I went up to the East Coast Quilters Alliance Show “A Quilters Gathering” in Nashua, NH. It’s an annual show that I’ve been going to since 2002 – I haven’t attended every year nor have I stayed over every time but living 6 hours away certainly makes that a reasonable decision. We had a great time – it’s always fun to get together with this group of ladies. We enjoy the show, the vendors, and sitting and sewing the long weekend in our room. And It’s great to see some other quilty friends who attend the show individually or with a guild group on a day trip. Much fabric was fondled and purchased and even a new machine this year (not by me!).
This year I finally attended a lecture and a class. The lecture was by Louisa L. Smith called “I’m stripping to show my curves”… very interesting way she has of working with fabric and something I may need to investigate further. I also took an evening class with a couple of my fellow roommates – a Sue Nickels class on drawing feathers. No machines involved – just paper and pencil. I’ve never even attempted feathers… but I think I may just give it a go now that I have had some expert guidance. There will be lots of paper work before I take needle to fabric though… I need to find that doodle thing I bought a while back and use that as I sit and watch TV.
Many years ago I began to use the curtains in our hotel room as a design wall… it’s a tradition of sorts now and I was chided Thursday evening because I hadn’t pinned anything up yet! The picture isn’t great but here is a sample of what we were up to that weekend. Last years projects can been seen back here.
After the show I headed to my daughters house in West Springfield, MA – she had power again as of Thursday evening. Goodness gracious… Mother Nature had put on her big boots and stomped around the Pioneer Valley big time during that freaky October storm the Saturday before. Much of the North East had damage but the Pioneer Valley was especially hard hit. I found driving around depressing… you didn’t need to travel much to know that the tree damage is extensive and the cleanup will take a long time. Some streets you felt like you were driving down hedge rows with the debris piled along the tree belt in front of all the houses. Driving down some of those tree lined streets is a dangerous proposition as there are still some broken limbs hanging up high… waiting for the first good wind storm to dislodge them.
It did feel good to get back to the pool and back to my weekly therapy. The gym had asked if they could take my picture and use some comments I made concerning the benefits of the pool program in their program guide. So here is my minute and a half of fame… LOL
Each and every day I’m pleased with the progress I’m making… I’ll be truly happy if I can get to the point where I can walk fast again!