It's finally Friday and I'm seriously ready for some weekend time. I finished quilting a lovely Hawaiian shirt quilt this week, but did not take pictures - you'll just have to imagine how lovely it was. I also worked on the Vintage Valentine quilt, and on one of the antique quilts that I am repairing and adding borders to before I quilt them. So, I have done a little quilting.
I didn't share about the trip I took to Illinois and Kentucky with my friend, Glenda. It was so much fun and so relaxing! We visited with a cousin of Glenda's, went to a quilt show, and visited the National Quilt Museum in Paducah, Kentucky. I was overwhelmed by the talent at both the quilt show and the museum, and came home with a new resolve the work on my quilting and improve the quality.
The Quilt Show was in Metropolis, Illinois (yes, the home of Superman) - that is me standing by the statue!
I understand that the city has a Superman celebration in June every year - now that should be fun! But it is also home to lots of history and beautiful parks, too. We visited Fort Massac State Park, where they have encampments and battle reenactments of the Revolutionary War battles every October. On the Ohio River, it is a beautiful site. The quilt show was presented by the Massac Quilters Guild - they have some very talented quilters in their guild. Glenda took lots of pictures - I didn't - but she has promised to share with me! The National Quilt Museum was wonderful - I plan on revisiting it again - there is just too much to digest at one time. I was most amazed by the collection of miniature quilts - so intricate, with quilting stitches so impossibly small. We were not allowed to take pictures in the museum, so you'll just have to go see for yourself.
This is a shot of part of the Miniature Collection - straight from the website of the museum - there is as much detail in these small quilts as in a full size quilt -
Now that I'm home again, with new resolve, there are several things going on in my life that are taking center stage. First, our daughter's wedding will be in a few weeks, so we are picking up speed on the details. I still don't have a dress to wear, but shopping is planned for the near future. I don't know about the bride, but I know that the mother of the bride is getting a little nervous about all the details. Let's see - church-check, reception venue - check, food - check, limo - check, wedding dress - check, photographer - check, DJ - check, invitations - check, flowers - still working on it, and on and on.
This should be a wonderful weekend - I have some quilting planned, and a new book to read. Plus, my middle daughter has talked me into a new venture - I'll tell you all about it next week. I'm a bit anxious about this one! Until then, create something wonderful!