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High Fiber—Quilt Shop, Quilt Show and Fun With Friends

Big news! We finally have a local quilt shop with the opening of Davidene’s Quilt Shop just a few minutes from my home!

One of the great things about this quilt shop is the fact that they sell Connecting Threads thread! It's a little more expensive than in the catalog, but really handy when I find I need a color I don't already have.

It will also be nice to be able to take classes nearby.  Ellen, Karan, Margareth and I stopped by on Thursday to pick up some goodies and check out the facilities after visiting the quilt show. 

This week the Utah Quilt Guild held its annual Quilt Fest, this year at the Zermatt in Midway. I was unable to take any classes this year, but it was fun to go to the show with friends, and then to lunch at the Spin Cafe in Heber City. Of course, I can't show you all of the quilts in the show in this little blog, but you can see all the photos I took here. Here are a few that especially appealed to me. I'm always drawn to quilts made from scraps (or look as if they were), like this one:

I really like this one, too. The cattails are appliquéd.

And then there was this one.

They also had the vendors' mall, with some really great quilting supplies for sale, along with some goodies that quilters just naturally like, like chocolate!

Joanie's birthday was Tuesday, but she was busy all week, getting ready for her annual "Spooktakular" (garage sale kicked off with a party the night before). Ellen and I got to treat her to breakfast on Saturday. We went to a little cafe connected with a local gas station, where they have great food.

This week brought some progress with knitting, spinning, appliqué and weaving, but most of it you've seen before, and it doesn't look much different. The big news, though, is in weaving. I warped on Monday for a scarf for a friend:

The warp is Knit Picks' Palette (one of my favorite yarns) in Green Tea and Edamame. The weft is Koigu hand-painted merino. I ripped it out after I had about 10" done. I was beating too hard, I guess, because the warp threads were sitting tightly against each other, making it almost weft-faced (all weft and no warp showing). It was pretty, but I had wanted the two shades of warp threads to show through, and I was going to use up the weft too fast, meaning I would run out of weft yarn while the scarf was still way too short. I had worked out the weft for 12 picks per inch (12 weft threads per inch), and this about twice that, so it was going to make it take much more yarn than I had. Here's what I mean:

See the two different colors in the warp? The only place you would see the warp was in the fringe. After picking out the weft and starting anew, here's what it looks like:

I've made more progress on it, but it looks about the same as in this photo. When it's finished, it will be a gift for a friend who gave me a lot of quilting fabric she wanted to get rid of, and a big box of yarn for charity projects and weaving practice. The Koigu was in the box. It's expensive yarn, and she must have liked it, so my weaving practice will also provide her with a scarf for the winter.

On Sunday Rocky and Sunny took me to the Park City Community's annual Blessing of the Animals, held to celebrate the feast day of St. Francis. This year it was at my church, St. Luke's Episcopal. The rain stopped about an hour before the event and started up again as we were on our way home in the car.

I haven't given you a gratuitous baby photo for a while, so here's a cute shot of Daphne after the family got home from the Children's Museum. The "Cat in the Hat" she's sitting on is the back side of her "I Spy" quilt. She had her face painted at the museum.

What's on my needles: Dogwood Blossoms, Christmas Waffle and Green Tea socks with a few more pattern repeats finished.

What's on my loom: "Scarf for a Friend," nearly half done. 

What's on my wheel: Full Circle Roving in "Wolf". I'm still on the first bobbin. 

What's on my Featherweight: Delectable pathways, appliqué panel #3, more than half of the stems done. Still need to sew the blocks together for the pieced strips between the appliqué. 

What's on my iPad/iPhone: I really enjoyed The Making of a Marchioness by Frances Hodgson-Burnett (author of Little Lord Fauntleroy and The Secret Garden) on Audible. I guess I need to read more by this author. Now I'm listening to Icebound by Dean Koontz on the Overdrive app. The eBook The Hannover Square Affair by Ashley Gardner is still on my iPad Nook app for bedtime reading. Listening to the Fiber Hooligan podcast and the Knit Picks podcast.

What's my app of the week: MLB, the free version. When I can't watch my beloved Red Sox on TV, I can still keep track of the games using the scoreboard in the app.

What's in my wine glass: HRM Rex-Goliath Free Range Red, nice for a change of pace. "Sweet and juicy," although it isn't really what I would call a sweet wine. 

Note: This blog post was produced on the iPad and the MacBook, using the iPhone for some photos and some photo processing. No other computer was used in any stage of composition or posting, and no Windows were opened, waited for, cleaned or broken. No animals were harmed during the production of this blog post.

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Comment by Peggy Stuart on October 15, 2013 at 9:46am

There are, indeed!

Comment by Peggy Stuart on October 14, 2013 at 5:21pm

We'll try, Pam!

Comment by Pam/NY on October 14, 2013 at 4:52pm

The shop looks like a winner and hopefully will be successful. As talented as your group is, you'll keep her in business! Always a great post...

Comment by Peggy Stuart on October 14, 2013 at 3:16pm

I know what you mean by competition for time. I really need to finish a few UFOs, but I want to give some homemade Christmas presents, and weaving is the fastest and cheapest way, considering my stash and the fact that I have to pay someone to quilt my quilts if I want them machine-quilted.

Comment by JB on October 14, 2013 at 2:32pm

Lovely scarf/lucky friend.  I would love to learn to weave...but I really don't need one more craft to compete for my time!  I already knit, crochet, quilt, cross-stitch, hand embroidery, machine embroidery and I'm sure I'm missing something.  You sound plenty busy yourself.  Also love that smile on the gratuitous baby photo.

Comment by Peggy Stuart on October 14, 2013 at 12:56pm

It wasn't so late here in Utah. Wow! What a game! I almost brained DH for criticizing my team when they didn't seem to be able to do anything.

Don't forget to look at my collection of photos from the quilt show on my page. The three I posted were just an appetizer.

I'm glad you like the scarf. I think Rebecca will like it, too.

Comment by Peggy Stuart on October 14, 2013 at 9:07am

I think it isn't the online business as much as the combination of the sudden increase in the price of cotton and the struggling economy. I have friends who make a quilt a month. I don't have that kind of money. I still buy as much from local shops, but I buy online to supplement, so I can make a couple of quilts a year instead of just one. I do more by hand to make it take longer, too. That adds to the number of hours of fun.

Comment by Rebecca Sundberg on October 14, 2013 at 8:44am

Great Monday post as usual Peggy!  What a difference between the two photos of the scarf!  The corrected one is much prettier of course.  It's going to be a lovely gift.  And don't you just love going to quilt shows?  I loved the cat tails one.  

You're very lucky to have a new quilt shop opening near by.  Our one and only local quilt shop has been struggling for several years, and the word is that she's seriously thinking of shutting it down.  She has a very enthusiastic group of ladies who are regulars, but on-line shopping has cut into her business terribly and she's starting to lose heart.  She has a long-arm business that keeps her going, and she says that she will continue to do that, but the retail is a losing proposition.  

It'll be a very sad day when she closes up.  

Comment by Peggy Stuart on October 14, 2013 at 8:43am

Yes, I know! They don't have a lot of stock yet, but it looks like a great setup. I could get there in 10 minutes!

Comment by Carol Ann Hinton on October 14, 2013 at 8:41am

Peggy, How lucky you are to have a new shop open near you!  Some of us have just been discussing the rather alarming loss of LQS's in our own neighborhoods, and possible reasons therefor.  Good luck to the new shop owner!

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