The last (but certainly not least) activity on Quilty Day was the guild meeting in Hackensack. I have never spoken to a group before, and told them that I really had nothing to say! I stuffed as many quilts as I could into my biggest suitcase to show the ladies. We started with a couple of my first quilts and then went through my quilting journey. It's easy to see by my quilts that pieces just kept getting smaller and smaller - obviously leading me to where I am now - making 1" to 2" quilts! I meant to give Mom my camera to take a couple of pictures during the trunk show, but I was so busy before hand that I forgot. So...no pictures of me (that should not break your heart!). I did take one blurry (you should be used to that by now) picture of all of my jewelry spread out on a table...
It was a great day - love doing the quilty things of course, and am grateful that my sister-in-law and niece are so patient and play along!
The next day we didn't have anything planned. Mom's goal for the trip was to make a stained glass window to go in Aunt Nancy and Larry's front door. Which meant that she didn't get to go play with us - she had to stay home and work! We did let her come out to the guild meeting, but that was it! So, on Tuesday she worked on the window all day. We took a short boat ride with neighbors, which was awesome, then we decided to let her have a break (!) and we all went to see The Help. It was a great movie. I have read the book since I've been home and it really followed the book well. I would definitely recommend them both.
On Wednesday we were supposed to leave at 8:00 a.m. to head for home. Of course, you know that didn't happen. Mom and Larry went to install the window (it was too dark the night before by the time she got it finished) and of course...it DID NOT FIT!!! Are you kidding me??? We threatened to leave her there to fix it! So, she drug her stuff back out and did a little work - and Larry did a little work on the door. They finally got it in there. I only took one picture, and it's not a good one. Tempers were a little high, and I didn't want to be in the way and make things worse!
We stopped at Gruber's in St. Cloud on the way home. WOW! That is a big place filled with lots of stuff. I did not take any pictures - didn't know if it was allowed. I did find a few things there to buy (shocking!). I thought I took pictures of my purchases, but I guess not - I'm not finding them. I bought the pattern - 45 and Life To Go from Primitive Gatherings, a nice piece of wool and a few fat quarters. Mom found lots of wonderful yarn and there was a great deli in there that we grabbed lunch for the road. They also had the new Cotton Club block of the month quilt all finished and on display. It is wonderful!
Next stop was not really a stop, more of a "jump out now" type of thing. As we were driving through Hutchinson, we passed the gas station, then thought we should have stopped. We were at a stop light when I looked to my left and saw Thimbleberries. Of course, I exclaimed - "there's a quilt shop we need to hit!" They told me to get out - so I did! I jumped out, placing great faith in my SIL that she would come back to get me! I didn't take any pictures and didn't buy a single thing - can you believe it?!?!
They did come back to get me and I think our next stop was Country Threads (again). Mom decided that she wanted to buy Linda a barn quilt and we talked her into buying one for herself! We got there after closing time, but they were kind enough to let us in. Mom quickly made her purchases and they were also kind enough to give us all one of their cook books! All kinds of great stuff in there! Here are the purchases that I made on our first stop there (I neglected to show them before)...
Ok, this post has gone on long enough, but I needed to get through all the fun stuff we did on our trip, so I could move on to current things!
Have a great day!