Tuesday, April 19, 2016

International Quilt Festival Chicago

It was a cold and snowy weekend in Chicago on April 7th through the 10th.  That worked out just fine for the quilters visiting The International Quilt Festival in Chicago which was inside at the Convention Center.  We stayed right across the street at the Embassy Suites Chicago O'Hare Rosemont.  Barb and I were with our favorite tour group, Country Heritage Tours.  We had an awesome time at the quilt show and touring Chicago in spite of the rain/snow and cold.

Below is a view from our room on the 7th floor, inside and outside.  This is where we had happy hour each evening between 5:30 and 7:30.

Free drinks for happy hour along with sparkling quilt talk!

We had two full days to visit the quilt show and browse the vendors.  So much fun!

Our wonderful tour director, Vicki, was available during the show if we needed anything!  This was my third tour with Vicki and I have to say she is there for us whenever we have any problems.  
She keeps everything organized! 

Below are some of my favorite quilts (and dresses) from the show:

It's always an adventure to travel with my dear friend Barb!

Yes indeed, the whole weekend was a party - especially with our happy hour!  

Sunday, March 20, 2016

National Quilting Day and Moocows

"Once upon a time and a very good time it was there was a moocow coming down along the road and this moocow that was coming down along the road met a nicens little boy named baby tuckoo." ~ James Joyce "first line" from A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man.
Jen and Barb AKA the Cow Whisperers
On Saturday, National Quilting Day, we had a special QBee day at Barb's lovely new home down on the farm, so to speak.  She lives near Newcomerstown, Ohio and invited us to spend the day quilting at her home.  And so we invaded came with bags and sewing machines.  We had a great time starting off with a show and tell:
Dana's exquisite quilt - NICE

My Block of the Month quilt - finally

Jen's first quilt complete with her own quilting and binding.  We are so proud of our newest quilter.

Barb's favorite wall hanging - for now.  

Barb's snipped baby strip quilt.  So cute!

Barb's Alaskan Wildflower Quilt - My favorite!

Alaskan Floral Quilt

The flora quilt above is made from a kit purchased from The Rushin' Taylor's Quilt Alaska Shop in Skaguay, (Skagway), Alaska.  We had the pleasure of finding and visiting this shop last September when we visited Alaska.  It's a wonderful place!

Our gracious hostess, Little Barb, hid behind her latest lovely quilt.  So springy!

Barb's house had the perfect place for a little quilt show
The quilting day went all too quickly as usual.  Little Barb made us a lovely lunch of sloppy joes and homemade vegetable soup.  Yes, the meat was from their own cows.  Delicious!

Gina and Little Barb, above show that you can eat, sew and watch a local basketball game at the same time.  Isn't that perfect?

"We cannot tell the precise moment when friendship is formed. As in filling a vessel drop by drop, there is at last a drop which makes it run over; so in a series of kindnesses there is at last one which makes the heart run over." – Ray Bradbury