Sorry the picture is a little fuzzy looking but look at this neat bag that Cher brought me today! It is hand knit and then felted so it feels just like a heavy wool fabric. Do I need to ask you who is sitting on it now? My fault that the fuzzy faced one thought that was an invitation because I left it laying on the cutting/pressing table after I took the picture.
Cher, her sister and her sweetie got here about 10 this morning. After a peek at the challenge in progress and my sewing room, we piled into my car to drive the hour or so up to see our mutual friend Joy. Lunch was planned at the tea room--the only customers since it is by appointment. When we went in February, Joy had selected the menu but this time she told Nessa to just "surprise" her. SO we dined on potato soup, baked chicken breast and an open faced tomato and mozzarella sandwich. Dessert was cheesecake with triple berry topping with apple and grape garnish.
From there we went down to the quilt shop which Nessa opened for us--normally Monday's she is closed. Cher found some prints that will probably be used for her little sweet granddaughter along with a pre-print panel in a soft yellow. My purchase, at right, was some more dark Civil War type prints that may head into that round robin or some quilt in my future. Actually the turquoise is more "me" and is similiar to what will be borders on my butterfly challenge. Patty found another quilt for sale and had Nessa help her with the label information on two she purchased last trip. (Cher insisted, LOL)
Nessa's classroom space where the long arm lives is in the store front next door so we went over to see the set up which was still under construction on our last trip.
Cher and Patty helped Joy with a computer issue but we headed back soon after so they would miss some of the traffic problems in the ATL area, with any luck. I think I got home about 3:30 or so?
I didn't get my challenge quilt done on Saturday after all, with all that ripping stuff. Fortunately on closer inspection I only had to move some HST's not all the strips on the twist blocks as I first feared but only half the quilt is assembled. Sunday no sewing as I was trying to clean up the mess from all the sewing and wanted the house to stay clean for more than 5 minutes, LOL.
Tomorrow the Belles will meet for our last scheduled work date for '06. With Thanksgiving coming up and a December meeting being the Christmas party we won't get back into the swing of things again till January. I know there are some quilts to pin but we are also going to try the Aunt Betty Attic with some of the scrappy fabrics Finn sent recently. Joy sent some WTIL quilts back with me so I'll get some help with sewing on the labels if someone is looking for a sit down job. Take pics of them to share in my next post as one uses a neat twisty star block.
I'll be ready to stay home and sew after three days of quilt shop runs and a meeting day. It's fun but not much production once I get home.
A few have commented about not being able to respond to comments. Yes, I did switch to beta blogger this weekend. That part is a drawback, I'm guessing since it defaults to "anonymous" or "no-reply" My end directs me back to YOUR blog with a link to email you from there. In many cases I already have had email contact with you and know what your email is so I would not click on the note to reply to it. But I'm guessing the problems will be gone once everyone has to switch. I backed up my blog template just in case but I see only subtle changes to the blog itself. My archived notes appear to be intact so I'm guessing they have a few of the kinks worked out by now. I lost a post trying to post from Picassa so this is my 2nd run at this but that has happened before so I am not really blaming blogger for that. Sorry if this created some inconveniences on your end because I love hearing from all of you to do come by and leave messages. Okay, cross my fingers that this will upload--surprisingly, blogger let me load pics from there for the first time in a long time. How 'bout that?