It must have been about 9 months or so ago that Laurel from the Tri-Cities Guild contacted me to asked if I would come over the Cascades to be the featured artist at their annual show.
The day had finally come, so Sandie and I hit the road on Thursday in her new Suburu. We certainly had packed a blanket or two.
My last trip over the pass was the day I arrived in Seattle nine years ago. I was six months pregnant and had driven through a snowstorm at dusk the evening before only to wake up that morning and do it again under the same conditions.
I can say two things for sure, I don’t miss snow, but I do like hanging out with my awesome friend Sandie, especially when she drives me places in her car with heated seats.
Her car truly looked like it could be in a Subaru commercial when we got through. Though it wasn’t bad for us, the pass was apparently closed right after we made it through.
Just like Austin, we stayed at a Hilton Garden Inn. They had a great lounge with a separate area on the other side of a fireplace in which we made ourselves instantly comfortable every night. We cracked up because the second morning they moved in “our” new furniture. I loved these lights in the lobby.
Those Tri-City ladies worked their butts off and every single one of them made Sandie and I feel nothing but welcome.
We set up a table to sew and demo the techniques from Quilting Modern, but most of the time we spent talking with the attendees who were really interested in trying some new designs.
This lady is Miz Millie. She is 97 and a half and had a quilt design in the show. Her tribe had recreated the design in many different color combos for the show.
She already owned a copy of Quilting Modern and brought it over for me to sign. When I asked her how long she’s been quilting, she responded with a chuckle, “Awhile.”
I enjoyed my time there and thank them for being such gracious hosts. With over 400 quilts on display it was a pretty amazing show. I meet some wonderful guild members and shop owners that invited me to come do workshops and trunk shows around the state.
I even managed to stitch down the binding on a quilt and finish the hand-stitching on three infinity scarves on the way home.
Now back to business. I’ve got a lot on the class books this week. Open studio on Wednesday at Drygoods and Friday at Island Quilter.
I’m itching to get a Value Quilt together as another sample for a class next week and some binding on another quilt for my Whole Cloth Quilt Class this week. Invisible zipper pillows and zip pouch are Saturday!
Hope you’re getting your sewing in, looks like it will be a full week for me!
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