It has been a very busy week, with a lot going on. Settle in for a long and chatty post. Starting on Monday, I worked a shift sorting and preparing the quilts from the Mountain State Fair to be returned to their owners. We folded up the quilts and arranged them in alphabetical order, stacking up quilts going back to the same quilter. Some, like me, entered several quilts. When my shift was over, it took me about half an hour to locate all my entries in the various categories and check out. When I got home, I unpinned the tags and ribbons, noting on the back of each ribbon the category and item that won that ribbon. Many of you have asked about the display racks that My Sweet Babboo made for me, so they are. It is really a simple design, just strips of molding with nails set about 3-inches apart to hang the ribbons. The right side of the lower rack is this year’s winnings, 14 in all from entries in six divisions including the two cooking competitions. There are four year’s worth of ribbons on this rack, with winning photographs from previous years sitting in a little alcove above the rack.
The other rack is above one of my sewing machines, and holds ribbons covering nine years. I told him that I hope I’ll need him to make another one for the future, and his response was not to enter so much! Nah!! It is too much fun to do, and even if I never get another ribbon, I’ll still enter.
Then, we ran down to Atlanta for a few days to see My Sweet Babboo’s mom at her assisted living center. They were having a big party for their 10th Anniversary and we were invited. Live music, and a presentation was on the agenda for entertainment. The dinner was amazing, with fabulous food. Just look at this menu for the meal!
It was as delicious as it sounds. The appetizers of crab cake and little beef slider were yummy.
Then the main course which was just as impressive. The beef filet was cooked perfectly, and the chicken was delicious. Both had bourbon glaze. Creamy cheddar and chive mashed potatoes along with roasted vegetables were served alongside. I didn’t get a photo of the cheesecake, but it was fabulous too.
While we were there, I took the opportunity to run up to Sulky Threads and visit with my primary contact there, LeeAnn. She has been so gracious, supporting Stashbusters with prizes every month, and Autumn Jubilee coming in October. I picked up some ecru cotton threads I purchased for a local retreat, and she graciously gave me a couple of patterns to use for prizes on the blog. It was so fun to meet her and see all the products Sulky offers!
She showed me the warehouse of all their threads and stabilizers, and more. If you missed this notice on Friday, Sulky Threads is having a 35% Off Stabilizers sale for the September Sewing Month. Sale ends tonight!
In the moments between all the activities, I worked a bit more on the hand embroidery Sashiko project. I’ll have the whole project for you in a separate post as soon as I get it sewn together. I am really enjoying this technique as it goes fast. I’m thinking the 12-weight Sulky threads would do nicely on my next project.
On the longarm frame, I loaded a Quilt of Valor and started quilting it. It will be next week before I can get back to it again.
I’m doing it in my favorite star pantograph for veteran’s quilts.
I’ll be taking it easy today, watching football and working on some hand embroidery. The Virtual Retreat is now full, and I am looking forward to sewing with you on October 1st. I need a day in the sewing room! My friend, Mary, believes I should put my quilted jacket in the Mancuso show. If I decide to do that, I’ll need a black skirt and a camisole to go with the jacket, hat, purse and accessories to enter it in the ensemble category. I have time to make the extra pieces, the entry deadline for the Mid-Atlantic show in Virginia is January 17. I’ll have to apply, then ship the ensemble if it is accepted by the jury. I don’t know how I’ll pack the hat, though.
One other thing we did this week was worth the money, and I want to let you all know about this great deal. If you have a Roku box, Android or Fire TV, Apple TV or a few other streaming service devices, making a $60 donation to PBS will get you a year of their streaming service. Learn more at PBS Passport. We made the donation and immediately found a number of things we would enjoy, including Masterpiece Theater shows from several seasons, and a number of excellent rated series. Commercial free. We began with Cobra and were impressed with the quality of the writing and the production. I have no affiliation here, just letting you know about a way to have something to watch on TV worth the time.
What are your plans for the week?