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Friday, September 21, 2012

Two kinds of fun

Wednesday I was one of a group who drove to St. George, UT, for their state-wide quilt show. A quilt show is a strong incentive to put up with single-lane driving through a construction zone, and with six of us in the vehicle there was lots of chatter to keep us entertained. :) The show itself was a little smaller than we'd expected for a show that encompassed the whole state, but the quilts were lovely. Then, of course, there was the shopping! ;) We did a little shopping with the vendors at the show, but then we went out for lunch and continued on to the Superior Thread place. Wow! What fun that is! The ground floor is floor-to-ceiling shelving with thousands of different threads. I've been there before, but it never fails to make my jaw drop to the floor. However, since the last time I was there, they've added Mother Superior's Fabrics to the upper floor. Wow again! But do you know what one comment was repeated over and over as we came home? It was simply how nice everyone there was, even though we weren't buying as much as some of the other shoppers. :) At the left you can see the sum total of my day's purchases. The two batiks in front were from the Clover Patch Quilt Shop's stand at the show. The pink batik at the back and the deep blue print next to it, as well as the needles and threads, were all from Superior. 

Okay, that was one kind of fun. The second one came about today. I was expecting my new iPhone, and that was an adventure. I was watching the tracking online and knew it was due to arrive this morning, but the UPS truck came to my neighborhood and left again without stopping at my house. Imagine my surprise (to say the least) when the online tracking said it had been delivered! The problem was that the person who signed for it wasn't me. Uh-oh. UPS was singularly unhelpful, saying that they couldn't track the package but that it had been delivered to my address. Wrong. Luckily, I have some very honest neighbors! They signed for the package without looking at it and then realized that it didn't have either their name or their address on it. The new iPhone is now safely at the right house. ;)

Monday, September 17, 2012

Sakura

I've shown you this quilt in progress a few times, but it's now finished! I'm really happy with the way it turned out, though it doesn't quite fit on the wall where I'd planned to hang it; it's a little too long. That's okay; I'll figure out a solution. ;)

What's really funny is that I happened to run into someone I know at an "event" on Saturday at "my" Bernina dealership, and she's the one whose quilt I had so admired that I bought this kit — and it's very unusual for me to buy a kit; I think I've only done that once before.

I quilted this mostly in gold metallic thread, going through a few little glitches when the thread wasn't very cooperative and either broke or kinked. Still, I think that was the right choice. I did use black at the very top and bottom of the central panel, quilting swirls in the top and leaves in the bottom portion. However, the rest is all done in the gold metallic thread. In the central panel and the four outer corners I outlined a lot of the motifs to make them stand out; they were printed with a gold outline, and I think this just emphasized that. The border blocks had me puzzled for a time, but I finally decided simply to do curves on each side of each block; anything more intricate would probably have been lost in the design of the fabrics. I did add some corded piping between the outer border and the binding; I really love that effect on most of my quilts.

This quilt also has only the second embroidered label that I've done, and I think I found an appropriate motif to add to the text. I was very lucky that a good friend had lots of embroidery thread and let me pick out the colors I needed; there were ten colors in all, with almost double that number of thread changes to complete the label.

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Lake Las Vegas

Lake Las Vegas (google for more links) is an area that not enough people know about or visit. The setting there is just beautiful, and there is a little "village" with shops and apartments. We've gone out there several times for various events, and one of those events netted me a gift certificate to eat at Xing, a latin-oriental fusion restaurant. My husband and I decided to use the gift certificate this past Friday, so off we went.




Upon arriving, we first went to The Auld Dubliner for a pre-dinner drink. This is — obviously — an Irish-themed pub, and it's very enjoyable. This is a view of the front — very picturesque, don't you think? Of course, we were inside, since the weather is still rather warm here, but there is also outdoor seating.

Once we'd finished there, we headed across the sidewalk to Xing. I thought that the idea of mixing latin and oriental cuisines might be a bit odd, but I was wrong. In most Mexican restaurants, customers are immediately served chips and salsa while waiting to order and enjoy their meal. Here, we were served tiny chips with a choice of three dips. Hmmm … can you tell that we enjoyed those dips? ;) One was a Chinese-style mustard, another was a slightly spicy sweet-sour concoction, and the third was a very hot sauce — which my husband adored. As for me, I stuck to the other two. ;) My husband also enjoyed a beer, while I ordered a glass of the restaurant's sangría. Yum! 

The dinner I ordered was so delicious that I almost forgot to take a picture! My husband ordered some little ribs (he loves ribs!) that came with rice and a macaroni salad. He also ordered kimchee, which was really fun. My own choice was a tuna tartare that simply melted in my mouth. I loved it!

After finishing our dinners, we discovered that a little still remained of the gift certificate, so we shared a generous serving of the restaurant's mango ice cream for dessert. I love mango in almost anything! All in all it was a delicious meal in a lovely setting, and I hope to return again in the not-too-distant future.