Saturday, August 16, 2008

12+ Hours of Fun

Friday was a BLAST! I arranged a mini in-town day retreat for some of my best quilting buddies. We started at 8 am and sewed until dinner at 7 pm...well, they sewed. I left Bernie at home, and instead designed and fused and glued the beginnings of my next art piece. And actually, Salem Stitcher spent her time pin basting...about a hundred quilts (That girl is amazing!! Every time I looked over she had a new one on the table...and I'm not talking little tiny wall hangings, they were all large quilts. I don't know how she does it...I am always in awe).

All day, great friends, no phones, right across the street from my favorite coffee shop, and thanks to Quiltkeemosabe we had CHERRY M&M's. Oh my...those are some kind of GOOD!!! There were lots of other good things to munch on too. And for our mid day entertainment, Nane's sister brought in lunch and by request "the biggest Diet Coke that they have" for 2 of the quilters. Lesson in be careful what you ask for...she picked up lunch from KFC and the biggest "individual serving" drink they have is a half gallon BUCKET. With a lid, and a place for a straw. Like a giant sippy cup. We laughed so hard it made me cry!

It was heavenly. In fact, since we were using the fellowship hall of the church I attend I called it "Quilter's Heaven."

We finished up the day's fun with dinner at the neighborhood Italian restaurant, joined by 3 other quilters in from Raleigh for a Saturday sew-in with Salem Stitcher. I bet she gets most of those basted quilts quilted...she is a FM goddess! (That's free-motion quilting for my non-quilting friends). Good food and more laughter. The perfect end to a perfect day.

In attendance were Salem Stitcher, Quiltkeemosabe, Mrs. Goodneedle, Nane, Bonnie and myself. We will be having a repeat performance in 3 weeks with more friends from 'Miss Bee Havin' and I can't wait!

Mrs. Goodneedle, Quiltkeemosabe, and Nane

Salem Stitcher...speed basting

What I was working on...doesn't look like much yet but by day's end it was starting to take shape!
And I don't think I can show what Bonnie was doing because it is going on the cover of a magazine and I don't want to be arrested by the Quilt Police for spoiling the reveal. But keep a watch out for it in is a fun scrappy quilt!


Mrs. Goodneedle said...

These girls certainly know how to have fun! It was a great day!!

Salem Stitcher said...

It really was a lot of fun and I can't wait until the next one. Thanks for making all the arrangements!

Nane said...

Ready for the next one...maybe my fingers will recover by then. Making all those knots with pearl cotton wasnt as easy as I planned.