I just got back from a whirlwind trip to Kansas City for classes and a thread buy. I am always amazed that I can spend $500 and only have a couple of bags of thread. The classes were great and I am ready to give the new ideas a go. I took a thread painting class from Claudia Pfeil from Germany and can hardly wait to do some of it, but I've got a bunch of customer quilts to get done before June so thread painting will just have to wait. I have some new ideas for sashings and borders that I'll be able to try right away. In fact, I already tried one idea this morning on a customer quilt.
I met with a group at a restaurant called Carrabba's Italian Restaurant and Wow! what flavor! I had seafood cannelloni with shrimp, crab, and scallops. It was delightful. For dessert I had Creme Brulle provided by Zoltan Kasa, inventor of the IQ I use on my long-arm machine. It was a great evening being with several on-line friends I've never personally met before.
The show was amazing as well. It certainly humbles me when I get to thinking too highly of myself. What artists there are in the quilt world! Claudia, the instructor of one of my classes took Best of Show, using 40,000 crystals in her undersea quilt.
When I got back home, after only 2 days and an overnight stay with my daughter's college friend who lives in KC and graciously allowed me to sleep over, I was amazed at what started blooming in my garden.