Last Week of March
Wow, does anyone else feel like this year is speeding past? I do think the older you get, the faster time flies, but .. REALLY?
On Wednesday I headed east again to A Mountain Quilt Fest in Pigeon Forge, TN. Having skipped it last year, I was excited to return to one of the nicest, most relaxed, quilt shows in this area. And it's free! (except the classes and dinners)
Adding to the excitement, I was introducing The Joyful Quilter to several of my S'mores friends for the first time. On Thursday Joy and I did the show and Friday we both had a class.
The show was expansive and had a lot of variety, even though it was mostly local entries. I'll try to put together a post of the quilts later this week. I couldn't get online at the hotel so I have a lot of catching up to do.
In my class I had a refresher course with Donna Lynn Thomas on her On-Point Ruler. I managed to get one block done and three more cut out.
Well, I guess I could have given it a little press before I photographed it! I'm thinking I'll put the 4 blocks into a table runner and call it done.
The ruler is designed to take the math out of on-point settings. The measurements on the ruler are calculated from the diagonal measurement of a square which is 1.414 times the side of a square. It's not often that measurement comes out to something exactly on a standard ruler. Frankly, I don't think I'd go to the trouble with just a block; I'd find a way to make things fit. But where I think the value of the ruler comes in is when you want to put on-point squares in a border (or Seminole or some other similar on-point unit). In that situation all you need to know is the length of the border and a unit it is divisible by. The ruler does the rest.
In the evenings we ate prime rib, burritos, and fish & chips. I haven't even had the courage to step on the scale since I got back home! One of the more interesting places we ate was Quaker Steak and Lube. I have no idea it it's a chain or local but the food was good.
There was definitely an automobile vibe there!
I did not venture up into the hills around Gatlinburg; I just didn't want to see the devastation from the fires last Fall.
Another Mountain Quilt Fest is history. Well worth the trip.