860 before I go

So far this week I have ridden 860 miles in the car and am going to do 200 more miles before Monday. See what I mean about stitching in the car? I can really get a lot done. It is like the QuiltSoup mobile unit! However, I usually forget the camera and then regret it when I remember that I forgot it.

We visited Superior Threads in St. George, Utah. Don't you think their building really suits the red rock and bluff landscape?

We were treated royally by Carrie who works at the desk. Bob, the owner, lived in Japan for several years and Carrie's office is decorated with Kimonos and the like. That little diploma by her work area says she has a Ph.D. in Threadology!

I stopped in to pick up some Frosted Donuts for all of you but they were on backorder so we will have to wait for awhile. Darn it!

I love the portability of this thread collection (cause I am on the road you know!) and the quality of the Masterpeice 100% cotton thread for my applique and handwork.

Idle hands

Idle hands make me nervous! I have been putting a few of these together while I am designing the next batch of quilts. I don't have any applique ready to go and I cannot stand it when I have nothing in my hands! Know what I mean? Looks like I still need to get an iron out before I take pics for you! I figure you have all seen creases in fabric before, can identify what they are and probably have some of your own just like this!

Sweet Tea

I have been showing you snippets for a few days and wanted to show you what the finished product looks like. I mean, how many little snippets can one person stand? The quilts is made from Flower Sugar, a new collection by Lecien Corp. Aren't the fabrics wonderful? Now I just need to write the pattern...

Joe the quilter

Serendipity favored me today. We are vending at HMQS in SLC this weekend.
I had reserved 2 tickets to the awards and entertainment evening because the featured speaker was to be Joe Cunningham telling the story of the Joe the Quilter. If you don't know who Joe Cunningham is, treat yourself to his website.

Who should happen by and chat us up this morning but Joe himself?

You may not know this about Joe and I am hoping he won't mind that I am telling tales out of school, but in addition to being a gifted quilt artist with "quilt" running through his veins and filling up his very soul, he is affable and self-effacing. What else can one human being be? We drug him to a local soup and sandwich shop for a quick bite between the show and his performance. We then watched in awe as he regaled the crowd with his one man play and musical telling the story of Joe the quilter, an Englishman who lived in 1765 (or so Joe Cunningham claims). You find yourself wondering which Joe is really Joe, where do they overlap, how authentic is each and are these questions even relevant.

Are you with me so far? Just let me recap a little bit for you...he (Joe Cunningham) writes plays, music and lyrics and performs them, and envisions and makes original conceptual quilts telling the story. Can you say talented?

To top it all off, he unveiled his latest body of work and I felt my breath catch a couple of times. So fresh, so artistic, so inspiring. So rich, so humbling and just so...Joe. Thanks for sharing your talents Joe the Quilter Cunningham. It was an honor.

And the winners are.......

If your name is Amy at park city girl, Laura or Kristen Kimber your are going to the HMQS show! Please send me your address and I will drop your ticket in the mail today. Stop by booth 213 and say hi!

The stitching continues....