I was eight when Neil Armstrong walked on the moon and like a lot of folks, I loved the idea of riding a rocket somewhere. It might have been the speed of it all, or maybe the adventure. Whatever the reason, I always wondered what it would be like to be launched into space at more than 17,000 mph.
I don't wonder about that anymore... I now know what it feels like.
I'm a rookie at Moda Fabrics and Spring Quilt Market is in three weeks.
Okay. That might be a little bit overly dramatic - terra-firma for yours truly - but there are times when it feels like things are hurtling past me at very high speed. Even though I've been an exhibitor at Quilt Market more than a dozen times, the logistics of it all are just so much bigger. In short, this ain't no "booth in a bag" sort of deal. But more on all that in the coming weeks... right now, there is so much to tell you about - lots of alerts and countdowns.
Piece & Comfort Challenge. To recognize and honor the sacrifices made by the military families in the U. S., Moda created a fabric collection and a challenge that will benefit USA Cares, an organization that is focused on helping our service men and women, and their families. The deadline for participating shops to submit their winning quilt is today and voting opens next Thursday so mark your calendar and stay tuned!
UPDATE - The link to the page with pictures of the quilts and the stories behind them will be posted here on The Cutting Table on Thursday, April 30th.
Do you Pin?
Not Pinterest - this is about swapping and collecting pins. Cool, unique, custom-made pins - the idea is to swap or collect as many pins as you can from other people attending Quilt Market. Yes, she who gets the most pin wins! Seriously! If you had a big collection of these, wouldn't you feel like you'd won?
This was absolutely one of the most infectious and enjoyable things at QuiltCon. Quilters from all over the world designed and made pins in all different sizes, shapes and colors to swap. It wasn't just the people attending, the vendors and exhibitors were also swapping pins. Half the fun was stopping to actually talk to people, swap pins and take pictures.
Rumor has it that "many" of the Moda folks will have pins to swap. We're hoping that people attending - shops, industry folks and other exhibitors - will join in the fun. And maybe - just maybe - someone here might see about collecting extras to share with people who can't make it to Market. Just saying.
Viola is finished and is already at the quilter. I hope you'll forgive the funky lighting but natural sunlight wasn't available - I took this at about 1:30 in the morning. The upside was that by staying up late to finish this, I got to see the end of the playoff hockey game that went to three overtime periods.
Sewing. I'm locked and loaded and ready for a big sewing weekend. I stopped into Wally-world on my way to work the other morning and stocked up on sizing. There was a young man stocking the shelves and he was standing right in front of the sizing. I apologized for interrupting his work but I needed sizing. He laughed and handed me a can, teasing that now he wasn't going to have enough cans to keep the rows even. I told him that I could help with that, I really needed every can he had - all ten of them. (At $.97 a can, it's worth stocking up when I'm there.) He laughed again, said he appreciated my cooperation and could I help him with the rest of the shelves.
I'll be working on some "frivolous" blocks, some nine-patches for a quilt and I don't remember what else. I have a list. This is on it but it has an asterisk that means "you can make another block after you finish something on the list."
I'm shamelessly copying one of Jen Kingwell's Gardenvale quilts and I need seven more blocks. (I've made nine blocks.)
That's all I can think of for today... but I do need to warn you that I think there is some mischief afoot. I'm hearing whispers and what can only be described as chortling. And I'm certain I heard someone use the word "coup".