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Hi there, My next assignment is to help with targeting a new audience.  Since I am hoping to speak to quilters out there, I thought I would write about my recent trip to the Vermont Quilt Festival.  Here is my post.  Let me know what you think!

How are things going w/you? Things are going well here. I was on vacation for the last week and a half. First, some friends and I went to the Vermont Quilt Festival in Burlington, VT. As most of you know, this was my first time attending this yearly event,  and I was very excited to check out the 80 or so vendors. Spent way more money than I wanted.  But it was a nice and low key trip – no rushing around… Next year, I might take a class, but I’ve heard rumors that if you want to take a class you need to sign on around midnight the day the class schedule is released or else the classes sell out.

Plus if you’re a quilter and you’re anything like me – taking a class means another UFO** hanging around that will probably NEVER get finished….

**Quilters’ slang for unfinished projects

On our way to the Quilt Festival, we stopped at a place called Simon Pearce.  Simon Pearce is a place that does beautiful glass blowing but is also a great restaurant.  We had a nice meal, observed some glass blowing techniques and perused their beautiful shop.

SP Fire

SP Tools

SP Display

Finally – we made it.

The Vermont Quilt Festival had about 80 or so vendors!  OMG…

VQF Vendors

And I said hello to every single one of them 🙂 !!

They also have the most unbelievable quilt show.  I could have taken photos of every single quilt that was hanging there.  Speaking of hanging, there were quilts even hanging from the ceiling!

Hanging Quilts!!

After visiting with the vendors, we walked around the quilt show.

One spectacular quilt after another.  My photos don’t do them justice.  They were beautiful…

Here are just a few of them.

CS -Quilt CS - Ribbons CS - Credit

COL  COL - Credit

I just love bright jeweled tones on a black background!

Hey, does this quilt look familiar?

Tonga Nature Quilt   Tonga Nature - Credit

How about now?

My Tonga Nature

This quilt was NOT in the VQF, but I just finished it and had it hanging in my Guild’s (Rising Star Quilters) yearly quilt show.  It was nice to see the Paula Higgins’ version at the quilt festival, and I loved her choice of colors -very beautiful!

This is the last quilt I’ll show you, but I think it really represents the creativity within quilters.  I just loved it!!

WW Quilt    WW Credit

I could have posted so many more pictures – they were really quite exquisite but unfortunately I know that my photography wouldn’t do them justice!!

The last thing we did was attend a lecture by Bonnie Hunter.  If you ever have the chance to take one of her classes or see one of her lectures, don’t hesitate.  She was such an energetic, hilarious speaker.  I wish I had an ounce of her energy!  The auditorium was packed to see her!

Bonnie Hunter  Bonnie Hunter Audience

After the Vermont Quilt Festival which was Friday through Sunday, I spent the following week organizing my kitchen and basement. I bought four shelving systems that my Dad installed in the basement.

That last part probably sounded like the worst vacation EVER, huh…

I feel pretty good about it though. When we moved here, Jim’s health was in a bad place, so we literally dropped boxes and unpacked the bare essentials so even after almost three years here, I still had boxes to unpack.  But boy do things accumulate!! I cannot believe all the stuff I have accumulated over the years.

My Dad did an awesome job putting together and leveling the shelving.

Now, everything that was cluttering the kitchen counters and cabinets that I didn’t use on a regular basis was brought downstairs and put on the shelves so now I can see what I have and I know where it is. The kitchen looks beautiful – nothing on the counters and even all the drawers have new utensil holders…

Nice and clean…

We won’t discuss the number of boxes of fabric that I have in the attic though – EEEEEEK!!

That’s my next organization project.

Well, it’s getting late, and I think I’m an assignment behind now because I decided to go to bed early last night.  I’ll leave you with a picture of Kendall.  She always likes to lay down with one arm stretched out so I was trying to make it look like she was taking a selfie…  Like I’ve said before, bad photography…

But she just wouldn’t look at the camera!!

Kendall Selfie

Have a great night!  Lots of Love!!

Cheryl

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Hi All,

Well that was a rather long lapse in updates, wasn’t it?

I don’t know why – I love updating you guys, but I guess things have been uneventful, and despite the realities, I was doing my best to enjoy the summer.

Are you enjoying the fall?  This is my absolute favorite time of year!  The colors, the weather and the food – love them all!!  I love cooking and going to Farmer’s Markets this time of year too!

There have been some awesome quilt shows every single weekend (no wonder there haven’t been updates), and they will continue right up to November and then the craft fairs start – whoo hoo!!  Just in time for the Holidays.

I think I told you this already, but I finished the wedding quilt.  I decided to send it out to a friend (Laurena’s Longarm Quilting) to get quilted because I’d like it done in this century…

Plus, she will do a much better job.

I also finished a Block-of-the-Month that I had been working on at Cambridge Quilts.  Laurena is quilting that one as well.

So as you can see, I was on a roll with getting some quilting done.

Then some Yellow Jackets decided to invade my sewing room!!

I told Jim I feel like a hypocrite because when they’re outside, they are God’s Little Creatures.  However, when they are in the house – it’s all-out WAR!

We knew we had a hive in the roof over the back porch (which happens to be underneath my sewing room), but I figured the next cold day

(like in February)

I would go out there and spray…  We also assumed it was small because we didn’t see any evidence of it until the end of August.  Kendall was staring INTENTLY out the glass doors off the kitchen one day, and I had one of those  “what they heck are you looking at” moments and following her gaze saw the Yellow Jackets buzzing around an opening in the roof over the back porch – UGH!!

I had been getting an ad hoc Yellow Jacket, usually dead, on the rug in my sewing room.  I just assumed they had followed one of us into the house.

I would pick it up and flush it down the toilet.

Then wonder if it was really dead the next time I was doing tinkle…

One night when I was going to bed, I saw Kendall laying on the kitty condo that’s in my sewing room.

She needed her own space for us to co-exist in there.  As you can see, she likes using the thread on my sewing machine to floss her toofies.

photo-Kendall sewing

So I walked in to say goodnight to her, and I noticed that there were Yellow Jackets flying around, one on the rug, one on the baseboard and there was a rather large one on the window right above her head and she’s just lying there looking at me like “They’re my friends, Mom!!”

Super…

I grabbed Kendall, bolted out of the room, shut the door and filled the gap between the door and the floor with a towel.  Time to call an exterminator…  Jim called A-1 Exterminators, and they came out the next day.

The hive ended up being much larger than we thought.  Jim Face Time’d me so I could see the mass exodus when the exterminator, Michael, started doing his thing.  I am happy to report that so far there is no more activity inside or outside the house.

So there has pretty much been a quilt show every weekend this fall and it has been great getting out and seeing people I haven’t seen in ages.  It’s very inspiring to see what other people are working on.  I want to blog about them, but I’m still not sure what the etiquette is yet for blogging about other people and posting pictures of their quilts…  Need to look into that a bit more.  Stay tuned…

I also rejoined my Quilting Guild – Rising Star Quilters and it was great to get to a meeting and reconnect with everyone.

Too many desserts though, my friends.  Way too many desserts available at these meetings…

Anyways, one of my good friends Bethany met me at the meeting last month, and she handed me a gift bag and told me to open it when I looked at her perplexed.  She said you will understand when you see what it is.  It was a wall-hanging that I had fallen in love with at a local quilt show and must have bought about $20 worth of raffle tickets for it.  Bethany said she laughed when she found out that she won it and as soon as she picked it up, she put it aside for me.

Thank you, Bethie!!  I do love it and it is hanging up!!

Halloween LadiesV4

Isn’t it adorable!  Halloween is one of my favorite holidays!!

I have the best friends in the world!!  One time one of my friends Kathy had bought Bethany, Mary and myself some raffle tickets.  I ended up having a raffle number called and when I went up to pick a prize I saw a bag of silk fabrics that I knew Mary would love.  So Kathy bought the tickets, I won the prize and Mary gets the prize!!

I started an embroidery project.  It’s very cute…  It’s a snowman for every month of the year and I bought these really cute red and green plaids to use as a border around each block to make a little quilt.

I finished January.  It’s not perfect but it’s keeping my hands busy and hopefully less likely to go grab a snack from the kitchen…

Jan Snowman

I have February ready to go in the hoop.  Believe it or not, I used to teach embroidery (silk ribbon embroidery – SWOON!!) but that was years ago and now I’m lucky if I remember how to thread the needle.

Did the eye of sewing needles get smaller?

Oh it’s me?

My eyes?

Oh – OK.

So what’s going on with Jim?  Let’s see – not much new.  We are still waiting for the call.

He really wasn’t feeling well for a long period of time.  I was very worried…  He was extremely lightheaded whenever he stood up (the heat during the summer months didn’t help), and he was coughing to the point of blacking out a few times.

I really didn’t like having to go to work and leaving him by himself.

We mentioned this to his team at Tufts and they tweaked his meds and took him off one of the meds that is known to cause these symptoms, and now thankfully he’s feeling much better.  I’m not so concerned about leaving the house to go to work, and I have even gone out after dinner to do a few errands, which was unheard of a few weeks ago.  Sometimes I swear the meds are worse than the disease…

Yesterday the visiting nurse came and among other things, he did bloodwork.  Around 3:00 p.m. yesterday afternoon I get a call at work from Jim saying that Tufts called.  His INR was too low and they wanted to admit him for “therapy”.  He said to them you guys usually just tell me to take more Coumadin and they said nope – we want you in here for therapy…  To say he was a tad angry is an understatement, but he’s still in the hospital and will probably be there for the weekend.

Well, it’s very late and I’m tired so I’m going to end this.  I promise to write more frequent!!  Hope everyone is doing well.

Lots of Love!!

Cheryl

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