Tuesday, October 16, 2012

State Fair

A few weeks ago, we attended the State Fair of Virginia.  I was so looking forward to this for several reasons, one of the main ones was to meet a blogging friend!  I was so excited to meet Cynthia from Home Matters 1st and Feeding Big fame, but I'll get to that in a few...

There were fun sights to see and just your traditional fair setting.  It was a nice warm late September day.

There were Lions and Tigers and Bears, OH MY!  Well, not really, but there were tigers.  They were beautiful.  But this one in the middle picture was pacing in the cage the entire time.  I was so sad for him.

And there was food.  Yummy, yummy food!  We had FRESH potato chips, sweet tea, Pork Parfait, and fried reese's and fried ho-hos.  The fried reese's and ho-ho's didn't make it for the picture, but the rest did.  

The pork parfait has become sort of a tradition.  And it's SO good.  It's layers of pulled pork, mashed potatoes and barbeque sauce.  In a sundae parfait cup.  YUM!

And if that wasn't excitement enough, there was a DEMOLITION DERBY!  Fixing up old hoopties just to bang 'em into each other to see who'll be the last one standing?  Sounds like fun to me!

And of course, there was the quilt show.  This was where I got to meet Cynthia!  She was smart enough to get a picture of us, so I'm "borrowing" it and posting it here.  I look drunk, but seeing as how it was really only about 11:00 in the morning, I'm pretty sure I wasn't.  Pretty sure!

Not all of the quilts were hung this year.  Some were folded and some were across racks or bars that held other quilts.  My friend Cindy entered the Black, White and Yellow quilt above.  It's actually a queen sized quilt and quite stunning.

Here are my two.  One on a quilt rack and one on a bar between some hanging ones.  Kinda bummed that they weren't hung up for everyone to see, but at least they were there.

The highlight was definitely getting to meet Cynthia!


Thursday, October 11, 2012

What's new?

I was thinking of things to post about (I have no idea why that's sooooo hard!) and I thought maybe I would post pictures of quilts I had finished since the last time I was on a blogging spree.  But as I was going through my albums, my ego was quickly deflated as I hadn't finished nearly as many as I thought I had.  Oh, I've started plenty.  My UFO's are piling up VERY quickly.  But finishes total a whopping two.  YEP, 2!  That's it.

But they both had a lot of meaning to me.

First up was a wedding quilt.  My roomie's nephew was getting married on the beach in NC, and we hadn't figured out what to get them.  I had started a pinwheel quilt just to see how it came together, and as I looked at it, I thought it'd be a nice gift for them.  Little did I know that the colors in the quilt would match their wedding colors quite nicely.

The next one I finished was just as special to me.  One of my dear friends who lives in NC was diagnosed with cancer.  It hit him (and all of his friends) like a ton of bricks.  I don't get to see him as often as I'd like, but this news hit me in the gut and I wanted to do something to let him know I was thinking of him.

I had a panel of "What Cancer Cannot Do" sayings, turned it into this:

Tim is a former Marine, and is fighting this thing with a ton of gusto.

So there you have it.  Two whole finishes this year...  Guess I need to get busy!


Monday, October 1, 2012

You know what they say.....

Absence makes the heart grow fonder....  Right?  So you all should be MADLY IN LOVE WITH ME now.



I mean, it has been a reeeeaaaalllly long time.....


Oh wait.  I use the wrong cliche!

It's "Out of sight, out of mind".

I've been hanging around Facebook and Pinterest.  If anyone wants to find me there, send me a private message, and we'll be set.

But I'll also try to pop in here once in a while and post a random update.

Random enough that you'll still miss me, but won't forget me...  ;)


PS - Thanks, Cynthia, for the nudge....