Saturday, April 28, 2012

Funny, well I chuckled!!

For some reason that I can't explain, I feel like I have been in a "funk" lately..I wish I could come to grips with it but I haven't been very successful. I think there are so many things that I want to do in the yard, make or finish more quilts and numerous other things that the thoughts have over-whelmed me right now. Some days, I just don't feel like doing much and then I feel like I'm wasting time.  It's just an endless circle....The other day I received the following Maxine-ism from a friend and I laughed when I read it.  It helped lighten my mood!!  I hope this doesn't offend anyone but I liked it and hope you get a chuckle out it too. 

Friendship ~ None of that Sissy Shit
Are you tired of those sissy 'friendship' poems that always sound good, but never actually come close to reality?
Well, here is a series of promises that actually speak of true friendship.
You will see no cute little smiley faces on this ~Just the stone cold truth of our great friendship.
When you are sad ~
I will help you get drunk and plot revenge against the sorry bastard who made you sad.
When you are blue ~
I will try to dislodge whatever is choking you.
When you smile ~
I will know you are thinking of something that I would probably want to be involved in.
When you are scared ~
I will rag on you about it every chance I get until you're NOT.
When you are worried~
I will tell you horrible stories about how much worse it could be until you quit whining.
When you are confused ~
I will try to use only little words.
When you are sick ~
Stay the hell away from me until you are well again. I don't want whatever you have.
When you fall ~
I will laugh at your clumsy ass, but I'll help you up.
This is my oath .....
I pledge it to the end. 'Why?' you may ask ~ because you are my friend. 
Friendship is like peeing your pants, everyone can see it, but only you
 can feel the true warmth. 
Send this to 10 of your closest friends (including the one who sent it to you).
Then get depressed because you can only think of 4.

Friday, April 6, 2012

Gibbs Gardens, Ball Ground, Georgia, Wow!!!

We stopped at Gibbs Gardens in Ball Ground, Georgia, north of Atlanta, but not far. We didn't have an easy time finding the Gardens, as we didn't see any advertising or much in the way of information.  But it was well worth the trouble to get there. It is beautiful and my photos don't even begin to capture the colors or the size of the gardens that's why I gave you the link above to go to their website to view their professional photos. I would love to be able to visit several times to see all the different trees and plants at each season.  
Click to play this Smilebox slideshow
Create your own slideshow - Powered by Smilebox
Personalize a slideshow design

 We were headed home after seeing the Gardens but managed to stop in Paducah, KY., to visit the National Quilt Museum. We had been there once before but most of the quilts were new to us. They won't let you take any pictures, with or without flash, so a person just has to try to embed all the outstanding quilts in your head. Which you know is impossible!! That's all for this time and I think I have hit about all of our trip highlights with the last few posts. The yard work is calling me now. Sew until next time, have a "Stitches" kind of day...see ya again soon....

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

More Quilt Festival, Trenton, FL.

 Warning, this is a lenghty post with slideshows and pictures!!!  This was the 5th Annual Festival held in Trenton, FL. and I understood that it is held the 2nd Saturday in March each year. If you are ever anywhere in the area and love quilts, crafts, antiques, food and etc., you should be there on that day. I loved it!! Can you tell?? The featured quilter for the day was Madalyn Jones. She quilted over 300 quilts in her livetime, wow!! And she lived 1/2 mile from where she was born, all her life not far from Trenton. I have made a slideshow of some of her quilts.

Click to play this Smilebox slideshow
Create your own slideshow - Powered by Smilebox
This photo slideshow customized with Smilebox
I hope you enjoyed the quilts made by Madalyn Jones. I loved the story about making the quilt for the Dr.'s wife and getting a set of dentures..Her quilting was beautiful. I talked to several of her granddaughters and daughters and they all commented about getting to see so many of her quilts all in one place, it was so inspiring for them. The next pictures are of a quilt made by the Possum Crick Quilters from Gainsville, Fl. It is the second one they made in the 1980's as the first one was stolen. It was cut right out of the frame, can you imagine?? It was really cute and Madalyn was one of the maker's on this one too.

The next slide show is just the rest of the town with quilts hanging and the Suwannee Valley Quilt Shop. Wonderful quilt shop and if you are ever within "striking" distance and don't stop, that's sad, really sad! It is a "full" service shop with over 6,000 bolts and more books, notions, patterns and much, much more, than you can even imagine.
Click to play this Smilebox slideshow
Create your own slideshow - Powered by Smilebox
Customize a free digital slideshow

Monday, April 2, 2012

Trenton, FL. Annual Quilt Festival, Fun!!!

Well, my one or two days turned into about 12 but 1 and 2 make 12, right? I'm back to tell you  and show you pictures about the Quilt Festival in Trenton, Fl. It was a great day and we saw so many quilts, that it made our eyes pop!! They had a quilt turning with antique quilts and a speaker that  "sorta" told the audience what era or year she thought the quilt was made. It was held in an old restored train depot and they had quilts hanging all around the walls, just flapping in the breeze. Here's a slide show with the quilt turning quilts.
Click to play this Smilebox slideshow
Create your own slideshow - Powered by Smilebox
Picture slideshow created with Smilebox
That's all for today but I will be back with more of the Festival. The Featured Quilter and more quilts to see. Sew until next time, have a Stitches kind of day...see ya soon.