Thursday, January 7, 2010
Close to Nowhere
Yes, it’s still the first week or so of January — but — Jane and I have already signed up for classes at the American Quilt Society quilt show in Paducah, Ky., the last week of April.
For those who don’t know — Jane, my boon traveling companion, and I go to the quilt show in Paducah every year. We began about seven or eight years ago and now are probably similar to addicts — nearly frantic waiting for April to get here again!
We signed up for this particular class the day sign-ups first opened (Jan. 1)!
Kaffe Fassett, a fantastic quilt and fabric designer and Lucy “someone,” who actually makes the quilts, are going to have an all-day class. And this is the first time the great and exalted Kaffe has ever come to Paducah as a teacher!
Jane and I may be wrong, but we suspect that Kaffe is going to be rather egotistical. We think that’s OK for him though, as he really is a fantastically talented quilt creator and designer.
And you may laugh at the “addict” but if you are slave to a hobby of your own, you understand completely.
Fabric is such a wonderful thing — I love to touch good fabrics — cottons, silks, wools, etc. And, I like to collect fabric also, along with assorted rulers, scissors, threads of all colors and kinds, and any other number of assorted (and usually expensive) gadgets to quilt or sew with.
One of the joys of going to Paducah — and it’s a minor joy in comparison to walking up and down the aisles of quilts and being in total awe of the gorgeousness on display — is dawdling along the vendor aisles.
There are the most amazing things for sale! One of my favorite things last year was something I later discovered was actually knitting needle protectors. But, for 79¢, I bought several little rubbery tips to put over the points of scissors when they’re not in use.
You wouldn’t believe how many times I poked and cut myself with scissors hanging around my neck before I spent that 79¢ (times three).
Several years ago, I bought a wonderful quilt pattern “Lollipop Tree” that I haven’t made yet. It wasn’t designed by Kaffe, but the fabric choices and pattern are very similar to his patterns.
I’ve never been brave enough to try a Kaffe pattern. Not that they look extremely difficult, but he uses and designs such bright and vibrant fabrics that I go into overdrive and can’t focus.
Addiction is a terrible thing — I may not make it to April — sane anyway...
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