A Thankful Heart

November 28, 2012

I have been a busy little bee here!!  So much keeping me busy lately that it has been difficult to get back into my normal routine!!  I promise to post more on Houston.  Before I share other stuff, I will give another little peek.  Another Swoon quilt, a design by Camille Roskelley!  Maybe I should change my name to The Quilted Swoon?? LOL!  All Swoons have been different and this one is no exception...a reproduction Swoon done Primitive Gatherings style!!!
 Here it is hanging in the Primitive Gatherings Booth!!!  Oh is it ever beautiful!!  Another pic as I quilted beautiful, flowing feathers.  All freehand.  I had sooooooooo many questions in Houston regarding the quilting on Swoon.  Many wanting to know the name of the pantograph I used!!! :-) Just the pantograph in my head.  LOL!  Lots more pics of this quilt to come.  Oh and if you love this quilt, Primitive Gatherings has it kitted just like this here.
 I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving!
  We sure did!!!  All our families came to our home for the holiday.  Unfortunately, Scott and I had to spend some time out of town prior for a funeral.  His uncle, a Vietnam Veteran lost his battle to pancreatic cancer much sooner than expected.  It made us all especially thankful and appreciative this Thanksgiving.
It also gave what the girls did the Friday after Thanksgiving even more meaning.  They cut and donated their hair!!!!
My heart just swells every time I think about it.  Elaina went first.  Naturally, she is older by 1 minute. :-)

Look at that joyful smile!!  Alyssa went through the same process.

Both were so incredibly happy.  I cried happy tears.  Not because they cut their hair, but because they were so selfless and delighted to do it. 

 Not one reservation about their new hair!  They have been growing their hair since the third grade for this moment.  I worried deep down that they may have some regrets, but no.  I am so proud.
Elaina cannot get over running her hands through her hair and it not being there!!! LOL!!

There are some really wonderful charities to donate hair to.  We chose Children With Hair Loss here.  They are an amazing nonprofit based in Michigan.  They NEVER charge families for wigs.  Some charities do based on income.  CWHL works with children 21 and under for ALL types of hair loss, not just cancer related loss.  The girls dedicated their donation to our Uncle Greg and my dearest friend, Patti.  I know I have mentioned her before.  She is a quilter too. :-)  Patti is a THREE time cancer survivor!!  Her 3rd time was just this last summer.  I never shared it on my blog because it was so raw.  Needless to say when I was taking her to her appointments at the University of Michigan last summer...we hit some quilt shops too!! :-)

I promise more quilty posts!!!!

Home Sweet Home

November 13, 2012

There is no place like home!  I had the BEST time EVER in Houston but it is good to be home.  I have actually been home since last Monday.  I was soooooo tired when I got home.  I had to catch up on sleep.  Then, I had a little accident which delayed me posting.  I washed my iPhone in the washing machine.  Yep.  For the record, iPhone doesn't seem to be a big fan of the washing machine.  I can laugh and make light of the situation now, but I did have a few days of mourning first.  LOL.  I have a new phone and was able to recover most of my photos from Houston, although the picture quality isn't the best.  iCloud is now my new best friend.

I have so much I want to share about Houston that I don't know where to begin.  It was an amazing trip.  I guess I will start from the beginning.  First of all, Nick and Lisa Bongean treated me like a rock star!!  They were very gracious and very generous.  They are also the hardest working team I know.  I got to experience first hand all the hard work.  It takes a lot of work and long hours to have the success that they do. 

I left for my trip super early!!
I took this photo in the car on the way to the airport.  Yikes!!  I think I woke up at 3 AM to get ready.  Normally, I would just throw my hair up and go, but since I was going directly to Market, I had to look decent.  Lisa had a Town Car waiting at the airport to take me to Market!!! 
This is Juan my driver.  I think he was trying for a big tip because he thought I was significantly younger than my age.  At one point he asked if I still lived at home with my mom and dad!!!  Right.
 I knew the convention center would be big, but I had know idea.  It was baffling to me.
I know the pic quality is terrible but you get some idea.  Look at how small the cars look parked in front.  The convention center is like a city block long.

  I arrived on the last day of Market.  You cannot enter without a badge.  No going to the booth to pick it up either if you leave it there the night before. :-)
 It is overwhelming.  I didn't know where to look first.  To be honest, I walked around in a daze just trying not to trip over anyone or any thing!  It is a miracle that I remembered to take any photos!  I did manage a few, but I am running out of time for posting today, so I will post some tomorrow. :-)

Thank you for all the kind compliments on my last posts/quilts!!!!  Made my week to read each one!!!!

Snowflake Quilt-Quilt Market

November 1, 2012

Tonight was Preview night at Quilt Festival!!!! All I can say is "HOLY MOLY!" The Primitive Gatherings booth was jammed packed as soon as the doors opened at 5:00 pm and stayed that way until the doors closed at 10 pm!!! No joke. It was amazing to meet such wonderful quilters!!! Tomorrow we will start bright and early to get the booth ready for everyone to enjoy. :-)

I thought I would share another gorgeous new design from Lisa Bongean's line Snowman Gatherings for Moda coming out next spring...Snowflake Quilt. It's gorgeous!!! I used a double batt of Dream Blend with Hobbs 80/20 on top. I can honestly say my writs were like jello when I was done! Lol!!! Lots of quilting!!! Lots of photos to enjoy!!!