Sunday, May 4, 2008

Weekend in Iowa

I'm back from my quilt weekend in Ankeny Iowa and it's good to be home. But the visit was great-7 women, 2 boys, and one husband! On top of that we spent Saturday at Tulip Time in Pella-there were supposed to be 80,000 tulips and I think we may have seen every one. We visited a nice quilt shop and, of course, I had to buy some charm backs to make more yo yo's. I spent the time away working on a chenille/minkie fabric baby quilt for my new grand-daughter who is almost here.

I can't say that I really loved working with the fabrics-the chenille left little white fuzzies all over the house and the minkie fabric (while it felt divine) slipped all over while I was stitching it. Amy and Bonnie and Sheila suggested I use a slower foot speed and pin the living daylights out of it and that did help some. BUT in spite of the stress, the quilt top looks so cute in peach and cream.

Everyone had fun with their projects. Barb made a table runner from old napkins and worked on a tulip table decoration; Peggy made a wool felt flag table runner, Sheila knit on her first sock and a baby blanket; Bonnie stitched a wool table decoration; Therese did a great chickdee needle felt decorative wall-hanging; and I can't remember what Amy was doing besides helping everyone else. Good family, good friends, and stitching projects-can't beat that!

Take a look at the birthday party photo I just loaded. I'm in the middle and Jeannie is there to my left along with two of the best friends in the world (Jenny and Jane) and our little sister, Jo, (also a stitcher and weaver) and Mom-who was visiting from Virginia. Jo's daughter, Emily, also joined us and her oldest daughter, Molly, came later for cake! You can tell by the smiles that we were having fun.