I've written about some cool finds....but the best by far were some of the people I met while in Cincinnati. I stayed with Lois Grabowski...below on the right. She was an absolute delight and she even cleaned her house and her sewing room before I arrived. Talk about an excellent host....she already knows I can't offer the same in return.
We were invited to Jill's house for dinner on Friday night. Jill, from Jill Quilts Blog, had invited several other quilters to stay at her home for the Festival. By the end of the evening the house was full of wonderful women all sharing about the good times, purchases and one even shared her baby son with us....it was definitely a highlight of my trip.
Jill made a great dinner for us....and speaking for myself....I probably had too much....it was so good.
Given I used to live in Irmo, South Carolina, we had some fun things to talk about. These gals had brought all of us a gift....I was floored. Check out these fun bags we got to choose from (below).
Palmetto trees - State Tree
Yellow Jessamine - State Flower
(Boiled) Peanuts - State Snack
Peaches, SC grows more than Georgia,The Peach State
Clemson University fabric and the
University of South Carolina fabric
I just loved this photo of Susan smiling....I remember people smiling so much more when I lived in South Carolina....maybe it is just my memory...but it sure seemed to be the case.
I honestly don't recall seeing a stash of a quilter....not a designer...but a quilter with such a fun collection of fabrics as Jill has. The quilt below is just one that she is in the process of finishing. Each one of her dogs has their own quilt....now that is what I call impressive!! LOL
Artistic Artifacts? Lois bought some too....we weren't sure what exactly to do with them....she had her's draped around her neck like a scarf. It did not take too much convincing to get her to wrap it around her head like a turban.....oh the laughter....my soul needed it too.
Stick it there and close the door. Not only is it fashionable....but it really works too. My kind of solution :)
I was sad to leave Cincinnati....at the same time I was excited to get home to my family. All I could imagine when I saw this group of female motorcyclists is that they too were quilters. I bet they have quilt block tattoos on their bodies someplace. How about we start a quilting biker babes guild? I don't want to be the president....but I'll surely be a member. I'd be willing to learn to ride a motorcycle....one with three wheels!
I imagined this to be me....wrong color hair though.
Before I close I have to share a story one of the gals at my guild shared. Two large groups took a bus to Cincinnati for the Festival. On the way home one of the bus drivers said they just had to take the gals to a excellent ice cream parlor. It was in a college town. Many ladies got off the bus to go in and get some ice cream. One of them overheard some college students walking by. The one kid says to the other, "I wonder what this big bus is doing here?" The other one replies, "I think they brought the people from the old folks home to town for ice cream." We all laughed so hard when she re-told this story.....Laughter is so good for the soul isn't it?
Back at the ranch the co-workers were very happy to see their mommy....first thing they said when I got out of the van was..."it's mommy.....yeah."...hugs and then "what did you bring us?"