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High Fiber--High on Sundance, Quilting and Knitting!

What a busy week! My Vintage Stitchers group met right in the middle of Sundance!

More on quilting later. It has been a busy week at Sundance. Here are some fellow volunteers taking a quick break between films.

Sundance volunteers at break time

We had a little excitement on Sunday, while I was at the opera. There was a demonstration by a handful of people from the Westboro Baptist Church against the film, "Red State," which was playing at the Eccles Theater, which is part of Park City High School. (They have been making headlines lately by picketing funerals of soldiers killed in Afghanistan and are known for their hatred of gays and some other groups.) They were met by an estimated 200 high school students protesting their protest, shown here in a photo taken by a friend and fellow volunteer:


No one was hurt, although some of the students and other supporters who joined them were rowdy. As for star sightings, I have seen many familiar faces, including William H. Macy and Ray Liotta. I have seen several other films I have enjoyed, but my new favorite is Salvation Boulevard. I'm sure it will be available in theaters and Netflix. It stars Pierce Brosnan, Greg Kinnear, Marissa Tomei and Ed Harris. It's very funny, but gives you a lot to think about. It's one I think I would like to own.

I got some time to work on the Gretel Cardi for Daphne. I started this last week and had time to work on it during my shift Monday, when I was a ticket-taker, and again Friday, when I got to guard a door. (My other shifts were all in the theater as an usher.) Here's a progress photo for the cardi:

The cardi is the Natural Beauty for Baby from Knit On Down  published by The House of White Birches using Knit Picks' Swish Worsted   in Delft Heather, machine-washable and dryable, good for baby apparel.

Vintage Stitchers met on Thursday, and, as usual, there were some interesting items for show-and-tell. Rebecca changed the border from what was used in the pattern:

The pattern is from Simple Graces  by Kim Diehl.

Diane is on her sixth block from Hop To It!   by Edyta Sitar. (It was the book I got my bunny block from that I used in Daphne's quilt.)

Barbara brought some quilt tops her sister made, so Julie can quilt them. Here's one:

Here's another, first the top:

The the backing, also spectacular! (The sister lives in Texas.)

The sister sent them to Barbara so Julie could quilt them for her. You can send quilting directly to Julie. You can contact her at thorum@xmission.com.

Janet started this quilt years ago. A UFO finished! (Well, all but the quilting and binding.)

Here's another she started long ago:

Remember this quilt of Diane's from two weeks ago? The quilting is done!

Barbara got back some finished projects, too. Here's the car seat cover, all quilted. Julie had to work around the ties:

And the quilt for the same baby:

We haven't had a gratuitous baby photo, so here is Daphne, waiting for her Gretel
Cardi to be finished:

cutie pie

She is starting to crawl now, but the photo of her in action just shows her cute butt instead of her cute face.

Stay tuned for more adventures of the fearless knitter/spinner/quilter and fan of films from the rarified air high above Park City!

Note: This blog post was produced entirely on the iPad. No other computer was used in any stage of composition or posting, and no Windows were opened, waited for or cleaned.

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Comment by Joana Simmers/GA on January 30, 2011 at 4:09pm
Thanks for taking us to Sundance with you--I've read about the film festival through the years and seen news reports and films that were shown there, but it was fun to see it up close through your eyes.  I enjoyed the quilts so much, and the sweater for your little granddaughter is almost as adorable as she is--but not quite!
Comment by Peggy Stuart on January 30, 2011 at 11:57am
You can get good-quality needles, yarn and other supplies at reasonable prices at Knit Picks:
They have interchangeable circs, which is what I use, available in sets or in pairs.
Comment by Lynda on January 30, 2011 at 10:42am
Just had a look at all the quilts from your show & tell.  Your Vistange Stitchers group does some beautiful work.  The sweater looks gorgeous as well.  I love to knit and I also love to quilt which can present problems because I'm torn in different directions.  I am learning to focus though when I want to get something done for the guild or a BOM and I manage to knit in the evenings some nites while watching the tube.  Great work on those beautiful quilts.
Comment by AidaCJ/NH on January 30, 2011 at 10:05am
Thanks for sharing. Your DGD is cute. The quilts are adorable.  I would love to go back to knitting, but have to get new needles since I gave them all away a few years ago.
Comment by Peggy Stuart on January 30, 2011 at 7:20am
I was thinking of one of the safe ones, the kind for children.
Comment by Pam/NY on January 30, 2011 at 5:38am
Soo much talent! Gorgeous colors and patterns...have to get that baby up to the machine soon, so she can start getting the feel of things!
Comment by Karen M on January 29, 2011 at 8:16pm
I really enjoyed reading your post and I loved all the great pictures!  Thank you so much for sharing!
Comment by Diane Gunter/Canada on January 29, 2011 at 7:45pm
What a fabulous post you shared. Thank you. The pictures of the quilts are beautiful and so is your little grandaughter!
Comment by Peggy Stuart on January 29, 2011 at 5:30pm
Janet: I couldn't agree more. I think I read it was because of gays in the military. I think we should allow the right to protest, but people who have lost a loved one should be allowed to mourn in peace.
Comment by Janet/MO on January 29, 2011 at 4:53pm
Peggy, I sure enjoy reading your blog.  What a wonderful group of quilters you meet with.  By the way, the lamp in the picture next to the woman holding the green quilt top really caught my eye.  I would love to have one like that.  I'm proud of that group of high schoolers protesting those idiots who have formed the group that goes around picketing the funerals of soldiers killed in action.  You can tell by their signs that they are not only opposed to the war though.  Those kind of radical people actually scare me to death!  It is one thing to oppose something like that war; it is quite another to be totally disrepectful and say it is in the name of God.  I wonder how they would feel if someone picketed outside the funeral of one of their loved ones. 

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