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Spring 2012 Quilt Market: The People

Whew!  I’m finally home from market and trying to get caught up around here.  After market, we went to Oklahoma (since we were in the neighborhood LOL) to help TheManoftheHouse’s father celebrate his 80th birthday, so it was a fun trip with some much needed family time.

Market seemed much quieter this time and with this being the 5th market that I’ve done with Kellie, we’re getting so much better at set-up, etc., so it didn’t seem as crazy.  Or, maybe that’s because I only had one Australian to chase after — Kellie decided for this market to have our third person be someone from here in the states, and so, my quilty peep Junie joined us for all the fun.  Surprisingly, Junie understood Australian quite well, so not much translation was required.  Although, as you can see in the picture below, Kellie needed some cold medicine and it took two pharmacists to understand what she was trying to say LOL!

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Other than our nightly trips to Wal-Mart and Target, there wasn’t much excitement gull-wise this trip.  Junie and I did learn a few new Australian words though — Crosha which apparently means Crochet,  Nar means No, and I have something about Hardwood Deck in my notes.  Junie?  Kellie???  Hmmm, I can’t seem to remember the translation!

Anyway, market unofficially kicks off with Sample Spree.  Here’s Junie manning the Don’t Look Now tables.

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And here’s a shot of some of the other tables.  Definitely not as elegant looking or fun as past markets.

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Here’s the Moda table being set up.  We were right across the aisle from them.  We were afraid we might be trampled, but it wasn’t too bad.

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The mobbed Moda table.  They came, they bought, and they had the tables cleaned off in about 30 minutes.  It’s the Moda phenomenon — other booths don’t seem to have that “problem”.

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The official start of market occurs the morning after Sample Spree.  Here’s Kellie’s booth this time — looking quite a bit like the booth last fall, but with everything reversed.

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Kellie debuted one new quilt this market and it’s an absolute stunner.  I love this quilt and I’m kicking myself that I didn’t get some close-up shots of those gorgeous borders for you.  You should see the trapunto.  And her stitching is perfection.

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My favorite thing about market is seeing people that I’ve “met” online.  It was super fun to meet Little Red Hen and Tammy for the first time.  And Amy!  I was so excited to meet Amy that I couldn’t even remember her blog name when I introduced her to Junie — SO embarrassing! (In my defense, I associate people in my mind by either their names or their blog names but they don’t seem to mix unless their name is in their blog name!)  I wanted to say, “Junie this is Amy of AmyBlog”, but I knew that didn’t work, so I just looked like a big ol’ goober!  Sorry Amy!   Then there were my usual suspects that I look forward to seeing at every market — Ms. Farmhouse, Anne, and Sharon.  And CrazyMom!  How fun to see her back at market and she was so sweet and brought me one of her darling thread catchers and pincushions!  Thanks CrazyMom!  I also got to meet most of my fellow Aurifil Girls for 2012.  We had a group picture, but I haven’t seen it yet — I’ll post it when I find it.

And then there were my buddies who weren’t there in person, but were there in things they made.  There’s Nanette on the left in the Lakehouse booth.  (Pam Kitty was really there and manning the booth, but did I manage to get a picture of her?  Nooooo.  Bad Blogger!)  How cute is that new fabric?  Yummy!

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Gail is another fun person who eluded my camera.  I saw her several times, but never seemed to have my camera with me.  My photo of her booth didn’t turn out, but I got a shot of this quilt from her booth.  LOVE LOVE LOVE those cute posies!

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Here’s Kristyne in the Lecien booth.

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And Squeal!  I found Amy hiding in the Lecien booth too.  What a treat to see her darling pillow in real life!

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And then there were the Quilted Fish girls.  They were at market and I was so excited to meet them.  Here’s Stephanie (on the left) and Jana (on the right) rockin’ the Quilted Fish Make and Take.  Every time I went by that booth, they were having a big ol’ party!

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The Fish Girls all got together and wrote a book full of projects.  Here’s Stephanie holding up Jana’s adorable quilt from the book.

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And a cropped off shot of the book with Stephanie’s SUPER cute needlework book, which is also a project in the book.  I REALLY want to make one of these handy dandy little books!

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So, that’s enough for this post, don’t you think?  I’m sure I forgot someone — I ALWAYS do.  ;-(  I’ll be back soon with some booth photos.  Hope you’re having a great weekend!

XOXO,
Anna

Ina Index

Ok, so raise your hand if you’re an Ina Garten fan.  Anyone?  I’m a big Ina fan — I don’t think I’ve ever made one of her recipes that I didn’t like.  And over the years, I’ve collected all of her books except the last one, Barefoot Contessa How Easy Is That?  As much as I love her books though, I can’t ever remember which book contains the specific recipe I’m looking for, and it drives me crazy.  So, when I just have to make her Blueberry Coffee Cake, for example, I have to drag all the books out and check the indexes.  The recipe I want is almost always in the last book I check.  Murphy’s Law.

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About a year ago, I started thinking that I needed a master index.  Ina has an index but the reviews weren’t the greatest.  There’s this funny poster on Pinterest that says “Pinterest  – when your husband is watching something dumb.”  We have a lot of dumb tv around here and I discovered that it’s also good for making an index to Ina’s cookbooks.  I worked at it slowly over time, and it’s finally done.  Finally, no more searching – Yipee!  Just in case you’re an Ina fan too, you can download a copy of the index HERE.  I’m not a professional indexer ( ;-) ) so, keep that in mind.  It’s not perfect — I didn’t index everything the way Ina does and I added some of my own links.  I’m sure there are typos and remember that the recipes in How Easy Is That? aren’t included.

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In other news, I managed to get a little garden planted in the new space created by the retaining wall that I built last fall.  The next day, as if to laugh at me, the local chippies convened a convention on the edge of the wall.  I’m pretty sure they’re plotting what to eat first when the seeds come up.  I’m thinking that the chippies are going to be moved to luxury condos when I return from quilt market.

Yoyos

Speaking of market, I leave in just a few days, so I’m going to take a break for a few weeks.  Hopefully, when I return there will be lots of fun market news.  If you’re going to market, please stop by and say hi — I’ll be in the Don’t Look Now booth with Kellie.

Have a wonderful Mother’s Day Weekend!

XOXO,
Anna

Quack Quack

Hidy Ho Neighbor! Thanks for all the May Basket love — you guys are the sweetest. Did you have a good weekend? It was beautiful here in ThimbleannaLand. And pretty busy — that’s what happens in the spring — lots of yardwork to do.

So, no real quilting to speak of. I’ve been hankering (yes Barb, that’s my inner Ellie Mae speaking LOL) to start a new quilt project. Something that will be portable and fun. But I can’t seem to make a decision. I finally decided this might not be a great time to decide — maybe I should wait and see if something strikes me at market. So, I dug out the old yoyos and figured out how many I’ll need to make a quilt. I’ve made about 750 so far and I’ll need about 810. Not too bad — I should be able to whip those out in no time — I just need to sneak into the dungeon and cut up some fabric.

Yoyos

I also managed to bake a batch of cookies for BigDaddy. This weeks choice was a recipe I found on Pinterest. They’re Biscoff Oatmeal Cookies. They’re sort of crunchy and dry like the original Biscoff cookies, but with oatmeal in them. They’re perfect with a cup of tea. Or Diet Pepsi. ;-D

Yoyos

And finally, our ducks are still hanging around this year. I love it when they show up every year ’cause I know spring has truly arrived.  They’re usually only here for a week or two, but it’s been 5 or 6 weeks this time. About three weeks ago, we found a nest with broken eggs tucked up under the ugly tree. I think they’d been nesting in there and something got the eggs.  Nasty Critters. I was really sad, ’cause we’ve never known them to nest here — they sort of hang out and then leave. So I’m wondering if they’re confused by our long spring or lost nest or something. Three days ago the hen was wandering around quacking like she’d lost the drake.   Then, the last two days, he’s been wandering around quack quacking like he’s lost her. It’s kind of sad. I’m hoping there’s a nest somewhere and they really know where the other one is and they’re playing decoy.

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So, now that I’ve psychoanalyzed the ducks, it’s back to work. Have a wonderful week!

XOXO,
Anna

Happy May Day!

Can you believe it?  It’s May already (not that I’m telling you anything that you don’t already know).

For May Day I made a little quilted bag for MeMum.  Just a little something to hang some pretty flowers from her doorknob this morning.

May Day

It’s hard to see from the picture, but there are grommets in the sides so that I could tie the ribbon to the bag.

May Day

And what better flower for May? Lilacs are a favorite of ours — I’ve often wondered if it’s because the name contains the name of MeMum’s mother — Lila. So pretty!  (And they smell soooo good!)

May Day

Anyway, that’s not the only reason I made this little bag. If you remember correctly, it’s May. And I’m Miss May in the Aurifil Block of the Month. I’ve created the little Maypole embroidery for the May block and I wanted to work it up in a different colorway just for fun. Here’s my block in the fabric and Aurifil colors that were provided to us for the Aurifil quilt.

May Day

You can read more about my block and get the pattern on the Aurifil blog.  (If the post isn’t up yet, it will be soon).   And don’t forget, if you’re making the Aurifil blocks, you can post your block (and see lots of other pretty blocks) on the Aurifil Flickr page.

May Day

And Scruff would like to say Thanks for your visit — but he’s busy trying to get a whiff of those flowers.  Have a good week!

XOXO,
Anna