I've been on the road for several weeks and am finally HOME!!!
I enjoyed Salt Lake City. Spending time with my Handi Quilter Educator girls is always a treat. I learned new tricks on the Pro-Stitcher and can't wait to use them!
Quilting Possibilities in Forked River, NJ was a brief stop, but well worth the trip. Great quilters, wonderful shop!
The quilt show in Lancaster, PA was a first for me. I enjoyed meeting Bonnie and seeing the Calico Cat and Kitten there. I just wanted to grab that baby and squish his cheeks. I'm willing to wait a few years, but I need grandbabies.
I was looking forward to 6 mellow days at home after the show. The days were more mellow than I wanted..... I was in bed with the plague. Some kind quilter in Lancaster shared it with me. I went through a couple of bottles of Purell making sure that I kept this bug to myself. I hope I was able to accomplish that goal because this knocked me flat.
Machine Quilter's Exposition in Manchester, NH almost passed me by, but I rallied and spent a week there. I was moving slowly and speaking quietly, but I made it! Janet-Lee and Mary do such a great job with that show. My students were wonderful and I am honored and humbled that they spent their valuable time in my classes.
36-hours home! I slept, did laundry, slept, and drove to the airport to go to Quilt City, USA!!! Paducah is quite a kick. Busy, busy, busy and quilters as far as the eye could see. I babysat sewing machines in Sally Terry's classes. If you get a chance to take a class with her, you will never regret it. She's a great lady, a generous teacher, and a hoot to be around! Ask her to tell you about the escalator when you see her.
After a 2 hour drive to Nashville, an uncomfortable run-in with TSAs at the airport (hi, could you please not throw my dirty undies around where everyone can see while insisting I have shampoo in my bag when it's a HAIRBRUSH for crying out loud), a flight to Charlotte, a flight to Hartford, a two hour drive home, and a far-too-short nap, I'm home for the next few weeks. There will be lots of quilty pics. Hopefully I'll get back to the cooking/cleaning/laundry and give my poor husband a break. He's been a true hero for the last 4-5 weeks and deserves some time off.
The rest of tonight will be spent catching up on American Idol and sleep. Back to quilting in the morning!
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