Sunday, October 21, 2012

A new blog hop is coming....

A Fall Machine Embroidery Blog Hop will be sharing inspiration with an emphasis on Fall, and Christmas ideas too! They'll also be some tips, tutorials, and giveaways in this fun blog hop. And, you don't have to do machine embroidery to join the fun in this event.

Mark your calendars and come join the fun November 5th - 9th.  I found this info on SewCalGal's blog, so check out the bloggers there.  Since I just purchased an embroidery machine and have only used it once so far, I'll be waiting impatiently for this hop.

My BFF, Donna G, who's birthday we celebrated this week, made another new purse to drool over.  It's in gorgeous fabric that she tried to rip right out of my hands one day at the fabric store--but I was too tough for her, and she had to find this somewhere else, lol.  Isn't it pretty?

Usually a bunch from our Wednesday sewing group goes on a retreat for our Yahoo group during the summer.  The last 3 years we've gone to Canton, Ohio, but this year only Donna and her daughter, Jill, were able to go.  Another Yahoo member, Lyn from New Hampshire, did a tutorial on Celtic Knots at the retreat and Donna took it.  It's all hand applique and here is the piece Donna finished.  She wants to do more soon.

On Wednesday our group went to Hammondsport, NY (officially one of the coolest small towns in America) and visited the Glenn H. Curtiss Museum to see a small quilt and embroidery exhibit being held there.  The museum was fantastic!  Curtiss was the father of naval aviation and supplied the US with the first naval airplanes in WWI.   He also invented many motorbikes and cycles, plus water planes.  Very interesting trip thru history. 

Only a few quilts in the exhibit, but lots of lovely hand embroidery and applique.  The museum also had a large exhibit of miniature and dollhouses--especially liked the Irish Cottage with a thatched roof.

After the museum we headed off to lunch at Snug Harbor, a neat restaurant on the lake.  During the summer I love to eat out on the porch or dock, but a bit windy and cool today, so we enjoyed the indoors instead.  We had a lots of laughs and good food, and gifts for the birthday girls, Donna G and Gail P.

Then off to the quilt store, Lake Country Patchworks,  for some fabric shopping.  They carry lots of Orientals and batiks, so I picked up 3 Oriental fat quarters to add to my stash for my some-day quilt.  They also carry a great selection of grape fabric because, after all, they're located in the heart of the Finger Lakes grape country.

So until next time,
Happy quilting from Sharon and the girls



Lynda said...

Love the fabric on the purse. No wonder she wanted to rip it right out of your hands.

MooseStash Quilting said...

So you just bought an embroidery machine huh!! We are gonna have to talk!! What did you get?? You know enquiring minds want to know!! :-) :-)