Sunday, May 29, 2011

Last pics of Salt Lake City, then back our scheduled programming...

Can you tell I was very taken with this city and these mountains? This was taken on the way to the airport on our way home. Even after a few warm/hot days the snow was still gorgeous.

We went to a little village of shops - I can't remember the name - but there was a quilt shop, knitting shop, beads, clothes, and other goodies and we came across this truck, the bed of which is almost taller than Kate! I'm not sure how I'd load my groceries in the back of this one without a ladder to get me there. .

This was the scene on the opening day of the Spring Market taken from the first floor. We were a little late getting to the 0930 opening and there were streams of people flowing through the door. It wasn't as bad when we got down there as the aisles were wide and people were stopping to see all the goodies.

I think there were 29 aisles of vendors. We did about 15 aisles in the first day - didn't even get to the end.

The is a picture of part of the roof of the convention centre where the show was held. Just lovely. I can see a quilt in there.

Alas, we had to go to the post office to send some goodies home, and looked like real goobers wheeling a suitcase down the street with 2 of our boxes in it because they were too heavy to carry, carrying another. Lucky we didn't know anyone.

I'm back to normal now, all jet lag has gone thank goodness, show quilt for Sydney is finished and I'm back into it all.

Next post I'll have some quilts for you to look at,



Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Salt Lake City

One of the things I really liked about Salt Lake City was the fact that out of most windows there was this fabulous view of the snow covered mountains. Most days were clear and bright and cool - though there were exceptions to that (one day was very cold and others were very warm), but anyway, the mountains were beautiful and I took lots of pictures of them.

One of the days we were there, Kate and I hopped on a train to Ogden to visit the Shepherd's Bush shop. I have liked their cross stitch patterns for a while and Kate is almost fanatical about them, so when she suggested a visit - off we went. The trains were very easy to navigate and tickets easy to get (especially for a country bumpkin like me).

Both Kate and I had a little moment in this shop and we didn't see much of the rest of the little town, and to be truthful, Kate's moment was much larger than mine....

Anyway we had a lovely day and the girls in the shop were very lovely and put up with us spreading out stuff from one end of the shop to the other.



Thursday, May 19, 2011

Some things that were interesting, and a little odd.

Well, we're back and I think that my jet lag is nearly done after only 2 days. Usually it takes about a week - might have been the glasses of red on the plane and the long sleep during the flight!

We had a lovely time, came home broke with lots of goodies and some still en route via the mail.

I had to buy a new camera as mine finally bit the dust and it was a pita to get it to work. So I took lots of inconsequential pictures while working out the settings of the new one! Subsequently, instead of lovely scenery and quilts you get these as a first look at our time away.

The carpark at the Salt Lake City airport.

A sign at a quilt shop.

In the car park next to the quilt shop. At first I thought they were talking about donating your lung but it is for cars. Odd. Whay would it be lung? If anyone knows the answer please let me know.

The high school where the High School Musical series was filmed.

And, the best of the lot.... a squirrel fur quilt. I could understand if all the pelts were pieced together but singly across the top? Again, if anyone can enlighten me?

Salt Lake City is a very pretty city and we managed to see a fair bit of it, and Kate and I both have pictures. Kate has a new blog called Milthorpe Armadillo, so for some more normal pictures, go and have a look at her stuff.



Monday, May 16, 2011

San Francisco airport

Well, we are on our way home after several days shopping and then the Quilt Market which went for three days. It is a trade only show and where the designers and fabric companies, and other sellers display all their goodies for the shops to see samples and to place orders.

I found some clampy thingies for the gammill which may work instead of pins, and a few other things. It was very interesting to see all the different booths, Anni and Pete from The Home Patch were there, Helen from Pattern Press and Hugs and Kisses, Kellie from Don't Look Now, Gail Pan, And Lynette Anderson were also there.

So now we have sore feet, no money, stuffed bags and 15 hours on a plane back to Sydney.

I have heaps of pics so will post when I get back.


Monday, May 9, 2011

Shopping in Utah

Well, the show is done and we had a great time. My quilt got a second which I am very excited about and I learned how to make silk screens out of a photographic type paper which starts all sorts of thoughts about what to do next.

Today Kate and I are off to shop and sightsee with Helen Stubbings of Hugs and Kisses fame and Tracey Browning of Constantine quilts.

It has turned cool after a couple of quite warm days.

Later....I'm waiting in the car all shopped out. The others have gone into their last shop and then we are on the hunt for coffee. Tracey is driving and the 3 of us are navigating, none of us are good with north and south so there is hysterical laughter happening. But, we are having a lovely day catching up on the goss and listening to Aussie accents.

We are in a little VW bug and the boot is FULL!

I'm sorry I have no pictures to show, but it is cloudy and we are in a ski resort shopping area called Parkville (I think) which was built when the winter olympics were here a few years ago. There is still some snow on the mountains but only high up.

Anyway the others will be back soon,

Thursday, May 5, 2011

We're here.

Well after about 28 hours of travelling we arrived safe and sound in Salt Lake City complete with all our luggage. We had good flights and San Francisco immigration was very quick and pain free - and we didn't miss our connection thank goodness.

We did a borders and binding class this morning which was fabulous, with Carmen Geddes of Ten Sisters Handicraft ( . We did piping, prairie points,scallops and the like. Lots of hints and tricks.

This afternoon I did a class with Georgia Stull from Heartland Quiltworks ( ) and learned heaps of new things about CS4 and the Statler. Lots of lightbulb moments.

The show we are at is the Home Machine Quilting Show - Check out the picture of the venue. There is snow still on all the mountains around the city and it is cool, but a great venue and very pretty city.

Tomorrow the show proper opens, and we get to shop!


Tuesday, May 3, 2011

En route to Salt Lake City.

I know it has been a while but I have been head down tail up and upside down for weeks now trying to get quilts done, markets set up, manned and taken down, and then sorted to go away to HMQS and the Spring Market in Salt Lake City.

Finally Kate and I are at the airport but not together because I decided to upgrade to business class and she is premium economy, and I'm in the lounge having a very nice cup of tea and a scone!!

I don't have any pics of anything relevant to our trip as I am posting from my iPad, but I do have some pics taken from my sewing room - actually I don't because they are not coming up for me ( I'm a little new at this).

I'm back in 2 weeks but will try and post while I am away,
See you later,