Food for thought.

Memory is a wonderful treasure chest for those who know how to pack it.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Few more memories from Thelma and Louise's saga......

I am still reveling in the memories of this great trip.

Waco to see Magnolia.

This is one picture that I did not share in the "silos" where a lot of the shopping took place.


Houston to attend thee quilt show.

Here's a upwards shot of a Chihuly chandelier that I thought was great inspiration for a quilt.


Then there was the vendor mall, of course.  

I didn't get away Scott free there, although I was very conscious of having to bring things back on the plane.

I purchased long arm rulers that I have been wanting. 


Just a little fabric for a specific quilt project.


A Christmas Wee One for the stand that I already have. It's a wool project.


A few "needed" doodads.



I couldn't pass up this shawl pin.  Unusual ones are hard to find and I just loved this one. 


Another Christmas wool project.


There were more things purchased at the show (shhh....they are gifts and there were purchases in Waco....more gifts)

Both of my wool projects are now prepped and ready to stitch, but that will be another post when I finally get around to finishing them.  

Then there was the plane ride home.  My sister-in-law and I had brought along knitting projects that we "saved" for this trip, but we found that each night we were so exhausted that no knitting took place until we were on the plane ride home.  


So, now I have my memories and my pictures and longing for time to slow down  so that I can find the time to be creative.   Hopefully my next post will be of my finished wool projects and my knitted project, too.  

There is quilting to do; and the holidays are upon us already.  So time will tell just how much I can get done.  







Monday, November 28, 2016

Thelma and Louise - Saga II

I have to admit that I have been procrastinating doing this post because it seemed so daunting and that is because the Houston Quilt show was so daunting!  Wow...is that place BIG!!  I thought Paducah was big but you can probably multiply this place by TEN.

Here's a selfie with my sister-in-law and myself  with a "portion" of the vendors behind us.



Here's a couple more views.




These pictures don't even show where the quilt display even started.

Where do I begin with the quilts?

Oh my!!

I know you have seen many posted on many of the blogs, but I will share a few of my favs.

There were applique quilts.


Holiday quilts


Hawaiian quilts.


Log cabins.


Whole cloths.  


Antique reproductions.


This one had 80,000 pieces!  Yes, you read that right.  This quilter has to have had a lot of patience.



Baltimore albums.



Dolls


The Lion King


Beautiful colors.


Animals



This one reminded me of my grand-dog, Maggie.


Leather quilts



Dear Janes


A whole display of "dot" quilts.  Sorry these are on their sides, but notice the second one.  Can you see the hidden word (even though it is on its side!)




I could go on forever, but I just loved how this elderly lady was stitched. Just look closely at her arms. This quilt was amazing.  


I have so many more pictures.  Just believe me that this show was fabulous and if you ever get the chance to go, it was well worth it.  

You will be taking lots of "rest periods" though.  There is a lot of walking in big crowds.


Well worth it though.

Hope you enjoyed the "small" number of quilts that I have shared with you.  

My next post will be a little bit more about our Thelma and Louise adventure.






Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Thelma and Louise...Saga I

There were a few firsts for one or both of us the week we headed out to Texas.

First time my sister-in-law flew without her husband.


First time I have been to Texas.

First time either of us rented a car on our own (unfortunately it wasn't a Vette).


First time for me to go to the Houston Quilt Show.

First time for either of us to hail a taxi on our own.


Did we have a good time?  You bet!

What all did we do while we were in Texas?

When we flew into Houston, we picked up our car and headed to Waco first thing and our first stop was at Clint's (the woodworker for Chip and Joanna Gaines) shop called Harp Designs.

  

Here we got a little preview of some of the things that we see  on the Fixer Upper show.

There were a few guys in the back yard running their power tools on various wood projects, but we couldn't see who.  

Next morning we headed on over to Magnolia.  What a beautiful day we had.  


This is what we saw from the parking lot.

Below those two silos was the bandstand where they hold their concerts and the lawn in front of it during the day was a great place for kids to play.  


Heading into Magnolia, this is what you see.



(That's the cupcake bakery on the right)


Love the landscape.  


We were so lucky that there weren't lines waiting to get in, although once in, it did get pretty crowded.

Out back there is this adorable little garden center with a shop.



They, also, had a covered area out back that had picnic tables full of things to buy that were all marked down 40%.  We did make a small dent in that area.  


Who can forget about the cupcake bakery?

Oh my!  They are WONDERFUL!!!




We brought some back to the hotel.....cupcakes and cookies (oh the cookies).



(lemon/lavender and strawberry)

After our busy shopping day, we headed back to Houston.  It was a long couple of days once we got ourselves ready to step on a plane and head out to Texas.  We got some rest that night and the next morning we headed on over to the Houston Quilt Festival.  So stay tuned for Thelma and Louise's Saga II where I will tell you all about our take on this HUGE show,