WOW! A whole week and I haven’t written a single word?!
I left town a week ago today and flew to Cincinnati for the International Quilt Festival! My sister Grace picked me up at the airport, she had driven in from Eastern Kentucky and we enjoyed a night of driving around Covington and Newport, Kentucky, towns immediately across the Ohio River from Cincinnati. In case you didn’t know, the airport is actually on the Kentucky side of the river too. We enjoyed a great dinner on the patio of a wonderful restaurant, overlooking the river with a full view of downtown Cincinnati, and spent time getting caught up. I love getting together with my family!
Following dinner we headed back to our hotel and tucked ourselves in for the night, getting much needed rest that would allow us to conquer the vendor booths at the quilt festival over the next 3 days!
On Friday morning, we left the hotel just after town and found our way to the convention center in downtown Cincinnati. Can I just say, between Covington, Newport and Cincinnati, I have NEVER seen so many one way streets! Drove us crazy! But, we did eventually find a great parking lot that wasn’t full (surprisingly) and it was connected by a skywalk to the convention center. We made our way in and, after buying our 3 day passes, we started to hit the vendors. We managed to take a “Create on the Spot” class where we made fabric covered picture frames, and then it was time for lunch. We had to go up 2 flights of escalators to the food vendors, but found some good, but expensive, food and sat down for a bit to rest our feet. In the mean time, our mom and sister Karen had made their way from Indiana and met us just as we were finishing our meal.
We spent the rest of the afternoon shopping the vendors and did one more “Create on the Spot” class where we were taught how to make a paper pieced petal shaped bowl. Of course, that project wasn’t finished in class, so it’s currently in my UFO pile. I best not leave it there too long or I will forget how to finish it!
Anyway, we spent Saturday and Sunday doing much of the same and Sunday afternoon, I finally did it. I found myself at the Janome booth, buying a sewing machine! I got a really good show deal and got them to throw in a free motion quilting foot too. I’m happy to say, my new machine arrived yesterday. Yes, shipping it was way cheaper than paying the airline to check it, plus, since I was shipping to another state, I didn’t have to pay sales tax, so I saved all the way around! More on the machine later.
The festival ended on Sunday, but we stayed over until Monday so we had more time to visit. The trip was a ton of fun and we found very good restaurants all over the place. So, when we weren’t eating at the festival, we were eating extremely well, and a moderately priced budget! All those one way streets and all those restaurants, probably all within a 5 mile radius of each other, who knew! I’d definitely go back there again.
I have lots of pictures, but none downloaded just yet. I’ve been trying to get paperwork together for our new roof, damaged by hail, and all sorts of other stuff, so I hope to get to downloading very soon. In the mean time, here is a photo of a shirt Grace embroidered for her daughter this morning, I think it’s super cute!