Saturday, March 28, 2009

Quilt show

As mentioned previously, my guild quilt show is always the best in the area! I shared one of Monica the other day, but have uploaded some more pics of the quilts for your enjoyment.

Friday, March 20, 2009

A couple of observations.....

I was doing some "research" on the net earlier, looking for a specific sock pattern. I found myself linked to various blogs and got sucked into reading. I know I shouldn't have been, but I was a bit shocked at some of the extremely personal things people will post on blogs. I know it's rather impersonal, sitting here, seemingly typing to oneself, but there is such a thing as TMI. I really don't need to know about your ___________, thank you very much. LOL Granted, some of the blogs are very informative, very entertaining, and helpful, but let's face it....most of the blogs are like this one...boring and dull. :P

Another thing I find fascinating is people will claim patterns or stitches as their own, even though we all know that Barbara whatshername published these same stitch patterns years ago. I used to see that in the quilting world as well, and it really bothered me. I guess it's just human nature to want to take credit for something.

I finally found my pattern, but I am not sure who actually came up with the idea, because it was "claimed" by at least 1/2 dozen people!

St Pat's socks, times two

I finally finished both pairs of the St Pat's socks for me and the DH, and I think they turned out quite nicely! I wanted to finish them for St. Pat's day, but naturally it was too hot to wear them. LOL Last year it was cold and rainy, this year I think it was about 70. "Can't win for losing," as my mother has been known to say. :D

Mine are the ones from the FlatFeet yarn, and I think they turned out very pretty. I used a mock cable pattern for the cuff/leg and then just plain stockinette stitch for the ankle and foot. I seem to always do a short row heel because I can do them w/o thinking. I didn't have much of the yarn left, maybe enough to do a couple of coffee cup cozies or something. I'm stashing my leftover sock yarn and might do some monster socks at some point. The third photo is just a closeup of the stitch pattern. Very easy pattern-looks much harder than it is.

The DH's were done with Wildfoote "Desert grass" and I don't think I really like that yarn. It's pretty splitty, so it was a bit of a pain. They are pretty though, and he likes them, and is already wondering when he'll get the next pair. I didn't have much left over. For some reason, I bought three skeins, and I'm not sure why. I could probably make a short pair for myself out of what's left.

Nice day out! and a "meow" :P

I belong to a rather large quilt guild here in St Louis, Thimble & Thread, and the biannual quilt show is this weekend. I used to be a vendor at the show, selling Longaberger, but the last couple of weekends didn't work out for me, not to mention the vendor fee was $120 this year! Yikes!

I have this "friend" that I'm always calling, asking to do something, etc. She will say yes, and then right before time to pick her up or time she's expected at my house, she'll cancel for some dumb reason or another. No, it's not just me, this same thing has been going on with her and her DH as long as we've known them, which I guess is about 30 years, and they do this with everyone.

She used to be in the quilt guild, and in fact, is the one that got me interested in quilting again 20 years ago. I talked to her a week or so ago, reminded her that our guild mtg was last Friday and that the show was this weekend. I invited her to ride along with me, because I know she doesn't like to drive. She said she'd give me a call, etc. Well, of course, she never fact, the joke around here is "did ____ call?" because she never does. Anyway, imagine my *surprise* to see her as soon as I walked in the door this afternoon! I touched her arm and said something like, "oh hi, ___, you should have called me like you said you were going to, and I'd have gladly picked you up today." "Oh, well I am here with a friend. But I will call you next week and we'll do lunch." "Oh, that would be great, you call me when it's convenient for you, and I'll meet you somewhere." She pretty much blew me off, and I could almost believe she was a bit embarrassed about it. Hmm probably not! lol When I got home and told the DH, he couldn't believe I would even talk to her. Well, I was being a bit of a bitch, because it's the same old song and dance with her. She's always going to call, never does. I call, she doesn't call me back. You'd think I'd take the hint, right? LOL If it were anyone else, my feelings would be hurt..... :P

Now that I think of it, this post is probably better suited to the usual atmosphere on LJ. ROFL

Anyway, back to the's always a nice show, lots of quilts, demos, raffles, consignment, vendors, all the good stuff you go to quilt shows for! I made a beeline for a specific vendor that I'd bought some really yummy hand dyed yarn from two years ago. I loved working with it and wanted some more. I sought out her booth, and was disappointed to see that she didn't have any yarn on display. Thankfully she had brought it, but didn't have enough booth space to display it, so I was able to get first crack at it! I bought some really beautiful orange/yellow/red and some chunky natural that I think will make a great hat.

My friends Monica and Cindy have quilts in the show. (I haven't shown any in a few years since I got sidetracked by knitting again.) Cindy also has a quilt entered into Paducah (the AQS show) this year, so I think I'm going to go see that. I'm planning on meeting Nicolette at the show if she can get away from her job hunt.

Here's a pic of Monica and one of her quilts. I'm going back Sunday to see the rest of the show and can hopefully get some more pics.

After we looked around the show for a couple of hours, we all went to dinner at Olive Garden. Monica had picked up her mom for the afternoon, and we three had a lovely time!