Blount County Quilters Guild Quilt Show, Blount Co. Alabama

Here are some photo’s of the 2014 give a way quilt. You will see the information below. This years winner for the first time will have the option of picking one of these quilts and the other will be offered for sale.DSCN6896DSCN6897DSCN6928DSCN6932DSCN6932

The above I took last year while it was in the process of being made so you can get a really good idea of how it looks. They both are very beautiful and I would even have a hard time trying to decide which one I would like. It takes about a year to construct the give a way quilt. You are getting a bargain if your name is picked. IT DOES NOT MATTER IF YOU LIVE OUT OF STATE.. They will ship to you at no charge. One year I believe the winner was in Vermont or some northern state.Auburn

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These last few were made on an iPhone and the photo’s are not that good. They are so beautiful in person.

October 24, 25 2014 the Blount County Quilters Guild will be holding their annual quilt show at Palisades Park close to Oneonta, AL. This park in itself is gorgeous and a wonderful place to visit. The quilt show is held inside the park will be at the Quilters Cottage. It does not cost anything to enter the park but there is a small show entrance fee of $5.00. This will get you entrance to the cottage and Moss Lodge to view all the beautiful quilts on display.  This money later on in the year goes to scholarships for young people in our area to go to college. Each year the guild gives several scholarships. They also sponsor many other charitable organizations.  You will see gorgeous works of art. Oh you can enter your quilt in the show if you wish. They give ribbons.

They will also have a raffle for a quilt. In the past they have only had one handmade quilt for raffle. This year they will be having two.  Now the winner will only get to pick ONE quilt and the other one will be offered for sale.

Linda and some of the other ladies decided that since in our state Alabama and Auburn Football is the thing that ranks number 1  they would make a quilt of each team and the winner gets to pick which one they want.  Well Linda contacted each school and NO they could not use the LOGO’s on any of the quilts but they could use the colors in the quilts.  I think this turned out so much better. I personally love Auburn University but I also think Alabama’s colors in their items are so pretty. It would be hard for me to want an Alabama quilt with their logo on it but I sure would not mind this one with these beautiful colors. If my name is picked it is going to be a hard choice for me.

I was once a member of this guild and got so busy along in life that I am not  a member this year  but I truly support the shows, their work and the raffle quilt. I know what goes in these quilts.  These are handmade. By that I mean yes the tops are sewn together on a sewing machine which we all do. Hardly anyone makes a quilt anymore they sew the top blocks together by hand. However the quilt itself is quilted by hand. Now that is almost not heard of anymore because most of us have Long Arm quilting machines that we quilt them on the machine instead of by hand. So if your ticket is drawn out the last day of the show which will be Saturday 25th at 4 pm you will receive ONE quilt of your choice. Tickets are $1.00 each or 6 for $5.00.  If any of you are interested in purchasing a ticket or tickets you can contact me at SadieMaesAttic@aol.com and put tickets in the subject.  That was my grandmothers name and not a spam site. I used to love to play in her attic when she went to town and told me not to get in to anything while she was gone I’d head up to the attic knowing very well I would get in trouble if I got caught!

I will see that you are notified back that I received your money and I will mail your ticket stub to you. If you are more comfortable with mailing it directly to the guild I will provide the address and contact person. Just send me an email and I will work with you any way you wish.  Of all the many years I have been affiliated with the guild this is the best quilt or quilts they have offered. They are the most prettiest I have ever seen the guild have for a raffle and I love the two choices. So if you are an Auburn or Alabama fan and you wish for a chance to win the ONE quilt of your choice let me know.   Do you know to have a quilt hand quilted it cost 1000’s of dollars. If your name is picked you are getting a deal!  A handmade quilt for $1.00  you can not beat that!

If you are in Alabama and wish to attend the show please do so. You will not be sorry. There are vendors there each year and if you wish to be one yourself please let me know and I will put you in contact with the President Eileen Cundiff for information.

TICKETS $1.00 each or 6 for $5.00   you can make out your check or money order to Blount County Quilters Guild and mail it to Chris Wheeler, PO Box 170 , Locust Fork, AL 35097  or if you prefer I can get you the address of the guild and you mail it there. I am just trying to help them out. DO  NOT MAKE THE CHECK OUT TO ME..  They are non profit organization and you may be able to take this off your taxes as a deduction because of a donation.

In the same weekend on Saturday only, Blount County Alabama will have their 31st Annual Covered Bridge Festival.

This will be downtown Oneonta, AL. In addition to visiting the Blount County Quilt Guild quilt show at the Quilting Cottage at Palisades Park be sure to try to visit this festival. There will be a pancake breakfast, arts and crafts, 5K run, a fun run, golf tournament, car show, river walk and much more. You can go to http://bocc.publishpath.com/covered-bridge-festival to print out an application if you wish you be a vendor. Plus there is more information there.

Here is information about the guild   http://www.blountcountyquiltersguild.com

Oh for all of you that want to learn the art of quilting the second and fourth Saturday of each month Palisades Park, Quilters Cottage is the place to be.  Linda Wade is the most awesome teacher ever. Membership fee for one year is $18.00 for the first year and that includes your pin.  From then out it is $12.00 a year.. Where can you go to take a quilting for $.50 a class??? No where. That is basically what it amounts to .. They meet 10 till about 2 or 3 pm. You do not have to bring your own machines. They have some there. If you prefer to bring yours that is ok also.

You can email me for more details.  SadieMaesAttic@aol.com   Please put something in the subject like like Quilt Tickets or Quilt Show so I will not send your email to spam.

 

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What A Blessed Weekend.

I have had such a blessed weekend it is not even real.

Friday Gary and I went to Madison, AL to PAWS and to meet a friend of mine who is a stained glass artist and her sweet husband Billy who was babysitting their “baby” Nikki.  Montie is her name. I will not put her full name on here but if anyone wants to contact her to purchase her work they can ask me and I can forward their information to her to get in contact with you.

I have two of her awesome pieces. I just heard from Montie.. here is her web site http://heartsaboundglass.wordpress.com

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It was really funny. I kept hitting the quilt piece with my shoulder. She would tack it back up and I’d walk buy and almost knock it off again. It took three times of that for me to realize it was a stain glass quilt piece and the Universe wanted me to have it. It was like “am I going to have to knock you in the head to get your attention? Take me home with you.” The rest is history.

I love the cats piece. That was a housewarming gift from Montie.  Over the last 27 years I have had three cats. She did not know that and the strange thing, they all looked like these three. So this piece was definitely for me. I love both very much.

I have always wanted to go to the Blooming Arts and Craft Festival in Cullman, AL at St. Bernards. It is such a beautiful place and so peaceful. That is where the Ave Maria Grotto is located. If any of you have never been there you need to go and also read about the history of the place. It is something to behold.   Below some pictures of today with explanations underneath the pictures.  Here is some history of the Grotto http://www.stbernardabbey.com/default.asp?iId=LHGJD  I did not go to the Grotto today. That will be in a few weeks when everything is in bloom and you can see the full beauty of the place. I will take pictures.DSCN9591

The entrance to the art show.DSCN9592

Aunt Janice had to make a friend. She never meets a stranger! There were four of the ladies at the show.  I purchased one, you will see her in a few photo’s down. We thought we were going to have to leave Deara(Aunt Jan) at the festival so I could get “Bernice” home. I have had my car for four years and learned about it today from the man at the festival trying to get Bern loaded up. The backseat folds down and you can put things in the trunk up to the front seats. Well what do you expect. I have had this car four years and just hit thirty thousand. Truly an “old lady” car!  I just get in crank, turn on the radio, put on seat belts and take off I never have read the manual and always wondered what those straps were for. Oh well.DSCN9593

I just snapped the above. I was not sure what I took.DSCN9594 DSCN9595

I absolutely loved these hummingbird feedersDSCN9596

This lady has some really cool signs. I laughed and acted so silly today.  I just had to get a picture of this one.

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God love Barney Fife. Was he not the best in Mayberry? Well besides Andy, Goober, Floyd, Opie, Gomer, Howard…do I need to go on? We all need to live a Mayberry life. Great lessons there.DSCN9598

I am not sure what this building was but to the left on the stage was a great musical group.DSCN9599

Meet Bradley Kirkpatrick. One awesome young man. BEAUTIFUL piano musician, composer and just an all and all nice man. I bought three of his CD’s. We talked with him and found out his grandmother was a well known quilter in Texas in her time. Annie Kirkpatrick. I told Bradley he needed to make us a quilting CD with pictures of his grandmother on the front cover with her quilts. I tell you one thing. I can listen to his music and just sew away and be so relaxed and happy. He is an excellent musician-composer and you can go here  and read all about him and as he said “listen to a gazillion” of his songs no charge. http://www.bradleykirkpatrickmusic.com  You know young people today are so much more blessed than we were growing up. You should thank God or whomever you believe in for all the good opportunities you have and take advantage of every one of them. He trained in London, lived and played his beautiful music all over the world. Is that not a blessing? Go listen and you can purchase his work on his site.. VERY AFFORDABLE.DSCN9600

Inside the church. Aunt Jan and I were standing there at 10:30 and we saw people going in and she said “I would like to go in” and I don’t remember what I said and we kept on keeping on and now we are kicking ourselves on our backside for not going to mass.   I could see in they were in line taking sacrament or Holy Communion whichever you call it and we went in stood inside the vestibule and looked in for them to finish and when it was all over we got to meet the Abbott.  He shook Aunt Jan’s harm and I put my hand on his arm I wanted all of His Holiness blessings to rub off on me. He was a nice man. The purple robe he had on was simply magnificent.DSCN9601

This was the stained glass over the front door. This picture does not do it justice.DSCN9602

The statues and cross are covered with purple robes until Easter. My second man BFF told me. You will see him later!DSCN9603

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I am not making fun. I need to sit in here for a week and confess 60 years of mess.  It would take me 60 years to talk about everything I needed forgiven for. Thank goodness all we have to do is know we have done wrong and ask forgiveness and then try not to do it again! I am thankful for that. I would hate to receive punishment for my whatever.

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This was so touching. Everything in this entire place was absolutely gorgeous and so spiritual. You could feel the Lord’s presence here. It was a wonderful place.DSCN9606

Well here is Eddie. Besides my husband Gary, this is the second man in my life and by that I mean we call each other “Big Brother, Little Sister.” We have been friends for many years. He and his wife Shirley by the way looked awesome in her beautiful purple outfit, they were here today. He is a Counselor for the St. James in Gadsden, AL. I know he has counseled me a ton online over the years before he started at the church.  We have had a very close friend relationship for a really long time. We are like brother and  sister from different mothers. I was so glad to see both of them. We visited about an hour.  I treasure the Blackwelders!  Yes I don’t like my picture made. I am very uncomfortable in front of the camera so I always look like I am smirking but I was smiling from ear to ear in my heart! For all my post office friends. YES I AM GRAY HEADED NOW!!!!! Must have been those years of the PO.DSCN9609

This group was OFF THE CHARTS AWESOME.  Best music. DSCN9612

Look who is living at the house. First I named her Laura Agnes after a grandmother, then I decided my sister Karen already had a doll Laura Agnes, so then I was going to name her Hannah Carroll after my Dad’s mother Hannah Carroll Vanzant Epps but that just was not right for her. So I called her Bernice after we got home after my dear sweet friend that died and it was just perfect and when I told Gary he said that was wonderful because it reminded him of Bernice. DSCN9614

She came with everything! Dressed to the nines, her own watering can, seeds, wreath, flowers and even rubber boots!DSCN9615

Up close and personal but it did not show her “ear bobs”  earrings…  She is one cool chick after her namesake Bernice!DSCN9616

I went outside after we got home to show you a surprise turned around and the door was open and someone was peeking out at me and I just the wreath I made and this was just the perfect picture for the perfect day!DSCN9617

You all thought I was kidding when I told you  my table was sprouting. I finally put a plastic pot watering thing down to see how big the thing will get. DSCN9618

I forgot to edit this picture and rotate it but you can see the other side of the leg of the coffee table is sprouting also. It is so fertile here. DSCN9619Our beautiful love seat! Sometimes we cozy up at night outside and listen to music and burn incense. I hope the neighbors do not see us and talk about us …”Look at them kissing over there. Those old folks!”

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Original Sewing And Quilting Expo

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Click here for information on where the shows will be.  http://www.sewingexpo.com/Calendar.aspx

 

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Arizona Quilt Shows 2014

http://www.quilterstravelcompanion.com/quilt-shows/arizona-quilt-shows.php

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Alaska Quilt Shows 2014

Here is a list of Quilt Shows in Alaska. http://www.quilterstravelcompanion.com/quilt-shows/alaska-quilt-shows.php?

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Alabama Quilt Shows 2014

Quilters Companion has list of quilt shows for each state.  You can click here to see them for Alabama http://quilterstravelcompanion.com/quilt-shows/alabama-quilt-shows.php#March.     You can key in your state and find the shows for your area.

Also if you Alabama or states nearby notice in October The Sewing Expo will be in Birmingham, AL

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I Am Not MIA

I am not Missing In Action.. I am busy.  We moved to a new home and that has taken up a ton of my time.  I hope to be back sewing this week and blogging.

Stay tuned for good things to come.

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New Fish Pattern from Fons and Porter “Going To Class.”

Fish quilt.

In today’s economy we are blessed to be able to have free patterns from these wonderful companies.    I love Fons and Porter.  They are very talented nice ladies and have such easy beautiful patterns. Check out “Going To Class.”

I was excited to click on my email and seeing the fish pattern and  even more excited when it was no charge.

http://www.fonsandporter.com/articles/Going_to_Class_Free_Pattern_Kids_Quilt

I plan on getting started today and also I plan on buying a subscription to their magazine. I  only take two subscriptions a year.  One is non quilt related and one will be quilt related. This year Fons and Porter gets my subscription.

ENJOY!

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