Friday, April 12, 2013

MQX Day 2

Two posts in two days... Oh my...What a day! I started with a walking tour of the winning quilts given by Cathy Wiggins. It was wonderful to hear and see exactly why one quilt won and another got second or an honorable mention, or no ribbon at all.

Especially when this is a winner in one category...

This is the winner in another category...

This is best of show...

The pictures should enlarge to give you a better idea of the incredible workmanship on these quilts. Deciding on winners is a job I would not want.

Other pictures will be coming as I get them sorted and edited.

My class with Judy Woodworth was great. W learned a lot about design and composition and actually drew some beginning wholecloth designs. It's hard to believe that something like this

is the beginning of something like this.

And I finally got pictures of our "spoils of war". Faye and I were fairly restrained, but we may have a small thread habit starting...

Faye's treasures from yesterday and today:

My additions to yesterdays goodies...

Do I see a common thread? No I see a lot of uncommon thread! OK, bad joke, but I'm tired and need to get to bed. Tomorrow we finish any odds and ends and head home. The only question is... is there room in the suitcase?


Don't tell me not to burn the candle at both ends
Tell me where to get more wax!

Thursday, April 11, 2013

MQX Day 1

Pardon me, it's now the New England Quilt Festival but it will always be MQX to me... 

So Faye and I struck out bright and early this morning for Manchester, New Hampshire to oogle and drool over some world class quilts. "Mario" got us to the convention center around 1:15 and got signed in. We had arrived just in time to see Cathy Wiggins' lecture on tips for winning quilts. It was interesting and I won a copy of her book. This is going to be a good show!
Then we toured the show floor and vendors and got most of our retail therapy taken care of. I wasn't too far...

There's some thread to refill the stash and a few new colors for a couple of specific projects, my prize book, and a hand embroidered table cover that just jumped up and said "TAKE ME HOME"

 And with my ticket to Cindy Needhams lecture in Augusta just confirmed, who am I to resist fate??? Isn't it pretty?

We have seen some breath taking quilts, but with bags and totes and stuff we just didn't have the hands to take pictures. That will be remedied tomorrow...I assure you.

I did take one picture of a great little quilt that just struk a chord this afternoon so I will leave you with this thought...

And yes, the cardinal is not only thread painting, but is 3-dimentional and so is the evergreen bough.
More fun tomorrow.

Don't tell me not to burn the candle at both ends
Tell me where to get more wax!

Tuesday, April 02, 2013

Maintainence "Stuff"

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Don't tell me not to burn the candle at both ends
Tell me where to get more wax!