Sunday, April 30, 2017

lots of goodness . . .

Super busy week at work . . . my poor coworker thought she had an ear infection, but it turned out she had shingles in her ear canal. Ugh. Needless to say, she went home and stayed home. I was very glad when 5:00 p.m. on Thursday rolled around!  On Friday, Todd and I launched the boat and took our last 'date day' for a couple of weeks.  
I never, ever get tired of this view.  Gosh, what a beautiful day we had! Not quite as fishy as the last outing, but Todd did pretty good. I opted to pick up my book instead of the fishing rod. LOL!  We've got Campers on Mission coming to the camp for the next two weeks, and they'll keep us quite occupied!  Our next opportunity to take the boat out will be mid-May, when we head to Tim's Ford for a bit.

Baby Edie and her family continue to do well as they make adjustments! They had a newborn photo shot and gosh, it makes me {happy} cry, how beautiful this family is!
Edith "Edie" Rose - isn't she precious?
Evey & Ellie - I adore this picture of them!
The Family - my hearts bursts with love for these guys!
Jason was home from work last week and a couple days this week, so I've not intruded.  But Friday I'll find my way over there to do some serious Neesey/Edie bonding (if Ellie will let me -- I'll have to fight her for holding time with Edie)!!

Yesterday I joined 45 other ladies and got on the bus our guild charters, bound for Paducah!
This was my 'hang out' group!  :)
It was a great day. I didn't take as many quilts photos; I should have brought the camera for this one. I'm so used to just using my iPhone, but the photo taking eats the battery big time, and I didn't want to kill my phone.  My absolute favorite quilt in both the large and mini categories was Christmas-themed (the mini quilt was under glass and I couldn't get a good photo due to the glare):
Interestingly, both of them won second place in their divisions.

I loved this one, too . . .
It was really fascinating to me! There were a lot of beautiful quilts. One trend I noticed this year was the number of whole cloth quilts with ribbons.  In the mini quilt section, four of the six entries were whole-cloth. A lot of Japanese winners, too.  

And then there were the vendors. Let's just say I did my part to help keep quilt vendors thriving.
No need to stop and look . . . keep moving . . . there's nothing to see here folks.

Actually, I'm really pleased with my purchases, which is 50/50/50 wool, hexie items, and fabric. LOL! And since I'm back at work, I'll count this toward retirement stash. Teeheehee!  Would it surprise you to know that I visited both the physical shop Paper Pieces has in Paducah *and* their booth at the show? No?
And of course I purchased something(s) at both locations, too! Another thing I noticed this year was the lighting. The strong overhead lighting really washed out the top of the quilts and photos of them. It may have always been this way, but I really took notice of it this year.

As we left the convention center and loaded the bus, I was so tickled to hear all the happy chatter as ladies got settled in and had impromptu show and tell . . . 
The long bus ride to and fro (about 4.5 hours each way) enabled me to both sleep and stitch.  I got some nice work done on my wool card trick . . .
Now on to the borders for it. And I *finally* finished that second EPP flower . . .
I really love the looks of this . . .
I've pressed it so it's time to remove the papers and applique the flowers onto the background. I hope to have this piece on my table come June! I have a really cute "orange" Yankee Candle that I'll use with it! Anyway, lots of slow stitching still to go.

Okay.  Enough for me. We have another major storm front pushing its way in, and it's given me a headache beyond belief. I hate being a natural weather barometer! Besides, I think we'll probably need to unplug all our gadgets in the not too distant future!

Linking up to Kathy's Quilts and hoping I'm not slow stitching in the dark this afternoon!


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Cheryl's Teapots2Quilting said...

Paper Pieces started near me, before they moved to Paducah.

Ivani said...

Beutiful EPP project. Love the Chrismas Quilt. It seems you had fun during the show/shopping and travel. God bless this precious baby.

Missy Shay said...

Sounds like you had a great time! How far a drive is it for you to go to Paducah?

Quilter Kathy said...

Such gorgeous photographs!
And what a great adventure y'all went on... wish I was going to Paducah!!
Yummy purchases!
Looks like you made great use of the travel time with some hand stitching!

AnnieO said...

Congrats on the sweet new granddaughter! I like E names, my daughters ended up with one (long story!). How fun to ride and shop with so many guild buddies. Love your Card Trick woolie. So far I have avoided being stung by the EPP pox.

Shingles in the ear sounds horrible. We see cases of shingles nearly weekly--gotta get that shingles vaccine!

Anonymous said...

What a beautiful family!

Shingles in the awful! I've had shingles in my left fun at all!

What is fun, is a bus full of quilters! I've taken a couple of bus trips and had a blast!

Marilyn @ MountainTopSpice said...

Such a gorgeous family picture, so precious of each one, I love the picture on the bed. Hope you got to have some very special Edie time! And how wonderful to go with other ladies on a quilting trip, lots of amazing inspiration there! Your hand stitching is so beautiful. Hopefully the storm wasn't too bad for you! Hugs to you today :)

Sarah said...

I'm still so jealous you got to visit both Paducah and the Hexie House. They are both on my bucket list...if only they weren't 12 hours away. Such pretty family pictures. Did anyone think of Evie and Edie sounding alike? Sounds like my nephew and their first dog: Tyler and Tiger. It was confusing for the dog. LOL. Ellie's hair appears darker than Ellie's. Is Edie's dark or light? It will be fun to see how it changes compared to the other girls.

Kate said...

Sounds like you had a wonderful trip to Paducah. Love your slow stitching projects, both of them are coming along beautifully. Hope you get in your snuggle time this week and survived all the rain. It really poured here.

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