Wednesday, June 25, 2008

What have I been doing???

Hello again. It's been a busy time. First I was sick...then I was sick again...sigh. Now I'm just wheezing and sneezing. Sheesh! What next???

We've been busy enjoying a visit by my Evil Step-Daughter (ESD). (She and The Tramp think it's extremely funny when we refer to ourselves as Wicked Ugly Step-Mother and Evil Horrible Step-Daughter. Works for me! :-) ) Since ESD has declared that everything is cheaper in the US than in NZ, we've been shopping, shopping, shopping! Lucky for me, she's also a quilter, so lots of that shopping is in fabric stores. Yesterday was a fabric shop hop day with ESD and Mom, and the day before was a sewing day.

Sooooo.... I managed to finish my Orange Crush mystery top! Yay! I struggled with the math for the borders but ESD saved me. Her math was perfect and so are the borders. Wooohooo!

This is the best photo I could get, late in the evening and balanced precariously on the arm of the futon. I need to take it outside for a better picture.

In one of our stops yesterday in a LQS we were having a lively conversation about New Zealand, quilting, Bonnie Hunter, Quiltvillechat, the Orange Crush mystery, and the Karolina Kwilters with the shop owner when another customer (a complete stranger) looked me right in the eye and said, "You're Katie! Hi, I'm the Mad Quilter!" RFLOL Yep! It was Lynn!! She heard me say I was doing Lynette Anderson's Noah's Ark block of the month stitchery and she's doing it too! The shop owner looked completely stunned and asked if we knew each other. I was so confused by how to answer I said, "No!" LOL But of course now we do! It was great to meet her in person.

The poor shop owner must have thought she was in the twilight zone by the time we left. After all the cross talk about England, New Zealand, Bonnie, and the Yahoo Groups....which led to the weblog reveal....and then when Mom paid for her purchases she recognized the wallets I made for Mom and I from a pattern by Karen Comstock, who is local. Then ESD spotted a sample hanging on the wall and insisted her Mum would JUST LOVE it. The shop owner, full of pride, said it was her design. So my Mom bought it for ESD's Mum and we all left very happy, though the shop owner was looking a little shell-shocked by then.

Let's see..... We really have been busy. Hmmmm...... OH! On Saturday we all went to see Forbidden Broadway at the Koka Booth Amphitheater in Cary. Great show, part of the NC Symphony summer series. BUT! OH MY! Did it rain! It poured on our picnic supper.

We had umbrellas but we still got soaked. Mom and I were sharing an umbrella and ended up sitting in soaking wet jeans the whole evening. Ewwwwwww!

But the rain stopped right at show time so we enjoyed the performance despite feeling squishy. :-)

On Thursday Mom, ESD and I went to the Capital Quilters meeting. We all had show & tell. I had my Bargello Bowl quilt, Mom had the Kowhaiwhai wall hanging that ESD made for her and ESD had the Percy Pukeko & Kenny Kiwi quilt she's made for my GS.

And this is a glimpse of what ESD is working on while she's here. Mom gave her a lesson in needle-turn applique. One lesson and she's nearly a pro!

Fun, fun, fun!!! :-)


Tine said...

That sounds like such a great time! WOW! I want to come visit yout too! LOL! And what are the odds of meeting a blogger-friend at the quilt-store :-)

meggie said...

What a happy post. Now that you are feeling better, you seem to be having a really great time! Lucky ESD!!

Candace said...

Sounds like you've been having a nice time between shopping and shows. Your OC is great, I love the 2 tone border. That's the fun thing about the mystery, one quilt is turning into one or two quilts, with an infinite variety of looks. The mini quilt show was great, too.

Nancy said...

Wow girl you have been busy!!! Was beginning to think we had lost you for a while there. Glad things are going well and you are feeling better and having a wonderful visit with your family.



Lynn said...

It was great meeting you in person the other day. I could have listened to ESD talk all day - what a lovely accent and also a very nice young woman. The reaction from the LQS owner was funny - but then again I usually have that effect on people (leaving them dazed).

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