Hi all....what a busy couple weeks around here. First, Freddy Moran and Molly Federici came for a visit. Freddy came to teach and Molly, one of her avid students and fans came from Illinois to take the class. What a great time we had.
Unfortunately I had to teach on Saturday, so couldn't take the class, but we had plenty of fun on other days.
We stopped off at the Chilhuly Glass Gardens in Seattle on the way home from the airport....what a magnificent display of color, and an inspirational for lots of quilts. In fact, I saw one in a magazine that was one of the glass displays....a boat full of beautiful glass balls. The artist created a beautiful likeness.
We also had fun on a day trip to La Conner and the Quilt Museum....and shopping of course! The weather was pretty good those few days they were here, and we were able to enjoy some beautiful scenery in the sunshine.
Molly, one of the gals I quilt for, came all the way from Illinois to take Freddy's class...and it was so much fun to meet her after quilting many of her beautiful quilts. She, like Freddy, started quilting later in life, and she does a fabulous job. I think we will have her back next time Freddy teaches. We had such a great time fabric shopping and sight-seeing, that we need to find some new territory to explore the next time!
We spent one day on Vashon Island at the Island Quilter shop where Freddy had about 40 of her quilts on display. What a happy feast for the eyes. I wish more people enjoyed color the way Freddy does....it is a good thing we work together....we both love color and fun quilting....not to mention perfection is not at the top of our list!
We said good-bye to Freddy and Molly and a day later we had our guild retreat.
What fun it is to sit and sew with your friends, have your meals prepared, and no interruptions. You can get soooo much done. I only got 2 tops and 1 huge back done, and 2 baby quilts bound...so I guess I didn't get as much done as I had hoped. I always bring way more than I have time to finish.
The setting of our retreat is beautiful with a farm below our sewing center and beautiful hills and trees in the distance. Even the loss of power on Saturday morning for a couple hours didn't stop us.....some of the gals did hand work by the windows and others were still cutting. We are looking forward to a retreat in the spring and again next fall.
In the meantime, I have piles of quilts waiting for the long-arm....I have done a few since I got home and plan to keep my nose to the needle and catch up on some things that have been waiting to be quilted while I was travelling or entertaining our visitors.
I hope you have had a good time these past few weeks, too.....now I will give Sparkie a chance to write her few lines! love, judy
NOTES FROM SPARKIE
I have a new name...mom has been calling me Sparkie the pest....I wonder what a pest is. Every time I climb on the dining room table, or up on the desk or some other neat place she calls me a pest. Yesterday I dumped her plant over twice, so I guess that is pretty naughty.
She should be proud of me, I went up to 2.6 pounds at the vet visit, got my shots and had a good check-up. Mom weighed me yesterday and I was up to 3 pounds. She says I have a great interest in food, and I admit, that I do love my kibble. I like to see what mom is eating, especially if she has something called icecream, but she pushes me away. Aunt Marilyn sent me a toy that has a little want that rotates back and forth and around and around in a circle....it is so much fun to chase....mom and dad put it out for me to play when they are eating dinner. That keeps me busy so I don't bother them when they are eating!
I made the crazy lonestar below at the retreat. I will call it Crazy Dancin' Feet. It is pretty busy....but, I always say if I want my eyes to rest, I will take a nap! I still have borders to figure out.
Well, today mom has lots of work to do, so I guess I will sleep on the big, soft office chair while she is out quilting. Sometimes I can be such a good girl and keep out of trouble. I still have a cute little face....mom thinks I am cute, even if I am a naughty kitty from time to time.
I hope you have as much fun today as I will.....Sparkie
OK...how did those pictures get in the middle of Sparkie's story......I will never figure this out. And to think I may get one of those new magic phones...I might think that over for a bit!