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AQS Quilt Show Charlotte, NC 2014 ~

I’ve been chalking up a lot of “new” things in my quilting world this summer especially.  New patterns, new quilt designs.  This past weekend I went to my first AQS Quilt Show, a national quilt show, in Charlotte, NC.  Despite the 13 hour drive each way, the 3 days spent in between the drives was very nice.  We stayed with family.

We went to the show on Saturday and stayed for about 3-4 hours, meandering through the exhibits and the vendors.  Being the last day of the show, it was not very busy, so there was plenty of room without getting bumped or having to wait.  Being held at the Charlotte Convention Center, it was H-U-G-E.  It was sort of a disadvantage for me, personally, as I have difficulty walking (even though I was using a rolling walker with a seat thingy).  I do think we (my hubby came with) got to see every display.

 

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The photos in the slideshow are some of the favorites that both my husband I and took photos of.  There were many, many more on display.  At first it was overwhelming, then we settled in to a routine of going slowly, sitting for a few minutes, visiting the drinking fountains often, and continuing on.  We looked at ALL of the displays before ever going near the vendors!

The displays were gorgeous, as you can see by some of our photos.  One disappointment for me was there were considerably fewer actual bed size quilts than wall hangings.  There were approximately 50 quilts, but over 200+ wall hangings of varying sizes.  The groups of displays were spaced out so far for the quantity of quilts/walls hangings that were entered.  It seemed like the warehouse-size room in the basement of the Convention Center was way too big for so “few” displays… but then again, when we were there, there were much fewer people.

There were a LOT of vendors.  The entire center of the area was drowning in vendors.  It was fun to see all the things that I don’t ordinarily see in magazines or quilt shops.  Having very little money to shop with was a problem, but my husband did purchase a nice pair of Dresden Plate silver earrings for me, after knowing what I’d recently gone through to make a Dresden Plate of my own.  That made it that more special.  I had anticipated the vendors possibly dropping some of their prices, since it was the last hours of the last day of the Charlotte show.  That was not to be.  Indeed, I did not find any “deals” or price chops at any of the vendors.

By the way, remember that purple Dresden Plate quilted pillow I made for my mother-in-law’s 90th birthday?  She loved it.  After opening the bag it came in and enjoying it momentarily, she put it back in the bag and went to put it in her purse ~ which is where she puts everything that she especially loves and wants to keep close to her.  (Mom has dementia, and did not realize the pillow would most likely not FIT into her purse.  But that’s okay)

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So, that’s the story behind my first adventure to a national quilt show.  Thanks for stopping by and checking out my photos.  Hope you enjoyed your visit.

God bless ~ Tamara Eckstadt

 

Quilting Memories ~

This blue & white quilt is one of my favorites.

This blue & white quilt is one of my favorites.

 

We spent the day Saturday at my mother-in-law’s home in Pennsylvania helping to pack up the last of the remaining items before they move to Charlotte tomorrow. Although she has not been officially diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, her memory is all but gone. She can carry on a conversation in the present, but her mind is somewhere in the distant past and she continuously talks of “going home” and wanting to call her mother because her mother must be worried that she’s not home yet… my mother-in-law is 87.  She knows me and Al, and Al’s sister, Cheryl, who has been living with her for the past 8-9 years taking care of her.  But she no longer remembers any of her grandchildren or great-grandchildren.  She does not know/remember that her husband (my father-in-law) died earlier this year.  She is confused by all of the commotion the moving preparation has caused, and by the fact that all of their belongings are packed or sold, gone to the Salvation Army or come home with me and Al.

During our visit yesterday, I took it upon myself to preoccupy her with conversation while Al and Cheryl took the time to pack and load more things into the POD and our pickup truck uninterrrupted.  Our conversation went almost immediately to quilting.  Mom has been my mentor and greatest teacher of all things quilting.  She taught me all the basics, and encouraged me every step.  She used to belong to a quilt guild, and show her magnificent quilts all over Pennsylvania, and won awards.  She was even featured in a quilting magazine many years ago (we saved a copy).

There were still many quilted wall hangings on the walls of their home, and we chatted about them ~ she did not know what some of them were, nor who made any of them.  She did not remember/believe that she ever quilted, let alone all of the things I told her from my memories.  We chatted about the quilts she’d made her grandchildren, and the couple that I had made for her great-grandchildren (I didn’t want them to go without).  And she asked me if she had made any for me and Al, and, of course, we have many ~ some that she made, some that I have created.  She’d made one beautiful one for our daughter, Katie.  Towards the end of our conversation on that subject, she thanked me for telling her about all of the quilts and wall hangings she’d made, and the quilt guild etc.

My being a quilter now has prompted me to inherit many of the wall hangings, fabrics and other quilting items I’ve mentioned in previous posts.  In going through all of the many, many boxes of fabrics we have brought home recently, I discovered numerous “blocks” that were started and unfinished, that would make beautiful quilts or wall hangings.  I will be finishing those blocks along my continued journey into quilting.  I consider it a privilege to pick up where Mom left off.

It was with great sadness that we left PA Saturday to come home.  We’ve been driving down there at least once a month or more since Al and I married.  It will be extremely difficult for us to get to Charlotte… and I will miss seeing all of her wall hangings and quilts around that large house ~ there is no room for that in Cheryl’s condo (that’s why we took most of them).   But in my sadness, I can happily say that Mom has been the light of my life for two reasons especially:  she brought up her son the right way, and she taught me to quilt.  I have been blessed.

Thanks for stopping by.  Hope to see you again soon.  Until then, TTFN ~ Tamara Eckstadt

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Water ~

 

This is Part 2 of Cee’s 5-Week Chinese Elements Challenge.  This week the focus is on “water”.  These are my contributions:

View from the Lanai

View from the Lanai

My husband and I took a week and went to Honolulu, Hawaii, for our 1st wedding anniversary back in 1999.  This photo was taken from our lanai overlooking Waikiki Beach (taken with a Kodak 110 film camera!).  I can still feel the warmth of the sun and remember the cool nights watching the moon & stars as we sipped Blue Hawaiian drinks and shared a chocolate volcano brownie.

Alaskan wilderness

Alaskan wilderness

In 2001 I had an opportunity to fly to Anchorage, Alaska, for a week’s stay with my daughter and son-in-law.  This photo captures both water and ice/snow from the mountains in the background.  It was Thanksgiving time when I visited, and icy cold!  But the sightseeing drive from Anchorage down to the coastal Seward, Alaska, was invigorating!

A gorgeous, serene pond sits in the center of a beautiful "strip" mall.

A gorgeous, serene pond sits in the center of a beautiful “strip” mall.

This final submission was snapped in Charlotte, North Carolina, during their spring blossom time.  I took a trip down with my sister-in-law for a few days and she enjoyed taking me sightseeing for photo ops.  As soon as I saw this sweet little pond near a strip mall, I was taken, and got several photos from different locations/angles.  Even the resident green heron didn’t mind me getting him in on the action!

I’m an absolute idiot for water ~ fresh, salt or even frozen!  Thanks for this challenge, Cee! 

 

Color in the Carolinas: Photos of Charlotte ~

I lived in North Carolina for a few years, off and on, near Jacksonville just off base from the Camp Lejeune Marine Corp Base.  I don’t remember anything being so colorful down there as when I went to Charlotte in April 2010 with my sister-in-law.  I had just really begun to appreciate photography, but pretty much only used it for scrap booking until I discovered blogging a couple of months ago.  So pardon my less-than-stellar pics, as I didn’t think much of composition etc. back then.  I also didn’t think to find out the names of the places where I took my pictures, except they were everywhere around Charlotte.

Pretty wild and colorful sculpture outside a downtown museum in Charlotte, NC.

Pretty wild and colorful sculpture outside a downtown museum in Charlotte, NC.

One of my favorite things to photograph would have to be flowers.  We scheduled our trip down to Charlotte from Syracuse, New York, and Lake Winola, Pennsylvania, just in time for the spring to be sprung as far as florals are concerned.

Pansies

Pansies

Flowering dogwoods

A random entrance to an apartment complex.

A random entrance to an apartment complex.

My sister-in-law was gracious enough to understand my shutterbug afflication, and she took me sightseeing several times over the course of the 4-5 days we were there (for her daughter’s wedding).  She understood the need to do a “quick, pull over!” to get a shot before you have driven by, and she also knew of several places that would accommodate the color addiction I had with regard to photography.

A gorgeous, serene pond sits in the center of a beautiful "strip" mall.

A gorgeous, serene pond sits in the center of a beautiful “strip” mall.

More local beauty in Charlotte, NC

More pansies displayed in beautiful ceramic (?) urns.

More pansies displayed in beautiful ceramic (?) urns.

This fellow held his ground despite how close I got!  (heron)

This fellow held his ground despite how close I got! (Great Blue heron)

The color here caught my eye, hence my camera.

 Sweet

Sweet

                                                                                                                                                                     

Isabell

Isabell

Last, but certainly not least, pics of my two nieces as they enjoy the huge lollipops that I brought them just for fun.  Once again, it’s all about the color ~ ok, well maybe not ALL ~ the girls are pretty darn cute in their own right! 

Hope you’ve enjoyed my colorful trip through Charlotte.