"She seeks wool, and flax, and works willingly with her hands."
~ Proverbs 31:13
My friend, Chris, and I had signed up for a workshop a month earlier with Lisa Bongean who was teaching at the Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival in Hampton, and this day was the start of a quilty weekend! Our quilty itinerary:
- attend the quilt show on Friday to get inspired, seeing all the wonderful quilts on display
- shop the vendor booths for fabric and/or sewing supplies or kits we might need
- attend the all-day wool applique table runner class on Saturday and have tons of fun!
I arrived at the Hampton Convention Center and checked in, along with hundreds of other quilt-loving ladies: Here I am with my friend, Chris, in front of a beautiful red and white quilt on display: Chris and her mom enjoyed browsing all the vendor booths for ideas and inspiration: Here's a beautiful floral quilt named Flower Garden on display using Kaffe's fabrics: This was one of our favorites below...an up-close photo of a crazy quilt with lots of handwork, including the spider's web, typically found in crazy quilts (this was new information to me...but we searched, and sure enough, there was the spider's web in one corner!): Here's another section of the quilt featuring a watering can, dragonfly, and beautiful embroidered flowers. We stood there for quite awhile oohing and aahing over every birdhouse, rake, thimble, bee, and hummingbird: A perfect display for me to pose beside:I took a picture of this quilt especially for my accountant son-in-law, Eric. It's called A Piece of Pi, complete with each number circling the quilt: Can you tell we were having a fun time? The next day we began our Wool Applique all-day class with Lisa Bongean: Chris quickly traced and cut out her pattern and was ready to start fusing the shapes to the wool:Here I am cutting out my pattern. It was so fun to take a class with a friend:At the end of class, we were able to get a picture with our very knowledgeable teacher:Here's a photo of the table mat I was working on....it's still not completely finished and needs more handwork done and the backing added: Here's Chris' mom standing beside a quilt she recently finished. We didn't even need to go to the quilt show to see beautiful quilts! She brought this one over to Chris' house for me to see: Our girlfriends' quilty weekend passed so quickly, and soon it was time for me to head back home.
We ended up not having time during the weekend to raid Chris' stash and work on an Easter wall-hanging project she had planned for us to do. But look at this....she worked on hers this week and sent me a photo.
It looks great and makes me want to get started on this one titled He Is Risen from Carried Away Quilting blog.After all the ER trips and medical appointments for Granny going on in February after she experienced another compression fracture, it was good to get away for a fun weekend. I think Granny's recuperating well, and we're very thankful for answered prayer!
I'm also hoping the quilty weekend will get me energized to start back on some quilting projects! We'll see!