Monday, June 27, 2011

Where's Karen?

Karen has not been a very good blogger lately.  But she has some very good reasons.  I know you all have been just sitting around and wondering what is going on here in Wisconsin.  Well, wait no more!  Karen went to Omaha!  For a quilt show!

My friend, Chris Daly, who is the creative genius behind Dye Candy (here) and blogs here, invited me to come along and help at the Omaha show (here).

Here is the booth shortly after our arrival.

And in almost no time, it looked like this -- that's Chris's back side.  There is a picture of both of us together in the booth, but it's still on Chris's camera and she hasn't sent it to me yet.  I'll post it or a link when I get it.

This was the Chris and Karen quilt show -- we brought examples of our work and set them up on one side of the booth.  A lot of people came in and asked about techniques used in some of them.  
The women who ran this show went out of their way to provide support for the vendors.  They had ladies assigned to come and provide "vendor relief" -- they would watch the booth while we got sandwiches or went to the "necessary room."

It was a lot of fun to go to Omaha -- my father grew up there and the last time I was there was the summer I turned 16.  Of course that was longer ago than I'm willing to admit...

I fell in love with this quilt.  It won a couple of ribbons.  I usually don't work with such traditional fabrics and therefore decided that  it would be fabulous made from our colorful hand-dyes.
Chris gave me a lesson in needle-turn appliqué.  I did the heart and first two leaves Saturday afternoon.  I'm all ready to start on my version of the quilt above...

This will have to serve as my entry in Design Wall Monday -- because my design wall hasn't changed since last Monday.  Go to Judy's blog (here) for more traditional entries.


This juvenile Bald Eagle lives near Chris's Shady Grove Studios in southwestern Wisconsin.  What a magnificent creature.  



And this is a rare picture of me -- I'm usually behind the camera and therefore very camera-shy.  The necklace and bracelet are jewelry my daughter made and presented to me the morning I left.  They went perfectly with the hand-dyes in our booth.

I have lots of news coming up in the posts I'll do later this week.  I promise!

10 comments:

Beth said...

I miss quilt shows, fabric, friends and fun!!! Not necessarily in that order!!!!! Looks like you had a lot of fun.

Denise :) said...

What a great time you must have had! And you should definitely not be camera shy -- you have a beautiful smile! Happy Monday! :)

Robbie said...

Look forward to the "news" and pics!!!! Congrats!

Judi said...

Glad you had a good time. Setting up and taking down are hard work, glad you had a chance to esperience vending at a quilt show, hope you both did well there.

Michele at Sweet Leaf said...

Sounds like it was a great trip! And you got to see wildlife, too. Maybe the eagles will be in future quilt?

Marcia Wachuta said...

Sounds like you two had a great time. Thanks for sharing!

Sara said...

Glad you had a great time! Beautiful fabrics. Can't wait to see your applique in the hand dyes.

Cheri said...

Hi Karen, thank you for the comment on the CWBQ blog about my quilt. I can not wait to see your own bride blocks with your hand dyed fabrics. I hope you share it with the CWBQ blog, the other makers of the bride would love to see what you are doing and I do not think I have seen anyone working with hand dyeds. Glad you enjoyed the show, Jan and the girls did a wonderful job.
Cheri
underquiltedcovers.blogspot.com/

Quilt Rat said...

WOW! your both looks fantastic! Hope you had a marvelous time.

Jan said...

You two had a gorgeous booth set up! What marvelous fabrics and quilts you displayed. Hope you didn't have much to take home, having sold it all. also, you shouldn't be so camera shy, you are lovely and look like you are having a good time. Thanks for sharing this bit of your trip with us.