Yesterday, I was up before 5am, so that I could catch the guild bus to Ontario, CA, for the Road to CA Quilter's Conference. For the past 6 years, I've been down there early in the week to help out behind the scenes, and I haven't always made it back to see the show. This time, I've been deep in the stitching of The Wedding Quilt. I knew I couldn't spare a week, or 3 days, or 2 days. But 1 day? I could spare that.
Let me tell you, at 5am yesterday morning, I was NOT motivated to get myself out the door onto the bus. But boy, howdy, I'm glad I did. There's nothing that inspires me to quilt more than going to a quilt show. (Then again, here I sit on the computer, instead of at the sewing machine.)
I didn't take many pictures, though this quilt caught my eye. My daughter worked at The Cantor for two years.
Okay, so I know that I shop at quilt shows, but I usually come home with a bag of perle cottons and other embellishment items. This time? I bought more than that. First, there is the usual assortment of perle cotton, thread, cowry buttons, cheese cloth, etc. Notice I had to buy a seam ripper. I've broken TWO in the past few weeks. Wonder what's up with that?
Artistic Artifacts. (I was on my way back to the bus.) I knew I should just walk past them, because I'm a sucker for whatever catches my eye on a given day.
I was out of cash, but I saw some square sequins that I REALLY wanted. I asked, "What is the minimum, for a charge purchase?" She assured me that they didn't have one. But then she asked if I realized that the display I was looking at had more items on the other side. ummm, no. I hadn't.
By the time I handed over my bounty to the vendor, she laughed and said, "Looks like that minimum charge question wasn't really a problem, was it?"
I couldn't carry anything else, so I trudged back to wait for the bus. It was a good day, a very good day. And I didn't regret giving up a day of piecing to go to the quilt show. Turns out I bought the batting and the backing and the thread for the quilt I am working on. yay! And now, I need to go back to piecing half-stars and quarter-stars, so that I can piece the center together and start working on the borders.
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