Monday, March 19, 2012

An exciting week!

I had a great- if very quick- trip to the AQS show in Lancaster last week!!!

The weather was great, which made my stop in Intercourse so much more enjoyable- walking the shops on the main street and eating a soft pretzel at Immergut!

The quilt on the left was made by  Debra Lohman
 Seeing my quilt in the show was an amazing feeling.  The honor of being chosen took on a much larger meaning as I walked around the show admiring the rest of the quilts chosen as "my competition"!!!  My quilt seemed rather plain by comparison.  I guess if I really want to compete, I have a long way to go!

Here are a few of my favorites!

Made by Yvonne Walter.  Another quilter inspired by a black and yellow garden spider!

By Jan Hutchison.  I am in awe of her machine quilting skills!!

Claudia Pfeil is not only an amazing quilter, but she must have spent weeks putting all the crystals on this piece!

Heidi Zielinski used some wonderful fabrics for her pheasant!

Jennifer June's quilt made me want to get a dog. (but don't tell my husband)

Karen Kielmeyer found the perfect balance of tradition and art, don't you think?

Crown Jewel by Claudia Clark Meyers and Marilyn Badger
 There were several special exhibits on display along with the competition quilts!  The Association of Pacific West Quilters gave us "The Spirit of the West"- quilts from the American Southwest, to Saskatchewan, Alaska and Hawaii!
Part of the "Spirit of the West" exhibit, by Barbara Polston

Another "Spirit of the West" quilt, by Nancy Lee Chong

I spent my evening playing with my new toys!  (Cheri at Cheri's crystals gave me homework!)

When I got home, I moved back in to the sewing room.  The new space is configured similarly to the old one, but with some major differences. I tried to put things back the way they were for the most part, so I know where to find things.   I sewed in there for a short time today, and so far it feels great!!!

A good green tip this time is to remind you to use fewer chemicals on your lawn and garden!  The world will not come to and end if you have a few weeds.  If you have trouble growing grass without fertilizer, check out alternatives to grass in your lawn!  There are low growing plants that require less care and no chemicals. 

I am grateful for:
A quick visit with a friend
Being in the company of some great artists!
Bringing joy to others with my odd apparel.
A good Guild meeting Saturday
Drinking a glass of wine with  my hubby on the deck on St Patrick's day!

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