Sunday, March 7, 2010

Show and Tell

Its been a few days since I last posted, but I have been so busy working in the house and having fun at the Mid-Atlantic Quilt Show. I have a ton of pictures I could show, but I will limit it to just the 11 that I am showing here. Now now, remember I just post once a week (or even longer) so bear with me, please. Be sure to go to the end....I saved the best for last!!!

I will only show one quilt from the show - my favorite. Unfortunately I did not think to capture the identify of the quilter and I feel really bad about that. So if anyone knows the creator of this amazing quilt, just let me know and I will add it to the post. I have a picture of the whole quilt and then a few close ups of some of the blocks. The embellishment work on this quilt was gorgeous.

Then there were the fabrics and patterns and notions...oh my! I certainly contributed to the stimulus plan! John Flynn was there and I was excited to meet him as I have made his double wedding ring pattern. I came home with one of his quilting frames and I can not way to try it out!

The Friday before the show, my friends and I had an all day workshop at the home of Sara Madson, an expert in Baltimore Album applique. She shared with us history of the Baltimore Album, her designs and her techniques - including back basting applique and a great way of sewing on stems. The little bluebells block is the one we did in the workshop and is one that Ms. Madson drew from an image of an old album quilt. I had to pick up a couple of her patterns as they were just too wonderful to pass up. She also fed us a scrumptious lunch of quiche, salad and fruit and let us enjoy her beautiful home decorated with lovely quilts, gave us a sneak peek of an amazing work in progress and introduced us to her charming husband. What a great time we had!

Work around the house has also been keepin me busy - with an upgrade to the dining room - including new seat covers for the chairs, new curtains and hanging a quilt hand pieced and quilted by my husband's grandmother - at least 40 years ago, maybe longer. (Fred, Ellen and Joy did the painting for me of dining room and living room and new flooring installed.)

And last, but not least, this Granny has been busy baby sitting (oh, did I mention I also work full time?). I have had the joy of babysitting my three boys (Levi, Malachi and Elijah) one evening - forgot to get a picture, but I will be there again this week and will get one then, and then Friday night, it was Taralyn's turn to spend time with Granny. Does it get any better than this?

So, what's been keeping you busy these days?


AverettLadyNana said...

Love the Baltimore Album quilt pattern and cornucopia patterns you purchased. Great pictures of the quilt at M-A. Loved your purchases. You are so right it doesn't get any better being Granny/Nana! Best life there is on this earth.

Ellen said...

So glad you had fun on your trip, Momma!! Great picture of Taralynn. :) Love you!

kjquilts said...

The dining room looks great! Love the old quilt. Your grandbaby is precious and I know you love babysitting. It looks like you had a grand time at the quilt show. I love all the goodies you purchased.

Thimbleanna said...

Boy, you HAVE been busy! Looks like you had a wonderful time at the quilt show and the workshop sounds great. I've had a Flynn frame for years -- we have a love/hate relationship. I love that it keeps me from having any tucks in my back, but I can't do anything other than stippling with it. I'm getting ready to quilt a big quilt without it -- I'm sure there will be lots of swearing LOL!

em's scrapbag said...

Sweet picture of Taralynn. And the quilt made by your hubby's grandmother, oooo, ahhh what a treasure.

belinda said... did save the best picture for last.....what a cutie!

Purple Pam said...

Your pictures from the show are great. That is a wonderful quilt you featured. What a wonderful opportunity to be able to get a class in the teacher's home. Your old quilt is such a treasure. And speaking of treasures, your grandbaby is absolutely darling sitting on that beautiful wedding ring quilt.