Friday, October 3, 2014

What a week!

On Wednesday morning the blacksmith and I were up way early for us.  After all, he was the bus driver for 20 of my friends. We were going road tripping to Missouri Star Quilt Co.

Our first stop was our church parking lot where we picked up 12 ladies. Next we went into Jefferson City and picked up 6 at the commuter parking lot. Luckily for the blacksmith one of those was Jim, who would be the co-pilot and male company for the driver.

The final stop for passenger pick up was my friend Mara in Ashland.

Our first stop was the Ben Franklin shop in Macon, Missouri.  As you can see by the above picture, the Mizzou fabric was a real attention getter.

Moda makes this sock monkey fabric all in flannels. I liked the brown, that looked just like the socks! It made me think of my friends Margie and Bev who make hundreds of sock monkeys.

As you can tell there was a long line of customers (Ha! All from my bus.) for the cutting table.

Next stop was Missouri Star Quilt Company in Hamilton Missouri. The intermittent rain did not dampen anyone's spirits!

While we were in town, our friends Margie and Phil met us for lunch. Margie had to hurry back to work before I could snap a picture. But here my bus driver and Phil swap a few blacksmith stories, as they both are very experienced in that field.

 I found this coffin top machine in an antique store down the street.

Before heading back on the bus, I enjoyed a little ice cream while seeing what everyone bought in the 4 or 5 shops of Missouri Star Quilt Company.

 We then found a guy from the down under to snap a group picture of us. He was teased about coming so far to shop at a quilt store. 

We then boarded the bus for home. That is until 2 of the ladies mentioned another quilt store in Brookfield that would be on our way home. So on our way, we played B-I-N-G-O. I had 4 beautiful quilters/sewing necklaces provided by my jewelry maker Angie. The one I liked best said Quilt Diva! There was also some of my home made quilters hand lotion.

This is Hueffmeier's Fine Pines Quilt shop, in Brookfield. Don't let the metal building fool you, it was gorgeous inside! The 2 ladies were so nice and we just didn't want to leave there. They even followed us to the bus and thanked us over and over for stopping by. 

We then might have opened 4 or 5 or more, bottles of wine for the trip home.

This was my first try at hosting a bus trip. Already the ladies are asking to go again. Someday that might just happen! It was so much fun. I must say the bus driver was wonderful! I love that guy.

On Thursday I had to make up for lost time. I first made drapes for Angie (I mentioned her above). There are two panels and I  lined them. I can't wait to see them on her french door.

I finished this in less than 2 weeks. It's a signature quilt for my niece Callie's wedding. The day before the wedding I will iron freezer paper on the back of the off white. That should  stabilize it for signing.

Remember the blacksmith/bus driver?  He made up for lost time too. He made his first saj. Someone customer ordered it a week ago at the Heritage Festival. It is used over an open fire,  for baking a bread similar to a pita bread, only thinner. Yes they bake the bread on the inverted side.

That's our week. It was fantastic. How was yours?

Life is Good!


Zoey said...

Wow, what a great trip. You were the hostess with the mostess! I wish I lived near so I could go on the next one!!

Marge said...

I agree with Zoey....wish I lived closer so I could go along next time
! And on another note: My grandson Aaron just married a gal named Callie! But I didn't make them a quilt!

Deanna said...

We had such an awesome time! Bernie drove through torrential rains like it was nothing. Jim really enjoyed himself too. I was amazed at how much material Ben Franklin carries. And of course Missouri Star. I couldn't get over how much they have grown in only a year since we were there last. And what a treat to discover Pine Quilting. Win! I found exactly what I needed for my current project. Could not believe how much material everyone else bought. Wowsa. What a day. The wine was quite the bonus as we headed home.

StitchinByTheLake said...

What a wonderful trip! I wanted to go to MSQC last time I was there but was having back issues so I didn't need to ride any farther. Next time for sure! blessings, marlene