Saturday, March 6, 2010

What's Up At Puyallup?

Wow! The mother of all sewing shows, the Sewing Expo in Puyallup, Washington is over. And what a show it was. Marcy and I, with our friends Jude and Deena (and a wild afternoon Friday with Raylene), worked our cutting fingers to the bone for three solid days of fabric worship (well include Paris buttons, silk screens, patterns and trims in there too). Mary Koons stopped by and did a book signing with her beautiful book MorFar's Bluebirds which she has illustrated with her original quilts. Many other friends stopped by to, soaking the feel of all the delicious fabrics into their fingers. Sunday was blessedly quiet which gave us a chance to shop for ourselves, picking up new notions and other goodies. What an adventure!

I especially love meeting and talking to the new young sewers. I met a 14 year old, Stacie from Idaho who came with her Mom to take my class, 'The Arty T'. Here is Stacie, wearing the original dress she made from re-cycled t-shirts. My granddaughter Bridget, now 11 is doing the same re-cycling thing with many of her old favorite garments.

We were able to view the majesty of Mount Ranier two days in a row and also were happy to see Mount St Helen's and Mount Hood on the drive home. How fortunate that even freeway driving is so scenic.

Back in the studio creating feels fabulous. I have some venues in Minnesota I'm preparing for - Art at Highland, March 27th, the shop at the Textile Center and Elinor Auge's new shop (I hope it's called 'Elinor') opening the weekend of April 23d. Getting ready today for another trip out into the world - Las Vegas this time to find more fabric. Love all the fun choices, connecting with friends and good restaurants.