Sunday, October 10, 2010

The Show's Over Folks

The American Quilters Society annual Des Moines, Iowa, quilt show is over for another year. It was marvelous, and I'm sure I didn't miss a thing after spending nearly three whole days there! I looked at all the quilts at least three times, and don't I wish I could share pictures with you!

Deb, of CrazyforFabrics, is another friend I had the chance to spend time with at the show. We became acquainted through the Internet when quilting chat groups (Kaffee Klatch), and email were in their infancy (about 1995). Deb lives in Western Iowa, about two hours away, and we met face-to-face for the first time in 1996 at the Des Moines Area Quilters Guild quilt show.
Deb and me

It's always a pleasure to spend time with a friend with whom you can just pick up conversation where you left off the last time you were together. Deb and I are such friends.
Since only eight people entered my little quilt giveaway, the odds were definitely good for everyone. For the first time, the random number generator picked the number one! Congratulations to Jodi of ComeTarryWithMe who will find this little quilt in her mailbox in Rhode Island. 

On the sewing front, I'm taking advantage of all free time at home this week to work on baby quilts. Two are for the two Stitchin' Mission series I'm currently leading, and a third is for another grandson who's due in just four weeks! When I found this fabric at the show, it was just the inspiration needed to start sewing. These 4-1/2" X 4-1/2" squares will be the centers of Sawtooth Star blocks.

I'll leave you again with a smile on your face. This joke comes from Cinzia in Australia. It makes me giggle every time I read it. Thanks Cinzia!

A new Woolworths Supermarket opened in Adelaide, South Australia. It has an automatic water mister to keep the produce fresh. Just before it goes on, you hear the distant sound of thunder and the smell of fresh rain.

When you pass the milk cases, you hear cows mooing and you experience the scent of fresh cut hay.

In the meat department there is the aroma of charcoal grilled steaks and chops.

In the liquor department, the fresh, clean, crisp smell of a Carlton Draught.

When you approach the egg case, you hear hens cluck and cackle and the air is filled with the pleasing aroma of bacon and eggs frying.

The bread department features the tantalizing smell of fresh baked bread & cookies.

I don't buy toilet paper there anymore. 


  1. I just may have to sneak away for a road trip this time next year! I would love to experience a quilt show!

  2. What a lovely photo of the two of you together - you both are looking a little cheeky.

  3. The juvenile lion fabric is really cute and just what you were hoping for! Have fun sewing for that little guy who will be here soon. It looks like you had a wonderful weekend at the show! I got a kick out of the grocery store description!

  4. Looks like you had a great time at the show.
    Congrats to Jodi for winning the give away and giving that cute little quilt a new home. Happy sewing.

  5. What??? I won??? I am thrilled! And I WAS number one and thought, oh, forget it, never happen! Thank you, thank you, thank you!

  6. 3 days. You are one dedicated quilter!



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