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Wednesday
Apr142010

Lancaster Quilt Show

Oh my goodness, did I see some beautiful quilts.  You won't be seeing them because I am a little lazy.  The photography policy is a bit restrictive and while I don't mind giving credit to the quiltmakers (that's only right), I am not going to take the time to contact each one, ask for permission to show my picture of the quilt, and get permission from American Quilters Society to put my picture on the blog.  (That would be a mini rant.)  I am also hopeful that some of the quiltmakers will have websites so you can get a chance to look for yourselves.

As I sit here and try to type inadequate descriptions of the quilts, all I can suggest is that you might want to do a search for the following:

Alpha Block Celebration by Janet Stone.

Hellenic Rhapsody by Zena Thorpe.  Also check out her Kells Magnus Opus.  I saw that in Houston one year and all I have to say is "OH MY GOSH!!!"  Incredible work.

Winter Star pieced by Karen Pervier and quilted by Kim Buterbaugh.  That Kim can really quilt.

Northwest Passage by Diane Johnston.  Incredible reverse applique.

Kim and I arrived about 4:00 and the show didn't close until 6:00 so we decided to get a head start for Friday.  (We were a little worried about seeing everything.)  There were very few people there and although the quilts were incredible, there weren't as many as last year's show.  We were able to see all of the quilts and most of the vendors.  I ran into some friends from Turtle Creek Quilter's Guild.  By this point, I was lugging 6 queen size batts and a sashiko kit I had purchased.  I met up with Kim again and we visited a couple more shops (popcorn and Atomic Fire Balls) on the way to the hotel, then a delicious dinner at The Stockyard Inn. The most unusual crab cakes I have ever had, but they were very good.  I can't wait to try the popcorn, I got red and purple.  I'm very curious to see if it tastes different and how well it pops.

Friday, we went to the other two locations for the show and managed to see all the vendors.   Then it was back to the main show again.  I met Mary and Diane, who had come for the day, and wandered the quilts again.  It was crowded, but manageable.  It was the first quilt show for Mary and Diane and it was fun to walk with them and listen to their thoughts on the quilts.  We met up with Kim for lunch at Carr's which was very tasty.  Too bad we didn't have a little more time and coolers.  The Lancaster Farmer's Market was open and you all know how I love a farmer's market.   I rode home with Mary and Diane.  No, I didn't just abandon Kim, she needed to stay until Sunday.  

It was a lot of fun and I can't wait to do it again next year. 

 

Monday
Apr122010

Another Birthday

April is a big birthday month for me.   Today is my cousin Ellen's birthday.   She won't see this, she's off having fun in Florida, but

Happy Birthday Ellen

Thursday
Apr012010

April Fool's

It's April Fool's Day and that can only mean one thing. 

Happy Birthday to Faye!

She is my charming Mother-in-Law.  We'll be having a big party next weekend and I think the entire family is looking forward to it.  Can't wait to see everyone.

Monday
Mar292010

Lizard Ridge 

Yay!!! A completed project.  I get to update my Top 10 Projects list.  Here is the Lizard Ridge Afghan.  I found it on the Knitty.com website and had printed out the pattern a long time ago.  Then Margie, from the Tuesday Knitting Group, made it and it was so pretty.  Much as I liked the colors of  Noro Kureyon yarn called for in the pattern, I didn't like the feel of it.  Too scratchy for my delicate being.  I used Noro Silk Garden instead which softened up nicely when I very gently washed the afghan.

 

It took me a while to collect all the yarn.  I used a different color for each block and carried around a little card with all the colors I had purchased while collecting my yarns.  Some came from Idaho when I visited my sister and father.  I got some in Houston during a break from the quilt show and most of it came from my local yarn store.  Knitting commenced in October, 2008.  I started pinning up the blocks as I finished them. 

This block was a little difficult for me.  I am not really a Knitter yet, I am a knitter or a Quilter that knits, but I am a determined knitter.   I had to make sure I had enough time to knit  to a point where I could stop.  Always at the end of a 3, 6, 9, or 12 row.  I can't just look at my work and see where I left off.    Another thing that I cannot do well is rip something back past the mistake, pick up the stitches the right way, and go forward from that point.  I ripped out and restarted a lot.  I have since discovered safety lines.  I also could not chat and work on this pattern without messing it up.

The waves are made by wrapping and turning the work and knitting the other way, then wrapping and turning over and over until the wave was done.  Learning the wrap and turns was tricky.  I marked each wrap and turn stitch with paper clips (they make wonderful stitch markers) so I wouldn't get lost.   I watched YouTube videos over and over.  Determination mixed with a little bit of stubborn is a good thing.   I was not about to let this pattern defeat me.

I love the afghan and I learned a lot making it, but I won't be making another one. 

It looks like I get to choose a new knitting project although I don't think I will actually start it.   I am focusing all my knitting attention on the Houston Sweater.  Sounds like a simple thing (who am I kidding here) for a determined knitter.  Maybe if I get through it, I will become a real Knitter.

Thursday
Mar252010

Step Back

Kim and I are going to Lancaster to the quilt show today.  I am so excited.  She's picking me up at 2:00 and away we go.  We're going to try to see some of the show, hit a store or two, check in at the hotel, and then get dinner.  I like to eat dinner at 5:00 and Kim knows that.  She casually mentioned that it might be a good idea to pack a snack to tide us over because it's not likely to happen as early as I'd like. 

I could make egg salad sandwiches.  What about cheese and crackers and apples?  I have fishy pretzels and nut health bars.  Do I have any cookies and chips?   I could run to Whole Foods and get pizza slices and veggie sandwiches.  I think there's a pound cake in the freezer.  I could make Chex Mix.  I might have time to try this recipe for chocolate pudding.   I'd need to get ice for the cooler.  I'd need to bring a cooler.

STOP!!!!   Step away from the edge!  I am supposed to be packing a snack, not dinner and definitely not enough to last for six days in the artic tundra with not a single grocery store or restaurant in sight.  Seriously, we should be able to survive for a couple of hours with the pretzels, nut bars, and a few cookies.   Sometimes it's a little crazy being me.