I had to title this "On the road again" because my mom always sings that when we are on a trip!
Last week I took a little trip to Oklahoma to present to the Pioneer Area Quilter's Guild. I also did a quick demo on paper piecing, which was fun. It seems to me that people either love or hate paper piecing - there's not a lot of in-between. Hopefully a few more people will give it a try after my demo. It really isn't hard! After my presentation and trunk show, we had plenty of time, so we (my mom was with me) headed to Pawhuska to visit the Pioneer Woman's Mercantile. If you aren't familiar with her, follow the link and take a look at her blog. She also has a book that is a fun read, and has published several cookbooks, and most recently, a child's book. You can read all about The Mercantile there. She also has a cooking show, which is kind of fun to watch. Her recipes are all hearty, and not too difficult.
These tiny little hexagon tiles made me think of quilting...
This picture was taken from the coffee/restaurant side, looking in to the shopping area. When we got there, we sat down and had a latte. It was perfect, and nice to just sit and look at the beautiful building. We were really lucky - it was a Monday afternoon and it wasn't crazy busy, like I had heard it usually is! All of the employees there were really friendly and nice - one of them told us that people sometimes wait in line 5 to 6 hours just to have supper there! I can't imagine! But, again - we were lucky and it was a slow day.
If you ever have the chance to go, I would recommend it - we really had a fun visit! I did buy a few things, but guess I didn't take any pictures. I found a huge stainless steel bowl - we have several sizes, but I thought this big one will be perfect for gathering things from the garden. Will have to take pictures of the other things to share with you later.
When we left The Mercantile we drove around Pawhuska a little bit, but there is really nothing else there, at least not that we found. I did hear that a quilt shop will be opening soon - so that's good news!
The next day we were off to Emporia, KS. We poked around a little in town before we went to our Bed & Breakfast, then back to town to set up and give my presentation that night to the quilt guild there - another fun group! It's always fun to be able to see Show & Tell when I visit these groups. So much talent!
I woke up several times in the night and heard it raining and it rained on us the whole way home. It was super windy and not a very fun drive!
We had a good trip, but as always, I'm happy to be home and back to work! I recently stitched these little 3/4" earrings - this is the first time I've ever made the kitty earrings. The hand stitching was a little challenging at first - kind of tiny!
available on my website - with the goodies, and also just the empty box.
Isn't this stack of fabric pretty? I have some designs running around in my head that will include most of these fabrics. I probably won't have time to work on it until this summer, but until then I will just enjoy looking at them!
Now I better get back to the shipping department (haha - oh how I wish I had a designated room for shipping - and someone to do it all!) and get more of those Surprise boxes out the door!
Hope you have a great day!