Longest Blog Post Ever

I am going to start off with an apology. I am SO sorry this post is sooooo long. I just have so much to talk about! First, I went to visit my parents last week and to go to the county fair. I entered eight items and received three blue ribbon and four red ribbons. The blue ribbons were my casserole carrier (no picture, sorry!), my baby quilt, and my turtle wall hanging (picture below). The only negative comment on any of the blue items was that some of the stitching was showing on the baby quilt. I was not sure exactly what that meant, so I decided to ignore it. The red items were my bag, my purple wall quilt, my place mats, and my iPad sleeve. The criticisms I received were that the binding on the purple wall quilt was not sew on the front of the corner and the iPad sleeve button was not directly centered. My Christmas tree did not receive a prize, which surprised me because I think it’s adorable, but apparently the ribbon needs to be on the top. I was also surprised that my purple wall quilt did not receive a blue…until I saw the wall quilt it was up against. It was amazing and totally deserved the blue ribbon. Overall, I was quite happy and I made $17.00. I had no idea I would receive money for ribbons and when I went to pick up my items from my cousin and she said she would get me my check, I apparently had the most shocked look on my face. I had no idea what she was talking about because I knew she didn’t owe me money. Anyway, $17.00 will buy some more fabric!

Sashiko Turtle Wall Hanging

The second amazing part of the county fair: trailer races. It’s totally redneck, but amazing. Basically, anybody can get an old vehicle that runs, put a roll cage on it, and hook any type of trailer to the back of it. It can be a camper trailer, a car trailer, a boat and trailer, a cattle trailer, a trailer with an outhouse stuck on top, ANYTHING! And you can continue racing as long as your vehicle runs and you have some sort of trailer attached. It was insane! Boats were turned upside down. Camper trailers were in pieces. Vehicles caught on fire. I cannot wait to watch them again next year. Most redneck thing every, but sooo much fun to watch.

Moving on to quilting stuff, Sew Country was having a special sale in honor of the fair. I bought 20 fat quarters! Again, this is my FAVORITE fabric shop ever. They have over 10,000 fat quarters. It’s fabulous. Most of the fat quarters that I bought will be used in the crossword quilts, but there were four that were just fun and two that my sister took to make placemats for her boyfriend’s place. Actually, mom will probably make the placemats, but Robin had a big part in choosing the fabric and design.

Black and White Fat Quarters

I absolute love that houndstooth fabric and the firework fabric on the far left. They are my favorite. I can’t wait to start making these quilts, but I have a couple of projects before that.

Blue, Pink, and Brown Fat Quarters

Those are the four fun fat quarters that I bought. I cannot even choose a favorite because they are all so dang cute! I have no idea what I will do with them, but I cannot wait to make something with them!

Speaking of Robin and other projects, I brought back the fabric from a quilt that she started with my great-grandma. I started one at the same time and finished it while in Albuquerque for her funeral. It was my first quilt. Robin never finished hers. It was supposed to be 12 nine patch blocks. She finished 2 and half. I’m having her finish the half by hand and then I’m going to put the rest together since the fabric is all there. It’s horrendous, in her words. It’s very 10-Things-I-Hate-About-You-ish. She was like 10 or 12 when she chose these fabrics so give her some slack.

Robin's Quilt Fabrics

Yup, that is definitely yellow flowers and pink flames. What goes together better? Haha.

Robin's Completed Blocks

And there are her two finished blocks. She didn’t do a bad job for hand sewing them together.

My grandma visited us on Sunday before we left. She brought goodies for us. I had previously gotten a ring that was my Aunt Estels for a birthday or graduation. I love it. Anyway, Grandma is now giving all of the female grandchildren rings that were Aunt Estels. I guess Aunt Estel had a lot of rings. I love stuff like that and it’s really cool that we all have one.

Aunt Estel's Ring

Isn’t it beautiful? Grandma also passed out sheet music that belonged to her father. He played the violin. I got three pieces that I am going to frame. He stamped all of his music with his name. The best part: On one piece of music, he wrote the date August 7, 1924. I didn’t think about it right away, but after about 30 minutes, I realized that the date was August 7th. I received his piece of music on the same date that he did…only 87 years later. How is that for fate or coincidence? I think it’s just awesome.

Sheet Music with Date

So awesome! The copyright is 1924.

Sheet Music

The copyright of the top one is 1921 and the copyright of the yellow one is 1923. All of the grandchildren are receiving sheet music if they want it. My mom and Aunt Lorie both already had some of his sheet music framed.

Ah! I think that is all of the news from my weekend trip back to my hometown. Moving on to new stuff…I attended the Kansas City Modern Quilt Guild meeting tonight. I LOVED IT! That was a room full of my kind of people. I cannot even tell you how excited I am. I am now a member! It took all of 2 minutes for me to decide to be a member. They just do so much cool stuff and I cannot wait to get involved. Actually, I’m already involved. I signed up for some fabric from Jay McCarroll. I think I’ve talked about him before. I absolute love some of his fabric and I REALLY REALLY wanted to buy some but it was hard to find and I was saving my money to buy fat quarters. I just have to make a quilt (any size, any pattern) out of the fabric that was given to me. I can add more fabric from the Habitat line or I can add solids. I have no idea what I’m going to do yet, but I am so excited.

Jay McCarroll Fabric

See that pixelated fabric on the left. THAT is what I wanted. Andrew even thought it was awesome when I showed it to him a month or so ago. It’s so “techy.” I think I’m probably going to have to buy some of my own eventually and make another iPad sleeve or a laptop bag. I am so in love with it.

OK. I think it is time to end the longest blog post ever. The Mario Quilt still needs the binding finished. I am slowly working my way around it during my lunch break. My coworkers love to make fun of me because I eat as fast as I can and then quilt. I do have a great excuse for not having time to blog or quilt. We launched three websites this week. Three! Props to the sales guys, designers, developers, seos, and myself for pulling it off. I’m on an amazing team.

Eh…it’s not quite time to end the longest blog post ever. I did learn about a new binding method at the quilt guild. It seems super easy and I cannot wait to try it. I actually don’t mind slip stitching binding and having it take awhile. It’s relaxing to me. However, I’m always interested in new methods. It’s the invisible ladder stick and there’s a great tutorial at Turning Turning. If you try it, let me know how it goes. I’m probably going to try it out on my next project and I’ll let you know how it goes.

Seriously. I’m done. I promise. I’ll try to post more often so these massive blog posts don’t become a habit.

  1. Joni’s avatar

    The fabric from Jay McCarroll is quite different. Have never seen it before. I’m anxious to see what you end up doing with it. Also I hate to comment on here with corrections but…. here I go. Your Great-grandfather played the violin to his player piano hence all the sheet music. Oh how I wished I had the violin that he played! It was a great weekend and enjoyed your visit. Love you!


  2. Nikki McDonald’s avatar

    YIPPEE!!!! You joined KCMQG!!! So glad. You’ll love it.

    I’ll start following your blog (and so will everyone else). Send a blog link to Shea & she will add you. My email is nkiblueeyes at me dot com. If you need help getting in touch with Shea, let me know. 🙂



  3. Cathy’s avatar

    Lesley – You are absolutely SO MUCH FUN! Wished we could have got together last weekend! Too much going on. I did my 3rd trunk show today. District Aides of Eastern Star. It’s so much fun to show my quilting and tell the mishaps, surprises and inspiration I get from it! Thank you for again letting me show your quilt and bag and of course Robin’s quilt! I’m working on a table runner out of border stripes using a 60 degree triangle ruler for the Hidden Treasures quilt shop in Mankato. Love your blog! Love you too, Aunt Cathy


  4. alex’s avatar

    We’re so glad to have you as part of the guild, and I can’t wait to see what you come up with for the Habitat challenge!


  5. Robin’s avatar

    Hey now, I would have totally finished that quilt eventually. Flames and floral…what more could a 10 year old girl want?



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