The final episode in Wednesday in the Midwest - A Trilogy.
When the shopping was done, QuiltGranny Sharon turned the car toward home. But there was a brief stop for cold drinks at Sonic Burger (car hop service is such fun.) We dropped Carolyn at her home to pick up the 'little girl brownies*' we would have for dessert later. Sharon's home is set on acreage property that has been lovingly tended and landscaped. A second trip is needed just to explore her gardens.
Once inside we were met by 2 more Amazing Quilt Babes - the others joined us later - and the delicious smells of the crust-less quiches Sharon's hubby prepared for our dinner while we shopped. After all the introductions, we had the quiche, green salad, fresh fruit and those brownies. Sharon's hubby took care of clean up ( what a great guy) while we were treated to a Quilt Babe show-and-tell in the living room.
Judy and I had been asked to bring a sharp pair of scissors to work on a surprise project that evening. We moved into Sharon's quilt studio for a demonstration of The 6 Minute Circle by Dale Fleming. What a fun technique! Below is the circle I made - who would've thunk it?
Turns out that I have an idea to give these circles a home in a quilt. On my flight, I noticed the farms with square plots of land but crops growing in circles. A funny sight - made me think that they were farming polka dots. I was told that farming in western Kansas requires irrigation for the crops to survive. The most effective means of irrigation is to water the crops in circles. While I don't have a picture of the Polka Dot Farms - I can certainly create a quilt that will be a wonderful memory of what I saw and the new friendships I made in Kansas on a Wednesday in June.
After our good bye's were said with hugs all around and promises to keep in touch. Sharon and her Hubby returned two very tired gals back to the Missouri side of Kansas City. I was so excited to be attending the quilt retreat that I had no idea what wonderful things were in store for me with new quilting friends.
This is a picture of my watermelon quilt. I promised to share it on my blog. It was made VERY early in my quilting career from a pattern by Cheri Payne that was meant to be a wall hanging. It has some questionable fabric choices and very poor machine quilting, but I think it makes a nice welcome on my front porch in the summer.
Last is a picture of a project I started yesterday afternoon. I need a new project like a hole-in-the-head, but here it is anyway. It was a class offered at Primitives that I was unable to fit into my schedule. I was able to pick up the pattern at Quilter's Station - thinking I would just add it to my pattern collection and get to it . . . eventually. Once it was home, it began calling my name. There is no piecing involved - just an applique border. I plan to hand quilt it so I can say it was not touched by machine. I think that has such a nice sound.
Thanks for sticking with me on The Wednesday Trilogy. I promise the next two days, while filled with special classes and teachers, are not nearly as long and involved.
*'little girl brownies' - no nuts
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