Saturday, August 05, 2006
Quilt Shows and Spending and Goals
I'm back from my visit with my quilt friend from Washington. We had a great time and saw many, many lovely quilts. One was made with over 40,000 3/8 inch squares! Wow! There was a special collection of quilts made by local students ages 8 - 18. It is so refreshing to see that students are being exposed to the textile arts. There were two special exhibits - one of Journal Quilts and one of bra quilts. There was an entire section of art quilts and another section of more traditional quilts. I don't know that I could pick a favorite quilt.
We only stopped at two of the four quilt shops I had planned for the trip. But we still had a great time and made dents in our wallets. I purchased this beautiful oak and glass chest for storing and showing off my quilts. We saw it when we first got to the show and, as I was telling Yvonne that I didn't think I could get it home, Bruce called. I told him what I was looking at and he encouraged me to buy it. I told him I had just gotten to the show and wasn't ready to make that kind of purchase. Later, as we were finishing looking at the quilts he called me again and asked if I had bought the chest. At that point, I knew I had to get it. So, for now, it is sitting in my living room waiting for me to finish some quilts to put into it. I also bought some butterfly fabric that I had run out of while making a quilt, some teacup fabric that will make some cute placemats, orange fabric to make napkins to match my table runner I made last week and some Quilter's Dream batting.
Many bloggers I read are setting goals for August. I've decided to set one of my own. I love reading blogs and keeping up with my other on-line quilt friends, but I think I may be spending too much time on-line and not enough time working on my projects. So I've decided that I need to start "earning" my computer time. I work Monday - Friday so my quilting time is limited, so during the week I'll reward my self with an even amount of computer time for time spent quilting. On the weekend I think the reward will be a little tougher - a two for one exchange. I have to spend twice as much time quilting than I do on-line. I'll see how that works out.
So, for now, I'm siging off and going to spend some time hand quilting. Have a great weekend!