When we got to my sister's home in Toquerville I discovered that I left the battery to our camera at home in the charger!!! So I was left to use my camera phone and my pictures are sparse and generally not great.
You can't see the majesty of the southern Utah vista well through a car window anyway but trust me. This was a magnificent site.
My sisters, niece and I did a little shopping Friday. We went to see Lynette at the Main St. Hurricane Utah Quilt Cottage. Every picture I took in Lynette's shop was terrible and I'm sad to say none of them turned out. It was Lynette's mother, quilt teacher and designer Blanche Young's, 90th birthday party.I had ordered this quilt kit from Lynette when I was in Bryce in February. The big giant teacup in orange, yellow and red dots was screaming my name. Everyday at Bryce I eyed this kit. I'm so glad that I had Lynette make one for me. I'll show more of what is inside tomorrow when I talk fabric.
Friday we met the fabulous Nedra to give us a tour of Superior Threads in St. George. Left to right are my sister Paula, my sister Michelle and Nedra. I couldn't believe how large the Superior Threads building is and they are doubling it in size! Great things are happening there.I had been saving for and postponing thread purchases knowing I was headed south to Superior Threads. I was able to buy thread at the warehouse along with the new titanium needles to try out. I haven't used the Alex Anderson Masterpiece thread yet but I'm excited to sew with it.
I've been wanting one of these fabulous lights since I saw them introduced on the market. Several years ago I had a detached retina and since then I my need for good light has greatly increased. This light is a pricey tool and my sweet sister Michelle bought it for me at Superior Threads. Thank you Michelle. This is something I can move from machine to easy chair (when appliqueing). I'm extremely excited about it.
Michelle had made a umbrella banner from my pattern and kit. She brought it along when we shopped to get find matching fabric for the back. I brought it home to machine quilt for her. I can't wait to get it done. She did a fabulous job piecing it. It turned out so beautifully.
Saturday I spent time with (l to r) Dawn, Nedra and Sherri. We are old friends now and we had a wonderful time together. It was so fun to spend the day doing what we love - talking about and looking at quilts and fabric.Sherri made us these darling zipper bags (don't you love that Momo fabric! - I'm going to use the bag as a camera case) and Nedra embroidered and sewed the most darling hot pad. She also gave us a charm square of vintage fabric (so ME!). You've got to enlarge this picture to get a good look at the cute prizes! Thanks again girls.
We had a fabulous lunch at Nedra's. Everything was delicious and the table was all set. I think Sherri, Dawn and I felt like queens! So much better than meeting in a restaurant. We had a tour of her lovely southwest style home. Nedra's home backs up to beautiful red rock and no one can build behind her. Loved it.
We got an up close and personal look at Nedra's artistic quilts. She's amazing. They are all fantastic.
We brought some show-n-tell. This is Sherri's vintage Dresden plate block from her grandmother. I wanted to divert her attention and pocket these blocks. But of course I just petted and sighed over them.
Afterward we did a little quilt store hopping together. It was fun to peruse the shops and compare notes on what we liked. There was so much to like!
This particular quilt caught my eye at Lazy Daisy Cottage.
And this very sweet picnic quilt with beehive and bee caught my eye, too. Of course.
At Quilted Works this was my favorite quilt. It was made by a friend of Nedra's. Enlarge the picture. It is a 3D quilt with chenille poking out in each block. It is very original and unique and the western style is fun.
Well I'm home how. It was a really great mini vacation and being with my family and friends was totally the best part.