Tuesday, August 24, 2010

PTM and TAP's BIG Adventure

Yes you did read that right. You remember my BFF Pauline (Pauline The Magnificant) and now she has her very own blog and she calls me TAP (The Amazing Pam), LOL. Not sure if that is really true but it is what it is! So I started a week of vacation this week, and boy do I need it. I had planned on a trip to the local fabric distributor with PTM for their BIG open house celebration on Monday. I was dragging my behind after my Sunday adventures so we left at 9am instead of our usual 7am. It was better that way!

We got to Checker and checked in and got our packet and lunch tickets. Then off to the show room. Some very famous folks were there demoing their stuff. Elenor Burns was there with her new Barns book. PTM was waiting to talk to her. (That's her in the pink striped shirt)
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We saw some slick new Creative Grid rulers, a piping ruler that was really slick (and I meant to go back and buy but forgot). We met Nancy Halverson too. She was talking about a new fusible product that you can run through your printer and print your applique patterns onto rather than tracing them. She even has all her patterns for Tidings on her website that you can download for a small fee to print and use. Really slick! We also met Karen Eckmeier. She does the book Happy Villages and Layered Waves. Amazing stuff. She was so very plesant to talk with and she signed my books too. Here are 2 of the quilts from her books.
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Don't you just love the Halloween one?? I do! Very cool techniques, both of them.

We had preordered some stuff and I ended up with a bolt of Kona Snow and a really good deal on a 6.5 x 24 CG ruler! We saw some quilts from the Hobo book that were kind of cool.
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I had a conversation with a woman about this one...
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Some woman was saying how ugly it was and yet I was fascinated by it. Apparently it is supposed to be hats and scarves. I thought it looked like modern sheep! How funny is that?? What do you think??

They had a catered lunch for us with pulled pork, chicken, mac and cheese and green beans. It was awesome! (Goodbye diet, hello weight gain, but sooo worth it! Here we are in the lunch area. (well, PTM anyway!
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We finally got out of there and headed home. We decided to stop in Tecumseh at the Quilt Patch. We bought a few things, on sale and headed out to the farm to see LTW and bring her her pre-ordered things too. She couldn't go and play since her boss had been away for a month and got back on Monday! Bummer!! So we played with the chickens, got some eggs, and some veggies and went on our merry way.

Today was spent doing laundry, fixing the garage door, and the fridge (leaky hose). Tomorrow we are planning on going to Berlin Ohio (heart of Amish country) just me and my DH. He had been away in Canada all last week but is now home and on vacation for this week too. We will stay at a B & B and just have some fun together for the next 2 or 3 days.

I probably won't post again until we get back, so have a wonderful few days and I will touch base when I get home.


Denise :) said...

Love the little Halloween quilt. Sounds like you're having a blast! Enjoy and travel safe! :)

Cyndi loves to stitch said...

I thought the halloween quilt was cute, but also was fascinated with the bowler hat/sheep quilt. I just kept leaning my head side to side seeing different things, including your sheep. Thanks for the cool trip.

Allie said...

That looks like buckets of fun - I love Karen Eckmeier's stuff, I'll have to get her books. Enjoy yourself with dh!

Crispy said...

Wow what a fun day but will not hold a candle to the alone time with your sweetheart!! Sure wish I could get Bob to do something like that.

I look forward to hearing about your trip :0)


Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

What amazing work from Karen Eckmeier!Hope you had a great time!

Mary-Kay said...

Lucky you! That's some pretty cool stuff you saw. I'm surprised you didn't buy way more. How tempting!

Lynne in Hawaii said...

Thanks for showing us all the wonderful pictures...almost like being there but not spending anything! The hat/scarves looks to me like an old indian in a blanket. Imagine a face under the hat...

Micki said...

The halloween quilt was so cute!

Amanda Jean said...

sounds like a fun adventure! hope you are enjoying your vacation!

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