Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Michigan, Pulled Pork and Quilts

This past week has held lots of activity for me. To begin with,  I traveled to Michigan to speak at a couple of meetings.  I had never been to Michigan before so I was excited about going.  I love going to places I have never been.  The people that I meet have been totally awesome.  My message of what possibilities there are for those of us with MS along with the idea of making a difference in the lives of others never fails to make those listening at least stop and think about where they've been and where they are headed.  That can be nothing but positive.  I was very excited to get to share the trip with my sister.  On day two of a three day trip we made it to a quilt store.  Here's what we thought we just had to bring home in our already stuffed luggage.

As you can see, the shop was called Material Mart.  We thought it was a great shop.  The problem was we only had about 40 minutes in the shop and I got a business phone call while I was there.  The phone call saved me from further damage to my fabric budget!  (Greg would say "What budget?")

Here's a quilt Kathy sewed and quilted for us.  What a great way to use those scraps of florals that you aren't quite sure what to do with.

I love the backing on this one.

Kathy also sewed and quilted this one.  It is a great print for a little boy and the plaid is a great contrasting fabric.

The backing is the same print as the focus fabric on the front.

I think this is a really fun quilt that Kathy did.  I love the slices of fruit with the daisies.

The choice of a matching stripe for the back of the quilt is perfect.

And now....introducing my new quilt model...my son Joel.  You've seen Greg's legs and hands frequently and now you get to see Joel's.  Joel and Cara flew in from Washington, D.C. Friday evening, not long after I returned from Michigan Friday afternoon.  It was Homecoming weekend at Kansas University where Joel, Joshua and his wife Jessica received their undergraduate degrees.  Football was on tap for the weekend.  It was also the last chance they would have to visit before Cara needs to stop traveling due to the newest Welch's arrival.  My son Joshua and wife Jessica live about 30 minutes from us and volunteered to do all of the cooking for us so I didn't have to worry about that.  THe food was delicious.  Josh smokes a mean pulled pork.  Not that anyone would look closely, but Greg's legs and Joel's legs look eerily similar.

Back to the quilt.  This pink cutie was a combined effort from my sister and me.  We took star blocks, added some leftover four patches to make the checkerboard and knew we had a winner.  We were one star block short.  I took some pinwheels made from half-square triangles left from the star points.  I made the missing block and it is my favorite!  Goes to show, never through away those corners you trim!