Sunday, September 30, 2012

Visiting Alabama a lovely experience in Autumn

I was invited to Huntsville Alabama to teach easy piecing blocks like hoochy and Flower Power. We had so much fun and while I was there I got to see some of the city and it was wonderful. If you haven't been there put it on your bucket list. I will be showing class photos later and you can see some now on my other
So I just got home from a lovely trip to the South. I started teaching in Huntsville Alabama where I hadn't been before. Lovely place with lovely people. There are great places to eat with good food...why is it that the South has more places that are not chains and they know how to cook and bake fabulous things? I would weigh at least 150 pounds more if I lived there and I am not kidding. We had a Flower Power two day class in fun and some really great creative girls there.
Here is a quilt done with those strip rolls...she said she chopped off 18 inches and then just pieced this...I would chop this up too for houses, flowers and other hoochy fun blocks....I thought this was exceptionally beautiful with it's light and color
If you haven't made Flower Power Flowers, you are missing out...they are fun and creative!
I wanted to say how much my hostess's went out of their way to get me water (I always want water back at the room) and other things I needed and they helped me carry my heavy heavy bags and just were wonderful. I have had such NICE hostess's this Fall and it sure helps. My back is giving me trouble again and when I get help it sure is nice. The hostess in Alabama hauled so many things to bring for her girls...we had sweet and unsweet tea each day and special ironing boards and I cannot imagine people offering to run for that hard job, but they do. :0) My other hostess had lost over 140 pounds, can you imagine? She said she is a new person and eats the right way now. A real inspiration to all.
This lady shared her adorable house block swap quilt with us and she worked on a hoochy border for this quilt. It is going to be super fun, super color and great anywhere she hangs it! Loved her sharing with the class and even better was she came with her wonderful Mother-I love it when Mother and Daughter sew....really great gals
This poster was shared by the house lady's Mother- we all LOVED fun
You know I really notice in the South how people help each other more with carrying things in for the class, setting up, complimenting each other, saying nice things, introducing each other, bringing treats for others to share etc. This is just an observation...not saying all quilters aren't wonderful but you sure notice how nice everyone is and no whiners that I could see in is a fun experience to see this. I hope to go back and see other parts of Alabama some day. Stay tuned I want to tell the story about an Afgan women I met in the airport and what she told me about living in Afganistan. I am too tired now but will be sharing it for sure. NOTE- I got down payment money from most of the retreat girls who signed up for next June. If you were one of the ones who told me you are coming, please send your money now to me so I don't sell your spot. I only have a couple left. Happy Fall Y'all!

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