperature was 108 degrees.  
This is what just what we felt like!
That night (Thursday) we made the last trip out for a program to the Northland Needlers night time guild in Gladstone, MO. 
Here we are selling her books, and my guild's cookbooks Sew, Let's Cook!
Friday, Bonnie went with her Kansas City Quilts book editor, Jenifer Dick for a photo shoot for her newest book, Scraps and Shirt tails II that will be out in February.  I, on the other hand, went to the Missouri State Fair.  (more on that in another post) with my guild.

A very happy week for everyone, I think.  And it was great spending so much time with my old pal.  
The quilt block is even smiling!
Then came Saturday morning, and it was time to take her back to the airport. And yes, I am not kidding when I say she travels with 100 lbs of quilts! Each duffel is 50 lbs of quilts, weighed precisely on a portable fish scale! LOL!
Bye, Bye, Bonnie
So, if you ever see two duffel bags rolling down the airport baggage claim,  you'll know that Bonnie isn't far behind!  And you'd better run to keep up!  Thanks Bonnie, for all the smiles!  All 577 miles of them in the Kansas City metropolitan area!

Saturday, August 07, 2010

Quick Change

As you all know, Bonnie Hunter from Quiltville arrives tomorrow for a busy, busy week. Since the day starts at the airport getting her and all the quilts and things she needs for programs, I'll post just a little bit today. You probably won't hear from me again for another week, so don't worry! We'll be having fun!

It's been terribly hot here, and it's promising more hot, hot, hot for the next week. So I am taking the opportunity to get ready for fall. The transition from summer to fall will be nice!
Here's this month's quilt on the wall - my watermelon quilt that I just love! I guess I should have moved the lamps, huh? Oh well, more time to play instead of moving furniture.
It's quilted with an all over pattern since it's so busy, but the pattern seemed to lend itself just perfectly within each watermelon, too.

So with that, I am off now to clean house, and put fresh sheets on Bonnie's bed. Take care and keep quilting!

Tuesday, August 03, 2010

And sew on!

It's been a really, really, really busy couple of weeks here at my the old homestead!  Lots of sewing, cooking and cleaning!  I've been working on two donation quilts and I've been asked for another one if I can.  The first one is for the High Tea for Breast Cancer, and the proceeds go to the local Cancer Action group.  They've asked for hot pink and neon green.  Here's their version of the Mod Quad, waiting for the black borders to be attached this afternoon. 

The next quilt is the same blocks, but instead of pink and green, it has all sorts of primary colors inserted.  Hopefully, it will be done before this weekend.

I've been working on the seed stitching on the landscape that is overdue by a month.  I keep working on it, and it seems the more I do, the more it requires.  After this step, is the hand beading on the tree leaves.  The name that is probably going to stick on this piece is Seasonal Kodachrome or Kodachrome Seasons.  
1/4 of the quilt top is Spring....
Spring seed stitching

Fall seed stitching
Another art quilt (The River) in the works with deadlines on the horizon.  I think I'm in pretty good shape for this one, as the deadline is a "lookie see" at everyone's progress to date to make sure we are on target.  All the pieces are cut and ready to sew, then embellish.  So, if I do nothing else before our meeting in mid-August, I'm a good girl on this one!  No picturesjust yet, though.

I've got the Guild challenge quilt that's due in September in the works, too.  Something purple, something striped.  Got a plan - good to go.  Now, I just need to find a quilt surrogate to complete the plan!  LOL!

The Guild cookbooks have arrived, but they haven't been revealed to the Guild yet for the winning title.  That's next week, then I can post them on the blog. AND, I've been working on Boutique projects for the November guild show, and pricing out the others that are slowly being turned in for the Boutique corner.  AND, take a breath now.....Bonnie Hunter from Quiltville is arriving this Sunday.  You know what that means?  House cleaning too!  LOL!

Come see us/her if you can!
Bonnie's agenda while in the Kansas City Metro area:
Wednesday, August 11, Workshop with Kansas City Guild
Thursday, August 12, NiteTime Needlers