Saturday, March 16, 2013

National Quilting Day ... Bah, Humbug!

National Quilting Day - today, March 16th, is really the American Quilting Day so it has nothing to do with us, right?  And hasn't it just been created by quilt shops as a money grab??  We should ignore it and move on to other crafts, shouldn't we???

So I decided to paint an unfinished birdhouse today instead of leaping into my stash of incredible humdrum fabrics.
I had you wound up there, didn't I?  Even painting my birdhouse had something to do with quilting.  See the roof.  I bought this last summer
at a flea market in Kalispell, Montana from this
amazing old dude for a whopping $10.
Vera was teaching an applique class over at Queen E so I stopped in to see how it was going.  I did a double-take in the parking lot.  Just how popular was Vera's class?  The parking lot was crammed, so much so that I figured some wouldn't be leaving until midnight as cars were triple parked.  The full lot was actually because of a dance competition at the Comp. 

Vera's students were enthralled by her demonstration. 
 It kept them both serious ...
... and happy.
Here's Audrey...
... and Esther ...
... and Barb H. ...
... and Joanne who is always hidden in the corner ...
... and Eileen ...
... Jaynie, too ...
... and Leona who brought show-and-tell.
This one is Leona's too and I should have taken a close up so you could see Overall Sam's toys.  Leona needs to put this in our 2014 show
 so that you can see it there.
And, truthfully, what stitching did I do today?  Well, at Jill's class last week I took a photo of my layout for the center of my Carpenter's Wheel. 
 It didn't look very good so I played around with it
and then started building the wheel.
  As I set out the pieces at home, I took photos on my iPhone so that I could refer back to them to make sure I wasn't making any errors in the pattern.  I didn't plan to do any ripping on National Quilting Day, did I?  I find that it's way easier to spot an error in a picture than by looking at the actual pieces.
 I hope you had time for quilting today too.

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