Friday, May 29, 2009

Elton John & Billy Joel

Tuesday night I went to Toronto to see Elton John & Billy Joel in concert.

The show was great, I really enjoyed both performers. But, of course, it's me, so I couldn't go to Toronto and back without something happening.....

I went with my friend Carol and her sister-in-law Margaret. When we left the show we managed to get a little lost trying to walk back to our car. Personally, I know that I'm directionally challenged, so I always go back the same way I came..... but no, Margaret insisted that we take a 'shortcut' through Union station...... Then, 20 minutes later, we still haven't found the car, she decides that we have to go through the underground parking of the Convention centre because that's where we're parked.

"Ummm, Margaret, the Convention centre takes up an entire city block and we're parked on the OTHER side of the centre.... we'll never find it if we go in this side... we need to walk around the block and go in the right entrance"

"No problem", says Margaret, "we can get there from me!"

Okey dokey..... 20 minutes later, we are back to exactly where we started and my feet are KILLING me (why do I even OWN heels? hmmm?) Finally, we get directions from a hotel employee and she (of course) sends us AROUND THE BLOCK (like I said....) and 45 minutes after we left the show, we finally find the car.....

The bright side is that the show was worth every minute of it.......

On the quilty side of things, I've done absolutely nothing lately. Now that the nice weather is here, between me and the kids, I've been spending most of my time on the ballfield. This weekend we're going to Niagara Falls for SportsFan's baseball tournament. Hopefully I can get back to the sewing machine next week!

Monday, May 25, 2009

Formal 2009

Me and Meagan.....

Meagan and Matt.....

Meagan and friends......

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Quilt Shows

This year the Kawartha Quilt Guild (of which I am a member) is holding their bi-annual, non-judged show. As a favour to the members, they decided to hire a quilt judge who would look at member's quilts and comment on the workmanship, etc. It was purely volunteer... you didn't have to put in your quilt for the judge to look at unless you wanted too.

I decided to put in the wildlife quilt I just finished (I'm showing it at the quilt show this weekend as well). Anyways, I took it to the meeting this morning and had the judge look at it. I just wanted to get an idea of what areas need improvement (I'm sure there are lots of them)

So I picked up my quilt after the meeting and this was on the comment card attached to the quilt:

"Very neat. Quite lovely."

Huh? How is that constructive? I was expecting a little more detail and maybe something specific.... like "stitches are uneven" or "stitches are very even" . Maybe a comment on the overall design or something on the quilting design???? Very disappointing.

Moving on, I went to my sister's on the weekend and she took me to the Napanee Area Guild Quilt Show. The Napanee Guild isn't very large, but the show was still very nice. The had a few vendor booths and Lo and Behold! my sister found a deer panel almost identical to one I used for the wildlife quilt and now she's convinced me to make a similiar quilt for my nephew (another avid outdoorsman!). I can't win for losing.... remember how much I disliked working with all that "guy" fabric..... here I go again!

Of course I was already thinking about making him a quilt for his high school graduation this year (he's the same age as MaterialGirl), so I guess I'll just have to suck it up and make something he will like.....