Thursday, June 11, 2009

Black Hills Quilters Guild Quilt Show

Dan’s sister, Kristy took Sandy to Rapid City with only one agenda – quilts and more quilts! Sandy had a blast last Saturday. She enjoyed meeting many of Kristy’s quilting friends along with the owner of Quilt Corral Too. Joan is the most friendly, easy-going shop owner that Sandy has ever met. The Strip Club quilting group showed many new items and material to purchase, but Sandy’s favorite part was the Show-n-Tell by the people attending. So many amazing stories and quilts! Kristy and Sandy spent over 3 hours between the Strip Club and browsing through many bolts of fabrics and patterns.

After re-energizing with lunch, they went to the annual quilt show at the Civic Center. There were over 400 quilts entered this year. There were also quite a few booths filled with quilting merchandise from shops in surrounding states. It was Heaven! Yes, Sandy took many pictures of the beautiful quilts. She has posted them in Webshots under Black Hills Quilt Show.

Here's a picture of Dick & Kristy on their back porch.

But wait! There’s more. After the quilt show, Kristy took Sandy to one more quilt shop - a beautiful 2-story historic building packed full of material. Every room in The Thimble Cottage Quilt Village is filled with anything and everything you can imagine for quilting. From the website here is a description of how this store became a village: Our wonderful new shop consists of a hotel built in 1934 and a Victorian house built in 1917. The two buildings were connected with a huge foyer in the early 70’s. So the Thimble Cottage Quilt Shop became the Thimble Cottage Quilt Village. Sandy did not take pictures of the quilt shops, but you can find both online. She highly recommends visiting both shops if you happen to be in the area.

Of course, Sandy was so inspired by her day out with Kristy that she had to come home and start sewing on her machine. Since it was raining, she had to setup her sewing room in the kitchen/dining area by clearing off her side of the counter and putting on the sink covers for extra space. She has been sewing ever since. Oh yea, and Dan can still sit at the dining counter with his laptop without getting stuck with a pin.

Sandy would also like to note that she did not bring home bags of material. She only brought home one small bag with Batik Fat Quarters for an ongoing appliqué project and a couple of patterns.

If you are wondering what Dan was doing this whole time, he was busy installing a US Gear Unified Tow Brake system in the Subaru in Dick and Kristy’s garage. It was nice to work indoors in a well set-up garage for the install.

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