Thursday, May 4, 2006
Jane, Katy and I have returned triumphant from Paducah, Ky. — the epicenter of the quilt world.
Katy bought a new sewing machine! Jane bought a new ergonomic chair. Me? I got new brakes and two new tires!
My three-year-old car already has 85,000 miles on it, so I really wasn’t surprised at the brakes. I just wish they’d waited until we got home! The tires I was aggravated about — they were less than a year old, I believe. And the steel belts were showing! Ask me where I got them and I’ll tell you where to not buy tires!
Other than that, our trip was wonderful!
Ricky Tims, who is a wonderful quilter and quite stuck on himself, won second place again this year. I don’t remember the lady’s name who won first, but her quilt was stunning!
Jane and I took a couple classes this year, learning to machine applique and quilt. I’m a “hand” person myself, but only because I’m not good at doing it on the machine. Yet!
There were over 40,000 people there and you could tell it! That place was jam packed!
This year though, while the quilts were as wonderful and fantastic as I thought they’d be, I think the best part was visiting with my cousin Alice in Gleason, Tenn., and then heading on to Missouri to stay with my half-sister Jackie.
Jackie is a “couple” years older than I. Actually her son, and my nephew Duke, is older than I am.
She grew up in Missouri and I grew up in Tennessee and occasional brief meetings in Gleason were about all we knew of each other for many years.
This year, I met her other sister Rahe and one of Rahe’s daughters (they both quilt).
Rahe and I are about to convince Jackie that she needs to take up quilting — there just isn’t much of a better way to watch TV than with a needle, thread and fabric spread all over your lap (and the floor).
Jackie took Jane, Katy and I out to eat Wednesday night after we finally got there (yes, we got lost going to Gleason and yes, we got lost between Gleason and Anniston).
We went to a restaurant in Sikeston — Lambert’s — “Home of the Throwed Rolls.”
They really do throw the rolls at you! We all caught at least two of them! They were wonderful! And the waiters and waitresses all walk around with big steel pots, offering black-eyed peas, fried okra, macaroni and tomatoes and fried potatoes.
We were pretty sure we’d have to be “throwed” out to the car!
Saturday night, on the way home, the wind blew not only my car, but every other car on the road all over the place!
But it was worth it to get home again!
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