Thursday, May 1, 2008
Close to Nowhere
Jane, Katy and I are safely returned from our jaunt to the quilt mecca of the world -- Paducah, Kentucky.
This quilt show is truly worldwide -- we met quilters from Scotland, Belgium, England, South Africa and Australia. And I can’t forget Japan and South Korea. The Japanese and Koreans are absolutely exquiste quilters. I’ve seen some of their quilts with pieces appliqued on no bigger than a sliver.
I am a particular fan of the Dear Jane quilt -- I’m working on a Dear Hannah quilt, which is the baby sister of Dear Jane -- both quilt books/patterns were written by Brenda Papadakis. There was a spectacular Dear Jane quilt on display and I passed by and stopped at it at least five times.
Everyone always asks -- which quilt was your favorite? There is no possible way to pick a favorite out of the more than 400-500 quilts on display. I did find one though that I need to make for myself!
The quilts are fantastic and they are the main reason I go -- but -- the vendors are lots of fun also!
I brought home needles and patterns and of course some hand-sewn Chinese dolls for my granddaughters and a sock darner for my knitter-daughter (who may knit socks, but will never darn one!).
I brought home books and a T-shirt (actually two) and a mug and a quilt show pin and some fabric -- not as much as you’d think though -- except for the Wizard of Oz fabric -- I’m pretty sure I have enough of each piece of that to last me a while.
I can’t remember all that I brought home, but one of the “things” was not something I wanted, paid for or enjoyed!
Friday night, Jane, Katy and I went to bed at Jackie’s house, tired but happy.
Saturday morning, I got up feeling funny. By the time I was out of the shower I was past feeling funny and well on the way to being violently ill with what we were assuming was food poisoning -- a greasy, delicious Polish sausage with onions consumed the day before.
I missed the class I’d been most looking forward to also. I laid in the car and moaned and groaned while Jane and Katy went to class.
They very thoughtfully ate lunch in the building before we headed home. At some point before we actually left Paducah, Jane brilliantly thought of Dramamine -- I think she and Katy were not enjoying me being sick anymore than I was!
Mama Jane drove us home and took care of me, while Katy cringed in the corner of the front seat -- no one is sick alone around her.
Turns out it wasn’t food poisoning after all -- both my granddaughters, my son and daughter, Katy and Pops are now as sick as I was.
Me? I’m mostly better -- as long as we don’t talk about food or smell anything.
I felt good enough Tuesday to fondle my Wizard of Oz fabric for the first time. Aaaahhhhhh....
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