Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Thought for the day is...

I have nothing quilt related to post. But I came across this saying today, and wanted to capture it someplace where I won't lose it.

Life is short - Break the rules...Forgive quickly...Kiss slowly...Love truly...Laugh uncontrollably... And never regret anything that made you smile.

Monday, April 20, 2009

Going to Chicago...

Rosemont actually, but the plane landed in Chicago. (Remember that old blues song, "I'm going to Chicago, Sorry But I Can't Take You"? Lou Rawls used to sing it.) This past weekend was the annual quilt show in Rosemont, right outside of Chicago. My seat mate on the flight up asked why I was going to Chicago and I told him I was going to a quilt show. He said, "Excuse Me?" (Leaning in to hear better.) "A quilt show." "I'm sorry, are you saying 'quilts?'" I think he is still trying to process that someone would travel to go look at a convention center, no less! Reminds me of several years ago when the Houston Astros made it to the World Series and the out of town team couldn't get hotel rooms because they were all booked by quilters. The annual show in Houston is like going to Mecca for quilters, and at least 50,000 quilters descend on Houston every year to see the fabulous quilts and to purchase all the latest fabrics and gadgets from the vendors at the show.

The Chicago show is much smaller, but still...

These are the cars lined up to get into the parking lot! What recession?

I didn't find a lot of inspiration at the show, but I did find fabric! (Shocked, I tell you, shocked!) Actually, I was well-behaved until the end of the show, when I did go a little bit over budget (OK, a LOT over budget). I had lunch with a wonderful group of women from the online African-American Quilting Group, and came home with a jam-packed suitcase and carry-on!

"Good friends are like don't always see them, but you know they're always there." Anonymous

Sunday, April 05, 2009

Ramblin' Rose...Ramblin' Rose...

Each of the Latte blocks has a name...this one is called Rambling Rose. I love this block - turned out just beautiful, don't you think? All the while I was sewing yesterday, I kept hearing Nat King Cole in my mind..."Ramblin' Rose...Ramblin Rose...why I want you, Heaven knows. Though I love you, with a love true, who can cling to, a Ramblin' Rose?"
"--There are 10^11 stars in the galaxy. That used to be a huge number. But it's only a hundred billion. It's less than the national deficit! We used to call them astronomical numbers. Now we should call them economical numbers."
- Richard Feynman