Sunday, May 28, 2017

Deadlines


There is so much happening in my quilt world that I can hardly keep track of it all. And it's all super exciting stuff!

A NEW modern quilt guild was born yesterday.  My group met and they have a name and agendas and a private Facebook page (we chose to limit the membership so we could all have an opportunity to interact!).  I spoke with the parent organization (Modern Quilt Guild) when I was in St. Louis and alerted them that this was likely going to happen. They were thrilled and I'll be putting the paperwork together shortly.  Did you know that there are almost 200 member guilds of the MQG?   That is super exciting and I'll share more information in a day or so (OK - when I get a chance).  There may still be room for a couple of new members in our group, I have to find out. If so - I'll let you know.

I taught three classes yesterday. Of all the classes I've taught and over almost 20 years of teaching, there have been a "few", the ongoing, year-long classes are my favorite. These are the ones where the students come for a one hour lecture. We ooh and aah over their homework and then I assign new homework. I'm so amazed at the talent of all the participants and I've had the opportunity to see a lot of them branch out.  They've seen what the others are doing and know the environment is a sharing one and they're not afraid. I'm so proud of all the participants over the past years.  It's just so much fun.  And if I could ever tear myself away from the long arm and the sewing machine, I would be better at sharing the photos of their work. This particular project we're working on needs to be shared - the results so far with different colors is amazing!

And it's not just about the quilting, but many of the people in these classes have met a kindred spirit and have become good friends. I feel like a matchmaker sometimes. Just don't forget me!  I know I'm super busy, but don't forget me!  I want to be part of everything, but alas I have to pick and choose and I hate that!

I taught a machine quilting class in the afternoon and it was super. Again, I love seeing the light bulbs go off in everyone's head when they realize that some of their issues with quilting can be fixed. Easily fixed!  I love teaching that class and even though I do a lot of talking, the students go home excited. Every time I teach that class, almost every student in the class thanks me profusely for the new knowledge they have acquired. As a quilt teacher, that makes me very excited! And HYPER!  I'm pretty hyper today!

And while it appears early in the year to be discussing classes for next year, it's at least time to discuss classes for the fall.  I know!  And even though I don't have a lot of time (and sometimes I mess up my schedule), I had a great chat about new classes for the fall at The Hobby Horse.  Yep - I'm hyper and super excited!

If that isn't enough, I do have one more class today - Fancy Forest again!  It's such a fun class and I want to make all of Elizabeth's patterns.  Fool that I am!  I met Elizabeth in St. Louis and got my picture taken with her. She had her new pattern in her booth. I'll share when I'm not so rushed!

OK - so here's something for all of you!  A deadline!  I'm teaching an all day class at Quilt Canada and THREE lectures. Shoot - I can't find the deadline on the web page, but I swear there was a deadline.  Doesn't matter - I'll give you a deadline - TODAY.  But first - check out this link to see the lectures and my class.  You have to scroll about 2/3 of the way down to find me.  DO NOT look at anyone else - just search for me!  Just kidding!  While all the lectures and the class promise to be super exciting and informative, I'm madly cutting up panels, slicing and dicing and well - the paWednesdayre on WEdnesday is going to be fabulous (well I think so!).  I'm hard at work coming up with new ideas and the more I make, the more I want to make. I'm ripping through panels faster than - well - I've a lot of ideas to share with you all. And NO - I will not be sharing them on my blog. Sorry - you have to come to the lecture to see them.

On that note, I'm out of here. I'm in the middle of quilting one of my projects (which will wing its way to a customer presentation next week) and then back for my lecture at Quilt Canada. It will be a well travelled quilt by the time it gets back. A cross border traveller no less.

And now there are TWO things that I'm looking for - a pattern and a book. I'm off to find them both! (Hopefully!)

Have a super day!

Ciao!

OH - since I wrote that info on Quilt Canada web page, I copied and pasted to save you time and so you won't get tempted by the other stuff!  I'm so bad!   I would advise you to bring your camera and a notebook and pencil!

Elaine Theriault Workshop



1031 - Modern: The Evolution of Quilting Tradition
1031 - Modern: The Evolution of Quilting Tradition
Two Hour Lecture
Wednesday, June 14, 2017 09:00 - 11:00
Cost: $40.00
If you think modern quilting is new - think again. Modern quilting has been around for a long time and its' roots lie deep within the traditional quilt world.
Learn the fascinating truth about the modern quilt trend. The modern quilt myths will be exposed and you'll go home with a very clear understanding of what a modern quilt is.
You certainly don’t have to be a modern quilter to attend this informative and fun lecture!
1031 is a lecture - no supply list
1032 - You made that from a panel?
1032 - You made that from a panel?
Two Hour Lecture
Wednesday, June 14, 2017 14:00 - 16:00
Cost: $40.00
There are so many neat panels on the market. They come in different sizes and styles. We’re going to learn the basics of working with panels – how to square them up. Then we’ll figure out what a coping border is and how to use one. Then we’re going crazy. Adding borders, slicing and dicing – you’ll never look at panels the same way again!
1032 is a lecture - no supply list
303 - Perfecting hand applique
303 - Perfecting hand applique
One Full Day Workshop
Friday, June 16, 2017, 08:30 - 16:00
Cost: $130.00

Kit Fee: $10.00
Many hand applique techniques will be explored in this hands-on technique class including needleturn, back basting, starch method as well as fusible applique. You'll learn where to apply each of the techniques and why it's common to mix different techniques in the same piece. Various applique tools will be discussed so you'll know which tools will work the best for you. Positioning the applique on the background and the actual hand applique stitch will complete the class. If you're new to hand applique or not happy with your current hand applique, this class will give you the confidence to tackle any hand applique project.
4032 - Are you up for a challenge?
4031 - Are you up for a challenge?
Two-Hour Lecture
Saturday, June 17, 2017, 09:00 - 11:00
Cost: $40.00
Have you seen a quilt challenge that you'd love to participate in, but no idea where to start? This interactive lecture is going to give you some inspiration on how to approach a challenge and actually get it finished on time! The first part of the lecture is a trunk show where you'll see various challenge pieces, hear the story of their creation and learn some great techniques. The second half is pure fun and inspiration! You'll be given a small challenge and as a group, we're going to walk through the steps on how to generate ideas and how to turn that idea into a quilt. If you're creative and especially if you're not, this is a safe way to take on a challenge. Promises to be lots of laughs, lots of inspiration and just like a real challenge, there will be prizes.
4031 is a lecture - no supply list but bring pencil and notebook


Saturday, May 27, 2017

Grab and go!


Well, that was a surprise!

I had an event in my agenda for Wednesday of this week. It said "Quilt Show Event" and the time was scheduled for 7 - 9 PM.  No notes, nothing to back up what this meant. I have to say that I ignored it because I had no clue what that meant.  

Let's keep that thought for a moment. I had a great day at work yesterday, I got TWO tops ready for the quilting machine. Yeah - mitered corners, cutting borders, etc.  Very happy.

I'm on my way home with not a care in the world.  Despite the fact that I'm going to miss the second meeting of the West End Modern Quilt Guild - I feel bad about it, but it couldn't be helped. I have three classes today and I was going to prep them last night. However, I happened to check my e-mail and OH MY GOD - the quilt event was last night and I was supposed to be at Carassauga, a cultural event in my city.

And I'm supposed to be there in one hour!  ACK - what to take. I have to have something to do as I know booth sitting can be long sometimes, but it's only for a couple of hours.

I decided to grab my backpack which had my computer and the materials I've been working on for designing quilts.  Why that?  No idea.

I get there and someone had already set up the quilts from our guild so that was good.  I finished my dinner which I had brought with me and I got a T-shirt and a cowboy hat!  Yee haw!!!   They had a few props, I had a camera and I was good for a selfie!

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Me at the Canada Pavilion with my orange Tim Horton's camp bracelet

I also had my Tim's with me so it doesn't get more Canadian than that!  I left the glasses for the kids so Shelly, no teaching in those glasses today!  Just noticed that the flag behind is from the province where I was born!

Actually, the room set-up was quite good as they had a lot of information about Canada in the room, but I was attached to my laptop.

It wasn't super busy so I didn't feel that bad being on the computer and besides, I was designing quilts so I showed people what I was doing.

It was rolling around to 9 PM which was the time I thought the event ended, but after asking, oh NO - the event goes to MIDNIGHT!!!   Are you kidding me????   I'm going to be dead tomorrow!  But Idid my five hour volunteering stint so I should be good for a while!

So there went my sewing prep - I'll just have to use the visuals in the book, but I'm prepared.

Thank god I grabbed my backpack because I would have lost my mind to be there with nothing to do for 5 hours when I could have been home making quilts.  I think I ended up designing two new ones and fixed one but I'm still not 100% happy with it. I'll send it to the editors and see what they think. It's funny how I used to be a voracious pattern buyer. I still buy them, but not nearly as many and most of what I sew these days is my own creation.  Nothing super complicated because if I'm writing a pattern for it, it has to be easy!

I'm curious -  if I ran a class on how to use EQ7 - are there enough people locally who have it that would want a class?

On that note, I'm off to teach for the day, then back home to do some quilting!

Have a super day!!!

Ciao!


Friday, May 26, 2017

Charmed I'm sure!

I've earned a reputation. Well - I guess I've always had the reputation - it's just more noticeable.  I'm like an energizer bunny - some call it a bottomless pit of energy, some call it hyper - but it's there!  I'm OK with that, to be honest. However, I was having a discussion with my mother the other day. I was telling her about all the stuff I need to get done which means that I don't have time to work on updating her family history book (which I keep promising to do) and she said, perhaps I should slow down.  HA!   NOT going to happen Mom!

I'm also a passionate person and I'm obsessive. We all know that!  So that is why when there was an opportunity to collect charms at Missouri Star, the challenge was on and I arose to the occasion without a second thought.  

Here are the charms that I collected from my recent trip to Missouri Star.  There are thirteen in total and as you can see, there are only 11 in this picture. One of them will be joining the group on Tuesday as it got tucked in someone else's luggage. And one of the charms was sold out!




Charms from Missouri Star
I did have to purchase some of those charms and I'm not telling you how many!  And for some reason, I ended up with a couple of extra ones and a pin from the shop that was sold out of charms.

Extra charms/pins to swap 


I haven't had time to put them on the bracelet yet. I'm a tad busy and I'm about to perform a miracle this weekend. I have a "few" customer quilts that need to be quilted, a couple of classes to teach, (double booked for the meeting of the Modern Quilt Guild in my neighborhood - wasn't my fault - it happened), two quilts to quilt by Monday and still piecing them!  Oh yes - it's going to be a fun weekend. I can hardly wait to get started. I did bring in my big sewing machine today and after a smidgen of paperwork, I'm firing up that machine and we're going to have a sewing session today!

Never mind the numerous patterns that need to be written as well.  It's all FUN - I can't even call this work.  But I'm hoping the pace will slow down a smidgen after the next trade show (Quilt Canada) in a couple of weeks.  It would be nice to just sew and not have a deadline.  Not that I think that will ever stop, but ONE quilt deadline at a time would be great, not FIVE.

I've been remiss in posting the links to QUILTsocial this week.  It was my week to post about the Husqvarna Viking Designer Topaz 50 sewing machine.  Check out the posts (links below).  So much fun to write these posts - I can't wait for the next session. WAIT - I had better get started right now, so I'm not going to have to worry about them at the last minute. Oh my god - and check out Murphy photobombing the last post. Lexi is going to be peeved, to say the least. Again, if you don't have this machine or not in the market for a new sewing machine, there are still cool tips throughout the posts.  Check them out!

QUILTsocial posts

Monday - Highlights of the Husqvarna Viking Designer Topaz 50

Tuesday  - Exploring the Stitch Menus

Wednesday - Remember the five bobbin rule

Thursday - Presser foot storage and presser foot review

Friday - Project of the week


And there you have it - I've got to get the day started!

Have a super day!

Ciao!!!

Thursday, May 25, 2017

My visit to Missouri Star Quilt Company

I'm not even sure where to start. You have to remember that all of this is located in Hamilton, Missouri. Hamilton has a population of just under two thousand people. And what are the odds that this little town has not one but TWO famous people associated with it?  The founder of J. C. Penny (James Cash in case you didn't know) was also from Hamilton. One of the shops (yes - MULTIPLE shops) is named Penny's and has the original sign from the local J.C. Penny store. Check out the link above if you want more information on Hamilton. I'm totally fascinated by this entire story!

In addition to what you see in town, keep in mind that there are not one, but TWO state-of-the-art warehouses nearby that support the online business. We didn't get a chance to visit, but I hope to soon!

This link will give you an overview of the many shops of MSQC.

This link will take you to the retreat center.  YES - right in the middle of Hamilton, you can book a retreat for up to 37 people!!!!   There are no meals provided, but the retreat is inexpensive ($69 US a night) - a kitchen is onsite so you can cook, there are a couple of small cafes and bakeries very close by.  Who wants to go????   I'm in - let's book a date!  This is a driveable distance.   Oh - by the way, I'm moving there so you can all come and visit me!  Here's more info on the retreat center.


And here is what I've been looking for  - the link to the MAP of the town and where all the shops are located.

Let me just say that this company knows what direction it's going in, they have a team of very smart people running it and everywhere I turned, the attention to detail was amazing. I believe that EACH shop had two very large washrooms for when they were needed.

Each shop was spacious and not crowded and the merchandising in each was impeccable. Now - MSQC is NOT your typical quilt shop.  First off - EACH shop is huge and is way bigger than most quilt shops.  They have created an entire SHOP for each category of fabric - batiks, primitives, modern, etc.  All the other quilt shops I've been to - they have to cram everything into one shop that is smaller in size than one shop of MSQC.  Let's keep in mind that the overhead in Hamilton is probably way less than other major centers so they can afford to throw space around!

I did prep a few pictures for you this morning. This is one of the main buildings. MSQC takes up the entire building and there are shops on the ground level as well as on the top level.  You'll be able to see this on the map that I posted the link to.  The shops are totally interconnected so you can wander from one to the other without going outside. This was EXTREMELY helpful in our charm shopping because I was able to pay $50 at each cash and get the free charm.  What was paid for went in the bag, what wasn't paid for, I held in my hand and carried over to the next shop.  I know - very sad. It was like a FEEDING FRENZY. Let's keep in mind that there were FOUR of us and we were doing a wee bit of research as well so it wasn't hard to find $50 worth of merchandise to get those damn charms. More on that in a minute.



MSQC on one side of Davis Street in Hamilton
This next photo is the inside of Florals.  Obviously, the flower shop!   I'm not huge into florals, but I was ready to lay out some serious cash in this shop.

Inside Florals at MSQC
The layout was any quilt shop owners dream.  High ceilings to beautifully display the quilts. Obviously, there is the cash to do it right!  And long rows of identical shelving which made it easy for us to view the collections and all the pre-cuts were right there.  It doesn't get much better than that!!!

The center of most of the shops was reserved for all the merchandising - the cute things that make you want to buy!  And the cutting tables were there as well.

The shelving along two long walls of Florals and the quilts on display
Then there was the main shop.  This place was WIDE OPEN and HUGE.  A big seating area, loads of quilts on display, T-shirts and other memorabilia things to buy, as well as fabric.  This was also the area where you could get your card printed - more about that in a second.   At the back of this shop was a demo area that I was ready to move into.  Yep - to live - it was that gorgeous!  Shoot - I didn't download that picture.

The main shop
So you registered on a row of iPads in the main shop with your name and where you were from and your e-mail. Then a card was printed out with a bar code on it. Then it was a simple matter of wherever you went, you presented the card and they had you in their system!  If you were buying something from them, they can tell what you bought so if you didn't remember, they could help you! I bet they tally that up at the end of the day to see how much each customer bought.  Oh yes - don't kid yourself - I bet they saw sales skyrocket when they implemented that damn charm system!

I wonder if we qualified for a prize with the amount we spent?  I paid for it all so it looked like I bought a LOT. (which I did!)  They also gave you a bracelet that you can put your charms on. One per shop!  Thirteen in total. Now you can also buy the charms on their own for $6 and I did buy a couple.  I see that I also ended up with a couple of duplicates - not sure how that happened and one pin at the Florals shop was GONE so I got a pin instead of a charm.  That's a good enough reason to go back to get that last charm.  Oh god - just shoot me - I'm so obsessed it's obscene.

My card and my bracelet
Do you think I can remember what this card is called??  If you go there, go to the main shop first and get this card. I think it is only available in the main shop  - on the opposite side of the street from the picture that I posted.

So if anyone wants to buy a charm?  I have the modern charm and I have the primitive charm up for grabs.  $5 CDN - a bargain!  I'll post pictures of them tomorrow. We also ended up with a duplicate BLOCK magazine which is up for grabs.  $5 CDN.  I'll post the picture tomorrow.


I have to say that I love being in this business.  It gives me access to a lot more things than I would have access to as a plain old quilter and trust me, I'm not shy to ask questions.  I'm not even going to provide details to protect myself!

We had tickets to go to Jenny's trunk show. It was two hours long which got to be a tad long simply because we wanted to hit the shops.  But she is a natural. She is so funny, so connected to her audience and so humble.  She truly is an amazing person and all the staff at MSQC were friendly and very welcoming/accommodating.


Jenny's PACKED lecture

They had a two-day event  - the Missouri Star Academy.  Unfortunately, we weren't able to take part in the event, although I would have liked to.  Next time!!!  But if you get a chance to go to this event next time they plan one, I think it would be very worthwhile!   And we know a GREAT place to stay that is way better than a hotel and much closer than any hotel.  I'll show you pictures of that ranch another day.

Bottom line - MSQC is NOT your typical quilt store. I think I saw on their website that it was like the Disneyland of quilting.  YES - it truly is.  Should you be lucky enough to be going to MSQC, I would highly recommend that you leave your credit card at home!  Take cash - take LOTS of cash - I mean LOTS and LOTS of cash. Especially if you want the FREE charms, but you could buy them as well. There are few places to eat in town so keep that in mind, but there is a full grocery store. There are bathrooms everywhere and an elevator to whisk you upstairs on that one side of the street if stairs are not your friend. And of course, you can buy the daily deal IN PERSON - which we did - both days!

And trust me - even if you say, "I'm not buying anything", that thought goes out of your head the moment you walk into the shops. It's a buying frenzy and we certainly got caught up in it!

I can't wait to go back (you know - to buy a house!)   I'm going to sell my house, move down there. Buy a store front and renovate it for a studio (the space would be amazing) and live upstairs.  I would have died and gone to heaven!!!  Something to think about!

On that note, I better get a grip on myself today and buckle down to work. No more petting fabric and messing with my charms.

Have a super day!!!

Ciao!!!!


Wednesday, May 24, 2017

My brain has exploded!


Seriously - my brain has exploded!  If you ever get a chance to visit Missouri Star Quilt Company, your brain will explode!  I'm so frazzled right now, that I agreed to move there!  I don't care what I do - I'll sweep the floor and do it for free so I don't need a visa.  That place will just blow your mind!

My only regret is that we didn't have nearly enough time to explore.

We did get to listen to Jenny's presentation.  It was held at the Methodist church in Hamilton. It was just Jenny and her husband - gosh, I don't think I even know his name.

I want to be able to tell you in great detail about our visit and include pictures and I just don't have time this morning for that.  So bear with me - I have to share this experience with you because it was unbelievable.

All I will say is that at the very first shop, we knew we were in trouble when my NON-quilting colleagues felt the draw of the fabric buying frenzy. Yep - it was incredible and there we were at the car rental place with our Missouri Star bags trying to shove everything we bought into our suitcases without going over the weight limit on the plane!

Have I ever mentioned that I love my job?  I'm obsessed and that's all I can say at this moment because I'm so totally overwhelmed by the last 7 days that I need some time to process everything and well - there are upcoming lectures, trunks shows, quilt shows, classes, magazine quilts, customer quilting that I'll be hitting the ground running starting about NOW!

Have a super day!!!

Ciao!


Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Day tripping

I don't even know where to start. Yesterday was an amazing day - everywhere we turned or where we went there was something spectacular to see.

We were up early (again, I didn't sleep all that well) and on our way to the airport.  I had booked a van to take the four of us to the airport so we could pick up our rental car (I mean standard size SUV). There wasn't that much traffic in the morning (despite it being rush hour), although we did have trouble getting into the car rental place.  The front entrance was NOT that well marked. Thank goodness it wasn't me in the car trying to get in.  I choose a WHITE SUV - keep that in mind.

Got the address for our first stop plugged into the GPS and we were off. Well, not before we crammed everything into the car. We didn't pack as well as if we were going to the airport to get on a plane so there was stuff everywhere.

Now keep in mind, there are four women in the car and you know what means? Pit stops!  We stopped at McDonald's once we got out of the city and the three of them proceeded to have breakfast. I had already had breakfast at the hotel so I really didn't need anything, but a bathroom break was welcomed as I had water and orange juice at the hotel.

We had a four-hour drive so there was another pit stop required. I saw a symbol for a restaurant on my GPS and we pulled into this little town. I see a gas station and was shocked to find it filled with old cars and in each car were mannequins!!  It was totally creepy and needless to say, we did NOT stop for a pee break there.  Back on the road until we found the next McDonalds.  Yes - these ladies love McDonald's.  I do not.  I think it's because I ate at McDonald's so much when M was little that I can't entertain the thought.  Give me Tim's any day so when I can't have Tim's, I just do without!  Isn't that just ridiculous on my part?

We finally arrived at our first destination around 1 PM.  We weren't sure if we were going to stop there, but decided to do so since the next two stops were very close and we wanted to make sure that we got to our third stop before they closed at 5 PM.  As we were getting closer to our first stop, we knew that we were in quilt country as we saw several quilt blocks on the barns.  Of course, I'm driving so there is no way that I can take pictures.

BTW - I don't even now what brand of SUV that I picked, however, it's got that damn system that beeps when you cross the yellow/white lines.  I know you can shut it off, but I didn't. Just for the fun of it.  But what is really cool is that it has a HUD.  Do you know what that is??  A heads up display!  Yes - when I look ahead of me, I can see the temperature, the gear that I''m in and my speed are projected onto the windshield that only the driver can see.  It's pretty weird - I do like the speed part - perhaps it's there to constantly remind people of their speed?  It would need to be positioned just a tad differently for me if it were my car.

Anyway, our first stop was Shearwoods which is a shop run by the Amish. A lot of interesting things in the shop - a LOT of our product in the shop which was exciting. It was one of those shops (like most quilt shops) that is out in the middle of nowhere. I mean nowhere!  But the GPS knew where to take us.  Yes - I did acquire a few things in the shop that I didn't have at home.  How could that be?  It's amazing how we go from "I don't need anything" to "Oh my - I need to buy that".

We piled back into the car and decided that instead of hitting the next quilt shop that we should check into our hotel so we plugged that address into the GPS.  It was about 20 miles away.  Hmmmm - my GPS didn't pick up the address, but Jen's phone did. Let's put it this way - my WHITE SUV was caked in mud by the time we arrived. Oh yes - it started to rain about noon and the RANCH that we were staying at was on dirt roads (at least they are gravelled so it's all good).  After one or two false starts, we did manage to find the place.  All I can say is WOW!!!!!!   This place would blow your mind.

There is one main building, the bunk house and a number of small cabins. It was almost the same price for us to rent the bunk house as it was to go to the hotel.  I'm very glad that we stayed here - I did question it, but the reviews were amazing and we followed Jen's lead.  I'm not even sure where to start to explain this place.  The main house has three or four floors. There are only SIX guest rooms in the main house which was built mostly for this entrepreneur to have a place to gather with his family.  There is a whole story about it online.  It's called Morrell Ranch. The kitchen is almost the same size as the main floor of my house which is a decent size. There are TWO MASSIVE islands, four sinks, two huge ranges, two sets of dining tables (there is no other formal dining room).  There are TWO separate guest suites with their own quaint kitchen facilities and four other large guest bedrooms on the main floor. And let's not forget the MASSIVE great room with a grand piano that is dwarfed by the three story ceiling. A wide veranda that is calling my name with a pack of hexies.  Can I just live here forever?

Wrapping on three sides of the great room (on the second floor) are bookshelves filled with books and we could bring whatever we wanted to the bunk house.  Apparently there is a secret apartment in the house where the owner lives when he is here.  The basement has a pool room (yes - there is a small pool and a hot tub), a billiard room, or at least a room with GUNS on the wall and pool cues and a table. We did have a quick game of pool.  Hey Ronda and Shelley - where were you when I needed you?  An exercise room, a lounge area, and I'm sure there is a lot of other stuff, but we needed to get moving.

Our bunkhouse has FOUR beautiful bedrooms that are to die for.  Two bathrooms, a decent sized but well equpped kitchen, laundry room and a great room that isn't large, but certainly functional and well appointed.  I took some pictures, but everywhere we looked there is more to see.  It's absolutely amazing.

There is a large pond with swans and ducks, there are cows somewhere nearby, and the cutest little baby fawn.  He is new born and I don't remember his story, but he's here and so cute. They are bottle feeding him and we were trying to get to the 8 PM feeding, but when we arrived there was no one else around.

I forgot to mention that there is another HUGE facility which is the guest facility.  Should you want to get married or have a party, there's a large rotunda and eating area and the fawn is there along with the check-in area.

Here's the bizarre thing - the place is wide open until 10 PM and we are the only ones here.  No, there are supposed to be a couple of quilters here as well and we did run into one lady trying to figure out the hot tub, but other than her, the only people we saw was the lady that checked us in and she was long gone when we got back from our other appointment.

We did toss our bags in our rooms and headed out to our third stop of the day. We did all the checking out of this place once we were back from that. Otherwise we would have missed the shopping at MISSOURI STAR COMANY.

Yes - here we are not far from Hamilton, Missouri, home of Jenny Doan and Missouri Star.  It's like Mecca for quilters.  I will save that for another day, but let's just say that I heard my credit card groan as we walked through the door of the FIRST of about 12 shops - all Missouri Star.  It's incredible.

We had a quick bite to eat because there are not a lot of choices in Hamilton. We also stopped for a few groceries (trying to save money so we can spend more at the quilt shop! I think even the non-quilters amongst us will be converted by the time we leave. EVERYONE was drooling over the shops!)

When we got back to the ranch, that's when we did our exploring that I mentioned above. As we came out of the main house (to feed the fawn), it was about 8 PM and there was the MOST beautiful rainbow that I've ever seen.  This place is supposed to have some spiritual connection and after seeing that rainbow, I truly believe it.  My phone had died by this time and my camera was in the bunkhouse so I relied on the others to take pictures which they did - it was posted to Facebook last night.  Absolutely breath-taking.  Stunning - I can't say enough about how gorgeous it was.

Now we're getting ready for the day which includes spending as MUCH time at the Missouri Star as possible although we have a flight out this afternoon so we will have to leave shortly after lunch.  Boo hoo!!!   But still lots of time to do some serious damage. I wonder how much I can shove into my suitcase?

Have a super day and stay tuned for the amazing review of Missouri Star which I hope to get tomorrow.

Ciao!!!!!

Monday, May 22, 2017

Spring Market - Day Three


Wow - Spring Market is over for another year. The time seems to fly by and next thing I knew we were tearing the booth down. I seriously did NOT get a chance to really walk the floor. I finally took a quick run through late in the day yesterday, but I don't think I managed to walk all the aisles.  Next time, I schedule my appointments with a big gap to walk the floor.

And why is that? Well, I had appointments and I had a fair number of appointments with various people. I also helped out the sales team if they needed questions answered about some of the projects hanging in the booth. You know - I never even took pictures of the booth.  Oh my goodness - what is happening to me?  I barely took any pictures at all. I must be slowing down!

And of course, if you had an appointment and they were a tad late, then you had to wait for them. I did miss chatting with one person. I think we got our times mixed up. I missed the text that she was at the booth and then we never did connect. Oh well, we'll go it via e-mail or next market. I already have a lot of stuff in the pipeline, it may be just as well that I didn't get a chance to chat with this editor.

We actually had a steady stream of people all market, but around 2 PM (show closes at 4 PM), everything just went dead.  The attendees were finished with their classes and wanted to get out of there. It didn't take long to tear down our booth although we had to wait a fair amount of time to get the crates to our booth. If only they would let us move them ourselves. They are on wheels!  However, all convention centers come with very strong unions so best not to step on toes.

We locked the final crate - 2 hours and 45 minutes. I had to laugh because, at one point, we're all sitting around waiting for the crates. The moment the crates arrived, it became a beehive of activity as everyone scurried around taping boxes, rollling quilts and shoving it all into the crates

I must be mad because I went back to Sugarfire for the THIRD time while I was here.  Call me adventureous!   Seriously, I don't mind eating at the same place - it's really good.  I loved the brisket and that's what I wanted. However, there was just an end left by the time I got to the counter. The lady wasn't going to sell it to me - policy I'm sure.  Finally I convinced her that I was OK with that piece (I like well done).  She said something and then cut up the hunk into chunks and slapped it on my butcher paper on my big metal tray!  It was great and so was the company as a couple of us had some good conversations and recapped the show.

Back to the hotel where I finished up some work that I had to do.  For some reason, I haven't been sleeping as well as I normally do. Not sure what the situation is, but I seem to be awake more than I sleep. But one more night out and then I'll be home tomorrow.

You see - while most of our crew goes home today, some of us are going on an adventure. Just wait! It's exciting.  To give you a clue, just remember we're in St. Louis and what state is St. Louis in? Think about it!

On that note, I'm out of here to finish packing.

Have a super day!

Ciao!!!!


It's also the first day of my week of posting for QUILTsocial.  Check it out.  Even if you don't have the Husqvarna Viking Designer Topaz 50 (which is the machine that I reviewed this week) or even if you're not in the market for a sewing machine, check it out as there are lots of tips in the posts that will make it worth your while to read.