I have had the best week! Our friends, Ross, Nanette, and their daughter, Kimberly came to visit us for a week.
Ross and Steve.
Nanette and I.
Julia, Wade, and Kimberly.
They were our best friends when we lived in PA. We have driven to PA several times to see them since we moved from there 13 years ago, but this was their first time to visit us. We've spent the entire week shopping, talking, eating, and watching movies past midnight.
The highlight of Nanette's trip was to see me, of course, but she loved our home and my quilts.
She loved them all, but her favorite one was my leaf quilt that I finished last year.
I have it hanging in my "not so formal" living room on a shelf/quilt hanger.
I think she may have caught the "I want to learn to quilt bug" when I gave her this quilt that I finished yesterday morning just in time for my "Sew and Tell Friday" project.
Turning Twenty in "Poetry" by April Cornell
There wasn't enough time to teach her to quilt, but I did take her to Hobby Lobby where she bought Pat Sloan's book, I Can't Believe I'm Quilting. I love this book for beginner quilters.
Okay, so back now to Sew and Tell Friday. Last week we were all busy getting our quilts ready to be entered into The Bloggers Quilt Festival at the other Amy's, so Amy said that we could show our finished project this week, too.
Quilted Table Mat
I saw this idea on someone's blog, but I can't remember who. I always give credit where credit is due, so if anyone knows where I got this cute idea, please let me know. It was easy to make, and adds a touch of cuteness to my Halloween decorations. I'll show you.
My trick or treat bowl is adorable, and it looks fine on my table, but look how adorable it is sitting on my table mat! I can think of other embelishments to make my table mat a little more whimsical, but the large rick-rack works great for covering up the seam line. I can see me making lots of these out of my stash of Christmas fabrics for my Christmas decorating.
Thank you to everyone who has commented on my quilt that I entered in the Bloggers Quilt Festival. I haven't had time to respond to everyone through e-mail because I've been busy this week with company. I'm slowly, but surely, making my way through all of the beautiful quilts that have been entered. Each one is beautiful, and the stories behind them are awesome. Some have made me cry, others have made me appreciate that I live in a country where I can buy fabrics and supplies. It just goes to show, though, where there is a will, there is a way. And when there is that "need" to quilt, there's no stopping us!
Have a great weekend!