Sunday, July 25, 2010

Fun For The Lady In The Blue Cast!

Wonder of Wonders....I got to attend 2010 QuiltNebraska, the quilt convention for the Nebraska State Quilt Guild this past weekend in North Platte, Nebraska!

Needless to say I had a wonderful time!  I got a ride out with a good friend and shared a room with another of those quilt friends we meet over the years.  The gals that I usually room with were situated on the second floor and there was no elevator so rooming with them was out for this year.  I was able to meet up with them for dinners and chats at the end of the day though.  Two of them were chairmen of the event so that kept them busy a lot of the time. (They had a third co-chairmen for the convention to work with also.)

I took that "knee walker" along and used it part of the first day and today on the way home but had the use of a wheel chair the rest of the time.  I sure appreciated the use of it as I would never would have been able to get around good enough, carry any supplies or make it to anything on time without it.

Now for the report on my classes.  They were wonderful!

The first class I had on Friday morning was one on Bluework by Donna Friebertshauser from Bayard, NE.  I did enjoy the class and learned a few more things about embroidery.  I have never done much embroidery so any classes are good for me to take.  I will show you the finished project or a photo of the started project when I get a chance to snap a shot of it.  This photo of her to the right is of a stitching sampler she had made.

Friday afternoon I had two lectures the first by national teacher, Sue Reich titled "The Story of Red and Green".  A very interesting Power Point presentation then seeing a collection of beautiful red and green antique quilts.  The group was invited up to the edge of the stage to get a close up look at the quilts

The second lecture was by Carol Kusek from Albion, Nebraska.  The lecture was titled "Teaching Children to Sew".  I picked up a few ideas to use when teaching my grandchildren to sew and some fun projects we might try. 

Saturday all day I was in national teacher, Frieda Anderson's "Small Autumn Mums" workshop.  I loved this class!  First off Frieda must have felt sorry for me and fused my large pieces of fabric, a big help as I wasn't sure how I was going to balance next to an ironing board.  For a precision peicer it was fun to do the free cutting to make this wall piece.  Most of it is cut free hand without the aid of a ruler.

I did pretty well in the morning but by mid-afternoon I just ran out of steam so packed up my stuff and visited a little while longer then retired to my room to lay down and put my foot up.  I did get the background all fused and started on one of the flowers so am sure I can get it finished here at home.

The food was great although they served very large portions.  We had interesting, entertaining evening programs and vendors to shop.  I didn't do much shopping since the vendors were each in a motel room and they could be very crowded, some I couldn't even get in because the displays were so close together.  I was really OK with that though as I really didn't need or want anything anyway.

I was sad to not be staying with the 3 gals I usually room with but Stella and the first floor handicapped room were great.  This year's photo of the four of us in in front of the new raffle quilt.  Will talk about that more in another blog.  You can see I am sporting my blue foot peeking out from my slacks and sitting my my wheel chair.

Sure hope I sleep well tonight as I crashed on my couch with an ice bag for my foot and napped way too long this afternoon.


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