I don't know about you but my weekend was fantastic! (except for the drive home anyway)
I got to spend the weekend with a friend at her cottage in Muskegon.
She is right on lake Michigan!
No kidding, you can see the lake from her house!!
The house sits on a bluff and you have to take some pretty steep steps down to the lake
but it is well worth it!
We went to the AQS show in Grand Rapids on Friday.
I think we spent more time shopping at the show then looking at the quilts.
Quite honestly I found the show a little disappointing.
There didn't seem to be as many quilts that stood out to me as at other shows.
My favorites were not the judges favorites either (big surprise).
I did enjoy the challenge section, especially the birds from a group of quilters in Ann Arbor.
I especially loved this duck quilt.
My very favorite quilt from the show was one of fancy birds.
It was called Fantasy Fowl by Jerre Reese of SC.
Here are some close ups too.
I think this purple one was my favorite!
I did take photos of lots of other quilts and will have them up on my Flickr account
if you want to see them.
While at the vendors I found a few things. A new iron. Freestyle by Panasonic.
The AQS booth had them for around half price!
Too good a deal to pass up especially with the glowing recommendation of my good friend Debbie!
I bought a new ironing board cover too but no pictures to share of that!
I got to demo the new Bernina long arm!
I really, really want this!!!
There are only 2 right now, one at Bernina USA and one at the show.
It came with the table you see it sitting on.
You can also get it with handles and the frame, but I don't have room for that right now.
There was a show special and I was sorely tempted.
All they were asking was for a deposit and the machines are not even out until April of next year.
I told hubby that I bought it and it did not even faze him!!
I think I need to keep him!!
In the end, with all the house expenses, I left it at the show.
I do see this in my future though.
DD2 and I were talking about rings recently and she informed me that she would like an emerald with diamonds surrounding it rather than a plain diamond someday, when she gets engaged.
I found this beauty while at the show too, it was an estate ring.
It also stayed at the show.
This was the only fabric I purchased while at the show.
I needed some more royals for my Kitty mini quilt swap quilt.
These were just what I had in mind!
After all the walking around we were starving so went to the Blue Water Grill.
I had this lobster sandwich and some root chips with their dipping sauces.
I would highly recommend this place for a great meal!
A new quilt shop in Grand Rapids.
Cute shop and friendly people inside!
Lots of great modern fabrics too.
I was able to complete my Fox Field collection from this shop!
We then headed home and walked down to the beach.
It was kind of a gray day but lake Michigan is always beautiful!
I just had to dip my toes in the water!!
We watched the sun set and it was a good reminder that life is good!
More about the weekend later!