I know, I'm a weaver. Always have been. Always will be. But I do dabble. I make bobbin lace when I can and I quilt whenever possible. My friend Helen used to weave as well, but now she quilts and makes lace. We've been friends since I moved up here in 1980. She found out about a trip to a quilt show in Ohio and thought we ought to go. So, last Wednesday she and I were both at Shoney's where the bus was picking us up. We left at 6:30 AM!! First stop was Norris where more ladies were picked up. Fay was one of them. I've been friends with her since 1980 as well. We've all been through so much over the years. Along with Fay we picked up Carolyn who hasn't been a friend as long but we've been just as good friends.
Another person I was so surprised to see get on the bus was Sharen. Yes, our Sharen who had to quit weaving when she got a job. Well, the job's done and she is retired. Yeah, I think I talked her into coming back to be with us on Tuesdays!!
The trip was a 3 day, 2 night one. We had a blast!! Talked for 3 days straight. The show had alot of quilts on display but also vendors. We all enabled each other. Need I say more?! I've got projects for awhile now.
I thought I'd try to take a few pictures to show the flavor of the show.This picture actually doesn't show how crowded it was among the vendors. Sometimes you couldn't really get to the back of a booth but we all patiently waited. We were fortunate in that we went to an evening preview party which included 2 hours of shopping without the crowds. If we hadn't gotten up so early or if we'd actually rested inbetween instead of talking those afternoon hours......we could have thought straight and shopped more intelligently but by 8pm we were crosseyed! So we waited til morning (and the crowds) to figure out what we needed.
Then we came on down to Tennessee. Over a month ago part of the highway slid down the hill and it's going to be quite awhile before it's all fixed. For now, heading north is 2 lanes but coming south is just one lane. The line was about 15 miles long and it took almost an hour and a half to get through that section of road. It's actually right at the Stinking Creek exit, where Bonnie lives!!
I got a picture of the wait early on with our fearless bus driver in the mirror.
Here are the 4 of us getting ready to get back on the bus!
The trip next year is to a different show and it's a bit earlier in the year. So far we all can go.....here's hoping that continues. Getaways like this are to be treasured.
Back to weaving for this week. I've got a loom to thread and another few warps to wind....
Til next week.