Sunday, February 28, 2010

Visiting Sweet Home

It's been a challenging winter. Yesterday, I finally made a road trip to my favorite quilt shop, Sweet Home in Conyers, GA. It was in December, the last time I had visited any quilt shop. It was pure pleasure visiting Melisa and Mike, owners of the shop and visiting with quilting buddies, Karin and Cindi. Even Pat of Silver Thimble fame was there teaching a class for beginner quilters. I love neutral fabrics. The entrance of the shop had several projects in neutral fabrics including Pat's White Chocolate design and her neutral body pillow design, Wrapped in Comfort. I'm working on a king size White Chocolate. I actually expected to have it finished by now :)
"Moda Man" even made it to the shop. He has a special pocket in Karin's "Bad Melisa" bag. He "deactivated" the head-gear that protected us from the "gotta buy this Moda fabric" airwaves.I picked up a charm pack and yard of the new Boutique line to make a tote bag for a gift. I'm also cutting two new projects. I needed more tone-on-tone black fabric to make Pat's Scrappy Nine quilt. I also need more white with black prints.
This motto, "Live Well... Laugh Often...Love Much" is in the entrance/foyer of the shop. Those vibes were vibrating at Sweet Home!Karin had completed piecing her Sixteen Patches and Pinwheels that several of us participated in trading strips. Gorgeous! Can't wait to piece my top.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

To Buzz or Not To Buzz

Saturday was our County Reader's Rally. Our school system is huge with over 100 schools. Over 80 schools sent teams to compete in the "Rally." Our school team has been preparing since last May. Our fourth and fifth grade students read 20 books from a list of specific books and have been practicing questions from the books to prepare for the Rally. The competition was fierce in our division. We did win our Division and participated in the Quarter-Finals. Our kids did a fabulous job in that round and will compete in the Final Four on Thursday. The competition will be taped and aired on the School System television channel. This group of students have been a joy. Several were on our team last year. My favorite part of the competition day is spending time with the families. Moms, Dads, Grandparents, younger siblings, teachers, our administrators were all their to encourage our students. Keep your fingers crossed for us as we prepare for our competition on Thursday!