Sunday, June 25, 2006

Hippity Hoppity UFO Shoppity

Caution, long post ahead.

Yesterday afternoon Karen, her friends, Sharon and Michelle and Karen's daughter, Emelia, swooped in and picked me up to accompany them for a portion of their annual Quilt Shop Hop. The delightful company and scrumptious treats made for an enjoyable afternoon. Many of the participating quilt shops held raffles in addition to supplying the themed squares for the hop. There were beautiful quilts for admiring and tempting fabrics for purchasing. My favorite shop by far was Sister's Fabric Shop in Chehalis. Here are the ladies standing in front of said quilt shop. They are from left to right: Sharon, Michelle, Karen and Emma is in front.

We all exhibited tremendous amounts of self-control, all things considered. My purchases were limited to a mere 7 fat quarters.

And considering the extent of quilting these ladies do they bought little as well. Although I would NOT want to stand between any of them and sale fabric. Fiber addicts with yarn sales would elicit much the same response.

At approximately 7:00pm I was pooped and requested to be returned home. Their van left in a cloud of dust as they zoomed off to squeeze in more stops before 9:00. And believe it or not, they planned on going out again today! My hat is off to you all, my butt was kicked. And no, the occasional acappella rendetions of John Denver's classics had nothing to do with me slinking away. Oh life on the farm is kind of laid back... aack!

CONFESSION TIME. My UFOs and WIPs are not merely limited to knitting. Among the unfinished projects in my garage the following can be found:

3 Double Irish Chain quilt tops, one w/ quilting started

1 Double wedding ring quilt top

1 Custom appliqued Christmas quilt top

3 Cross Stitch pictures

2 embroidered works

5 Children's books written without completed artwork

and other long-forgotten projects which occasionally surface to nag and protest their neglect.

Most recently my Grandpa Porgy gave me some of my Grammie Helen's yarn, fabric and other supplies. Amongst them was a cathedral windows quilt. The fat quarters purchased yesterday will be used to help complete this. Because it is entirely hand sewn and a quilting frame isn't required some progress on this is plausible. Grammie Helen needs to haunt my scatterbrained self to keep me on track.

Significant progress was made on the second sleeve of Liv during the drive. I'll finish the shoulder cap and move on to knitting side panels today. The original body is too narrow and I don't want to frog it. Hope this works. Cheers!


Anonymous Karen O. said...

Hi! This is the Shop Hop driver! You didn't mention that when we returned you home, B. jumped out of the bushes and scared the crap out of all of us! Glad you had a great time and I'll come down in a few weeks to visit and let the kids play together. Hugs-Karen

12:19 PM  
Blogger Heide said...

Yes, B. was very proud of scaring us poor, defenseless females. I also forgot to mention that Emelia was so quiet that I sometimes forgot she was sitting in the back and my potty mouth slipped. Ooops. I'm not used to quiet children.

12:46 PM  
Blogger Terri said...

I quilted for about 15 years and still love all my fabrics. I just had to move them all to this new place but couldn't part with a single FQ. :o) Long live fibre addiction in whatever form it takes!! :o) Goodluck with finishing the Cathedral Windows. That looks like a very worthwhile UFO to finish. :o)

5:21 PM  
Blogger ferg said...

That quilt looks nearly finished! It's strange how starting something is so much more exciting than finishing. There's almost a touch of anti-climax about getting to the end.
Cheers Gillian

6:04 PM  
Blogger YogaGardenGirl said...

That white quilt with all the colored squares is gorgeous!!! I'm not a quilter, but strangely just bought a quilt magazine and some fat quarters. Why is fabric so appealing? It's almost like buying yarn....

6:14 AM  
Anonymous beverly said...

How goes the booga bag?

1:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Where can I find a pattern for the Cathedral Windows Quilt? Thanks!

1:19 PM  

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