First of all, sorry for the delay in posting the winner of the Starry Kisses charm & pattern from 2 weeks ago. How time flies when you're out of town and playing with quilters! Congratulations to sue (comment #51) - you're the winner this week. Please send your mailing address to firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll mail out your goodies this week. Just a note to those of you who comment on the blog. If you add your email address to your profile, I can notify you directly when you win and you can respond from there. We've had several unclaimed giveaways because the winners don't come back to check and see if they'd won. It's also difficult to identify someone just by their first name. I just hate for someone to miss out on winning. Just a thought.
Cape Girardeau, MO
My grandson, Cooper (12-almost-13), and I visited the quilt guild in Cape Girardeau, MO last week and had a delightful time with Chris, Lynore and their wonderful bunch of ladies. They were my test group for teaching Icicle Kisses and the fabric arrived at the local shop, The Golden Needle, during the class. I was intrigued and inspired, as usual, with the quilters' stories of how their lives are enriched by quilting and the bonds made with other quilters. Great group of ladies. Thanks for having us. Cooper helped unload, load, hold up quilts, pack up quilts, sell product and kept me company for several days.In return, we visited the Arch in St. Louis on the way home and shopped, shopped, shopped. Here's a sample of the "sick" shoes & t-shirt he found on sale for under $10 for both!
|Scored some great deals!|
|Memorial Arch in St. Louis, MO|
Just a few miles from Bennington is a unique commercial endeavor - a lavender farm. This creative family has turned a hobby into a thriving business, growing over 25 varieties of Lavender and processing it into creams, lotions, balms, sprays, candles and dried arrangements. Each year during peak flowering season, we enjoy a sneak peak into their operation during a lively open house. There are tours of the property, music, demonstrations and refreshments (lavender lemonade, ice cream and other delicacies) in addition to their gift shop. Mom & I enjoyed a lavender lemonade and shopped for lightly scented candles and sachets. I brought home a a lavender candle for each of the ladies at our KT Retreat this weekend. How fun!
|Prairie Lavender Farm Open House|
|Lavender Lemonade & fresh bundle to hang & dry|
We just received our boxes of Icicle Kisses fabric and are already cutting yardage for the Icicle Stars kits. Watch for them on our website soon. This week, our blog winner will receive an Icicle Stars pattern, so comment here on your favorite summer festival or destination for a chance to win.
Check in during the week for Robert's new contribution to my blog, sharing pictures of the store and information on Bernina sewing machines and products. He will be presenting the program to the local quilt guild Monday night - stay tuned.