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Friday, March 30, 2012

Now where did I leave off?

Last we talked, I was in the middle of the Forsyth County quilt show.  The show was wonderful and there was a great turnout.  On Sunday, Debbie from From the Strawberry Patch came by to visit.  Isn't she just adorable?!  (She would be the adorable one on the left).

The next weekend I was at the annual Quilters of South Carolina spring meeting.  It was held in Sumter, South Carolina.  We had Gyleen Fitzgerald as our guest speaker this year.  What a great public speaker she was!  If you ever get to hear her speak . . . . . Our class samples were displayed for the class we are to teach at the Fall Retreat.  I am teaching a penny rug class but haven't taken a picture of it yet.

This past week, I took a class with internationally-known teacher Pat Sloan.  The class focused on creating applique backgrounds from something OTHER than beige.  I am the queen of beige!  How did I do?  I'll let you know after I get home and take a picture of the background I finished.  My applique will be in wool, of course!!

And today, I am in Hilton Head Island for the Palmetto Quilt Guild quilt show.  Some of the most beautiful quilts I have ever seen.  Really!

Isn't this beautiful?  And it won a second place ribbon!

The show runs today and tomorrow from 10 until 5 and is located at the St. Andrews-By-The-Sea UMC, 20 Pope Avenue on beautiful Hilton Head Island.  Only blocks from the beach! 

Blessings, Cathi

Friday, March 16, 2012

3 bloggers all in a row . . . . .

First day of the Forsyth County Piecers show.

Look what we managed . . . .

Sandi from Dogwood Country took our picture so she couldn't wouldn't be in it.

What fun to see Carrie and Mary again and also to meet Sandi.

Lots of beautiful quilts at this show too.  Back tomorrow from 10 until 6 and then on Sunday from 1 until 4.

Blessings, Cathi

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

So much to say, so little time . . . . .

Okay, so I didn't get back to posting pictures of the Charleston show.  I didn't tell you about the Charlotte show at all.  I didn't even take pictures or see the quilts at the Charlotte show!

Charleston was a fantastic show all the way around (except for a little incident of it pouring rain while we packed up Saturday night but the sales made up for it).  

Here is my favorite quilt in the show . . . . . see all the pretty ribbons?

Charleston was so good that I spent the entire next week trying desperately to replace everything I sold for the next weekend in Charlotte.  Well, I did manage to do that and a good thing I did.  Charlotte was just as good! 

So now I am back at it, trying desperately to replace what I sold in Charlotte because I am headed to Forsyth County, North Carolina tomorrow afternoon! 

This is a special show because Carrie P. is a member of this guild!  Here is a link to their website so you can get all the information about the show.  Forsyth County is near/contains/is within spitting distance of Winston-Salem, North Carolina.  It is home to so many things.  One of my favorite places to visit in W-S is Old Salem Village.

Look at a picture of their raffle quilt ..... just stunning!

A note about my website .....

The Married One said she has been embarrassed long enough by it.  (Aren't kids grand?!)  She is in retail AND knows how to shop in person and on the internet.  She has decided to overhaul my website for me (Thank you, thank you, thank you).  We are shooting for an April 15th re-launch.  She has also offered to send out my email newsletters so maybe they will be in your inbox at least once a month like I had planned!

Blessings, Cathi

Friday, March 2, 2012

The front doors of Charleston, SC . . . . .

If you have never been to Charleston, South Carolina, it is a MUST for your bucket list.  There are just too many things to list as to why you need to visit.

One of my favorite things to do is just walk the streets looking at the AMAZING architecture.  I arrived at the show early to take a morning stroll through some of the side streets.  

A quirky little thing Charleston has is the front door before the front door.

There are front doors to the front porch everywhere.

Some have just beautiful courtyards just behind the wall. . . . 

Some have beautiful, refinished doors . . . . .

And then there are the staircases that lead to front doors . . . . .

And some beautiful old churches with some more great front doors . . . . .

The church below was built in 1836 - 25 years before the War Between the States - and it survived.

With this above the front door . . . . .

Some front doors were more uhmmmm, neglected than others . . . .

I hope you enjoyed just one little corner of historic Charleston.  This was just a 3 block area.  When you get here, bring your most comfortable walking shoes!

Tomorrow . . . . the quilts at the quilt show . . . . .

Blessings, Cathi