Even though it has been such a busy couple of weeks, I attended the Cal-Co Quilter's Guild meeting in Battle Creek last night. I didn't go last month, because I just couldn't pack one more thing in my schedule. I felt the same this week, but I felt I really needed some "ME" time, so I got Sweet Pea to a sitter (Papa Pea teaches on Monday nights) and went. I'm glad I did! It was good to see Linda, Patti, Pat, and to meet some new people tonight. And it was fun to just relax, for at least an hour and a half with friends! Everyone wanted to go out for a bit after the meeting, and so did I. But I had to go get Sweet Pea at the sitter and get her to bed...as well as myself...I always have 7 am meetings on Tuesdays, so it means getting up at 5 am for me. And, I have the Kalamazoo guild meeting Tuesday night! Usually these meetings are in different weeks, but they happened to fall in the same week this month.
I took a bunch of photos at the meeting to share with you. Some of them aren't the greatest, because I wasn't sitting all that close to the front. So, some of my photos are grainy. Please forgive me! (I'll get that DSLR one of these days, and then I'll magically take great photos, right?!)
This guild does Show and Tell right up front. Man, you don't dare to be late for a guild meeting, or you miss some Show and Tell (like I did last night!). My Kalamazoo guild does it at the end, so this is an adjustment for me.
Just as I walked in, Linda The Quilted Pineapple, was showing her tumblers quilt. I love this quilt. It's really scrappy, and I love the colors! It looks even better in person and has a pretty, dusty blue fabric on the back. Just great.
This was a neat quilt. The gal said that her 80-something-year-old mother did the redwork embroidery in the center. Then, each of the gals in her quilting group added a border. Finally, they all tied the quilt. This was donated as a charity quilt. So pretty. Red and white just works every time, doesn't it?!
I wish I had caught the front of this quilt. It was all the Cat in the Hat fabric that I've seen in the quilt shops and thought was cute but I had no idea what you'd do with it to make a good looking quilt. I mean, it's pretty wild fabric! And the front of this was soooo adorable! But the ladies were just whipping through Show and Tell. By the time I would get my camera on, pointed, focused, etc, they'd be moving on! ARGH! (Papa Pea would just make fun of how slow I am with the camera!). But, even the back of this was cute, so I grabbed a photo of it.
Next, it was time for the guild to crown its "Quilter of the Year." I really liked this. I've never seen another guild do this (and I've belonged to what...two other guilds...so that's not saying much! haha). The gals in the guild all nominated individuals who should be Quilter of the Year. It was based on quilting skill, longevity in quilting, service to the guild, and so on. Each Quilter of the Year had to put together a little bio about themselves, and then the guild members voted. I'm not sure what honors and privileges Quilter of the Year comes with, but clearly, you get this awesome crown and lovely purple boa to wear. This is Judy. She's last year's Quilter of the Year and is getting ready to announce the upcoming Quilter of the Year.
Our guest speaker was Nancy Conn, owner of a store in Charlotte, MI, called The Hen House. She specializes in hand-dyed wools and wool applique. She brought tons of cute wool stuff to show us. But this post is getting sort of long. So, I think I'll do another post about all the cool wool stuff. She gave some great tips on wool, too, so that will be included in the post. Come on back tomorrow for more on that. Until then, if you'd like to visit Nancy's store website, click here. I really want to go to her store sometime. Linda says it's amazing. We want to take a rug hooking class there, and Nancy was so sweet. She said if we have a small group (and we have a group of 3) who wants to do a class, just let her know and she'll do it when it's convenient for us. How great is that?! You really have to see the cute stuff she brought. I went crazy for a few of them!
Hope you're having a good week. I'm coming to the end of the craziness (I hope) at work in a few days. I am looking forward to an opportunity to catch my breath momentarily!
I hope everyone is keeping the folks in Japan in your thoughts. I have friends there, as well as some friends here who have family there. I e-mailed my friends and so far, they are okay. But poor Yoko was visiting her sick mother in the hospital when the quake happened. Because all the trains stopped, she had to walk 90 minutes to get home. Yoko is near 70 years old. But she is the toughest, little, tiny woman you'll ever meet. I can just picture her trudging home! And Yosh, her husband, told me books were flying off their bookshelves at their home for several minutes during the quake. He said it was very scary.
There is some really amazing footage of the tsunami wiping out an entire town in about 6 minutes. I thought it was absolutely amazing and so--well, frankly, disturbing and frightening. Six minutes! Barely enough time to get out!
It just seems to be getting worse over there, and my heart aches for all of the Japanese people. I wish I could do something that I felt would help and make a difference. In the meantime, remember to continue to count our blessings here, at least for now!
Until next time,
P.S. I am sorry I'm so behind on reading all your blogs. I just haven't been able to keep up!