August 28, 2008
Close to Nowhere
This past week there may have been thirteen-hundred and fifty-two guitar pickers in Nashville, but they were far outweighed by the “thread pickers” — quilters filled the city and if Jane and I were any example, we were all playing wild and clean (OK, washing fabric does count as clean!).
I’m not sure how many have been quilters since they were babies though. Most of us didn’t begin sewing/quilting until we were at least 8 or 9 years old.
Jane and I, faithful traveling companions we, left early Thursday morning, along with my granddaughter Meredith (who really did begin quilting at 9 years old).
We were doing something delightfully different this year — we actually stayed at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel, which is where the quilt show is held.
It was wonderful — both the quilt show and the hotel. We didn’t have to ride shuttles, drive all over the city, park and walk for 9,000 miles — the valet parked the car when we got there and except for treating Meredith to the Rainforest Cafe, it stayed parked, while we roamed the quilts and the vendors.
I was determined that this year, I was not going to buy fabric for a major quilt! One year I bought a Psalms quilt kit; the next year I bought Dick and Jane for a quilt; and the next year, I bought Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz fabric.
I do have to mention that none of those quilts have been made yet. The Psalms quilt has been started; and this year, I bought a pattern for Dick and Jane.
I have this terrible, haunting fantasy that was only inflamed by this latest quilt trip — I have visions of my carport closed in and standing proudly, among a myriad of shelves and fabric, a long-arm quilting machine!
One of the Gammills (which is my fantasy) comes in purple. It was all I could do not to start throwing money at the Gammill folks and drag one of those home.
Unfortunately (maybe fortunately), at the price of a computerized Gammill, I wasn’t wagging anywhere near enough money to throw at them. I’d have to sell my house, which would mean I wouldn’t have a carport to close in...
The best things, though, about quilt shows, are the quilts! These were spectacular and all I want to do now is sew, piece and quilt...
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