Thursday, September 1, 2005
By Linda Jones
Perhaps as a harbinger to Katrina, Jane, Binky and I drove to Nashville very early Saturday morning in a torrential downpour.
Actually, nothing short of Hurricane Katrina would have kept us home! We were headed to a quilt show at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel and Convention Center.
We figured that four-hour drive (one way) was going to be well worth it. And we were right.
Since it was a one-day trip, Binky was coming with us this was a trial trip for her could she stand up to the intensive walking and looking (and shopping) as well as she thought she could.
She was as interested in the quilts as we were. She wasnt quite as interested in the shopping, but she doesnt understand gadgets yet, so theres still hope there.
When Jane and I went to Paducah, I think one of my favorite gadgets was a bodkin. Jane bought it for me and at first, to be perfectly honest, I wasnt exactly sure what Id do with it. Six months later, I do lots and lots of things with it. A bodkin is a very handy gadget to have!
Without the benefit of experience, I cant say what I think the best gadget I bought in Nashville will be. I got a hand-held thimble that holds promise, but needs experimenting with; and a stiletto that Im pleased with but the thing Im most excited about is a bottle of chemical stuff that you use to turn muslin into fabric you can print on. It involves soaking and freezer paper and might be complicated, but its very promising! Well have to see...
The gadgets are wonderful and we really enjoyed cruising up and down the vendor aisles, but the absolute best thing about a quilt show has got to be the quilts themselves.
The quilts in Nashville were as wonderful as Id hoped they would be!
There were, of course, the traditional quilts (which I confess I like best); along with landscapes and animals galore.
The best one was a celebrity quilt, made by teachers and professional quilt makers. It was a full size woman in a red gown.
Truly, a picture is worth a thousand words...
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