Friday, August 22, 2014

Hotel Tour of 2014 -- Night 85

Can you imagine going to quilt shows as a job?  Does it sound like a great job?  BECAUSE IT IS!!!

The quilters were lined up, waiting to get into Quilt Week in Grand Rapids, MI this morning:

I met up with a blog follower.

She and I hit it off right away!

After work, we went out for Mexican food.  I've never seen sprinkles (aka "jimmies") on fried ice cream before:

It was yummo anyway!

On the way back to the hotel, I saw this sign posted in a barber shop:

I've been warned.

Did I mention that this is a grand old hotel?  Here's proof:

Here's more proof:

Tomorrow is my last day at Quilt Week in Grand Rapids, Michigan.  I am sad to see it end!

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Hotel Tour of 2014 -- night 84

I just spent another great day at Quilt Week in Grand Rapids, Michigan.  I was so busy having fun with the quilters that I don't have any photos of the show!

Did I mention that I'm staying in a cool old hotel?

Did I mention that the doors are 50% wider than regular doors?

Did I mention that I flip a coin each night to see which lovely bed I'll sleep in?

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Hotel Tour of 2014 -- night 83

I am having a great time at Quilt Week in Grand Rapids, Michigan!  This is such a beautiful hotel in such a fun and funky city!

Fun quilt show -- check
Yummy tapas for dinner -- check

An old-fashioned window shade in my hotel:

-- check!  When's the last time you've seen a rolling shade?

I don't often dream of what the luxury room in my hotel looks like, but this hotel is old-school elegant and I think the luxury suite would be ah-ma-zing!

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Hotel Tour of 2014 -- night 82

Tonight I am in a beautiful hotel in Grand Rapids, Michigan:

Gorgeous, right?

Earlier today, I was in Detroit airport.  If you've never been there, you have missed seeing this:


Pretty cool.

My flight from Detroit to Grand Rapids boarded on time and pulled away from the gate 10 minutes early.  That's when the trouble began.  We sat and waited in a cramped, hot airplane for another hour and half before we took off.  There was bad weather and they had to work on re-routing all of the flights away from the storm.  I noticed when I was boarding the plane that the jetway was filled with baby strollers, and none of the babies, parents, or passengers enjoyed sitting for a few extra hours in a hot plane.


I have a great video montage of the babies crying in surround-sound, but the internet at this hotel is having trouble uploading and I could only upload that short video.  Sorry you missed it.

When I finally landed in Grand Rapids, the airport welcomed me with this sign:

Are you in Grand Rapids for Quilt Week?  Come visit the Handi Quilter booth and say HI!

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Hotel Tour of 2014 -- night 81

I had a great day at Sew Inspired in Simsbury, CT today!!!

As I drove away after class, I realized that I never took a shop photo today.  What's a quilt blogger to do?  I turned my car around to at least get a photo of their shop sign:

I picked up some dinner.  The restaurant forgot to give me a spoon for my soup, but at least they gave me a fork for this:

My hotel continues to be eye candy.  Future quilt alert:

So far, the hotel has been quiet.  The wedding party from last night is partying downstairs at the wedding.  I hope they stay downstairs until 6am!  Their partying last night had me groggy when I woke up this morning.  I grabbed my shampoo and facewash and headed into the shower.  I washed my hair without incident but I had trouble with the lid on my facewash.  I'm glad I didn't get any facewash out of the tube and onto my face, because it was my tube of TOOTHPASTE!  That would have stung!

I'm hoping for a nice rest tonight and a toothpaste-free shower in the morning!

Friday, August 15, 2014

Hotel Tour of 2014 -- night 80

This weekend, I am teaching at Sew Inspired in Simsbury, CT!

This is just one small corner of a very happy quilt shop.  I have found my people!

My hotel tonight is a feast for the eyes.  I like the design of the lobby and the room and see quilts everywhere.  Check out this chair in the hotel lobby:

This hotel is not necessarily a feast for the ears, though.  There was a wedding rehearsal dinner here and the bridal party is across the hall from me.  They are celebrating tomorrow's wedding:


It is after 10pm.  I know that it's Friday night, but I am old and boring and have to leave for work at 7:30 am.

Quilty Dreams!

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

A gifted quilt -- MaryAnn

I went on a quilt retreat in February at Sturbridge Quilting and Sewing Center .  We spent the whole weekend just sewing and eating and laughing and sewing and eating... Well, you get the idea.

I made this quilt top during the retreat:

I made it with my doctor-friend in mind.  My daughter fell. in. love with this quilt.  I am cold and heartless and denied my daughter.  My daughter thinks that I will make another one for her.  My daughter is mistaken.  This was very fussy to piece and I am not a fussy piecer.  I bought my 23-year-old daughter a sewing machine; I would be happy to give her the pattern and some fabric and let her make one for herself!  I would even quilt it for her!

A few months ago, I finally quilted my doctor-friend's quilt.  It is even prettier now:

I gave the quilt away yesterday and my doctor-friend loved it.

The end.

Saturday, August 09, 2014

Hotel Tour of 2014 -- night 79

I woke up this morning to a beautiful sight:

Four fully-inflated tires on my car!

I taught two more classes today at AAA Vacuum & Sewing in Lancaster, PA.  I had a wonderful time with my students and can't wait to teach here again!

Something that you might not know:  after a long day of teaching quilting, I am a party animal!  I typically pick up carry-out, head to my hotel room and am in bed before 8pm.

Tonight, I am in bed, binding a quilt and streaming some old TV shows on Amazon:

It might sound boring, but I'm as happy as could be!

Have a great night!

Friday, August 08, 2014

Hotel Tour of 2014 -- night 78

I had so much fun with my students at AAA Vacuum & Sewing in Lancaster, PA today!  Getting to work was a bit of a challenge, though.

I left my hotel room over 2 hours before I was due to teach.  I am pathologically early and today it paid off!

This is how my day started:

I had an angel helping me:

And then another joined in:

They got me fixed up and I drove very slowly to class.  I was only there about 30 minutes before the students.  I prefer to be earlier to have everything set up and perfect, but at least I got there!

The lovely folks at AAA Vacuum & Sewing took my car in to the tire shop while I was teaching.  Look at what the tire folks found in my tire:

Huge, right?

I know that I shouldn't be showing it because now everyone will want one in their tire too:

I'll start a trend!

I'm back at my hotel this evening.  I wrote glowing letters of recommendation for the hotel employees who helped me out this morning.

My hotel bed is super comfy, but I was most impressed with the shower:

I'm planning on a bathroom remodel at home and really liked the look of this shower door when I checked into the hotel.  Then it flooded the entire bathroom this morning when the door didn't seal, so maybe I won't go buy one exactly like this.

I'm back in bed, binding a quilt.  All in all, today averaged out to be pretty great!

Thursday, August 07, 2014

Hotel Tour of 2014 -- Night 77

Tomorrow, I get to teach all about the Handi Quilter Sweet Sixteeen at AAA Vacuum & Sewing in Lancaster, PA!  I am so excited!

Tonight, however, I am in a hotel room.  All of my hotel rooms seem to come equipped with a bag full of quilts in need of hand binding.

This bag is remarkably similar to the one that my favorite lawyer made for me.

Does anyone else stay in hotels in the "quilts in need of a binding" suite?

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

A Gifted Quilt -- Brett

This quilt is a sample from my Dream a Little Dream pattern:

It is big and fuzzy and flannel and has been hanging as a shop sample for a while.  Now that it has retired, I gave it to a man from church.  I respect and admire him a lot and hope it keeps him warm this winter!

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Wild Wineberries

I have wild wineberries in my yard.  They are BEAUTIFUL!

They are scratchy!

They are plentiful:

They are delicious!

I picked a bunch the other day and decided to make sorbet. 

I started with sugar syrup (1 c water + 1 c sugar):

and a quart of wineberries:

I pureed them:

Strained them:

and processed the entire mess through the sorbet maker.  I wasn't thrilled with the consistency.  It's kind of icy.  

Not willing to waste good berry ice, I decided to scrape some frozen berry into the bottom of a glass:

Fill the glass with sparkling water:

Stir, and enjoy a fresh wineberry soda. 


So what will I do with the rest of the berries in my yard?  

I will eat these:

With a tablespoon or two of this over top:

I love summer food!

Monday, July 28, 2014

Secret Sewing and a Consolation Photo

I was hard at work in the studio today, but I can't show the quilt yet. These are the colors I'm using:


I can show you a block that I pieced as a leader/ender today, though:

I dug into my pile of strings to make this. I have no idea what I'll do with it, but it was fun!

Sunday, July 27, 2014

"Cuties" at the Quilt Basket

The Quilt Basket in Pawling, NY is introducing "Cutie" packs of fabric. 

This one is following me home. 

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Hotel Tour of 2014 -- night 76

I had fun seeing friends at Quilt Odyssey today!

I had fun eating this yummy orange sorbetto after dinner: 

I had fun imagining the cause of these stains on my hotel room carpet:

I had fun using a hotel towel instead of a yoga mat. 

The friendly folks at The Quilt Basket drove me to this show so I packed lighter than usual and left my mat at home. 

I had a fun day!

Friday, July 25, 2014

Hotel Tour of 2014 -- night 75

The Quilt Basket has the entire line of American Made Brand fabrics.  50 solids for 50 states.  The cotton is grown in the US, the fabric is made in the US, and it's $6 a yard.  What's not to love???  When I couldn't decide how many yards of a particular color to get, I will confess to buying the bolt.  Once I make the quilts, I will quilt the quilts on my American-made quilting machine -- Handi Quilter!!!

I spent my day at Quilt Odyssey in Hershey, PA working in the Quilt Basket booth.  I cut fabric and spread Handi Quilter love.  Doesn't that sound like the recipe for a perfect day?

After work, I had a ginormous burger.  Mmmmmmmmmmm.  The size of the burger should have clued me in to the size of the dessert:

This was a half-baked chocolate chip cookie sundae. These desserts were the size of our heads!!!  After the waitress put our desserts on the table, this happened:

Her:  "Can I get you anything else?"
Us:  (crickets)

We were speechless, staring at these huge desserts.  My oh my was it delicious!

I am back at the hotel now and it is time to do battle with the bedside lights.

It's a nice light, bright enough to bind a quilt.  Good thing, too, since I have to bind a quilt and ship off to a magazine on Monday morning.  Bright is a good thing, but "on" is really important, too.  Have you ever needed instruction to turn on the light?


Me neither, but there's a first time for everything.

Silly me, I thought that finding this switch would take care of the problem:


The issue is with the plug.  This light is plugged into this outlet:

This outlet is run controlled by this light switch:

Can't see the light switch?  It's over here:

No, really.  Look closely:

It is no problem at all to turn on the light switch when I get into the hotel room, then cross the living room and get into bed.  That works.  I could even use the switch on the light to turn the light off.  The problem is that the light switch is a timer and shuts the light off every 30 minutes.  Am I the only person who sits in bed binding a quilt for longer than 30 minutes?  How about reading?

So, every 30 minutes throughout the evening, I get out of bed to stumble across the room in the dark and turn the light back on.

I would really love to give some helpful hints to whomever thought that this was a good idea.

I think that the half-baked cookie was the perfect antidote to the half-baked light switch design.