Good morning, Friends!
It's early Monday morning here, and I'm wishing I could stay cuddled in bed just another hour or two. At least I get to take a few minutes talk to y'all!
As I mentioned in my Facebook Live video on Saturday, I spent all day at the Chattahoochee Evening Stars Quilt Show! The quilts were amazing (don't worry, I took lots of pictures and will post some here!), and the people were even better. Pam and Lynn from The Stitch TV Show filmed two episodes live, Frances O'Roark Dowell (of the Off Kilter Quilt podcast) debuted her new novel Birds in the Air, and Lynn Rinehart (of Cotton Art Studio and The Stitch) demonstrated how to make fabric bowls and vases. Andi was there representing Red Hen Fabrics (which I consider my LQS, local quilt shop, in spite of them being in Marietta). AND if that wasn't enough, Quiltin' Jenny, Jo, and Adelle, were also there, making it SEVEN Twilters in one place! How cool is that??
(And, for those of you wondering, the "Twilters" started as a group of quilters on Twitter but is now mostly based on Facebook. I consider them my guild and collectively my BQFs, Best Quilty Friends).
I had thought I would write something "profound and substantial" comparing this show to Quilt Week, but my take away is really very simple: Friends. I didn't know any of these folks before May, and several of them I saw in person and hugged for the first time this very weekend, and yet I am so overwhelmed with gratitude for them. They've welcomed me in to their circle, to their thing, even though I'm still really very new to this world, with open hands and hearts and a whole lot of joy and laughter. Wow. And thank you!
Above you can see some shots of the filming of The Stitch TV Show and Lynn teaching bowl/vase making. If you aren't already watching The Stitch, you should begin immediately. It's hilarious and educational, and coming up soon you can see the episode with their very first guest-- Frances talking about Birds in the Air!
Speaking of Frances, I'll be sharing an interview with her and more about my time with her on Friday, but while you wait for that, go buy Birds in the Air. (not an affiliate link--I just want you to buy and read it!) I couldn't put it down. I laughed out loud, I cried a little, I wanted to move to the mountains of NC (but only briefly because Frances reminds us that "the simple life" doesn't really exist. But I do think I'll go visit the mountains soon)... This book is simply fabulous.
Above: From what I heard, this collection of very different and very gorgeous Gypsy Wife quilts (designed by Jen Kingwell, I believe), was a guild challenge. They were all hung in a Row at the show, and I LOVE the variation!
From L to R, top to bottom: "Gypsy Soul" by Lisa Kaupp, "Gypsy Wife Has a Nightmare" by Diane Berdis, "Jesus Was Not Present at this Quilting" by Vicki Evaristo, "Candy Floss" by Lisa Walker, "Tuesday's Puzzle" by Barbara Means, "Pointless" by Barbara DeBolt, "Color Chaos" by Kara Bovenizer, and "Random" by Marie Wood.
"Got a Quarter?" made me laugh out loud! Becky Windle, you are a genius! I think even my Monte (who is quite a little fart) would be made happy by a vending machine of mice!
Jen, Lynn, and Pam all had quilts in the show (and I saw on Instagram this morning that Jen also had her "Birds in the Air" hanging-- and it got a ribbon!), so of course I had to get pictures!
Before I close, HUGE shout out to the Chattahoochee Evening Stars Quilt Guild for an amazing show!!
I'll be back on Wednesday with WIP Wednesday, and possibly before if I decide to write about the Duluth Fall Festival. And then on Friday we will celebrate FriYAY Friends with Frances! Squee!