Everything on my trip went very smoothly, and I enjoyed both the shows I went to. I even got a morning of sightseeing in Chicago, and although it was pouring rain I was impressed with what I could make out of the downtown area through the steamed up trolley bus windows. Chicago appears to be a very elegant city with an impressive lakeshore and many other attractive features.
My four-day course building Ratty's house from Wind in the Willows with Rik Pierce went very well and I really love working with Paperclay, which is Rik's signature material. It was a demanding course, and we were busy from 7:00 am to 9:30 pm the first three days, but luckily due to the time difference it wasn't much hardship for me to be there at 0700. This is a picture of Rik's house that was the class sample - it will be a long time before my house looks this finished. Rik was a great teacher and we learned so much, which I love in a course.
Then I flew down to Indianapolis (after being told my suitcase was overweight and having to fish some things out of it at the check in counter) for a lovely visit with a quilting friend. We went to the Marie Webster house (Quilters' Hall of Fame - in pic)for a lovely exhibit of Baltimore Album quilts. I was also introduced to the joys of dining at Cracker Barrel, and was pleased to find some old-fashioned Dubble Bubble gum from my childhood in their gift shop. I also got taken to Joanne's where I bought some fabric and several craft things, and to an antiques/bric-a-brac mall where I bought a quilted runner of schoolhouse blocks and some decorative teapots.
On Wednesday we drove back up to Chicago, and I got to go behind the scenes at the Chicago International Quilt Festival to help set up a friend's quilting stall. I even had an exhibitor's badge which meant that I could have a virtually private view of the quilts before Festival opened on Friday. I missed Thursday preview night because I went back to the Woolly Lamb for their open knitting night for the second week in a row, everyone there is so friendly and I bought some lovely Plymouth Baby Alpaca Grande Paint yarn, which feels like clouds and is so soft. I don't know what I am going to make with it, I have enough for a sweater. It knits at 3 stitches to the inch so is very bulky but very lightweight.